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Art Scene

Christina Brusig


I can hardly believe I am writing these words. The Art Center has lost a dear friend and colleague, Mary Borkenhagen. Mary’s commitment, patience and creativity changed the artistic atmosphere of the Center from the day she arrived to volunteer. For the next two years, Mary worked with our friends from Mountain Valley Development assisting Terry Muldoon in their art classes. She reached out to each person with compassion and love. Her encouragement and inclusiveness were part of the reason their gallery exhibition, “Through My Eyes,” touched everyone who experienced it.

As we expanded our outreach curriculum to include after-school programs, Mary took her creativity and giving spirit to Glenwood Elementary and Two Rivers Community School discovering and encouraging the artist in each child. Our thoughts are with Mary’s family and her family of friends. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held today beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.


Mary’s artistic perspective was mixed media — every form, every color, every imagining. She also supported the other Center disciplines we produced, reminding anyone who would listen to “mark your calendar” for our next event.

So mark your calendar for April 17, 18 and 19 when we present our annual Dancers Dancing spectacular at Glenwood Springs High School’s Jeannie Miller Auditorium. Dancers from pre-ballet to senior company will perform original dance choreography, complete with beautiful costumes, lighting and music.

This year we have developed a great way for companies and individuals to reach 1,500 people in one night. Banner, quarter, half and full page ads for your company and ads for individuals to honor their dancer will be in all programs and related dance event materials throughout the season. Call us at 970-945-2414 for details and free tickets.


We’ve got three exciting days lined up for kids 8-12 years old. March 25-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., our talented staff artist Josefina Gordh will teach art on Wednesday, ceramics on Thursday and textile art on Friday. Your child will make new friends and discover new skills. The cost is $70 per day or $180 for all three days. Class space is limited, so call soon.


We are presenting the power of black and white with an exciting exhibit. Explore the dynamic possibilities of your vision — any medium, any style and any format. The deadline for art submissions is March 30 and 31 along with a $35 gallery fee at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St., Glenwood Springs. The opening night and artist’s reception will be at 6 p.m. on April 3. The exhibit will run through May 31.


The exhibit opening last Friday became a battle for standing room. Artists, family, friends and community crowded the gallery and experienced the kind of vision and visual impact rarely seen from such young artists.

Judges selected these winners:

Top Schools

1. Roaring Fork High School

2. Glenwood Springs High School

3. Bridges High School

Top Artists

Each student in both categories received a gift certificate to the Art Center for the summer:

1. Carly Rosenthal (Roaring Fork High School)

2. Adjoa Hursey (Roaring Fork High School)

3. Kendra Nichol (Rifle High School)

Judges Choice:

School – Glenwood Springs High School

Individual – Alexis Montoya

Scholarship winners will be announced this Friday, March 20.

Don’t miss this stunning show. The exhibit runs through March 31.

So Mary, my dear, we’ll keep on doing our art, reaching out to everyone and bringing them into the circle you helped create. Every time a child picks up a brush for the first time, takes a swipe at a canvas, looks up and smiles, I know you’ll be smiling right back. Bless your heart.

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

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