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!

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

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

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

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 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

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.


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 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 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 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

“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

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 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!

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

Art Scene – August 26

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

John Hines knew his job. It was the 20th Century but he knew he was part of the hand off that began in 1886 when Walter Devereux formed the Glenwood Light & Water Company and electric power came to town. He worked in the power plant on the north bank of the Colorado River and understood the flow of knowledge and ideas that would come together at historic moments.

He wrote “Thomas Edison traveled through the mountains of Colorado during the summer of 1878, visiting mines and observing the hand-powered drilling techniques. Moved by the immense and difficult effort expended by hand in the mining industry, Edison reportedly turned to a traveling companion at a point above the Platte River and stated ‘Why cannot the power of yonder river be transmitted to these men by electricity?’ Returning home to New Jersey, he ceased work on the phonograph and put all of his laboratory’s energies into the development of electricity.”

The Glenwood Springs hydroelectric plant was the conduit of the future, the change agent that transformed the everyday lives of individuals and industry. That structure has been the home to the Center for the Arts for decades and we continue to be the conduit of change and transformation. We do it with a dedication to finding the creative spark in everyone and making sure it powers the imagination. Like lightning, the arts rebalance the universal energy.

Now, we begin a new chapter. When a June flood changed the course of our world and the main gallery floor was damaged, we immediately got to the business of getting back on track. September 2 – 10, our new floor will be completed and we invite you to be our guest from 3:30 – 6:00 on September 16 for our Grand Reopening.

New Dreams, New Ideas

Everything we do at the Center is about you. We never stop imaging the next step, the next opportunity. We also never stop focusing on the business of art that powers that process. Here are two easy ways to be part of that process:

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is right around the corner. The 17th Annual Culinary Arts, Wine & Brewfest will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the historic Hotel Colorado.

Join us from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a delightful evening of music, wine, beer, food tasting, chef demos, and the best silent auction in town with incredible items donated from across the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

August is Membership Month and we invite you to become a member of the award-winning Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Individual, Family and Business 12-month memberships are $30, $45 and $100. You receive discounts on our growing variety of children and adults classes and on annual events like the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest. Your membership also includes an invitation to our elegant annual Membership and Sponsor Appreciation evening. Your new or renewed membership supports year-long arts experience for everyone in the extended community and says that ‘art matters’. Go online at or give us a call at 945-2414.

Remember, our Fall/Spring classes start the week of September 6th and they’re filling up fast so go online to and register now!

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein

Art Scene – August 19

In 5, 4, 3, 2…

Nothing beats coming to the end of a challenge, a challenge that called upon everyone’s patience, resolve and ingenuity. There was no interruption of classes in the aftermath of the June flood but we were a theater without a stage. Beginning September 2nd, the installation of the new gallery and gift shop floor will begin and upon completion, we will be inviting you to one terrific Grand Opening where we can share the exciting future and hear your ideas for the next chapter of your Art Center.

The Winner and Still Champion

It may have been a summer of surprises but out of that came a rekindled spirit to bring the community our best effort and our biggest fundraiser of the year, the 17th Annual Culinary Art Wine and Brewfest, is just that.

The setting for success has to be the historic Hotel Colorado and we have grown this crowd-pleaser to encompass and transform the Taft, Devereaux and Colorado rooms plus most of the lobby. Culinary and beverage stars from last year’s event will be returning with new hospitality pros joining them.

Then there is our Silent Auction. Each year, this is a standout. We reach out to retailers, artists, jewelers, hotels, restaurants and our nationally recognized tourist adventure pros and they never disappoint. Just like last year, Denver hotels and museums will join in, plus original art from nationally and internationally-known artists.

Proceeds from this exciting evening help us serve over 28,000 people annually, delivering public events, cultural, artistic and educational programming at the Center for the Arts, and to our outreach partners: Two Rivers Community School, Glenwood Springs Elementary School, Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Springs Middle School and the Glenwood Springs Library.

Think about enhancing your experience at this amazing event by becoming a sponsor, silent auction participant or an Art Center member. Contact me at 945-2414 or for details on the free tickets and advertising as a sponsor, your silent auction contribution or the membership levels that give you discounts to this event and any Art Center classes. It all adds up to the vital support of the essential creative opportunities we provide for every member of the community. All contributions are tax deductible so call me and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 15th, 5:00 – 8:00 for one exciting evening.

The Shared Experience

After a wonderful summer of classes and camps, we present our Fall/Spring semester that was designed with emphasis on creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. We will celebrate the uniqueness of each student while finding common ground for them to create a community of new friends and new ideas.

Our Fall/Spring curriculum begins on August 19th with our one-of-a kind 5th Day program for kids 6 – 12. This amazing full day of art, dance, pottery and music has developed a big reputation in the valley.

Next up, the complete Fall/Spring/2016-2017 semester begins Tuesday, September 6. We’ve added new art, music, dance and pottery classes to our highly successful curriculum that will be taught by the best artists, dancers, potters and musicians in the valley.

When children discover the arts early, the world of learning will always be theirs. We have a deal to make that happen that you won’t believe. Tuition for Monday’s Pre-Ballet & Tap, Mudpuppies and Art Start for 3-5 year olds has been reduced from $67/mo. to $35/mo. per class when you sign up for the block of classes. This is for the entire year!

Classes are filling up fast so go online to and register now!

‪”We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.”                                             Gloria Steinem

Art Scene – August 12

Calligraphy of the Imagination

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. We take the arts with their roots in the ancient experience and make a compact with the next generation.

We’re in the business of partnering. It’s a natural occurrence because there isn’t a class we offer, a workshop we build, or event we deliver that doesn’t provide an essential experience for the individual.

Our Fall/Spring curriculum begins on August 19th with our wonderful 5th Day program for kids 6 – 12. This amazing full day of art, dance, pottery and music has developed a big reputation in the valley and we encourage you to call and register now. Ask about our affordable early drop-off and late pick-up rates.

Our complete class line up launches Tuesday, September 6, with dozens of classes to choose from: Painting, mixed media and art journaling with Noemi Kosmowski and Terry Muldoon; pottery, sculpting and ceramics with Judy Davis and Kay Cochran; Brad Vierheller, Karen Cochran and Ashton Taufer will do their magic with singing, piano and guitar classes. Maurine Taufer and her fabulous dance faculty guide pre-ballet through advanced dance company with a variety of classes and ability levels.

We are dedicated to our mission of making the arts available to everyone and we constantly seek feedback to make sure we are on track. The through line of this feedback is consistent: Keep developing more classes and programs, keep improving the quality and keep expanding the outreach into every part of the community.

Our outreach programs are flourishing and back this school year with Fine Arts Wednesday at Two Rivers Community School and the Early Release Wednesday program through the Aspen Community Foundation at GWS Middle School, Sopris Elementary and GWS Elementary School. Painting Pages is our every 2nd Tuesday at the Glenwood Springs Library with a free after school bi-lingual story and art experience for elementary school kids. This has been a terrific partnership with Sue Schnitzer and her incredible library staff. Find out which of these educational outreach programs can benefit your children and let the Art Center be an expanded part of your family.

All classes are filling up so call us at 945-2414 or register online at and select Classes and we’ll have one terrific year.

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”

– Albert Camus

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

Art Scene – July 29

A Brighter Day.

“At the Center for the Arts, we plan every event, every class, every educational program with a clear eye to building and maintaining a solid foundation for children and adults. Artistic expression is resilient and grows with every influence, every experience.”

I said those words in our column last August and they have never been more meaningful than they are today. A June flood compromised our building and required us to double down the resilience and turn this experience into a new direction. But you never work alone. The call went out and people stepped up. Dance classes were welcomed at the Masonic Lodge, Sue Schnitzer offered the library gallery space for our exhibits, our incredible teaching staff ramped up their inherent enthusiasm and commitment so no doubt or anxiety was passed on to the kids. Finally, with a growing demand for more and bigger classes, we made presentations to the city council about a permanent move to the old library building and they are working on an equitable plan. No classes were cancelled and there was no interruption of our public events and, for that, we are profoundly grateful to every single person who grabbed an oar and rowed!!

So, here we are with our summer session’s big finish! Kids and parents were delighted with the variety of classes offered. Our new Islander Summer campers studied every one of the 8 Hawaiian Islands and joined the national Hokulea Propagate for Peace online classroom and planted a tree to conclude their summer adventure.

We’ll take a little break and then it’s the Fall/Spring 2016-2017 semester with 5th Day Friday on August 19. This is the fifth year of our innovative full day art, dance, pottery and music program. We developed our World Culture model with all classes structured through the esthetic of different countries. Students interact with each other, building friendships and self-confidence while discovering and enhancing their unique talents and artistic expression. That moment when a student connects with the viewpoint of another culture is transformative. All boys and girls from 6 to 12 years old are welcome. Go to and register.

The full semester begins Tuesday, September 8 with a variety of art, pottery, dance, guitar and piano classes. In addition to these favorites, we have added new classes like Brad Vierheller’s Teen Piano Class that will happen every Tuesday at 6:15.

Speaking of the amazingly versatile Brad, when Jonathan Gorst became the owner of the Riviera Supper Club, he added a piano bar and invited Brad and Kyle Jones to join him Wednesdays through Saturdays and bring their top tier talent with them. Here’s the lineup: Jonathan Gorst Wednesday 7:00 and late Saturday night, Kyle Jones Thursday 7:00-9:00 and Brad Vierheller Friday and Saturday 7:00-9:00. Add their lush and lovely music to the food and the ambience of the Riv and it is irresistible.

Thanks again to everyone as we make our way and continue to create a world of art for everyone.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”                                                                Albert Schweitzer


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