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.


Art Scene – February 6

Painting Pages

It all started in January with Nile in Denial, local author Jessica Meath’s charming tale about a caterpillar who did not like one single thing about change and then embraced the biggest change of all – becoming a butterfly. Reading that story to a group of elementary students and then, with the power of their imaginations, watching them paint the butterflies they saw with their mind’s eye confirmed that our newest collaboration with the Glenwood Springs Library is a winner.

Our next Painting Pages at Tuesday at Your Library is February 10th at 4:00 where we will introduce Paul Meets Bernadette, Rosy Lamb’s artful tale about a goldfish who only sees the world one way until a charismatic companion, Bernadette, arrives and shows him there is more to life than swimming in circles.

Joining this magical program and the staff of the Art Center is Josefina Gordh, a superbly talented studio artist, potter and textile artist who has taught children and adults from Sweden to the United States. As Josefina would say “Watashi ga oshieru koto ga daisuki desu. Jáime enseigner. Jag älskar att undervisa. I love teaching!”

Born in Stockholm, Josefina attended the Nyckelviks College of Art and apprenticed with master ceramic artists in Japan and Korea. She has been an artist, ceramics teacher, art therapist, lecturer on corporate creativity, special project designer at the Cannes Film Festival and interior designer and consultant. We are delighted that Josefina has returned to Colorado where she exhibits her work throughout the valley and will be conducting workshops and Spring Break art intensives at the Center. Call us for details.

Bring K – 5th grade children to this free, after-school program at the Glenwood Springs Library, Tuesday, February 10th from 4:00 – 5:00 and meet Paul, Bernadette and Josefina!

An Artful Evening

Well, you did it! You took the challenge to be part of the biggest community art exhibit in town and surpassed our expectations. In they came, 6 x 6 canvases in oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel, transfers, mixed media, bling, feathers, and 3-D and you are invited to the show. Come to the Artist’s Reception, Friday, February 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 to enjoy the art and support the fundraising efforts of your Art Center by purchasing a canvas for $20, no tax. I sense a bidding war in the making. See you there.

Summer of Music

When we run out of words, the music begins” and takes us, for a while, to that sublime place where we come together and let ourselves be swept up in the sights and sounds of outstanding musical artists.

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music has been bringing the best of Jazz, R&B and Rock to the area and keeping the tradition of free concerts in the park alive.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than Season Four, we are finalizing our lineup for Season Five and it is outstanding. Now’s the time to take advantage of our new Individual and Corporate Sponsorship perks by pledging your support to one of the finest community events in the area. Call me to discuss the wide range of benefits you or your company can enjoy.

A geologist friend of mine knows all there is to know about the other kind of rock and can hold court on geological eras, the mineral content of the planets and

plate tectonics. But every once in a while, he will put that aside and say, “You know, Christina, rocks have the ability to retain negative and positive energy in many forms. Just the other night, the sky was black velvet and there was absolute silence and I swear I heard Rick Vito and Calixto’s sound still bouncing around the canyon.”

Here’s to the power of the music and Season Five.


Art Scene – January 30

New Beginnings

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I feel very confident that if George Bernard Shaw was still with us, he’d be the first one through the door on February 1st, when our new Art Center Annex at 309 14th Street in Glenwood Springs officially opens.

Lucy Dysart launches our new roster of Annex classes with vinyasa yoga from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Vinyasa yoga is synchronized to the breath and is often called flow yoga because of the smooth way the poses run together. The class will begin with vinyasa and end with restorative yoga. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning ‘connection.’ We want you there on February 1 so were making that first yoga class just $5!

Call us at 945-2414 for details on all of the dance, yoga and acting classes at the Annex.

Vibrant

Pulsing with creative energy and resonating with unique artistic perspective, the Center for the Arts has been the convergence for self-expression, community and collaboration since inception. So 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 that carries the weight of unbiased recognition.

NCA’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the transformation and sustainability of the national arts and cultural community and to be the leading provider of evidence-based insights that enable arts and cultural leaders to overcome challenges and increase impact. When they say “evidence-based”, it is music to our ears. Decisions based on fact and not emotion, campaigning or trends have a profound and lasting impact.

Here’s what they said:

Glenwood Springs, CO. is a small community nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a vibrant arts and culture scene that encompasses visual arts, dance, fine art, theatre, classical and popular music, arts classes, and outdoor entertainment. The largest juried art show in the state has been held there for over half a century. Every discipline is represented by medium-sized organizations. Large marble and metal sculptures are “planted” throughout town, and the vibrant music scene attracts young musicians. Glenwood Springs is ranked #2 in Arts Dollars and either #2 or #3 on every Arts Dollar measure. It is also second in the country on arts, culture and entertainment employees, 8th on federal arts grants, 9th on arts organizations and 10th on independent artist per capital.

There is no single definition of what makes a city’s arts scene vibrant. Vibrancy showcases different strengths depending on the character of a place and the people who live there. Communities that value arts and culture invest in it, and those

investments are reflected in the number of arts providers, the arts dollars, and the level of government support available.”

We congratulate all of our art partners in Pitkin and Garfield counties in this shared distinction and we know that our artistic futures continue to glitter with promise.

There is no possible way we could be at the top of a national cultural designation without you. Everyone who takes one of our classes, attends a Summer of Music concert, dance performance, art exhibit, or donates time and money to our every effort is part of that recognition. We thank you.

Congratulations to Us All!


Art Scene – January 23

New Beginnings

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I feel very confident that if George Bernard Shaw was still with us he would

Our much anticipated Art Center Annex opens February 1 with Lucy Dysart’s vinyasa yoga class from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. We want you there so were making that first class just $5! Vinyasa yogo movement is synchronized to the breath. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning ‘connection.’

The Center for the Arts is offering a variety of yoga classes at our new Annex at 309 14th Street in Glenwood Springs, taught by 5 outstanding teachers. This full and expansive, multi-faceted physical and spiritual tradition draws from countless influences and customs.

Meet the Teachers

Marcy Oliver describes this art as “an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body, mind and spirit. Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs, quiets the nervous systems, and improves concentration. This system of self-care brings vitality, health, deep relaxation and piece of mind.”

Marcy’s students typically have varying levels of experience and ability – many working on recovery from injuries.

Vickie Powell is all about hot yoga. This can refer to any yoga class done in a heated room. The room is usually maintained at a temperature of 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Most often, hot yoga tends to be a flowing, vinyasa style of practice in which the teacher instructs a series of linked poses. As you can imagine, a vigorous yoga session at high temperature promotes profuse sweating and makes the body very warm.

Cherlynn Wakehouse and Vida Dillard round out this amazing group of dedicated, inspiring and skilled teachers. They both specialize in hot and vinyasa yoga instruction; just what you are looking for to build the core.

Classes begin February 1 and continue through May 31 as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 7:00 p.m. Drop in for $13 and see which class works for you.

6 x 6 Exhibit

There’s still time for you to pick up your canvas and be part of the biggest community art exhibit in town. Remember, we give you a 6” x 6” canvas and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit.

I’ve got the solution for any excuse you have for not participating in this win-win opportunity. Our fabulous gallery curator and instructor of Mixed Media, Painting and Drawing, Terry Muldoon, invites you to use the Center’s supplies and get complimentary instruction in the bargain. Pick either Friday 23rd, 6:00-8:00 pm and/or Saturday January 31st. 10:00 – 12:00 pm. How can you turn down the opportunity to use our paints, oils and found objects while Terry guilds you to the heights of personal creativity! There’s limited space so call now at 945-2414.

Submission deadline is February 2nd with opening night on February 13th at 5:30 with the Artists’ Reception.

Namaste.


Art Scene – January 16

World Class

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” When Thomas Paine penned those words in 1776 it seemed things could not get worse. Yet he knew a basic truth – we have the power to change the seemingly unchangeable.

Today, it can seem that events conspire to challenge our ability to reason and our need to preserve our humanity. International and domestic struggles and conflict feed anger and feelings of isolation, real or imagined. No one is more keenly affected than the children.

Our primary focus has always been inclusion and serving the children in our region. When economic changes and expanded educational choices created a need for alternative options, the Center stepped up and designed two of our most successful programs – Home School Wednesday and Fifth Day Friday for students 6 – 12 years. Parents had a choice and the results have been amazing.

This year, we are delivering the programs through a new perspective. Students travel the world to experience how different cultures enjoy the arts; exploration, storytelling, pottery, art, music and dance through the rich texture of another culture. Differences become similarities as they speak the international common language of art.

I would like to invite your child to join us for one free day at either program to experience this worldview while enjoying a day filled with fun, education and teamwork. Call me at 945-2414 and mention that you read about this opportunity in the Art Scene.

A New Look At An Ancient Art

We are delighted to have former Disney sculptor, Kay Cochran, teaching three new sculpting classes every Thursday – Clay with Kay (4 – 6 yrs.) 4:00 – 4:45, Basic Sculpture (7 – 15 yrs) 5:00 – 6:30 and Adult Sculpture (16+ yrs.) 6:30 – 8:00.

Kay proves the adage “Sculpting is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt.” Working for several years at summer camps and after school programs, Kay found she loved both teaching art for its own sake and creating projects because “I’m a wannabe anthropologist and interested in science and many of the projects have a cultural or scientific aspect to them.” You say “I could never sculpt clay”. Kay says “Yes you can. I have designed a step-by-step process that anyone can learn that will take unformed clay and become your personal creation. Put doubt aside and begin!”

Still have your doubts? Try one of Kay’s classes for a $20 drop-in fee and have your own Disney moment at the Center. Decide to continue and we will apply that fee to your tuition.

6 x 6 Exhibit

There’s still time for you to pick up your canvas. Remember, we give you a 6” x 6” canvas and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit.

I’ve got the solution for any excuse you have for not participating in this win-win opportunity. Our fabulous gallery curator and instructor of Mixed Media, Painting and Drawing, Terry Muldoon, invites you to use the Center’s supplies and get complimentary instruction in the bargain. Pick either Friday January 16th and 23rd, 6:00-8:00 pm and/or Saturday January 31st. 10:00 – 12:00 pm. How can you turn down the opportunity to use our paints, oils and found objects while Terry guilds you to the heights of personal creativity! There’s limited space so call now.

Submission deadline is February 2nd with opening night on February 13th at 5:30 with the Artists’ Reception.

I want to take this opportunity to wish our Competitive Dance Company the best of luck at this weekend’s regional 24 Seven Dance Convention and Competition in Denver. Your level of skill, commitment and passion makes all of you winners already.

Bonne Chance!


Art Scene – January 9

Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

You can’t go wrong agreeing with Einstein and that is exactly what we do at the Center for the Arts. We explore the possibilities, question the process, arrive at the answer and take the next step. Whether it’s a new exhibit, new class, new collaboration or new location, we always ask the question “What’s next?”

Oh, This Is Definitely All About You

Enjoy an incredibly self-centered evening and join us for our first exhibit of 2015 — the Selfie Revolution! Artists’ Reception starts tonight at 5:30 with selfies projected onto the wall, a photo booth to capture the moment and tasty treats. Bring your friends and take the guilt out of unbridled ego.

Your Canvas Is Waiting for You

Come by the Center for the Arts and pick up your canvas for our amazing 6×6 Exhibit — truly a community art exhibit. We launched this last year and it was a triumph! We give you a 6”x6” canvas and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit. Submission deadline is February 2nd with opening night on February 13th at 5:30 with the Artists’ Reception. Last year’s event produced some astonishing work. Everyone is welcome – professional, amateur and anyone with a desire to have a great experience and support the Center for the Arts at the same time! Call your friends and family and tell them to come by the Center and pick up their canvas!

Painting Pages at Tuesdays At Your Library

Are we excited about this one! Our next collaboration with the Glenwood Springs Library begins Tuesday, January 13th at 4:00 and continues every second Tuesday throughout the year. We will read a story and then the kids will paint a picture of what they have heard. This free, after-school program is open to all kids from K – 5th grade.

Our New Dance Annex

We have been testing the Theory of Relativity for a long time. In our case, X = number of students, Y= number of square footage and the latest result is More Space Needed. We now have it with our new dance annex located the former Satya Yoga Studio at 14th and Grand across from City Market. We will be letting you know the class schedule soon!

Einstein Had Maurine In Mind

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

My work at the Center is my passion and I could not conceive of making a creative dance decision without the counsel, advice and insight of my colleague and dear friend Maurine Taufer.

Maurine’s training in dance began with designing and teaching at the Children’s Dance Theatre at the University of Utah where she continued teaching, directing and choreographing for 22 years. She moved to Glenwood Springs in 1981, and taught dance and fitness for 15 years at Colorado Mountain College. Then it was on to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts where she has directed and choreographed her dancers as they have performed throughout the Valley.

Expanding to our new Dance Annex is the direct result of Maurine’s exceptional level of excellence and her success in growing our thriving youth dance companies and children’s classes.

Maurine’s commitment to our dance program is unparalleled and, for me, it is a rare and wonderful experience to share the vision. Maurine is a “singular sensation, every move that she makes.”

See you tonight!


Art Scene – January 2

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It doesn’t always happen from one day to the next or one week to the next but from the last day of one year to the first day of the next, we feel we have a second chance for a new beginning. Like the tides and the gravitational pull of the moon, we are drawn to the future as we continue to build on our recent past.

We had a terrific year with big changes, big challenges and big successes and we can’t wait to see what this year holds. Plans are in place for expanded class offerings, more public events and gallery exhibits and new partnerships with educators and artists.

Call For Artists

Reminder about our first exhibit of 2015 and this one is definitely all about you — the Selfie Revolution. The exhibit will be on display for a month and we will project the images onto a designated wall in the gallery. Deadline for your appropriate selfie submission is January 5th and the opening night is January 9th with the Artists Reception at 5:30. Send your digital, high res file to brie@glenwoodarts.org.

Next up is the amazing 6×6 Exhibit – truly a community art exhibit. We launched this last year and it was a triumph! We give you a 6”x6” canvas and you create your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit. Submission deadline is February 2nd with opening night on February 13th at 5:30 with the Artists Reception. Last year’s produced some astonishing work. Everyone is welcome – professional, amateur and anyone with a desire to have a great experience and support the Center for the Arts at the same time! Call your friends and family and tell them to come by the Center and pick up a canvas!

Two New Exciting Classes

Jennetta Howell’s Theatricals

Jennetta is a stand-out performer at the Vaudeville Review and she is bringing her talents to us starting on Wednesdays in January with:

Session One – Kid’s Kabaret January 14th – February 18th 4:00 – 5:30 pm. This 6-week class is for kids of all ages and skill levels who want to learn how to showcase their theatrical talents.

2nd Session – Audition Workshop for Bugsy Malone Jr. Feb. 25th 4:00-5:30 pm. Come learn how to audition.

Kay Cochran

Kay, former Disney miniatures artist, will be conducting three terrific sculpting classes every Thursday:

Clay with Kay (4 – 6 years) 4:00 – 5:00

Basic Sculpture (7 – 15 years) 5:-00 – 6:30

Adult Sculpture (16 years+) 6:30 – 8:00

Call for complete details about these exciting new classes that are waiting for you at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. 970-945-2414 or glenwoodarts.org.

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Looking ahead we renew, reengage and refocus on the future. But on a night when the sky is as clear as cold water, we look up and regard the ancient, original art of the celestial panorama that has watched us stumble and strut, search and discover, consider and resolve, weep and rejoice – we sigh and we smile.

From everyone at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, the very best of this New Year.