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Art Scene: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts ‘6×6’ opening was quite a night

We launched our fourth annual 6×6 Exhibit last Friday. At 6 p.m. on the button, our scholarship fundraiser began. I will tell you 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 saw that there was something really special going on in this beautiful space. They 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.

Every day 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 every day 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. If you couldn't make it to the opening night, come by the center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 E. Sixth St. The exhibit ends Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.

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 as the highest scoring dancers in the areas of contemporary and lyrical. Two of the highest honors went to our dancers: 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 four years, has been awarded tap scholarships to intensives throughout 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 2½ years old. With 12 years of dance experience, she is a leading member of our advanced dance company and our competitive dance team. When she was 9, the center started its competitive dance program. Megan and her partner, Skylar McLaren, won first place overall at ShowStoppers in Denver and went on to compete at nationals in Anaheim, California, winning a second 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.