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.