Art Scene: A time for community ceremonies |

Art Scene: A time for community ceremonies

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

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

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

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

Looking Forward

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

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

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

Winterfest 2016

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

Resident artists Noemi Kosmowski, Judy Davis and Terry Muldoon present their signature works: classic still life in oil, inspired pottery and clay and the best in mixed media jewelry.

Joining our year ‘round gift shop virtuosos is an incredible lineup of local and regional artists. Don’t miss this community tradition that runs through December 24th.

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

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

— Henry David Thoreau

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Reach her at

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