“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
When Thomas Paine penned those words in 1776, it seemed things could not get worse. Yet he knew a basic truth: We have the power to change the seemingly unchangeable.
Today, it can seem that events conspire to challenge our ability to reason and our need to preserve our humanity. International and domestic struggles and conflict feed anger and feelings of isolation, real or imagined. No one is more keenly affected than children.
Our primary focus has always been inclusion and serving the children in our region. When economic changes and expanded educational choices created a need for alternative options, the Center stepped up and designed two of our most successful programs: Home School Wednesday and Fifth Day Friday for students 6-12 years old. Parents had a choice, and the results have been amazing.
This year, we are delivering the programs through a new perspective. Students travel the world to experience how different cultures enjoy the arts; exploration, storytelling, pottery, art, music and dance through the rich texture of another culture. Differences become similarities as they speak the international common language of art.
I would like to invite your child to join us for one free day at either program to experience this world view while enjoying a day filled with fun, education and teamwork. Call me at 970-945-2414 and mention that you read about this opportunity in Art Scene.
A NEW LOOK AT AN ANCIENT ART
We are delighted to have former Disney sculptor, Kay Cochran, teaching three new sculpting classes every Thursday: Clay with Kay (4-6 years) 4 to 4:45, Basic Sculpture (7-15 years) 5 to 6:30 and Adult Sculpture (16+ years) 6:30 to 8.
Kay proves the adage “Sculpting is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt.” Working for several years at summer camps and after school programs, Kay found she loved both teaching art for its own sake and creating projects because “I’m a wannabe anthropologist and interested in science, and many of the projects have a cultural or scientific aspect to them.” You say, “I could never sculpt clay.” Kay says, “Yes, you can. I have designed a step-by-step process that anyone can learn that will take unformed clay and become your personal creation. Put doubt aside and begin.”
Still have your doubts? Try one of Kay’s classes for a $20 drop-in fee and have your own Disney moment at the Center. Decide to continue, and we will apply that fee to your tuition.
6 X 6 EXHIBIT
There’s still time for you to pick up your canvas. Remember, we give you a 6-inch-by-6-inch canvas, and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit.
I’ve got the solution for any excuse you have for not participating in this win-win opportunity. Our fabulous gallery curator and instructor of Mixed Media, Painting and Drawing, Terry Muldoon, invites you to use the Center’s supplies and get complimentary instruction in the bargain. Pick either Friday, Jan. 16 and 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. and/or Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. How can you turn down the opportunity to use our paints, oils and found objects while Terry guides you to the heights of personal creativity? There’s limited space, so call now.
The submission deadline is Feb. 2 with the opening night artists’ reception at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 13.
I want to take this opportunity to wish our Competitive Dance Company the best of luck at this weekend’s regional 24 Seven Dance Convention and Competition in Denver. Your level of skill, commitment and passion makes all of you winners already.
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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