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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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“Light the candles, fill the punch bowl, throw confetti, it’s today!”

I don’t know about you, but the holidays always take me by surprise even though they come around every year. But I know the holiday season has arrived when the historic Hotel Colorado transforms the night sky with a stunning light show and fireworks, and the chill is fended off with hot chocolate and the warmth of the gathering.

The celebration begins this afternoon at 5 p.m. Enter the Hotel’s legendary holiday lobby and walk to the elegant Devereux Room where the Art Center’s most talented competitive dance troupe, in addition to members of our Junior, Senior and Advanced Dance companies take the stage to give you a preview of the ballet, music theater and contemporary solos, duets and trios they have perfected and will soon be performing in regional and national dance competitions. These amazing dancers, ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old, have already made a name for themselves and the Art Center by bringing home top-level trophy recognition over the last two years. They will be hosting a post-show bake sale as part of their ongoing fundraising efforts to defer the cost of competition. This is a great way to support the Art Center and enjoy world-class dancing.

Winterfest 2014

After the fireworks, you are only steps away from our beautiful holiday boutique that continues to win rave reviews. We will be open this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Step in from the cold and be warmed by the brilliance of the artistry.

We are proud to present international artist, Onasis Mustafa, whose story touches us all. Mustafa, his wife and three children live in Zimbabwe. His country was in political turmoil in early 2000, and his region ceased to be the breadbasket of southern Africa. The economy began to plunge, and he lost his job. The economy continued to register negative growth, and the future of his family was in peril. He wasted no time and joined a friend who was a craftsman and began to create stone objects. Armed with handmade tools — hammers, chisels and files — they created beautiful stone pendants. With this work, he is able to feed his family and send his children to school. We are proud to represent his efforts during this season of giving.


Join us in celebrating our new partnership with the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue as we present two evenings of family fun when the Center’s dance students perform for friends and families. Tickets are going fast, so call us at 970-945-2414 and reserve a seat for Dec. 2 or 3. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Party

In every closet, in every home, in every part of the country dwells a single holiday object that unifies us all. It probably still has a gift tag on it with the dreaded words: “Happy Holidays from Your Devoted Aunt Bess.” It’s The Ugly Sweater, and it’s now being celebrated.

Here are your instructions:

Be proud.

Put it on.

Drive over to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Enjoy refreshments and the good company of those who also have the nerve to show up.

One of you will be rewarded. The elegant and generous Elizabeth Dean Boutique has donated a gift certificate to the one with the ugliest sweater.

Symphony in the Valley Christmas Classics

Kicking off the holiday season, Symphony in the Valley invites one and all to performances of Christmas Classics on Dec. 5 and 6. The program will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite as well as many longtime popular favorites. Conductor Kelly Thompson will lead the community orchestra, and guest vocal soloist Stephanie Askew will also be featured.

Bring the whole family for a spirited holiday outing to Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Dec. 5, or to Rifle’s Ute Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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

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