Art Scene – December 16

Look out Memphis ‘cause here comes Sue!

I rarely get caught off guard when it comes to cultural change in our community. When it does happen, I try to respond as the evolved adult I purport to be and face it full on. When I learned that Sue Schnitzer, Glenwood Springs Library’s pre-eminent branch manager, was making the move to the Memphis Tennessee Library and Information Center, I simply closed my office door, called Sue at work, disguised my voice and whined “Pleeeeese, don’t go, don’t go, don’t do!” In her patient I’m Here for Everyone voice she said, “Now Christina, I know it’s you so why don’t we just talk about this.”

Actually, I called to wish her the very best in her new adventure and to thank her for the innovations, dedication and total commitment to making music, reading and the love of learning available to everyone. Sue Schnitzer and the Art Center share the same mission of inclusiveness and the creation and emotional maintenance of safe and expansive environments for individual expression.

When Sue arrived at the new library in 2014, she didn’t waste any time becoming part of the community by creating new programs and enhancing the tried and true ones. She became a dedicated advocate for all individuals and organizations.

Sue called on the Center early on with an idea for an after-school program called Tuesdays at Your Library where parents could drop off their elementary school children for wonderful programs. We came up with Painting Pages for our Tuesday. We would read a story aloud and the children then painted what they heard, saw and felt. It was and is one terrific success and the reason we won a Bessie Minor Swift grant in 2016.

The library became a second home for our outstanding 5th Day program where kids from 6 – 12 spend their Fridays in painting, pottery and dance classes. But the favorite was the field trip to the library where Sue and her staff would shine. To welcome 20 rambunctious kids and give them plenty of space and access enriched and help expand that program.

So, my friend, good luck from a grateful town and your Art Center. Thanks for everything. You changed the course of the river.

A Beautiful Sight

Last Friday, we launched the 2016 Winterfest and what a night it was. The town showed up and discovered our best holiday gift show yet. The artists out did themselves and here’s some of the newest talent to join us:

Shelly Armas takes the art of mosaics into the stratosphere. Hand-cut tiles in tapestry colors, coupled with stained glass, china and vintage beads gives new meaning to one-of-a-kind.

Dara Barth is a legendary local painter and when you take a slow walk by her exhibit of breathtaking acrylics, you are drawn in by her contemporary and singularly unique vision.

Francesca Bonfiglio happened by one day and invited us to take a look at some of the most beautiful handcrafted jewelry to come to the Art Center. Stunning beaded necklaces and bracelets take her artistry to a very special place.

Kelley Cox, former top photographer at the Post Independent, uses that same photographer’s eye for detail to vintage jewelry creations and combining found objects, artistry and a keen eye for composition into singular set pieces.

Wendy Glassier, brings her handmade rustic pillows, potholder series and healing neck pillows to the show. Beautiful fabrics and an artist’s eye for color brings mountain chic to perfection.

Emily Gustafson and her Wild Feather and Stone creations is another stunning first for the Center. Leather snap bracelets that feature faceted crystals and stone pieces will take hold of your imagination and not let go!

Angie Herrington, Glenwood quilter extraordinaire brings original design and flawless composition to over a dozen creations.

Rita Wagner, legendary massage therapist, shares her secrets with her handmade line of essential oils that are exactly that…essential.

Winterfest is open 7 days a week until Christmas Eve so come on by and view the work of over 18 fantastic artists and make your wish come true.

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


Art Scene – December 9

The Treasure Trove

In my line of work, I have the opportunity of knowing truly remarkable and talented people. I witness individuals who live what they love on a daily basis. I hear their stories, and together we write new chapters in the books of our mutually creative lives. My lucky stars often line up to provide opportunities to me that I absolutely treasure.

I’m reveling in treasure this week as I witnessed my staff do it again. You know… that great work that they always do — another sold out show, another inspired child who made memories dancing under the lights, another happy choreographer, audience member and art patron. We live our mission each day of “Providing Opportunities to Create and Enjoy the Arts”. Thanks to our director of Dance, Maurine Taufer and our incredible dance staff Emily Fifer, Laura Bahr, Gabriella Collier, Bailey Barnum, Danielle Yost and Nicole Zinn for bringing another successful and cheer-filled Winterpalooza to life at the Vaudeville Tuesday and Wednesday.

Our dance adventures continue into the weekend as we inaugurate the Rocky Mountain Dance Project with a scrimmage of local competitive dance teams on Saturday, December 10th from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Masonic Lodge at 9th and Colorado. The Saturday scrimmage is free to the public, so come and watch as dancers perform pieces of choreography in front of industry judges discovering what it will take to get them to the next artistic level of competitive dancing.

Then on Sunday, December 11th at the Art Center, we invite all dancer of any age and skill level to take Master Classes from out gifted teachers. Emily Fifer teaches improv from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Bailey Barnum leads contemporary from 11:00 to 12:00. Gabriella Collier teaches hip hop from 12:00 – 1:00 and our guest teacher and a founder of the Artilluma Dance Company, Landon Churchill, teaches tap from 1:00 to 2:00. This Master Class day is $35 per person. Call 945-2414 to register!

The Treasure That is Bella

In celebrating a week filled with exceptional dancing, my hat’s off to our Director of Competitive Dance, Gabriella Collier. She is the dreamer behind the Rocky Mountain Dance Project. Bella attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC this summer, and came back with great ideas to solidify the Art Center’s vision of being the dance epicenter of the Roaring Fork Valley. We live our mission and vision on a daily basis, and it’s because of outstanding individuals like Bella who through innovation, creativity and love for the form bring opportunities to life for aspiring dancers in the valley.

Thank you, Bella. You impress me every single day. The Center is lucky to be your partner in developing youth and providing professional dance opportunities to so many individuals. We love you and appreciate you. As we say in the world of dance, “Merde” for your showcase this weekend. You, my friend, are a true showstopper!

A big shout out to the choreographers from the Art Center presenting works at Rocky Mountain Dance Project. Gabriella Collier, Eunice Calzadias, Laura Bahr, Katie Deyoe, Bailey Barnum, Kia Meraz, Michelle Edgar Enos and me! I’m thrilled for all of you to come watch our creations come to life on Saturday. We are excited to see the works presented by our partners in dance, the Artilluma Dance Company from Rifle, CO. Join us!

The Winterfest Treasure 

Tonight’s the night we launch the most popular holiday tradition in the valley. Meet the Winterfest artists, join your friends and neighbors and be dazzled by some of the most original and affordable artistry around. Colorado Candies super chocolate fountain will be here along with food master Ghandi Indian Cuisine. See you between 5:00 – 8 :00 for this superb annual community celebration.

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


Art Scene – December 2

Making A Masterpiece.

He might have been a grocer if his father had his way. But then, his mother was a singer and Claude Monet knew his would be the world of the arts.

At 11 years old, Monet entered the Le Havre secondary school of the arts. Academic courses were taught as well as days spent copying the masters. He soon found himself looking out the window and painting what he saw. He would turn his back on tradition.

As a teenager, he met fellow artist Eugène Boudin who became his mentor and taught him to use oil paints. Boudin taught Monet ‘en plein air’, the outdoor techniques for painting. In Paris, they would join artists who shared this new vision, painting the effects of outdoor light using broken color and rapid brushstrokes. They were dedicated to honoring what they saw by painting color by color and layer by layer forever changing the world of art. Impressionism was born.

The Art Center Palette

Each student, each artist, each teacher and each community colleague adds the next impression to our work. We honor them by watching, listening and designing the very best environment for success.

This month is not an exception to our growing offerings but what has become the rule for diverse events like our sold-out Winter Palooza Student Showcase. On Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th, our dance company members and gifted dance students will return to the Glenwood Vaudeville Review Theater and take the audience on a wonderful winter wonderland sleigh ride.

We added another vibrant color to the palette with our newly launched program called the Rocky Mountain Dance Project. We responded to the need for a professional feedback event where dancers only compete against themselves as they perform pieces of choreography in front of industry judges discovering what it will take to get them to the next artistic level of competitive dancing.

I’m inviting you to come by the Masonic Lodge at 9th and Colorado on Saturday December 10th anytime between 11:00 and 4:00 or the Center for the Arts on Sunday December 11th between 10:00 and 2:00 and watch this fascinating process of artistic growth.

Our artistic palette expands when we present this year’s Winterfest Holiday Gift Show. It all begins on Friday, December 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 when you’ll meet the artists, staff, members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber and your friends and neighbors and shop, shop, shop! Don’t miss the show that celebrates the beautiful work of local and regional artists. Winterfest runs through December 24th.

The Donors’ Palette

We have launched our 2016 year-end giving campaign, my friends, and we invite your help us create the next masterpiece. All contributions are tax deductible and you become part of the cultural center of the community — the place where each individual finds their unique opportunity for artistic inspiration. Visit glenwoodarts.org and donate today!

The Master at Work

I’m delighted to close today’s conversation with a rare short film sent to us by our dear friend and gifted British painter, Joy Johns. This look at the making of a masterpiece is astonishing. Search on Claude Monet – Filmed Painting Outdoors (1915) – YouTube. Now, sit back and be amazed.

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 25

Ceremony.

The ceremony of community is one of the most organic and life-affirming gestures we can experience. It defines the measure of people by the affect they have on others.

Each person that is part of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is part of that artistic cause and effect. We cause the classes, the exhibits, the after-school outreach programs and the performances to happen and the effect is immediate – the seed is planted and grows throughout the community. We see it every day.

We’ll see it today at the Hotel Colorado when our youth dance companies kick off the holiday tree lighting ceremony at 4:00 pm. Beautiful.

The best examples of community will happen in the month of December starting with our acclaimed Winter Palooza Student Showcase at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review Theater. On Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th, our dance company members will be joined by the rest of our gifted dance students to deliver the beautiful result of the promise each teacher and dancer makes to themselves and to their audience that they will deliver the best show possible and have a great time doing it! Call us for tickets at 945-2414.

Looking Forward

 We never stop the process of creativity. We never step back after a few passes at the canvas and say “That’s good enough.” We live our mission of making the arts available to everyone by keeping a watchful eye.

Living in the mountains is sublime. The natural world has the upper hand and the view is spectacular. But sometimes that can put us outside the mainstream of opportunities. Not for long. We have launched a new program called the Rocky Mountain Dance Project responding to the need for a professional feedback ‘scrimmage’ where dancers perform pieces of choreography in front of industry judges to discover what it will take to get them to the next artistic level of competitive dancing.

I want you to see how this works and invite you to come by the Masonic Lodge at 9th and Colorado on Saturday December 10th anytime between 11:00 and 4:00 or the Center for the Arts on Sunday December 11th between 10:00 and 2:00 and watch the fascinating process of artistic growth. These dancers will only compete with themselves.

Winterfest 2016

Every year, we transform the Center for the Arts into a holiday shopper’s paradise with exquisite and affordable one-of-a-kind gifts. It all begins on Friday, December 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 when you’ll meet the artists, staff, members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber and your friends and neighbors.

Resident artists Noemi Kosmowski, Judy Davis and Terry Muldoon present their signature works: classic still life in oil, inspired pottery and clay and the best in mixed media jewelry. Joining our year ‘round gift shop virtuosos is an incredible lineup of local and regional artists. Don’t miss this community tradition that runs through December 24th.

Remember, you can be part of the process when you make an online donation at glenwoodarts.org on national Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Click on Donate Now and end 2016 on the best note possible.

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

Henry David Thoreau

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 18

To listen. To help. To inspire. To love.

I’m starting to really understand what my purpose is as the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. It’s so much more than I could have ever imagined when I signed on in June of 2014. I thought it would be about running the show, navigating the coolest art boat in town through unknown waters, making the best decisions to grow our nonprofit enterprise and, simply, to press on no matter what. But that was just the mechanics of it.

It became much, much more. It is about “being” with you. It is about believing in you and helping you believe in yourself. It is about responding to community needs with art as the answer. It is about giving you a place to play out your dream ideas, to ignite your spark through classes and events and to exhibit your creations. It’s about not skipping a beat, staying on top of the latest trends and delivering individual opportunities you couldn’t get anywhere else. Bottom line, this way of being comes down to our core value: kindness. In a world that can challenge that basic necessity, you can look to me and to all of us at the Art Center to help you find the hope you are seeking.

This week, my purpose became very personal. Georgi Aibner, brilliant teacher, passionate friend to all and wonderful mother to my childhood friends, passed away on the 9th of November. She was an incredible human being and I am a better person for having known her and her talented children.

Georgi believed in the power of each individual and their infinite potential. As a certified teacher and leader in bringing Destination ImagiNation to the Roaring Fork Valley, she worked to prepare Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.

A dear friend of Georgi’s called to share some thoughts with me. She said “A stranger could look at her Facebook and know who she was. She believed in service, she supported people with cancer, veterans, early childhood education, Native Americans and the global family. She was a person of faith and love. Georgi would have been astonished at recent events and would certainly have quoted one of her favorites – Maya Angelou. ‘Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.’

We will host the celebration of Georgi Aibner’s life at 11:00 a.m. this Sunday, November 20th at the Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street in Glenwood Springs.

The Power of Art

Georgi loved artists and their art and she loved the Unique Boutique and the coming together, the energy and the goodwill it created. We’ll be thinking about that gentle and generous spirit tomorrow, November 19th from 9:00 – 4:00 when 16 talented artisans bring their incredible creations to the Center for the Arts. Here’s to you, Georgi, dear friend.

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 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