Art Scene – April 17

They Stopped The Show.

Whenever we arrive at a competition, there will always be a moment when it’s the first day of school; a moment when everyone else looks more talented, more confident, more prepared. Well, that only lasts a moment and then we hit it and there is no looking back. Our studio swept last weekend’s American National Dance Championship’s Showstoppers in Denver with performances that caused one judge to say “This is some of the best work we have seen in competitions throughout the country.” Our team, ages 8 to 18, took lst Place in every age category they competed in, bringing home 8 Golds, 7 Platinums and 1 Double Platinum which qualified them for the national competition in California this Summer. This was accomplished against a field of over 500 competitors in each category!

Tonight, these dancers will join the rest of our talented performing artists for our biggest showcase of the year.

Dancers Dancing

If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended,

That you have but slumber’d here

While these visions did appear.”

The dreamer behind tonight’s stunning Midsummer Night’s Dream segment is our gifted teacher/choreographer Dana Peterson. Dana, the Center’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, has been a vibrant part of the Center since joining us in 2009. It’s a bittersweet time for all of us since Dana will be leaving to have a baby. She shared her thoughts about dance and teaching. “I started dancing at age 3 because I loved the music, the art and that I could think of nothing else when I danced. Over time, I would leave dance but felt part of my soul was missing and had to return. When I moved to Glenwood Springs in 2009, I immediately found the Center and took classes with Maurine Taufer and I knew I was home. In 2010, I began teaching high school girls and felt an immediate connection – I felt like I was looking at myself. I saw so much potential and wanted to mentor them in life skills as well as dance. We talked a lot about the future outside of dance, being the best they could be whatever their path. But I knew they would always see life through the prism of artistic expression and that was everything. Working with all this talent has been transformative. Maurine Taufer and her amazing dance program, my colleagues Laura Bahr, Katie Deyoe and Christina Brusig have enriched my life. Now that I think about it, every time I have left dance, I have returned. It’s impossible not to.”

Like Dana, Peyton Ogren found the magic of dance young. Peyton is in her third year of dance at the Center – she is 4 ½ years old. Her mother, Lora Ogren remembers her first recital. “I knew Peyton was hooked on dance when we walked into the Art Center and the senior dance company was rehearsing.  She was practically moved to tears watching them. She was determined she was going to dance with them one day. 

I have never seen Peyton more in her element than this week rehearsing for Dancers Dancing.  Last night she told me her favorite part of the recital is being on stage for the bows following Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I’m sure it’s because of the opportunity to share the stage with all her heroes.

I asked Peyton about her classes and she said “they are fun and I never want to quit. I like to learn new stuff.” I asked her about her teachers and she said “I love them all.” Recently, she actually said this “dance is my life.”

Our dancers, from 3 to 18, keep us focused on why the Center for the Arts exists – to discover, encourage and nurture the talent in everyone whether it is dance, art or music.

This weekend is not about a dance recital, it is about a dance experience. The reason to be there is the reason we are all drawn to art – it feeds the soul and is as essential as the air we breathe. Your support keeps the arts alive in the valley.

See you this weekend and we’ll make a memory “while these visions did appear.”


Art Scene – April 10

POETRY – 

In Essence.

We observe this life in the poetry of color, in the dimensions and complexities that define the spectrum. Remove the color and we must explore the basic nature and quality of a thing.

Tonight, we open our latest exhibit, Black and White, with the work of ten gifted artists. Not limited to one influence, they bring experience in oil, watercolor, glass, textiles and metal. Out of that vibrant mix of media, we bring you the photography, charcoal, acrylic, pen and ink and metalwork of Charlie Beyer, Samantha Freese, Sara Gallagher, Amy Levenson, Ruth Mollman, Terry Muldoon, Mary Pilon, Judy Rogan, Beth Surdut, Becky Trembley and Matthew Ulisse.

The exhibit opens tonight at 6:00 with the Artist’s Reception and will run through May 31.

In Motion

In the early days of the 20th century before the world collectively considered throwing off convention and exploring the notion of free and natural expression, an American dancer, Isadora Duncan, changed the world of dance forever. Inspired by the classical Greek arts, folk dances, social dances, nature and natural forces, she danced the poetry of motion and emotion.

The Art Center dancers continue that tradition with passion and skill with two all-star events – Showstoppers and Dancers Dancing.

Our competitive dancers are in Denver today through Sunday at the American National Dance Championship’s Showstoppers. You can follow them live at goshowstopper.com on Friday 6:45 and 7:05 pm, Saturday 7:56 am, 5:30 – 10:45 pm and Sunday 8:30 am – 9:30 pm and see the result of hours of rehearsal, dedication and talent.

The Center’s biggest public performance is our annual showcase Dancers Dancing on April 17, 18 and 19 at Glenwood Springs High School’s J. Miller Theatre. This year’s theme is Photo Booth, so right away you know the evening will be filled with surprises as dancers from pre-ballet to advanced company display unparalleled energy, grace and power as they perform original dance choreography, complete with beautiful costumes, lighting and music. Intermission will feature wonderful refreshments and your chance to capture the moment in our photo booth! Call us at 945-2414 or stop by to purchase your tickets – Adults $16/Students $10.

In Person

When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause. ”

Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor

April is National Poetry Month and we are excited to host, along with Dr. Alice Bedard-Vorhees, an open mic poetry reading this Sunday. We invite you to read your poetry, the poetry of others or to sit and “take time to pause” and just listen.

Come join us in celebrating the art of poetry this Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

To learn more about National Poetry Month and enjoy some great resources, visit www.poets.org.

See you tonight at 6:00 at the Black and White Artist’s Reception and to all of our great dancers in Denver who are and will always be Showstoppers – bonne chance!


Art Scene – April 3

Energy

We all need it – mentally, physically and emotionally. We start each day assuming there will be enough to do the job, convinced it will be there to process the unexpected, a store from which to replenish after the emotionally draining event. But, halfway through the day, you’ve spent it all. You just need to stop, calm down, regroup and restore. Here’s where we come in.

Yoga Nidra

Marcy Oliver, one of the outstanding teachers at our Yoga Annex, offers a one-hour sanctuary with Yoga Nidra. This form of yoga is meditation, a systematic way of relaxing the body – mentally, physically and emotionally. Marcy begins with four restorative poses to regain mental and physical focus and moves into guided meditation that allows you to regain levels of energy that, just moments earlier, you felt you had been giving away at a frantic pace. Join Marcy, at noon, every Wednesday in April, expanding to Monday and Wednesday beginning in May. Restore is the word for this hour.

Summer of Music

Here’s another guaranteed source of restorative energy that will convince you that you too can be a cutting-edge musician who only asks a simple question “Can a Grammy for Best Breakout Rocker be far from my grasp?” I’m talking Season 5 of the Center for the Arts Summer of Music. We’ve got a line up that is poised to be legendary – The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, Under A Blood Red Sky/U-2 tribute band, Humming House, Otis Taylor and his blues, Lionel Young Band/a boogie ‘n blues knockout, and the Groove Trotters. These bands have international and music industry chops that put them on the short list for top-flight musicians. If these 6 astonishing nights of musical magic aren’t enough, I guess we’ll just open each headliner with local legends like Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Camp, Let Them Roar, The Currys, Damian Smith, Rich Ganson and AVQ.

The SOM’s reputation was built on the rock-solid foundation of Mary and Bob

Noone’s Summer of Jazz phenomenon that lasted twenty-five years. Each subsequent year, our reputation has grown in the industry along with your support that keeps this tradition alive; the result, they want to come here to play their music.

Go to our website – glenwoodarts.org – and donate online or give me a call at 945-2414 and let me describe this year’s powerhouse sponsorship levels that will put you or your business center stage. You are supporting the largest community event in the area and reaching over 14,000 people in 6 nights. Now that’s energy.

Dancers Dancing

Our biggest public performance is the annual Dancers Dancing gala on April 17, 18 and 19 at Glenwood Springs High School’s J. Miller Theatre. Dancers from pre-ballet to senior company will display unparalleled energy, grace and power as they perform original dance choreography, complete with beautiful costumes, lighting and music. Call us or stop by to purchase your tickets – Advance Price: Adults $14/Students $8, Door Price: Adults $16/Students $10.

Battle of the Walls 2015

Artistic energy exploded in this one-of-a-kind exhibit that drew big crowds and big reactions. The exhibit has ended but the energy remains.

Honoring this exemplary work, the Glenwood Springs Art Guild announced their selection for scholarship winners:

First Place:

Winner of the Nancy Piper Memorial Scholarship for $3,500 is Nathan Sarmiento of Bridges High School who will be continuing his pursuit of the arts at Colorado Mountain College next fall.

Second Place:

Winner of the Jan Worden Continuing Education Scholarship for $1,500 is Yazmin Castillo of Roaring Fork High School.

Honorable Mention:

Winner is Morgan Patch of Glenwood Springs High School, who, should one of the winners mentioned above fail to collect or forfeit their scholarship, would receive said scholarship. Morgan will be attending Colorado State University next fall.

Congratulations to all artists, teachers and schools for making this exhibit a winner!

Black and White

To keep the energy flowing, our next exhibit opens April 10th at 6:00 p.m. Come meet the artists, and join the community as you explore the dynamic possibilities of some truly outstanding artistic vision – all in stunning Black and White. The exhibit will run through May 31.

The Intergalatic Duo

Well, there you have it — your endlessly self-renewing, constantly restoring source of positive energy — The Center for the Arts. We join that popular duet – Kyanite and Citrine – the only minerals on the planet that cannot retain negative energy. Just not possible.


Art Scene – March 27

Abstract

The best idea must start as an abstraction. We pass it around the table, analyze it from every angle, plan for every eventuality, take a final intense look and proudly announce, “This is it.” Then you invite outside opinion and the game changes. Your first audience has arrived and the abstract becomes a reality. So it was at the launch of our Ambassador Program. We invited individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs. What a night!

Meet Our First Ambassador

First to step up was Anaïs Leda Liston, She shared her passion for art, community, and nonprofit organizations. “I was raised in galleries, and museums. As a child, I took dance classes, art, and interned at Rock‘n’Roll Camp 4 Girls. I attended a charter school, where I chose an arts and writing focused education. Art is essential in developing and maintaining a healthy brain throughout life. The benefits of learning guitar, for example, extend beyond what is immediately visible. Learning how to play an instrument improves one’s ability to discern differences in sounds; this translates to improved language processing (according to a 2005 Stanford study). This is just one example of how crafts improve brain function. All art involves memorization, strengthening brain pathways, and hopefully fostering a love of learning. I am excited to have found the Ambassador program, and cannot wait to see where this goes.”

If you or someone you know who believes in the power of the arts as an essential part of each of us, give us a call at 945-2414 for more information about our upcoming meetings. Come and share your ideas for growing our vibrant Art Center.

Dancers Dancing

Our premiere public performance is the annual Dancers Dancing gala on April 17, 18 and 19 at Glenwood Springs High School’s J. Miller Theatre. Dancers from pre-ballet to senior company will perform original dance choreography, complete with beautiful costumes, lighting and music.

Perception and Identifying Your Audience

Beautiful little town, Glenwood.” “Beautiful little place, the Art Center.” Well, they’re half right. Beautiful – yes. Little – not even close. Ancient geology and breathtaking beauty brings them here but the people, industry and the arts make them stay.

We’ve always known this area is unique but when SMU’s National Center for the Arts named Glenwood Springs the No. 1 small city in the nation in their first-ever Arts Vibrancy Index, it is the kind of validation, based on hard numbers not campaigning or whim, that carries the weight of unbiased recognition. Suddenly, we lead search lists and are added to the short list of destination locations.

This brings me to our audience and yours. Anyone in the business of business can exhaust themselves with the world of marketing as you search for the right method to reach your audience. After trying “consumer oriented marketing, targeting, demand creation, relationship marketing, customer centric focus, key performance indicators” and every buzzword currently trending, I’m happy to make your life a little easier.

Every year, in this city of a little over 9,000 people, more than 17,000 attend the Art Center’s 12 gallery exhibits, Summer of Music, Culinary Wine and Brewfest and Dancers Dancing. Look at any of our audiences and you’ll see a cross section of this area at every event and they have at least one thing in common – they are all consumers. Call me to discuss a truly far-reaching and effective way to reach your audience and be a part of the vital artistic heart of your community.

Black and White

Explore the dynamic possibilities of your vision – any medium, any style and any format. Deadline for art submissions is March 30 and 31 along with a $35 gallery fee. Opening night will be April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 31.

International Women’s Month 2015

My talented colleague in these pages, Jessica Cabe, began the month with a spotlight on women and I’ll finish the same way. Here’s to the women – leaders of ancient societies and current, inventors and scientists who change life on this planet, entertainers and artists who make us believe, stateswomen who stand up and champion tirelessly for necessary change and all of us in between, holding up half the sky is just part of the resume.


Art Scene – March 20

“…and now she paints the stars.”

I can hardly believe I am writing these words. The Art Center has lost a dear friend and colleague, Mary Borkenhagen. Mary’s commitment, patience and creativity changed the artistic atmosphere of the Center from the day she arrived to volunteer. For the next two years, Mary worked with our friends from Mountain Valley Development assisting Terry Muldoon in their art classes. She reached out to each person with compassion and love. Her encouragement and inclusiveness were part of the reason their gallery exhibition “Through My Eyes” touched everyone who experienced it.

As we expanded our outreach curriculum to include after-school programs, Mary took her creativity and giving spirit to Glenwood Elementary and Two Rivers Community School discovering and encouraging the artist in each child. Our thoughts are with Mary’s family and her family of friends. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held today beginning at 3:30 at the Glenwood Center for the Arts.

Dancers Dancing

Mary’s artistic perspective was mixed media – every form, every color, every imagining. She also supported the other Center disciplines we produced reminding anyone who would listen to ‘mark your calendar’ for our next event.

So mark your calendar for April 17, 18 and 19 when we present our annual Dancers Dancing spectacular at Glenwood Springs High School’s J. Miller Theatre. Dancers from pre-ballet to senior company will perform original dance choreography, complete with beautiful costumes, lighting and music.

This year we have developed a great way for companies and individuals to reach 1500 people in one night! Banner, quarter, half and full page ads for your company and ads for individuals to honor their dancer will be in all programs and related dance event materials throughout the season. Call us at 945-2414 for details and free tickets!

Spring Break Creative Intensive

We’ve got three exciting days lined up for kids 8 – 12 years old. March 25 – 27 from 9:30 – 3:00, our talented staff artist Josefina Gordh will teach Art on Wednesday, Ceramics on Thursday and Textile Art on Friday. Your child will make new friends and discover new skills. $70 per day or $180 for all three days. Class space is limited, so call soon.

Black and White

We are presenting the power of Black and White with an exciting exhibit. Explore the dynamic possibilities of your vision – any medium, any style and any format. Deadline for art submissions is March 30 and 31 along with a $35 gallery fee at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th, GWS. Opening night and artist’s reception will be April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 31.

Battle of the Walls

The exhibit opening last Friday became a battle for standing room. Artists, family, friends and community crowded the gallery and experienced the kind of vision and visual impact rarely seen from such young artists.

Judges selected these winners:

Top Schools

1. Roaring Fork High School

2. Glenwood Springs High School

3. Bridges High School

Top Artists

Each student in both categories received a gift certificate to the Art Center for the summer:

1. Carly Rosenthal (Roaring Fork High School)

2. Adjoa Hursey (Roaring Fork High School)

3. Kendra Nichol (Rifle High School)

Judges Choice:

School – Glenwood Springs High School

Individual – Alexis Montoya

Scholarship winners will be announced this Friday, March 20th.

Don’t miss this stunning show. The exhibit runs through March 31.

So Mary, my dear, we’ll keep on doing our art, reaching out to every one and bringing them into the circle you helped create. Every time a child picks up a brush for the first time, takes a swipe at a canvas, looks up and smiles, I know you’ll be smiling right back. Bless your heart.


Art Scene – March 13

Coming together is beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

While this was not a conscious philosophy at the Art Center, it emerged as a working relationship when staff came together from various backgrounds, expertise and knowledge and produced the top-notch programs, classes, exhibits and community involvement projects that have become our standard. If we had been a symphony orchestra, it would have been fine-tuned harmony from the downbeat. But without an audience, it would have just been a concert among friends. That’s where you came in – the members, sponsors, donors, students and families.

We publicly thanked you last Friday night at our Inaugural Appreciation Gala. Honoring supporters and staff while enjoying the great catering from Zhengs, accompanied by The Confluents was beyond our expectations and that of our guests. Old friendships were celebrated and new friendships forged.

We also celebrated the conclusion of our hugely successful 6×6 Exhibit. Guests moved around the gallery and marveled at the talent, humor, experimentation and originality and then proceeded to purchase even more canvases, bringing out grand total fundraising effort to over 100 sold. Thank you everyone for your continued celebration of the arts. You honored us with your support and approval, acknowledging that our outreach, quality, classes, and exhibits have been our measure of success.

Battle of the Walls

Came Saturday morning, with the walls barely cooled from the very hot 6×6 show, up went our next exhibit. Battle of the Walls is the 2nd Annual outstanding display of art excellence from local high schools. Art teachers and their art students arrived early and began installing some of the most exciting, individual and compelling images we have seen from our local students.

We give a big thanks to these extraordinary teachers and the gifted students and high schools they represent for being part of this exhibit:

Rifle High School – Tara Charlsworth

Glenwood Springs High School – Brenda Maher

Yampah Mountain School – Marta Parker

Bridges High School – Tish McFee

Roaring Fork High School – Cathleen McCourt

Coal Ridge High School – Leah Wynveen

Join the artists, teachers, families and Center staff for the Artist’s Reception tonight from 5:30 – 7:30. Refreshments will be served and you have the unique opportunity of seeing tomorrow’s leading arts tonight. Don’t miss it. Exhibit runs from March 13 – March 31.

Black and White

We are presenting the power of Black and White with an exciting exhibit and community event. Explore the dynamic possibilities of your vision – any medium, any style and any format. Deadline for art submissions is March 26 and 27 along with a $35 gallery fee at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th, GWS.

Ambassador’s Program

We’re on a roll with exciting ideas, suggestions and future plans and we’re taking support and participation to a new level with our Ambassador Program. We are inviting individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs.

Interested or know someone who might be? Give us a call at 945-2414 for more information or join us next Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 at the Center for the Arts. We plan to brainstorm, share our goals and plans and listen to your ideas on expanding those concepts by adding your own. It will be an exciting night that will launch a new and productive era for the Center. Hope to see you there.

As the Gala was finding its natural conclusion Friday night and guests lingered by the door, I heard a wonderful thing. A small girl and her grandfather stopped and turned to look back at the beautiful room and the gallery. They just looked. Then the little girl took his hand and gently pulled him through the door and said “Don’t worry, granddad, the art will always be there.”

To everyone working to keep every form of art alive and an essential part of each life assuring that art will always be there, we thank you.

See you tonight.


Art Scene – March 6

Tonight’s The Night

This night, our Inaugural Appreciation Gala, has been in the making since last June when I became Executive Director of the Art Center. I didn’t know it then but from the outset, the innovation, partnership, teamwork, support and spirit from the staff and the community led me to this night when I can publicly honor each and every one who has demonstrated that “art matters”.

2014 was an incredible year for the Center for the Arts. Our theme was “Step Up” and we did just that. We spent a great deal of time assessing what worked and what didn’t. We kept the good and risked changing everything else. The results were amazing. We are a product of brilliant teamwork, above and beyond dedication with a dash of luck, but most importantly we are the result of an outstanding commitment to our community and to our students.

Tonight will be a big night for me when I stand in front of the community as the leader of this change. When granted the opportunity to direct the Center for the Arts in June, my first goal was to get our organization front of mind in the community. I wanted to make us a pinnacle of Glenwood Springs and I’m proud to say in 9 short months that is exactly what has happened.

Outreach

We started by increasing community impact through our outreach programs adding over 50 new students through our TRCS Fine Arts Friday. We introduced dance and art to over 150 new students through our early release Wednesday and after school programs at Sopris Elementary, Glenwood Springs Elementary and Glenwood Middle School.

Quality

Next, we greatly enhanced the quality of our in-house education offerings and, by restructuring our Home School and 5th Day programs, we taught students about art, music and dance through an in-depth study of world culture, studying Africa, Asia, France and America.

The Center experienced, for the first time, “full/wait list” classes for our popular dance program. We refined our tuition structure for all of our in-house programs making it easier for our students and parents to understand. This method helped us reach new students and satisfy returning ones.

Using “quality over quantity” as our mantra, we designed classes that brought new community interest and participation. I’m so very proud of our Competitive Dance Program, which is a high-ranking, award-winning representation of art at the Center!

Public Events and Exhibits

Best yet.” “Never better.” This was the repeated theme of the feedback we received on Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest and the Summer of Music lineup, confirming our vision and direction and letting us know we greatly exceeded community expectations.

We diversified and enhanced the art in our exhibits, exploring new themes and new concepts. The audience and support of the artists grew.

Measure of Success

The audience is always the true gauge of any performance and our positive community influence grew with new and varied collaborations:

– Our Friday “Art Scene” Post Independent column brought a new found interest in everything we do.

– Our sponsor and donor numbers grew dramatically.

– Our public appeal and understanding improved with face-to-face meetings with community members, Rotary groups, individuals and collaborative partners.

– Our successful executive transition proved to be beneficial and well received by our community.

Then came the big one when SMU’s National Center for the Arts designated Glenwood Springs as the most vibrant art community in the country in the category of one million residents or less, beating out Santa Fe, NM. Decisions based on fact and not emotion, campaigning or trends have a profound and lasting impact. It opens the door for fundraising and grant opportunities that didn’t exist before.

Art Is The Answer

Renewed dedication and innovation in 2015 saw Painting Pages, our elementary school literacy and art library collaboration, City Hall art exhibits, expanded classes and our new 14th street dance and yoga annex become a reality. We look forward to working with the Downtown Development Authority, the Glenwood Springs Chamber, the City of Glenwood Springs and the Garfield County Commissioners to continue to raise the level of state and national awareness of the art and cultural offerings in Glenwood Springs.

The late David Frost was a keen observer of human behavior as we strive to design our lives. His advice was sound. “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in and it will come naturally.”

Join Us Tonight

Not a member or sponsor? Here’s your ticket to get in — Just purchase a membership or make a donation at the door and be part of a wonderful evening of entertainment, refreshments and the energy of art.


Art Scene – February 27

The Dance

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

The spirit of Martha Graham was back stage at recent competitions where our dancers definitely danced with that passion. In January, we attended the 24 Seven Dance Convention. Our small mountain studio competed against the titans, and triumphed, winning golds and high golds and a second place overall achievement for a student-choreographed teen entry. In addition to our seventeen awards, four of our students won scholarships in the areas of tap, jazz and ballet.

Last week, seven of our finest dancers competed in the New York City Dance Alliance, considered one the most difficult competitions in the nation. We came home with a high gold and, best of all, our studio won the Sportsmanship Award for helping other studios backstage and cheering them on no matter how competitive they may have been. Way to go, girls! 

Next up is the Jump Dance Convention this weekend in Westminster. Nearly 30 dancers and 5 of our teachers will attend the convention competing against the best dance schools in the West. Watch us live via the webcast today from 4:00 – 6:00 and Saturday from 3:50 – 9:45 at https://www.mybreakthefloor.com. Your support would mean the world to us!

We could never have done it without our “Center Stars” sponsors: Alpine Bank, Columbine Ford, SurvCo, Dirt Devil Excavation and the Hofert Family. 

A special thank you to my amazing teaching staff: Maurine Taufer, Laura Bahr, Dana Peterson, Kari Sea, Katie Deyoe, Bella Barnum and Neal Stiles who train our talented dancers. Lastly, thanks to the parents and friends who support our dancers. The endless hours of rehearsal, driving, costume changes, love, glitter, lipstick and hugs is unmatched. You help make dreams come true! Thanks so much. 

If you are interested in joining one of our dance companies, taking a class, or even becoming a competitive dancer, call me for details at 945-2414.

Dancers Dancing

You don’t have to travel to experience some of the best dancing around. Our annual dance extravaganza will be at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium on April 17, 18 and 19. Dancers from all of our classes will dazzle the senses and take you on an amazing ride. Call us about individual and corporate ad opportunities and receive tickets to the concert.

Spring Break Creative Intensive

Our superbly talented painter, potter and textile artist, Josefina Gordh, will be conducting 3 classes in art, ceramics and textiles for kids 8 – 12 on March 25 – 27 from 9:30 – noon. Your child can take 1, 2 or all 3 days for a wonderful hands-on experience with painting, wheel throwing, stencil and dye. Space is limited so call for details.

Inaugural Appreciation Gala

Next Friday night, March 6, we say thank you in a very elegant way when we honor the Art Center members, donors, sponsors, volunteers and Summer of Music supporters with a beautiful evening of entertainment, art and sumptuous refreshments.

We will celebrate a very successful 2014 and share our exciting plans for 2015 including our Summer of Music line-up. Enjoy music by The Confluents and marvel at the fabulous 6 x 6 art exhibit as you mingle with staff, board members, friends and neighbors.

Not a member, sponsor or donor? Here are 3 easy ways to join the festivities: make a donation or purchase an Individual or Family membership at the door or if you have already purchased a 6×6 canvas, come and enjoy a wonderful evening.

See you March 6 at 6:30 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. 6th St. when we celebrate you!


Art Scene – February 20

Getting Up Early

False dawn. A quiet so consuming it invites us to lean in and listen. The promise of the day seems endless, a subtle renewal that is powerful.

We get up early at the Art Center and by early I mean a staff that is dedicated to being ahead of the artistic curve, anticipating a community need and delivering the solution. It means stepping up with after-school art, music and dance classes for 5 area elementary schools. It means continually expanding our class offerings. It means working with corporations to design enrichment programs as part of their employee benefits package. And it finally means keeping expectations high, community involvement absolute and ensuring that art is for everyone.

6×6

Opening night of our 2nd annual 6×6 Exhibit fundraiser was a grab-em-by-the-arm “did you see that one?” kind of evening. Doors opened at 5:30 and by 5:31 we were placing SOLD stickers on over half of the 100+ canvases.

Guests were amazed at the range of vision and creativity as they moved around the gallery and since we asked artists not to sign their work, it was all about the talent. The exhibit will be open to the public through March 2nd. You are invited to be part of this fundraising effort. For only $20 (no tax!), you will own an original and help keep our essential educational programming going and growing. You make a difference!

Sense of Place

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a National Historic Landmark, a 117-year old building that suggests “the faraway nearby.” This modest building that changed the way people lived by creating power and light where there was none continues to change the lives of anyone who is a part of it.

There is something new going on here and it is a beautiful alternative to the conventional. More and more special events are taking place in our gallery and here are some of the reasons why you should think about the Art Center in a whole new way:

* The intimate 150-person venue transforms weddings, birthday parties,

anniversaries and graduation celebrations into a one-of-a-kind experience.

* We work with any budget and ours is a flat rate facility fee with no per person

charge.

* Original, custom gifts can be designed by our resident painters,

potters, jewelry makers and textile artists.

* Behind every special event are great vendors. Our event partners are some of

the best in the area:

  • Caterers

  • Florists

  • Photographers and Videographers

  • Musicians and DJ’s

  • Party Rental Essentials

Call me at 970-945-2414 and we’ll make magic!

Membership Appreciation Gala

Saying thank you to anyone who is truly an essential part of your life never seems enough but the elegant gala we have planned might come close. We will be honoring the membership of the Glenwood Center for the Arts on March 6th with a wonderful evening of entertainment, art, and sumptuous refreshments to pay tribute to the myriad ways they say “art matters”. I am inviting you to join the Center for the Arts by purchasing an Individual or Family membership and be part this amazing night. Your membership brings you discounts on class tuition, performances, public events and invitations to VIP evenings like this one!

That night, we will also be taking support and participation to a new level by announcing our Ambassador Program. We are inviting individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs.

Art is my passion – the dance yet to be created, the lyrics that transform, the poetry that sustains and the canvas that holds a truth. I am proud that we continue to be at the artistic heart of our community.


Art Scene – February 13

On Being and Becoming

Almost nothing stays the same. We learn more and we build on that knowledge.

Philosophers and scientists have long held up the life experience to the light, turning and tilting it from side to side for new insights and new theories on the complexities of who we are but one thing remains constant — each of us has value and purpose.

The Center for the Arts is about becoming. Everyday invites our best effort in the classroom and the community. Art builds on itself and on what is happening in our town and in our world. We become program designers, introducing and inspiring students to see the world through the art of others. We become artistic guides as individuals tap into a well of creativity through our wide range of classes. We become mentors in our after-school programs giving young people artistic tools that will enhance any life path they choose.

Tonight, we become the delivery system for a brilliant array of artistic expression in the form of our 2nd Annual 6 x 6 Exhibit where over one hundred canvases will grab your imagination and not let go. The range of vision and creativity is as unique as the artists who created them. You are invited to be part of this fundraising effort. For only $20 (no tax!), you will own an original and help keep our essential educational programming going and growing.

Here is where you make the difference. This year, we were invited to create 6 new programs that have had in an impact we could not have imagined:

Home School Wednesdays and 5th Day Fridays offer a full day of art, dance, pottery and music through our World Culture curriculum. Students interact with each other, building friendships and self-confidence while discovering and enhancing their unique talents and artistic expression.

Fine Arts Friday is the dynamic early release program we designed at the request of Two Rivers Community School. Students participate in painting, singing, guitar and piano classes taught by Art Center teachers, dedicated to individual expression and discovery.

Enrichment Wednesdays at Glenwood Springs and Sopris Elementary Schools continue the same successful after-school model we have developed, rounding out the school’s curriculum and assuring parents that their children are in a safe and creative environment.

Painting Pages, our every 2nd Tuesday at the Glenwood Springs Library offering, is a literacy and art collaboration that has elementary school children listening and painting what they hear and see with their mind’s eye, under the direction of our newest faculty member and superbly talented studio artist, potter and textile artist, Josefina Gordh.

Membership Appreciation Gala

Saying thank you to anyone who is truly an essential part of your life never seems enough but the elegant gala we have planned might come close. We will be honoring the membership of the Glenwood Center for the Arts on March 6th with a wonderful evening of entertainment, art, and sumptuous refreshments to pay tribute to the myriad ways they say “art matters”. I am inviting you to join the Center for the Arts by purchasing an Individual or Family membership and be part this amazing night. Your membership brings you discounts on class tuition, performances, public events and invitations to VIP evenings like this one!

That night, we will also be taking support and participation to a new level by announcing our Ambassador Program. We are inviting individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs.

Everyone makes a difference. The smallest stone cast in the stream will always, always change the course of the river.

See you tonight at 5:30.