Art Scene – February 17

Oh, What A Night!

 We launched our 4th Annual 6×6 Exhibit, last Friday, at 6:00 on the button and our scholarship fundraiser began. I will tell you that there was an incredible energy in the air that translated into 77 of the 238 canvases being sold in the first hour of the party! Regular gallery visitors, members, supporters, new friends and tourists who happened to pass by and saw that there was something really special going on in this beautiful space, moved from canvas to canvas marveling at the variety, talent, humor and passion that filled the gallery. First-time artist participants stood back and watched as SOLD stickers were placed on their work and they felt the same kind of pride we do when they made that creative connection.

Everyday, in this 119-year old building, we renew the contract we’ve made with everyone who walks through the door, a contract that promises opportunities for enrichment, creative expression and a neutral territory absent of judgment or presumption. Everyone in the community is a creative shareholder in this place. You may have been here one time, or everyday or have yet to make your way here but each of you is part of that energy.

A big thanks to everyone who was there and if you couldn’t make it to the opening night, come by the Center Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 and find your art connection for just $20/tax included. It is the easiest way to support the arts and walk away with an original! We’re at 601 East 6th Street. Exhibit ends Monday, February 27th at 5:00.

Martha and Satchel and Misty

“Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart.”  Martha Graham, revolutionary American modern dance choreographer.

“Dance like nobody’s watching.” Satchel Paige, all-time great American baseball player and humorist.

“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful.” Misty Copeland, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

That describes the Glenwood Springs Competitive Dance team when they swept 2017 Showbiz Talent Competition in Denver last weekend! The Center provided 30 pieces of choreography, with 10 of the pieces winning Top 10 placements in their respective categories. We came home with two Icon awards, with Megan Quinn and Skylar McLaren the highest scoring dancers in the areas of contemporary and lyrical. Two of the highest honors, the designation of Miss Showbiz Senior went to Bailey Barnum and Miss Showbiz Teen to Megan Quinn as the most talented dancers in Colorado in their age range. They competed in a field of 777 entries!

About Bailey Barnum, winner of Miss Showbiz Senior:

 A dancer at the Center for the Arts since she was 2 years old, Bailey has 15 years of dance experience and is an incredible dance student, student teacher and choreographer. She is passionate about musical theatre and is currently a choreographer for the high school musical “The Addams Family”. She is a member of the professional dance company CoMotion in Carbondale and an incredible leader in the Center’s Advanced Dance Company and our Competitive Team. Bailey is one of the finest tap dancers in the state and, in the past 4 years, has been awarded tap scholarships to intensives through out the country. We are so proud of Bailey and all the ways she shares her passion for dance with her community.

About Megan Quinn, winner of Miss Showbiz Teen:

 Megan Quinn has been a dancer at the Center for the Arts since she was 2 ½ years old. With 12 years of dance experience, she is a leading member of our Advanced Dance Company and our Competitive Dance Team. At 9 years old, the Center started their competitive dance program and Megan, with her partner, Skylar McLaren, won 1st Place Overall at ShowStoppers in Denver and went on to compete at Nationals in Anaheim, CA, winning a 2nd Place Overall designation for Glenwood Springs. She is an outstanding student with a 4.2 GPA and her dedication to dance, theatre and school and her presence on and off stage is unmistakable.

Job well done, Bailey and Megan! You are an inspiration to all!

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


Art Scene – February 10

It will grab your imagination and not let go!

Tonight, at 6:00, Terry Muldoon will literally ring the bell and our 4th Annual 6×6 Exhibit will be launched. Terry was inspired by a similar exhibition in Denver in 2012. Other art centers around the country, including the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, have found a great success in this community fundraising art model. Rochester will host a 1,000-piece exhibition this year. We’re getting there, Rochester, since we’ve grown by about 100 participants each year since 2013.

Here’s a reminder of how tonight will work. You are encouraged to arrive early to view the art as the buying frenzy begins right at 6 pm. Now it gets interesting. All attendees will receive a note card sticker keeper. Terry calls everyone to the center of the gallery space, rings the bell and we’re off to the races. You will remove the inventory number from the pieces you will purchase and place them on your note card. When you’ve done your best, check out at the front desk. Pieces will not be pre-sold so it’s an even playing field. I promise you that all of my sporting references are not hinting at a track meet or a roller derby atmosphere just one exciting night at the best community event in the valley. All proceeds from this $20 per piece event build our scholarship fund keeping the art experience available to everyone.

The exhibit will remain open through February with all unsold works available for purchase. All 6×6 canvases will remain in the gallery for the life of the exhibit and you can pick up your purchase after the exhibit closes. All remaining canvases will remain on sale in our gift shop. Don’t miss this great opportunity to support the arts and be part of this positive community art movement.

6 of the 6×6’s

As the artists brought their work into the Center over the last weeks, I saw how the range of vision and creativity in the pieces was as unique as the artists who created them. Each year small canvases come together and become one large and living experience.

Here are six canvases that tell the story of this year’s event:

A student from the Liberty Classical Academy came to us for the first time and presented us with one of the most intricate mixed media creations we’ve seen.

One of our 5th Day students invited his parents to join him and a wonderful family 3-piece image was the result.

We never have specifics themes but they seem to emerge on their own. Cat, cats, cats. Cats who prowl, stalk and reside. Art always tells the story of the times and the world and galaxies also emerged – worlds in crisis, galaxies in change.

Our colleagues from the Art Guild continue to support this event and they are participating with beautiful canvases again this year.

One of our special needs friends joined us for her 4th year of participation with a beauty that will surely sell like the last three canvases she has created for us.

Leave it to the 6×6 chrome sculptor who out-did himself again this year turning one dimension into three!

With You In Spirit

I’ll be thinking of you tonight from Denver as our Competitive Dance Team keeps up their winning streak at the Showbiz National Dance Competition at Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Buell Theater. For the first time in the national history of that competition, the event sold out in Denver causing a second site at the Buell and a three-day event became four!

I have a strong feeling that the 6×6 exhibit and the dancers are going to make history this year!

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


Art Scene – February 3

The Power of 6X6

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts presents our fourth annual 6 x 6 exhibition, and exhibit of sizable proportions. The annual exhibition and fundraising extravaganza opens next Friday, Feb 10, at 6:00 pm at the Glenwood Springs Center for the arts, 601 E. 6th St., Glenwood Springs Colorado.

Why 6 x 6? Because art and creativity have been proportionally executed on 6″ x 6″ canvases. 300 canvases have been distributed throughout the community, created on, and returned to us to help us with one of our most favorite fundraising exhibitions of the year. All pieces will be for sale at the Center for the arts for $20 each. The best part? This is a true community art exhibition. Everyone from children in art classes, to art center members, community members who attended one of our free painting events, employees through corporate painting experiences and emerging and professional artists have created 6 x 6 canvases to help raise money for the Art Centers educational scholarship fund. International artists have even submitted work, as we will be showing work from Glenwood Springs to Dublin and London, all in our quaint historical building. We have grown the exhibit from 100 canvases to 300 over the last four years.

A Small but Mighty Idea

Terry Muldoon the Centers gallery curator and director of visual arts was inspired by a similar exhibition in Denver in 2012. Other art centers around the country, including the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, have found a similar success in this community art model. Rochester will host a 1,000 piece exhibition this year! We aspire to grow to an event of that size in coming years as our track record allows us to grow by about 100 participants each year.

 The event day, Friday Feb 10 6:00 pm

When coming to the center for the opening, all attendees will receive a note card sticker keeper. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to view art, as the buying frenzy begins right at 6 pm. Participants will be asked to gather at the center of our gallery space. We will ring a bell and then it is “off to the races” with the participants. They may then rush to the 6×6 of their choice, removing the pieces inventory number and placing it on their notecard. Attendees may then check out at the front desk, and may purchase as many pieces as they have gathered stickers for. Pieces will not be pre-sold, and we advise coming to the opening on time to get the 6×6 you want. The exhibit will remain open for one month, and all unsold works will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. All 6×6 canvases will stay hanging for the life of the exhibit, and participants may come pick up their 6×6 after the exhibit closes. The unsold 6×6 canvases will remain on sale in our gift shop. Don’t miss this great opportunity to support the arts and be part of this positive community art movement.

At the Center

We are so pleased to be hosting Roaring Fork Leadership in our gallery space today as the class of 2017 learns the power of Emotional Intelligence with Heidi Brinkman. This is a program near and dear to my heart as I’m a 2012 Graduate of the Roaring Fork Leadership program and a current RFL ambassador. I continue to find success because of the principles mastered through this great program. I also give presentations about Emotional Intelligence to help individuals and businesses find success through this dynamic leadership philosophy. To learn more about Roaring fork leadership visit rfleadership.org

To schedule an emotional intelligence presentation with me, email me at christina@glenwoodarts.org.

“The ability to regulate our emotions and the emotions of others in regards to decision making gives us a well rounded approach to leadership and creates an environment where we can break barriers that normally confine our success”

Christina Brusig, on Emotional Intelligence at the GlenX Success Summit 2016.

A job well done

Congratulations to our competitive dance team who competed in Denver two weeks ago at the Hollywood Vibe Dance Competition. Not only did our team score well, but we had the opportunity to learn from some of the finest choreographers in the industry! Our team heads back over the mountain to the ShowBiz talent competition at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver next Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Extended Thanks

A sincere thank you to everyone who attended our 3rd Annual Appreciation Gala and Annual Meeting on Friday January 27th. We feel so lucky to work with you and look forward to continuing to provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts together. Anyone interested in joining our new Art Center Ambassador program is invited to come learn more at our informational meeting Wednesday, Feb 15th at Noon at the Center for the Arts.

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


Art Scene – January 27

The Art of Appreciation

 Tonight is our 3rd Annual Appreciation Gala, and I warmly welcome you to join us this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at our home, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. We are located at 601 E. 6th Street in Glenwood Springs Colorado. This evening, we will be honoring the sincere commitment of our staff, donors, volunteers and sponsors. We will be giving awards of appreciation and celebrating the unique gifts of each individual that makes our art community vibrant. And to top it off, the live sounds of Vid Weatherwax and the delicious cuisine of Cherie Pape will compliment the evening. This event is free to the public. Come celebrate the Art Center, and learn about our plans for 2017. We look so forward to seeing you!

This evening is all about living our mission. Our Mission is to Provide Opportunities to Create and Enjoy the Arts

 How We Do It… By offering the most well-rounded and progressive artistic programming and community events on the Western Slope of Colorado. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a special place filled with creativity, laughter and collaboration. We recently helped Glenwood Springs win the “Most Vibrant Art Community in the Country” in the national study by Southern Methodist University on vibrant art communities around the nation.

We are a valuable cultural community asset, providing opportunities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the artistic aspects of life in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our top-notch education programs, coupled with our juried annual art exhibitions and production of over 25 events per year put us on the map as a leader in social change and an economic driver for our special community. At the end of the day, everything we do helps to develop citizens that understand and appreciate the arts. Our reach is wide as we hold inclusive decision making a priority when planning our classes, events and exhibits. We exist to serve our community and that is exactly what we do.

Closely following our mission, is our vision.

Our Vision is to Meet Community Needs with Art as the Answer

 Why It Matters To Us… We exist to meet the needs of our growing and changing community. We believe that art in all of its forms enhances life, inspires people and ultimately helps to develop the potential of our community. When community members, schools or businesses present a need, we are there to offer a creative solution.

When the RE-2 School District switched from a five day school week to a four day school week, we provided an essential service to working parents by offering a full “5th Day” of culture based artistic enrichment programming.

When the Summer of Jazz Series came to an end, we didn’t skip a beat. We created the Summer of Music Series, now in its 7th season, it has become Glenwood Springs favorite community celebration.

Our Impact in 2016:

  • 28,000 People served in 2016
  • 14,000 Attendees enjoyed the Summer of Music Series
  • 9,340 People experienced one of our collaborative events
  • 3,200 People visited our Art Center
  • 800 Students educated through our vast outreach programs
  • 300 Students educated through programs at the Center
  • 90 Businesses sponsored our various initiatives
  • 120 Artists exhibited in our Gallery
  • 65 Artists exhibited in our Gift Shop
  • 45 New collaborative partners were added
  • 40 Scholarships were issued to help families in need

We have accomplished so much together, and hope you join us to celebrate the amazing year we had in 2016!

We hope to see you tonight at 6:30

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

Christina@glenwoodarts.org


Art Scene – January 20, 2017

Headline Choices:

#1    A Painting That Insists On A Closer Look

#2   An Invitation for a Closer Look

He never tired of the sunset. He would sit on a bench in Washington Park and wait to see what the sun had in mind. As a painter, he would bargain with himself that he could remember this fierce and fleeting palette, make his way to the Flatiron District, take the steps up the brownstone at 58 West 15th Street, sit down with his fellow artists and create his next 8×8 tile.

William Merritt Chase, the master of American Impressionism, became a regular member of The Tile Club formed in 1877 during the Aesthetic Movement in America, an art movement focused on handcrafted decorative art. For the next 10 years, artists, writers, musicians and architects who had never painted a tile created miniature masterpieces, this by Winslow Homer:

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The 6×6 Club

There is something about the small tile and the small canvas that draws down a flourish of ideas and images into a demanding and unique focus. A concept that runs free and unbounded crystallizes into a sharp and intense realization.

This year is our fourth 6×6 Exhibit and, again, the community has responded with the kind of excitement that promises a brilliant evening. There isn’t a better event in the valley that lets you be an active part in the future of your Art Center.

It doesn’t matter if you have painted all your life or have yet to pick up a brush – we want you! Come by the Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street, Monday through Friday and pick up your free canvas. If you don’t have the supplies, join us at the Center the next two Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 for our free Community Painting Parties. Use our art supplies and let Terry Muldoon help you make a masterpiece! Call us at 945-2414 and reserve a spot.

Return your completed canvas by February 3rd and then attend your artist’s reception on February 10th 6:00 – 7:30 and meet your grateful public. All 6×6 canvases will be sold for $20 each/no tax.

Our mission says it all: To provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts. We make it possible to include everyone especially those who face financial hardships not of their doing. Every dollar earned at the 6×6 Exhibit goes to our scholarship fund – a big result from a little painting!

Hear’s to the Dancers Dancing

Our Competitive Dance Team is in Denver this weekend at the Hollywood Vibe Competition. These troopers have refined the art of the dance and the art of the competition that has earned them top honors. Break a leg!

Grateful Recognition

 Everything we talk about in this column would not exist if it weren’t for my staff, the teachers, the students, the parents, the volunteers, the community of supporters and sponsors and the board members who build each block of the architecture of art opportunities.

Please join us on Friday, January 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 for our Third Annual Appreciation Gala as we will celebrate you and everyone involved in what makes a community strong with art as the answer.

A Day of Transition

 As President Obama begins the next chapter of his life, I am reminded of his powerful contribution to the arts by keeping the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts at the forefront of his decisions.

The NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies, state and local governments, state and regional arts agencies, and private nonprofits on projects that provide opportunities for Americans to experience quality arts programming throughout the country.

He said it best: “We’ve got to support our artists and celebrate their work, and do our part to ensure that the American creative spirit that has defined us from the beginning will thrive for generations to come.”

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

 


Art Scene – January 13, 2017

‘This looks familiar to me.’

We’ve all said it. We’ve all heard it — this casual observation, this ordinary remark. But one recent afternoon, a student paused, looked at her canvas and then to Terry Muldoon and said those words. This woman, who had been ambushed by the thief that is Alzheimer’s, smiled and continued to paint.

At that stunning moment, we understood the profound impact the arts can have on everyone. We have no way of knowing how the linkage works. Is it color or texture? Is it the translation of an experience that affects the sense of self? What we do know is that we must continue doing the work that honors this human transaction.

Small Beginnings

 A small painting had a big impact when, in 2014, Terry Muldoon shared a great idea that art centers and galleries around the country were using to fundraise in a way that would involve the artistry of the whole community. It was the 6×6 Exhibit and it truly was Community Art Exhibit.

We’re back with Year Four and we invite everyone in town to create and donate your art. All ages, all skill levels, all those new to the arts, and all seasoned pros are invited to participate.

Come by the Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street, Monday through Friday and pick up your free canvas and then get creative. We can help you with that last part. We are having free Community Painting Parties from 1:00 – 3:00 for the next three Saturdays, January 14, 21 and 28. Use our art supplies and let Terry Muldoon help you be a part of our community mosaic!

Return your completed canvas by February 3rd and then attend your artist’s reception on February 10th 6:00 – 7:30 and meet your grateful public. All 6×6 canvases will be sold for $20 each/no tax.

When you support the Center for the Arts, you help us realize our mission “To provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts.” You help us deliver a variety of classes for all ages and skill levels and make possible high-quality community events like the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Series. So, have a great time expressing yourself then donate your work of art back to us. We can’t do it without you!

The Kindest Cut of All

 What do Hans Christian Anderson, Henri Matisse and Vallee Noone have in common? All were/are sublime paper cut artists. This intricate, intensely precise art form is astonishing. The oldest surviving paper cutout is a symmetrical circle from the 6th century Six Dynasties period found in Xinjiang, China.

The Art Center is delighted to have our first exhibit of the year feature some of the most beautiful examples of Vallee Noone’s artistry. Please join us tonight from 6:00 – 7:30 when you meet the artist and view this ancient art genre through the singular vision of Vallee.

Bringing It All Together

We see it every day. Volunteers who never say no. Teachers who keep it seamless by stepping up for a colleague. Students who listen, learn and build the team. Community supporters who spread the word, work the events and raise the funds and a solid base of Art Center members who believe that art is for everyone.

Three years ago, we decided to invite the community over to make it official with an Annual Appreciation Gala. It is a night of recognition, recapping the previous year and officially voting in a new board of directors.

Vid Weatherwax will provide the beautiful music, Cherie Pape will serve some of the best gourmet food in the valley and we’ll share exciting news about 2017.

Please join us on Friday, January 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 as we will celebrate you and everyone involved in what makes a strong community with art as the answer.

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”                                                                                      Voltaire

 

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


Art Scene – January 6

The Blank Canvas.

Paul Cézanne knew all too well the challenge of change, of exploring the new and the untried, of the excitement and risk of taking the next step. Cézanne built the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century and yet he would say “It is so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.”

We begin this New Year with all the excitement and energy of the next adventure. Last year was all about reaching out. We enhanced the programs we deliver to area schools, we presented joint exhibitions and events resulting in stronger bonds of cooperation and community and we welcomed new producing partners, sponsors and supporters to insure that the arts will continue to be available to everyone.

We also faced off a flood. If I needed to find an analogy for unexpected challenge, a threat to the future of the Center and, by contrast, the biggest outpouring of support, encouragement and stepping up, it would have been that event. Through it all, we never stopped welcoming new students, delivering classes and making good on our commitments to the community. Every optimistic cliché came into play from looking for the silver lining, seeing that is was darkest before the dawn and refining the recipe for lemonade, this was it. It also jumpstarted the colors, concepts and strong brush strokes we would apply to that blank canvas of 2017.

Start with Art

The Spring/Fall semester is off to one terrific beginning. Our pottery, dance and art classes continue with more positive feedback than ever.

I want to highlight Terry Muldoon’s role in creating some of the best art experiences in the Valley:

Young Masters Drawing and Painting classes build on discovering each student’s creative skill level. Classes are on Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:00 for 5 – 8 years and 5:00 – 6:30 for 8 – 12 years.

Art Sampler introduces 5 – 8 year olds to a different medium every week. Watercolors, acrylics, light sculpture and mixed media taking each child on a voyage of discovery.

– Art Comprehensive moves the Art Sampler experience to the next level as 8 – 12 year olds continue to expand their artistic, listening and team building skills.

– 5th Day is the most popular and well-defined all-day arts program in the area. This pottery, music and art curriculum is taught through a culture-based model. Currently, students are exploring the contemporary and history mosaic of the Russian culture.

Monthly field trips are a highlight of 5th Day. The most recent was a trip to the Aspen Art Museum where our kids left their hosts speechless. These 6 – 12 year olds identified every artistic medium, were familiar with a variety of styles and brush strokes and demonstrated a sincere interest and knowledge of the arts. They were proud and excited at the reaction. Great job Terry!

Visit glenwoodarts.org and sign up your future art star in one of these top-notch classes.

Everyday Appreciation

At least once a day, I feel the power of this place. I know the support and personal investment we receive from our staff, students, volunteers, community supporters and our terrific membership.

Knowing it and showing it comes in the form of our 3rd Annual Appreciation Gala. Mark your calendar and join us Friday, January 27 6:30 – 8:30 when this free-to-the-public event honors everyone who makes us possible.

Enjoy the music of valley legend Vid Weatherwax and dine on the sumptuous food prepared by Cherie Pape, owner/chef of Appetit Cherie Gourmet Catering.

See you then and share the great expectations of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts 2017.

 

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 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.