Art Scene – November 11

On Becoming A Democracy.

Every four years we participate in a process, a process of governance that began in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. But that was just the starting point. Next came the ratification of the Constitution by the states in 1788 and George Washington taking office in 1789. But we weren’t there yet.

According to Harry Rubenstein of the American History Museum, “the symbolic birth of our system of government didn’t come until September 19, 1796 when Washington, deciding not to seek a third term, published his farewell address, marking one of the first peaceful transfers of power in American history and cementing the country’s status as a stable, democratic state. Stepping down is unique. It’s a powerful statement about George Washington and American democracy.”

This week, we took the final step to completing that unique process and every emotion, every measure of reason was put to the test. When the results were in, a new set of emotions burst forth and there seemed to be no middle ground, no place to rest. But at the end of the day, we do not wage a social war on each other, we cannot afford to. What we can do is continue to be activists.

We must never fear that word. We are activists when we maintain our governing values and insist on fair treatment for all. We are activists when we maintain our schools, our communities and our relationships. We are activists when we seek common ground. Remember Susan B. Anthony and everyone who worked tirelessly for all of us against unrelenting odds.

Art Renews and Restores

The Center for the Arts has always been a nexus of the community. We connect people with ideas, we design delivery systems for expression through classes, workshops and public events but most of all, we honor each and every individual for who they are and the road they travel. We are an essential haven, now more than ever.

Share Some Joy

The Unique Boutique has been an important part of the holiday celebration for over 10 years and we are delighted that they will now be a part of the Center for the Arts. This beautiful event will be November 19th from 9:00 – 4:00 with 16 talented artisans presenting an incredible array of pottery, fine art, jewelry, soaps and foods. For more information, call Cyn Cyr at 970-404-1880. Park at the lot between the Hot Springs Lodge and Hotel Colorado and walk to the Center.

Winterfest

Remember our submission deadline of November 18th to be part of our fabulous annual holiday gift show. Visit glenwoodarts.org, complete the application and send, along with pictures of your work, to brie@glenwoodarts.org. You will be notified soon after the jury process is completed.

Reach Deep. Reach Out. Reach for New Ground.

My dear friend, author Kimberly Chenoweth, sent this to all her friends on November 9th and I send it on to you.

“We feel what we feel. For many of us, this morning there is anxiety, with waves of shock and grief, for others, jubilation. We’re at our healthiest when we can be present with whatever is rising…it shapes our return to wholeness.

“I found this in one of Irish poet, John O’Donohue’s poems and it feels like it is an invitation to each of us and to all of us as a nation. ‘Though your destination is not clear, you can trust the promise of this opening.’”

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – November 4

The Power of Place.

We drove into the parking lot of the Glenwood Center for the Arts. We stayed in the car for a moment until my Mom said “Well, honey, this is what we talked about but if you’ve changed your mind, we’ll just come back another time.” I jumped out of the car and headed for the door. I wanted to dance and changing my mind wasn’t an option. I was 13 years old.

This historic building has always had the power; literally, when it provided the first energy and light to the streets, businesses and homes of rural Colorado in 1888 and when a hearty band of artful citizens took over the empty structure and rekindled the force in 1985. The Center for the Arts fuels the individual creativity in people from 3 to 83 with classes, workshops, exhibits, public events and community involvement.

That’s not all. Our facility is one of the most popular and powerful venues for any occasion – holiday parties, weddings, reunions, birthday parties, and corporate off sites for training, meetings and seminars. We have return clients who had the happy experience of being in an historically registered building with rich local history coupled with up-to-date services and hands-on staff support throughout their event. Call me at 970-945-2414 and let us be a partner in your success!

New Venue, Same Fabulous Event

The Unique Boutique has been an essential part of the holiday celebration for over 10 years and we are delighted that they will now be a part of the Center for the Arts. This gorgeous event will be November 19th from 9:00 – 4:00 with 16 talented artisans presenting an incredible array of pottery, fine art, jewelry, soaps and foods. To keep you movin’ and groovin’, there will be a massage chair and live music. For more information, call Cyn Cyr at 970-404-1880. She will not only have the answer but will have the organic jams and jellies that are legendary. Park at the lot between the Hot Springs Lodge and Hotel Colorado and walk on down! No early birds, please.

Winterfest

Be part of our fabulous annual holiday gift show. Visit glenwoodarts.org, complete the application and send, along with pictures of your work, to brie@glenwoodarts.org. Submission deadline is November 18th and you will be notified soon after the jury process is completed.

Be Part of the Art

Nobody does it better than legendary potter and teacher, Judy Davis. Judy has been the head of our Pottery Department from the beginning and right now she still has room for kids from 6 years and up in her amazing Kids Handbuilding and Wheelthrowing classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30. Judy’s makes every child feel special and introduces them to an amazing world of hands-on creativity.

We’re also so excited about our two new Winter Workshops:

  • Santa’s Ornament Workshop will start on Tuesday November 29th and every Tuesday through December 20th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Each week, kids of all ages will create a new holiday ornament.
  • Santa’s Fine Art Workshop will start on Thursday December 1st and every Thursday through December 22nd from 4:00 – 5:30. Each week, kids of all ages will create a different winter scene exploring the wide range of Fine Arts techniques.

Register at glenwoodarts.org. Tuition is $100 and we invite parents, at NO COST, to come and create along side the kiddos!

Never Say Never

They may have waited for 108 years but yesterday the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. It’s all about self worth and hope, determination and talent, faith in yourself and the process. To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald

“They were listening to their oldest, best dreams.”


Art Scene – October 28

‘Bit by bit, putting it together…

“Piece by piece

Only way to make a work of art.

Every moment makes a contribution,

Every little detail plays a part.

Having just a vision’s no solution,

Everything depends on execution.

Putting it together

That’s what counts!”

Stephen Sondheim is a Broadway legend but in early 1984 he had yet to become the folk hero of musical theater. His previous collaboration, Merrily We Roll Along, had closed on Broadway after a 16-performance run in 1981.

The creation of art is an emotional process and always has that breathtaking moment when you seem to start over from scratch, everything feels ordinary and you are a pitiable beginner. Sondheim felt it all.

Matt Weinstock at Playbill remembers: “Then salvation came—in the form of a Pointillist masterpiece. In June 1982, Sondheim began a tentative collaboration with James Lapine, a young Off-Broadway playwright. In search of a subject, they began rifling through photographs and paintings, one of which was Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

‘The 1884 painting looked like a stage set’, Lapine observed, ‘but it’s missing the main character.’ ‘Who?’ asked Sondheim. ‘The artist,’ said Lapine. He laid tracing paper over La Grande Jatte and drew a constellation of arrows, each one pointing to an anonymous figure on the riverbank. Mother? he wrote. Mistress? Butler? It was like an existential game of Clue, a whodunit in which the answer was Georges Seurat.”

French Post-Impressionist, Seurat took color apart. The result demanded that the eye and the mind of the viewer blend the color spots into a fuller range of tone that became an image. He took the world of art to the next level.

Layers, starts and stops, light and illusion, intent and impact. Putting it together. Sunday In The Park With George won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

A Man with a Vision

In 1905, Chicago attorney Paul P. Harris knew all about layers, starts and stops, light and illusion, intent and impact when he formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago. He knew if he could create a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships, they could change the world.

Today, this 1.2 million-member international organization of neighbors, friends and community leaders representing differing occupations, cultures, and countries wins the prize for shared passion and social impact.

Paul Harris put it together, piece by piece, creating positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Bringing It On Home

Tomorrow night, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm at the historic Hotel Colorado, the community is invited to celebrate the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs at their Annual Masquerade Ball. For over 52 years, they have provided grants to nonprofit organizations, student scholarships and a multi-faceted variety of community service programs.

The Art Center was invited to make this an extra special evening by creating one-of-a-kind art pieces in the form of hand-painted masks. I knew just who could create that magic – legendary artists, Terry Muldoon and Noemi Kosmowski. They began two months ago, one image at a time, one layer at a time – piece by piece, putting it together. One hundred stunningly unique masks later, they will be displayed for purchase in the ballroom.

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But first, you’ll sit down to a 5-course gourmet meal then work it off as you hit the dance floor. The music will be as diverse as the crowd with star DJ Andrew Brusig of Brusig Productions sharing the stage with the Symphony of the Valley.

A special thanks to my amazing assistant, Brie Carmer, for orchestrating a beautiful Silent Auction that will be ongoing throughout the night.

You can still save by visiting www.gsrotary.org to purchase your tickets. Advance tickets are $100 and $120 at the door. This is the most fun you can have and support the essential work of the Rotary Club and the world of art!

“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”                                                                       Paul P. Harris

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – October 21

‘Well done is better than well said.’

If I didn’t know better, I’m pretty sure that Ben Franklin must have been at our 17th Annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest last Saturday night because the feedback has confirmed it was certainly a job well done.

We never perform solo when it comes to the events the Center for the Arts brings to the community and I want to devote this column to honoring everyone who made our most important fundraiser of the year the biggest success we’ve had since we launched this community celebration in 1999.

The Food

Big Daddy’s, Chang Thai, Grand Avenue Sweets, The Grind, The Iron Bridge Grill, The Lost Cajun, Riveria Supper Club and Piano Bar, Nepal Restaurant, Zhengs, The Pullman and our food demo star Cherie Pape, chef/owner of Appetit Cherie Gourmet Catering.

The Wines

Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, Classic Wines, Craft Wines, Natural Wines, RNDC, Synergy Wines, Two Rivers Winery, Veraison Wholesale, CTS, El Costano, Wild Wind Cellars, Old World Wines and Williams Cellars. Much appreciation to Kevin Brady of Cooper Wine and Spirits for facilitating all of our major vendors. Thanks Kevin, we could not have done it without you!

The Micro Brewers

Breckenridge Brewery, Boulder Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Dales, Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, Odell Brewing Co, Carbondale Beer Works, Nikasi Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Snow Capped Cider, Talbott’s Cider Company and Tivoli Brewing. Special thanks to Emily and Damon Arredondo of Roaring Fork Events Company for an outstanding job in establishing our vendor relationships.

The Best of Show 

For the first time, we invited the over 400 attendees to vote for the best dish, best wine, best beer and best cider in Glenwood. We didn’t know how difficult a task that would be but after trying all of the marvelous offerings, our audience called it:

  • Best Dish – The Pullman
  • Best Wine – Glenwood Springs Brew Garden
  • Best Beer – Nikasi Brewing Company
  • Best Cider – Snow Capped Cider

To Those Who Step Up

The sponsors of this year’s event define community. Each individual, each organization believes that “the arts matter and are essential to our lives.”

Thank you:

  • Alpine Bank
  • Bighorn Toyota
  • Bethel Party Rental
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Glenwood Springs Ford
  • KMTS 99.1
  • Roaring Fork Events, LLC.
  • Cooper Wine and Spirits
  • Glenwood Hot Springs
  • Glenwood Springs Post Independent
  • Climate Control Company
  • Murray Dental Group
  • S2M Construction
  • Grand River Construction
  • Glenwood Insurance
  • Balcomb and Green, P.C.
  • Berthod Motors

They Keep on Keeping On

A special thanks to our committee members and volunteers:

Wayne Griffin, Kate McRaith, Kate Collins, Anais Liston, Stacey Barnum, John Quinn, Rita Wagner, Rhonda Bell, Veronica Capraro, Emily and Damon Arredondo, Brad Janssen, Tom Baldigner, Jerry Barnum, Courtney Madden, Shawna Dawson, Craig Dawson, Katherine Rosen, Kelly Zevin, Zabdi Fuentes, Morgan Crater, Judy O’Donnell, Randy Schriever, Sandy Schriever, Liz Waters, Terry Muldoon, Matt Christy and Tom McRaith

There’s Still Time

You can still bid on our wonderful silent auction items until 5:00 today. We are keeping the online bidding opportunity open so just go to glenwoodarts.org and select Culinary Arts Event and have the last word on the subject!

The Big Finish

The best part of your participation in this year’s event is knowing that all proceeds support the creation and delivery of 70 classes, 12 community events attended by 28,000 people, 50 annual scholarships, 7 outreach programs and the teaching of 700 students….plus we employ 27 artist/teachers!

Thank you one and all!

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts you can reach her at Christina@glenwoodarts.org


Art Scene – October 14

Curtain going up…

on the best show in town when we deliver our 17th Annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brew Fest at the historic Hotel Colorado tomorrow night from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Join us for delicious food, hundreds of wines and handcrafted microbrews and a chance to walk away with superb items from our silent auction! Tickets are only $35 for Art Center Members, and $50 for nonmembers! Get your tickets now while you still can! www.glenwoodarts.org

No show can succeed without an outstanding cast, set designers, musicians and talented crew. A big thank-you to everyone who made this amazing event possible! Patrons can come expecting bottomless food, wine, beer, great live music and the amazing feeling of supporting one of the most dynamic nonprofit institutions in the Valley!

The Cast:

Food: Big Daddy’s, Chang Thai, Grand Avenue Sweets, The Grind, the Hotel Colorado, The Iron Bridge Grill, The Lost Cajun, Riveria Supper Club and Piano Bar, Nepal Restaurant, The New Castle Diner, The Pullman.

Wines: Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, Classic Wines, Craft Wines, Natural Wines, RNDC, Synergy Wines, Two Rivers Winery, Veraison Wholesale, Williams Cellars.

Micro Brews: Breckenridge Brewery, Boulder Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Dales, Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, Odell Brewing Co, New Belgium Brewing, Nikasi Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Snow Capped Cider, Talbott’s Cider Company, Tivoli Brewing.

This just in! Patrons can vote for the best dish, wine and beer in Glenwood. With a line-up like this one, it will be very hard to choose!

The Set Designers:

Our artists have transformed the stately Devereaux and the Colorado Rooms and, with the best special event partners in the valley, Bethel Party Rentals, have created a perfect backdrop for an elegant evening.

We didn’t stop there! We turned the halls outside these stately rooms into a beautiful silent auction avenue featuring gift certificates and items from auto dealerships, specialty boutiques, 2-night stays at luxury resorts, food purveyors, spas, liquor stores, decorators, ski passes, restaurants and more.

The Music:

Providing the luxurious soundtrack to the evening is Brad Vierheller in the Colorado room. Brad is a leading area pianist and Art Center voice and piano teacher, you know him from the Glenwood Springs Vaudeville Review and the Riveria Piano Bar! In the Deveraux room, the legendary vocals and funky vibes of Vid Weatherwax will make you want to dance the night away! You will recognize the incredible sounds of Vid from the 6th Season of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Series!

The Demo:

The Live Cooking demo will take place at 6:30 PM in the Deveraux room – Chef, Cherie Pape. We are delighted to have Coronado Bay Resort trained Chef, Cherie Pape create her original gourmet dishes as our Chef Demo Extraordinaire.  Cherie is chef/owner of Appetit Cherie Gourmet Catering and an expert in international cuisine that is both healthy and delicious. Cherie and our stellar line up of restaurateurs, vintners and brewmasters want to see you there! She will be preparing: Thai Tacos … Best described as tender butter lettuce leaves filled with finely diced seasoned pork, scallions, shredded carrots, and chow mein noodles topped with a delicious house-made peanut sauce or cilantro pesto and sweet hot garlic sauce.

The Producers:

A show doesn’t happen without the producers. This year’s generous sponsors are:

Sponsors at “The Whole Dish” level:

  • Alpine Bank
  • Bighorn Toyota
  • Bethel Party Rental
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Glenwood Springs Ford
  • KMTS 99.1
  • Roaring Fork Events, LLC.

Sponsors at “A Big Forkful” level:

  • Glenwood Hot Springs
  • Glenwood Springs Post Independent
  • Climate Control Company
  • Murray Dental Group
  • S2M Construction
  • Grand River Construction
  • Glenwood Insurance
  • Balcomb and Green, P.C.
  • Berthod Motors

The Crew:

A special thanks to our committee members and volunteers!

Wayne Griffin, Kate McRaith, Kate Collins, Anais Liston, Stacey Barnum, John Quinn, Rita Wagner, Veronica Capraro, Emily and Damon Arredondo and generous volunteers from our community!

It’s going to be an amazing evening and best of all, all proceeds will support the creation and delivery of 70 classes, 12 community events attended by 28,000 people, 50 annual scholarships, 7 outreach programs and the teaching of 700 students plus we employ 27 artist/teachers!

Call 970.945.2414 for tickets or visit www.glenwoodarts.org.

Today is the last day to get discounted tickets! Tickets go up to $50 at the door. Reserve your tickets today and support the arts!

We’ll see you tomorrow night! Thanks in advance for your support. Cheers!

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts you can reach her at Christina@glenwoodarts.org


Art Scene – October 7

Above All, Keep It Simple.

Sounds like good advice in today’s complex, fast-paced world. But in the mid-1800’s, it was a gastronomic transformation when Auguste Escoffier, legendary French chef and restaurateur, understood that the changing rhythms of modern life necessitated a quicker service and food that wasn’t too ornamental. It should be scientific, methodic and practiced with extreme simplicity – with emphasis on flavor and nutrition, lightness and ease of digestion. He insisted on the freshest local ingredients, the best kitchen team and

“Surtout, garder les choses simples.” Above all, keep it simple.

In our world of art creation, art education and community outreach, it may seem that it is a free-flowing environment of vivid colors, individual inspiration, limitless artistic possibilities and spontaneity. All true. But the architecture of this enchanted enterprise is a simple and basic structure – attract and retain a gifted and committed staff, deliver a wide range of classes in a safe and supportive environment and keep community involvement top-tier and absolute.

We have a super Fall/Spring class lineup and two terrific October events that will show you just what I’m talking about.

If music and dance are just what the kids in your world can’t do without, here is a sampling:

  • Ashton Taufer, gifted guitar pro and local band legend is teaching Intro to Guitar every Monday from 4:00 – 4:45 followed by Guitar 1 and 2 from 4:45 to 5:30.
  • Bella Barnum-Collier, a truly outstanding choreographer and dancer, is teaching Level 1 Ballet every Monday from 4:30 – 5:30, then Level 1 Tap and Jazz from 5:30 – 6:30. For kids who love to dance but their weekdays about full, Bella will offer two classes on Saturday with Level 1 Ballet from 10:30 – 11:30 followed by Level 1 Tap and Jazz from 11:30 – 12:30.
  • Our dance program Director, the wonderful Maurine Taufer, is introducing the world of dance to our littlest artists with Kinder Ballet every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00 followed by Kinder Tap and Jazz from 5:00 – 6:00.

These terrific classes are filling up fast so register now at glenwoodarts.org.

Tomorrow from 11:00 – 6:00 at the Jeannie Miller Theater at the Glenwood Springs High School is the 2016 GlenX Success Summit. GlenX is a vibrant, project-oriented community service organization that is all about being as good as we can be. Visit their website at www.glenx.org to learn more about the day and get your tickets to this powerful event. I’ll be there as part of the speaker’s roster and our dancers will get things rolling with a knock-out performance followed by an audience participation Teach-A-Long.

The best part of our October is next Saturday and the 17th Annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest when we bring the best restaurateurs, vintners, brew masters and music to the Hotel Colorado for a terrific evening. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and you can be an important part of it when you purchase your tickets at glenwoodarts.org.

This just in…Renewal By Andersen will be at the party giving away $15,000 in new windows for your home! Sign up their booth for a chance to win.

“Art is our common language. It is that moment of connection between you and the moving image, the written word, the wrought bronze figure, the brilliant canvas. It may not provide the answer but it gives us a place to seek it.”

Those words launched the publication of our first Art Scene in October, 2014. Today, with this 105th column, we thank you for your continued support in the shared belief that the arts in our lives are more essential than ever before.


Art Scene – September 30

Stepping Up To Bat.

Basketball and football may have their Most Valuable Players but in the world of baseball there are the Utility Players. Now these ballplayers don’t necessarily glitter when they walk but they have the skill and commitment to play every infield and outfield position on the team, just short of hitting a line drive then making a run to catch it.

We have utility players like that at the Art Center. They are the first to step up with the idea, outline the goals and then head out the door to make it all happen. A standout member of our Board of Directors is one of those players. Meet Rita Wagner.

Rita doesn’t spend a lot of time deciding what we should be doing but rather how we should be doing it. Her intense commitment to community and to positive outcome drives her. Rita saw our biggest fundraiser of the year, the 17th Annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brew Fest, as the perfect opportunity to reach out to our past donors and sponsors, discover new participants and invite them all to be part of this important evening.

Rita precedes each of her follow-up field visits with a letter on why everyone should know about this vibrant community event, particularly this year. Here is what she wrote:

Dear Friend:

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts presents our biggest fundraiser of the year with the 17th Annual Culinary Arts & Brew Fest on October 15, 2016 at the Historic Hotel Colorado from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

It’s been quite a challenging year for us. When a June flood changed the course of our world and the main gallery floor was damaged, it was a devastating blow to us. Many summer classes had to be cancelled and we scrambled to find an alternative venue to hold as many classes as possible. The Masonic Temple opened their doors to us during the summer but we sustained much loss of operating income during those months. We didn’t skip a beat and got to the business of getting back on track. Now, we begin a new chapter.

As we approach our biggest fundraiser of the year, we are reaching out to the wonderful businesses of Glenwood Springs be a sponsor of this vital event. The timing couldn’t be better and the need couldn’t be greater.

Here are just some of the annual programs you will be making possible: Summer of Music, Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, 3 outstanding Youth Dance Companies and a nationally acclaimed Competitive Dance Team, The Wild West Fermentation Fest, 4th of July at Two Rivers Park, Two Rivers Public Art Project, Winterfest, Winterpalooza, 9 gallery exhibitions, Dancers Dancing and art, music, dance and pottery classes for children of all ages and skill levels. We provide after school outreach programming in all of our local schools and we are home to over 57 local artists in our gift shop.

Through it all, we were flood victims and we were resilient.

Thank you in advance for stepping up and being a sponsor supporting the artistic heart of the community.

Sincerely,

Rita Wagner

Board Member

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

Rita is definitely taking us across home plate on this one and has made our strong team even stronger. Visit www.glenwoodarts.org or us call today at 970-945-2414 to purchase your tickets and talk to me about your sponsorship opportunities for this high profile, important event.

You know, I think Vincent would have found a kindred spirit in Rita.

“Ideas for work are coming to me in abundance…I’m going like a painting-locomotive.”                             Vincent van Gogh


Art Scene – September 23

The Seeds and the Harvest.

Throughout the year, we always react to the changes in the natural world. It is impossible not to. It is the essential rhythm – planting, growing, harvesting, renewing. Nature has to constantly remind us that She is in charge and will always help us with beginnings, growth, rewards and renewal.

We follow that essential rhythm at the Art Center – the burst of energy in the spring curriculum as we plant the seeds of new methods. Then, the easy enjoyment of summer art camps as we bring what we’ve learned to the next season of growth and now we celebrate the results with the kind of learning experience unique to the arts.

October is All About Community

On Saturday, October 8 from 11:00 – 6:00, spend the day at the Jeannie Miller Theater at the Glenwood Springs High School with the 2016 GlenX Success Summit. GlenX is a vibrant, project-oriented community service organization that is all about being as good as we can be. Visit their website at www.glenx.org to learn more the day and get your tickets to this powerful event.

The Art Center was invited to be part of the day. Our talented dancers will start the event by showing you how to unleash your creativity with a great performance and then deliver one fun audience Teach-A-Long.

I am honored to be part of the roster and speak on EQ: Emotional Intelligence and how we benefit in helping others achieve their best. You learn how to share the common goal of always working for the greatest good of the community through the individuals within it.

On Friday, October 14, join friends, neighbors and visitors at Glen-A-Palooza when we celebrate each other and support local businesses. The theme for the night will be the Lumberjack Bash. That’s right, get on that flannel shirt and compete in the lumberjack and pumpkin competitions. Adults can carve and children can paint to their heart’s content. The Logan Brothers will bring their super sound and Cooper Avenue will be closed for the events with downtown businesses open until 8:00 so head on over.

You’re on a roll now and the best way to keep that spirit of community fired up is to be part of the 17th Annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest when we bring the best restaurateurs, vintners and brew masters to the Hotel Colorado for a terrific evening. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and you can be a big part of it when you purchase your tickets at glenwoodarts.org. Think about becoming an Art Center member and enjoy discounts on your tickets and any classes at the Center or donate a product or service to the Silent Auction.

Here’s just a few of the super items that have been generously donated for your consideration: a Redstone Inn retreat, a 2-night stay at the Alpine Bank condo in Telluride or 2 Funday Passes to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Special thanks to Jacey Reilly from the Park!

Round it out on October 29 with the Rotary’s 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball from 6:00 – 10:00 at the Hotel Colorado. Enjoy an evening of great food, live music and dancing. We’re a big part of this community event with legendary artists Terry Muldoon and Noemi Kosmowski creating stunning masks for the night that can be purchased at the event. For ticket information and more details, visit www.gsrotary.org.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”                                                                                      Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


Art Scene – Septebmer 16

A Thing of Beauty

You’ll understand just what I’m talking about when you come by the Art Center today from 3:30 to 6:30 for our Grand Reopening. Enjoy a little food, a little refreshment and a big difference as you move around the gallery on our brand new floor. It’s a great way to start your weekend and help us thank everyone who made it happen – Flooring America, Floors2Doors, parents, students and visitors.

Something Good

We don’t demand perfection every day, the constant peak experience, the essential moment but we certainly want to feel good about ourselves as often as possible. We can help you with that last part. Every time you attend a Center for the Arts event, you make all the difference by supporting over 60 in-house art, pottery, dance and music classes for children and adults; six collaborative outreach programs at the Two Rivers Community School, Glenwood Springs Elementary School, GWS Middle School, Sopris Elementary School and Early Release Wednesdays through the Aspen Community Foundation as well as our large in-house world and culture program for students 6 – 12 years old. Best of all, you will help sponsor 50 annual scholarships to families in need.

Your next feel good experience is coming up at the historic Hotel Colorado on October 15th from 5:00 – 8:00. It’s the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, our biggest fundraiser of the year. That’s the night you leave all personal restraint at the door and enjoy great food, wine, brews and the best silent auction yet. Join the Art Center as an Individual, Family or Corporate member and get tickets at a discount. You will have a marvelous evening sampling the very best food and drink in the area and at the same time, you will be part of a very good thing – supporting the largest arts organization in the Roaring Fork Valley. Go online at glenwoodarts.org or call us at 970-945-2414.

Each year, we look for that something extra, something so special it will seal the deal on one terrific culinary experience. We are delighted to have Chef Cherie Pape create her original gourmet dishes as our Chef Demo Extraordinaire. Cherie is chef/owner of Appetit Cherie Catering and an expert in international cuisine that is both healthy and delicious. Cherie wanted to move to the mountains and so she did leaving her role as a chef at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, the luxury oceanfront resort in Coronado, California. Once in Glenwood, she launched Gourmet Foods for Life bringing her knowledge of California fusion to the Roaring Fork Valley.

Cherie and our stellar line up of restaurateurs, vintners and brewmasters want to see you there!

Open registration is still in play for our Fall/Spring semester and if you haven’t taken a pottery class from Judy Davis, that’s an adventure you must experience. Go online and find out about Mudpuppies for 3 – 5 yrs, Kids Handbuilding & Wheelthrowing 6+ yrs. and Adult Handbuilding & Wheelthrowing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

Theodore Roosevelt


Art Scene – September 2

Respecting The Possibilities.

 There is no ‘wrong’ in art. There are no limitations, no unrelenting edicts. At the Center for the Arts, we do not impose an idea, a ‘right’ way to paint, to sculpt, to sing or to dance. We build a foundation that supports a limitless environment of creativity and challenge.

The world of the arts is the archive of the human experience. Prehistorical cave art was the emotional expression of the moment, the record of the experience. Ethnic music and dance informed the next interpretation. Language was the hybrid of centuries of communication and the yearning to be understood.

Everyday I see the beginning of that moment of expression. The 4 year old walks into the gallery and looks up, looks around and becomes, even for the moment, part of the process. An experience has now become part of her life, part of her memory.

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than continuing that process of discovery and we will begin the next chapter with our Fall/Spring 2016-2017 curriculum starting Tuesday, September 6th. We have returning students and newcomers and we have enhanced the popular standards and designed some new classes that will delight and challenge.

This year, we are combining a trio of classes for the Littles, the 3 – 5 year old artists of the future and we’re making it affordable for everyone. Mondays will start with Maurine Taufer’s Pre-Ballet & Tap from 9:15 – 10:15, followed by the Judy Davis winner, the Mudpuppies pottery class from 10:15 – 11:00 and then Noemi Kosmowski will take them through the bright and beautiful Art Start from 11:00 – 11:45. All of this at $35 per class, per month — almost half the standard tuition of $67 and it will be in place for the entire year. We know this group of classes will challenge and inspire. Register now at glenwoodarts.org!

Today’s The Day

It’s been one exciting summer with a full roster of classes in spite of a June flood. We reworked and retooled the plan and we delivered and today the repair begins on the main gallery floor that was damaged. The work will conclude September 10th.

Here’s the temporary plan for classes:

Art, pottery or music students will enter the Art Center through those classroom doors.

5th Day Program will sign in and out at the back art room door on September 2nd and September 9th.

The following dance classes will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. This arrangement is for September 6th – September 8th classes, the back to the Art Center!

 

Level 1/2 Hip Hop

Wednesday, September 8th

4:30 – 5:30

Bella Barnum-Collier  

 

Level 2/3 Hip Hop

Wednesday, September 8th

5:30 – 6:30

Bella Barnum-Collier 

 

Kinder Ballet

Thursday, September 9th

4:00 – 5:00

Maurine Taufer

 

Kinder Tap & Jazz

Thursday, September 9th

5:00p – 6:00p

Maurine Taufer

All other dance classes will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 911 Colorado Ave.

 

Please contact the Art Center at 970-945-2414 or your teacher directly if you have questions!

“To survive, you’ve got to keep wheedling your way. You can’t just sit there and fight against odds when it’s not going to work. You have to turn a corner, dig a hole, go through a tunnel – and find a way to keep moving.”    Twyla Tharp