Art Scene – March 10

The Method and The Magic.

 The history of artistic expression is as old as the Paleolithic cave paintings and as new as our Fourth Annual Battle of the Walls exhibit that opens tonight. The art students from 5 area high schools have transformed our gallery. Each artist took their place in that long line of storytellers, filtering their experience through a visual medium and a method that is exact, transforming the moment. The chronological age of these artists has little to do with their ancient understanding of the human experience and the in-the-moment grasp of their time.

 We are honored to have these gifted artists share over 80 pieces of original work and we invite you to meet them tonight at the Art Center at 5:30 for the artists’ reception. At 6:30, you will part a wonderful moment when we announce the winners of the Art Guild scholarships and continuing education awards.

Ira Shore and The Summer of Music

 Next Friday night at 7:00, it’s all about great music and one great musician. The music and comedy of Ira Shore promises a fun evening. Ira and special guest, Rita Shore, will help up us launch our Summer of Music 2017 fundraising with this free public event. You can bring a donation to help us deliver the largest and most popular annual event.

In addition to Ira, Rita and their musical magic, we will announce our 2017 Summer of Music lineup and we think you’ll be as excited as we are with this roster of local and nationally recognized standout bands. Come to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street from 7:00 – 8:15 and enjoy beverages, snacks and the sensational Shores!

Your Audience Awaits

Dancers Dancing, our biggest dance performance and annual showcase, is set to dazzle on May 12 and 13 at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood Springs High School.

Every year we celebrate the articulation, agility, strength and beauty of our dancers who are committed to their art. This year is special – it is our 25th Anniversary and it promises to be a sold out house and that is a great opportunity for you to let over 1,500 people know about your organization.

Our Dancers Dancing ads are now on sale and we are offering a great deal. When you buy one ad space you’ll get half off on an ad in our Cleo Parker Robinson program! This international dance legend, executive artistic director and choreographer of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will bring her company to the Roaring Fork Valley this summer. Her goal, like the Center for the Arts, is to foster appreciation, access and the development of new audiences for dance and to ensure the arts are carried on by future generations.

Contact our design genius, Brie Carmer, and discuss the ads that are right for you. The 25th Anniversary and Cleo Parker Robinson’s Dance Ensemble events are poised to have standing room only so there isn’t an easier way to reach one very big audience!

We Couldn’t Do It Without You

 March 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 discounts on annual events like our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest. Your membership also includes an invitation to our annual Membership and Sponsor Appreciation evening. Your new or renewed membership supports a year-long arts experience for everyone in the our community and says that ‘art matters’. Go online at or give us a call at 945-2414.

Showstoppers Indeed

Congratulations to every member of our troupe who competed against 900 dancers at the regional Show Stopper Dance Competition last Friday. They performed 29 original pieces of choreography with 85% of the work placing in the top 10. We were awarded 7 double platinum, 9 platinum and 13 gold. That, my friends, takes us to the national competition in California in July.

Great job everyone!

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

Art Scene – March 3

A Legacy and the Ribbon of Time.

Philosophy left us a road map of life choices. Science and its systematic enterprise gave us explanations and predictions but it was the arts that synthesized both worlds letting us sing our songs, write our stories, paint our dreams and sculpt our futures.

Dancers Dancing – A Legacy

When the lights go down, the curtains go up and the dancers from the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts take the stage at the Jeannie Miller Theatre on May 12th and 13th, our 25th anniversary dance experience begins.

This annual celebration is always spectacular but this year is all about the legacy of excellence and opportunity that has been nurtured over a quarter of a century.

To enhance this event, we are extending a special invitation to all former dancers, teachers, and contributors who took part in Dancers Dancing over its history. Please join us for this year’s performances on May 12th and 13th, as well as a special after-party for dancers, alumni, and family following Saturday evening’s show. Alumni will be recognized at all 3 shows and are invited to mingle with friends during intermission.

After Saturday’s evening show, we will gather at Rivers Restaurant for food, drinks, fun and more reminiscing.  If you are an alumni reading this, please e-mail so we can officially invite you and please help us spread the word to other alumni!

We are gathering photos and memorabilia from all of our past galas to display at this year’s performances and at the after-party. Please share any photos digitally at, email or drop them off in person with Brie at the Center for the Arts. We are hoping to receive all photos by April 30th and we to see you on May 12th and 13th!

Fill the Empty Bowl

We are taught at a very young age that if you work hard, anything is possible. For too many of us, life has a way of challenging that promise for a very simple reason – you start out most days hungry.

To help celebrate Colorado Mountain College’s 50th anniversary, two entities in the Rifle community are preparing to raise funds for Grand River Meals on Wheels while providing students opportunities to use their artistic and culinary skills for a worthy cause.

Kaaren Peck, Director of Grand River Meal on Wheels, and an outstanding member of the nonprofit community, is inviting you to lunch and to do something good. It couldn’t be easier and here’s how it works:

The March for Meals ‘Empty Bowls’ Luncheon is a fundraising partnership with Colorado Mountain College Rifle’s ceramics and culinary students for Grand River Meals on Wheels.

When:         11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 8

Where:        Grand River Health’s Grand River Ballroom, 501 Airport Road, Rifle

How:           $20 includes a student-crafted ceramic bowl and soup lunch with unlimited soup tastings prepared by Colorado Mountain College culinary students.

Why:           To raise money for Grand River Meals on Wheels, and to bring public awareness about those living with hunger.

The hot soup will be made in Grand River Health’s kitchen by Rifle and Coal Ridge high school students who are in the college’s concurrent enrollment culinary program. The students receive both high school and college credit for their culinary studies and internships at Grand River Health.

We’ll see you there where we all can help make a difference.

Just Ira

If you think March 17th is just about shamrocks, corned beef and green beer – think again. We are kicking off our Summer of Music 2017 fundraising with the fabulous Ira Shore and his mad mix of piano magic and comedy. The event is free to the public but bring a donation if you can and it will be greatly appreciated! Come to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street from 7:00 – 8:15 and enjoy beverages, snacks and Just Ira!

 The Addams Family is Expecting You

 Now, you know how they always get when you turn down their invitation! Last weekend’s opening was a mega hit and tonight, Saturday’s matinee and evening show is your last chance to witness funny, frightening and fabulous all in one place. Evening shows at 7:00 and matinee is a 4:00 – we’ll see you there!

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

Art Scene – February 24

Passion, skill, but most of all, opportunity.

His father had originally studied to be an architect and encouraged his son to draw at a young age. He also told his son to mind what his imagination had to say. While young Charlie was rarely without a drawing pen in hand, he didn’t hesitate to announce that he thought coffins, skeletons and practical jokes had equal footing with his art and, as the years passed, he created a genre that would always be associated with his name.

In 1935, Charles Addams was hired by the New Yorker magazine as a regular cartoonist and created his famous and macabre Addams Family. “Harold Ross, the publisher, gave a rookie the opportunity. He was willing to give me a chance to scare his readers to death.” Addams became one of the most famous cartoonists in the world by never taking himself seriously but minding what his imagination had to say.

Tonight, almost 80 years and endless variations later, The Addams Family opens at the Glenwood Springs High School and I do believe Mr. Addams would be as proud of this production as I am.

This is the 6th year I have choreographed the musical. But this year, I was thrilled to give Bailey Barnum, Sophie Carnoli and Cadie Harrison, members of our Advanced Dance Company and leaders in our Competitive Dance Program, the opportunity to bring their passion and skill to this experience.

This musical is a challenge for seasoned professional around the world and I would put the work of these three pros up against any of them. I gave each one tough numbers and I knew during the first few days of rehearsal that I was absolutely right. These artists broke each number down and over 50 dancers executed the intricate moves, the complex timing and the knockout interactive upstage projection that will bring you right into the magic. Thank you Bailey, Sophie and Cadie for your gift to the community!

This winner runs 5 performances: February 24 and 25, March 3 and 4 and a matinee Sunday, March 4th. Doors open at 6:30 and the curtain goes up at 7:00 with the matinee at 2:00. Get you tickets at the door, and on Facebook at GSHS Performances. Adults $15 and Students/Children $10. See you there for our ‘spookiest and kookiest’ musical yet!

Symphony Swing Wants You!

 Ruth Mollman, musician and talented regional artist, invites you to show off your dance moves to the live performance of the Symphony in the Valley, along with 11 local vocalists and small ensemble on March 3 at 7 pm in Rifle at the beautiful Ute Theatre, and March 4 at 6:30 pm in Glenwood Springs at the Community Center Gym.

The evenings will be unforgettable. ‘Come Fly’ with the Symphony dancing, dining and delighting in the ambiance of this festive event. This is an evening you won’t want to miss! Plenty of room to dance, and plenty of scrumptious dining presented by the ‘Miner’s Claim’ restaurant. Visit for details and get great deals on tickets for you and friends.

Come on, you know you can do this! And 5, 6, 7, 8….

Small Canvas, Big Impact

 This year’s 6×6 Exhibit was a great example of our best fundraising efforts and your opportunity to support a very good thing and you did. This community art exhibit had the most submissions we have had since we began four years ago. The talent and artistic variety was out of this world.

You still have time to come by the Art Center Monday, February 27 from 9:00 – 5:00 and purchase an original work of art for only $20/tax included. Be part of our essential scholarship fund and help us put the finishing touches on this masterpiece!

“Don’t wish for someone else to do later what you can do now.”

Charles Addams


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

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

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

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

To schedule an emotional intelligence presentation with me, email me at

“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

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

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


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

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 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