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Christina Brusig
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POETRY

In Essence

We observe this life in the poetry of color, in the dimensions and complexities that define the spectrum. Remove the color and we must explore the basic nature and quality of a thing.

Tonight, we open our latest exhibit, “Black & White,” with the work of 10 gifted artists. Not limited to one influence, they bring experience in oil, watercolor, glass, textiles and metal. Out of that vibrant mix of media, we bring you the photography, charcoal, acrylic, pen and ink and metalwork of Charlie Beyer, Samantha Freese, Sara Gallagher, Amy Levenson, Ruth Mollman, Terry Muldoon, Mary Pilon, Judy Rogan, Beth Surdut, Becky Trembley and Matthew Ulisse.

The exhibit opens tonight at 6 p.m. with the artists’ reception and will run through May 31.

In Motion

In the early days of the 20th century, before the world collectively considered throwing off convention and exploring the notion of free and natural expression, an American dancer, Isadora Duncan, changed the world of dance forever. Inspired by the classical Greek arts, folk dances, social dances, nature and natural forces, she danced the poetry of motion and emotion.

The Art Center dancers continue that tradition with passion and skill with two all-star events: Showstoppers and Dancers Dancing.

Our competitive dancers are in Denver today through Sunday at the American National Dance Championship’s Showstoppers. You can follow them live at goshowstopper.com at 6:45 and 7:05 p.m. on Friday, 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 to 10:45 p.m. on Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. See the result of hours of rehearsal, dedication and talent.

The center’s biggest public performance is our annual showcase, Dancers Dancing, on April 17, 18 and 19 at Glenwood Springs High School’s Jeannie Miller Auditorium. This year’s theme is Photo Booth, so right away you know the evening will be filled with surprises as dancers from pre-ballet to advanced company display unparalleled energy, grace and power as they perform original dance choreography, complete with beautiful costumes, lighting and music. Intermission will feature wonderful refreshments and your chance to capture the moment in our photo booth. Call us at 970-945-2414 or stop by to purchase your tickets: adults $16, students $10.

In Person

“When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause.”

— Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor

April is National Poetry Month, and we are excited to host, along with Dr. Alice Bedard-Vorhees, an open mic poetry reading this Sunday. We invite you to read your poetry, the poetry of others or to sit and “take time to pause” and just listen.

Come join us in celebrating the art of poetry from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

To learn more about National Poetry Month and enjoy some great resources, visit http://www.poets.org.

See you tonight at 6 p.m. at the “Black & White” artist’s reception. And to all of our great dancers in Denver who are and will always be Showstoppers — bonne chance!

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


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