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Art Scene

Christina Brusig


We all need it — mentally, physically and emotionally. We start each day assuming there will be enough to do the job, convinced it will be there to process the unexpected, a store from which to replenish after the emotionally draining event. But, halfway through the day, you’ve spent it all. You just need to stop, calm down, regroup and restore. Here’s where we come in.


Marcy Oliver, one of the outstanding teachers at our Yoga Annex, offers a 1-hour sanctuary with Yoga Nidra. This form of yoga is meditation, a systematic way of relaxing the body — mentally, physically and emotionally. Marcy begins with four restorative poses to regain mental and physical focus and moves into guided meditation that allows you to regain levels of energy that, just moments earlier, you felt you had been giving away at a frantic pace. Join Marcy at noon every Wednesday in April, expanding to Monday and Wednesday beginning in May. Restore is the word for this hour.


Here’s another guaranteed source of restorative energy that will convince you that you too can be a cutting-edge musician who only asks a simple question: “Can a Grammy for Best Breakout Rocker be far from my grasp?”

I’m talking Season 5 of the Center for the Arts Summer of Music. We’ve got a lineup that is poised to be legendary: The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, Under A Blood Red Sky/U-2 tribute band, Humming House, Otis Taylor and his blues, Lionel Young Band/a boogie ‘n blues knockout, and the Groove Trotters. These bands have international and music industry chops that put them on the short list for top-flight musicians. If these six astonishing nights of musical magic aren’t enough, I guess we’ll just open each headliner with local legends like Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Camp, Let Them Roar, The Currys, Damian Smith, Rich Ganson and AVQ.

The SOM’s reputation was built on the rock-solid foundation of Mary and Bob Noone’s Summer of Jazz phenomenon that lasted 25 years. Each subsequent year, our reputation has grown in the industry along with your support that keeps this tradition alive. The result: They want to come here to play their music.

Go to our website,, and donate online or give me a call at 970-945-2414 and let me describe this year’s powerhouse sponsorship levels that will put you or your business center stage. You are supporting the largest community event in the area and reaching more than 14,000 people in six nights. Now that’s energy.


Our biggest public performance is the annual Dancers Dancing gala on April 17, 18 and 19 at Glenwood Springs High School’s Jeannie Miller Auditorium. Dancers from pre-ballet to senior company will display unparalleled energy, grace and power as they perform original dance choreography, complete with beautiful costumes, lighting and music. Call us or stop by to purchase your tickets — Advance Price: Adults $14, Students $8; Door Price: Adults $16, Students $10.


Artistic energy exploded in this one-of-a-kind exhibit that drew big crowds and big reactions. The exhibit has ended but the energy remains.

Honoring this exemplary work, the Glenwood Springs Art Guild announced their selection for scholarship winners:

First Place: Winner of the Nancy Piper Memorial Scholarship for $3,500 is Nathan Sarmiento of Bridges High School who will be continuing his pursuit of the arts at Colorado Mountain College next fall.

Second Place: Winner of the Jan Worden Continuing Education Scholarship for $1,500 is Yazmin Castillo of Roaring Fork High School.

Honorable Mention: Winner is Morgan Patch of Glenwood Springs High School, who, should one of the winners mentioned above fail to collect or forfeit their scholarship, would receive said scholarship. Morgan will be attending Colorado State University next fall.

Congratulations to all artists, teachers and schools for making this exhibit a winner.


To keep the energy flowing, our next exhibit opens at 6 p.m. on April 10. Come meet the artists, and join the community as you explore the dynamic possibilities of some truly outstanding artistic vision — all in stunning Black and White. The exhibit will run through May 31.


Well, there you have it — your endlessly self-renewing, constantly restoring source of positive energy: the Center for the Arts. We join that popular duet — Kyanite and Citrine — the only minerals on the planet that cannot retain negative energy. Just not possible.

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


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