Activities set for Second Friday in Glenwood
IF YOU GO: winterfest
Who: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts
What: Winterfest opening reception
When: 5-7:30 p.m. Friday (on display through Dec. 21)
Where: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts
How much: Free
Cooper corner gallery
Who: Cooper Corner Gallery
What: Holiday Open House
When: 5-8 p.m. Friday
Where: Cooper Corner Gallery
How much: Free
Who: Cari Anne Lausier
What: Featured artist monthly reception
When: 6-8 p.m. Friday
Where: Artist’s Mercantile
How much: Free
Here’s a look at three events included today in Glenwood Springs’ Second Friday event.
Christina Brusig, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, says the Winterfest opening is possibly the most inclusive of the year at the art center.
That’s because for the past four years, the center has teamed up with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association to host Business After Hours at the Winterfest opening. Throw in a chocolate fountain, complimentary drinks, catered food and an ugly sweater theme, and you’ve got yourself quite the event to enjoy.
“Chamber members can come and enjoy all of our arts and crafts as the first sneak peak,” Brusig said. “We just make it a really extravagant time. We have a chocolate fountain and catered meals. It’s probably our most inclusive opening of the year. Community members can come in and view all of the art and meet all of the artists that are present.”
About 40 artists will have work for sale in Winterfest, which features about 800 items total, according to program assistant Brie Carmer. The show includes photography, oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, handpainted glassware, clay, essential oils, soap, blown glass and more. There is also a mug wall with 20-30 mugs costing $15-35, Carmer said.
“The best part to me is that we have really affordable, one-of-a-kind gifts,” Brusig said. “You can give a truly unique handcrafted gift that’s made right here in the Roaring Fork Valley.”
While the Winterfest selections will be on display and for sale through Dec. 21, Brusig encourages community members to attend the opening on Friday. Not only will there be more options the earlier you come, but the opening makes for a wonderful evening, she said.
“It’s just a fun, social evening that really kicks off the Christmas gift buying season.”
Cooper corner gallery
The newest art gallery in Glenwood Springs is getting creative in its efforts to bring people through its doors.
Since opening in September, Cooper Corner Gallery has participated in Glenwood’s Second Friday art openings. This month, the gallery has organized a Holiday Open House featuring about 70 artisan ornaments handmade by the 22 artists in the cooperative gallery.
“The potters thought of giving away wine cups for our grand opening, and people loved that so much that we decided to continue it,” said artist Judy Milne. “A lot of us have done painted ornaments over the years, so it’s not such a stretch for us.”
The artists each utilized their skills and talents to create ornaments that reflect their usual preferred media. Painters painted, photographers incorporated photographs, potters used their clay expertise, etc.
The ornaments will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, so Milne encourages interested patrons to arrive early.
Gallery artist Michelle McCurdy said the artists toyed around with the idea of hanging the ornaments on a tree and allowing people to pick them off throughout the evening, but they ultimately decided to make the ornaments special surprises themselves.
“We’re going to have them all wrapped up so people can open them like Christmas presents,” she said.
Light refreshments will also be served, and attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists. In addition to the ornaments, Milne said many artists will have new work on display and for sale, and there will be a rotation of the work next month, so art lovers should come by to see what the gallery has to offer now.
Overall, Milne said, Cooper Corner Gallery has been welcomed into the community with open arms so far.
“We have been so well-received it’s unbelievable,” she said, adding that as far as she knows there have only been two days with no sales, and those were Sundays when the Broncos were playing.
Whether you’re interested in a handmade ornament or in viewing the artwork on display, Milne said the Second Friday opening will provide a fun evening for all.
“A good time should be had by all for sure,” Milne said. “We’re supposed to get some snow, so hopefully that’ll put people in the mood.”
Artist’s Mercantile’s featured artist
For as long as she can remember, local Cari Anne Lausier has loved photography. Her work has recently taken a fine art turn, and examples of her new style can be seen at the Artist’s Mercantile and Gallery all month long.
An opening reception for Lausier, the gallery’s artist of the month, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and will feature light refreshments and the chance to mingle with the artist.
Lausier’s work is photography printed on canvas which she then coats in encaustic.
“That work came out of a class I took last semester for the professional photography program at CMC called Style and Genre,” Lausier said. “I was just going for something totally different because I was burning out on the traditional stuff we were working on.”
Lausier entered the professional photography program in 2013 and has been taking a part-time approach, juggling her career in the medical field and motherhood. She said so far her education has mostly been in commercial photography, but she yearned for something a little more artistic and creative.
“Mostly what I’ve been steered toward in the program is traditional portraiture and weddings and events,” she said. “But there are so many different directions you can go.”
So she began experimenting with printing on different materials. She found a variety of fabrics to print on, and then she discovered encaustic wax and began putting it all together.
Her images at the Artist’s Mercantile can be described as landscape or nature photography, but because of her process, the images look more like paintings than photographs.
Lausier has also recently claimed a spot at Creative Spaces at Cedar Ridge Ranch, a new artist studio space in Missouri Heights that, she said, will eventually hold collective events.
Until then, though, her work can be enjoyed throughout the month at the Artist’s Mercantile.
“All the art in this collection, it’s my own passions driving it,” she said. “I’m just hoping other people can find joy in it and want to take them home.”
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