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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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Thank you, Garfield County, for voting the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts the Gold for Best Art Gallery. The shouts you heard were from a very happy staff, artists and supporters as the Post Independent announced their Locals’ Choice Awards at the 118th Strawberry Days Festival. A special thanks to our outstanding gallery curator, Terry Muldoon, for her keen artist’s eye, limitless vision and dedication to the Center.

When you visit any of our nine exhibits a year, you feel the energy the minute you walk through the door. We constantly envision new exhibit concepts and draw artists that challenge our perceptions, expand our experience and take us into the metamorphosis of their magic world.

Do you know the rest of the story? We are also the leader in class variety and inclusiveness, the mecca for public art installations, the designer of the most comprehensive outreach program in the area that partners with elementary and middle schools and the public library in art education, the consultant with businesses eager to add an art experience to their employee benefits package and the delivery system for the second largest public event in the valley with the Summer of Music. And that’s what we do on a regular basis.


Wednesday night, we launched our fifth season of free music in the park with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, and their legendary sound is still echoing throughout the canyon, especially that of one astonishing trumpet player.

Next up is Under A Blood Red Sky, the acclaimed U2 tribute band that passionately recreates authentic U2 concerts. Covering the War tour in 1983 to present day, each show has amazed fans with their ability to recreate famous U2 shows and has solidified their reputation for sold out venues — including the world-famous Red Rocks.

Billy “Bono” Bunting had been a rabid U2 fan since he saw the band in New Haven in 1981. Billy never forgot when Bono climbed up to the balcony of this old theater singing at the top of his lungs and thought, “I want to do that!”

From that point forward, Billy immersed himself in U2 music, and that event helped shape Billy as a singer. Billy linked up with Jerry “Larry” Bousquet, and after more than 20 years as professional musicians, they returned to their roots and formed UABRS. UABRS got its start by recreating the legendary 1983 “Live at Red Rocks” concert on New Year’s Eve 2005 at a sold-out show at the Paramount Theater in Denver. The fans were taken back to that foggy June 5 evening and ended the night by singing the refrain from “40” as the band left the stage. It was exactly like Red Rocks and Billy “Bono,” Ted “The Tedge,” Todd “Adam” and Jerry “Larry” have never looked back — providing fans with the best U2 experience this side of Dublin.

Come out next Wednesday and sing along with them, and feel the power of one of the greatest bands of our time.

Opening for UABRS is Let Them Roar, one of the valley’s most outstanding bands. Performing mostly original music, these gifted musicians hail from Carbondale and, as they say, “We live with a yearning to express a bit of the wild and a bit of the West within our hearts.” What a way to start another great evening of music in the park. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

Remember! No pets, no smokes and no glass. These are City of Glenwood Springs public safety regulations.

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is produced by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and made possible by: Title Sponsor: Alpine Bank and other major sponsors: Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Reality, Bighorn Toyota, Western Slope Communications, Garfield County, City of Glenwood Springs, KMTS, Balcomb and Green, PC., Gould Construction, Glenwood Hot Springs, Cooper Wine and Spirits, Garfield and Hecht, PC, Stifel, Pioneer Steel, Inc, Century Link, The Ramada Inn, Mountain Roll Offs Inc, First Line Security, The Indoor Garden and Brew Supply, the Reynolds Company, Qdoba, Copy Copy and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. A special thanks to everyone who donates to the series. It is because of you that we can keep this tradition alive.

A big thank you to our Summer of Music committee: Chris Bank, Judy O’Donnell, Mary Gould, Annie Olson, Dave Reynolds, Raquel Koch, Jack Green and the staff at the Center for the Arts.


“If you want the best seat in the house, move the cat.” Yes, but if you want a greeting that says, “My life has been empty and lacking in meaning, and my sense of loss profound since you left this morning, but now you’re BACK!” then our next exhibit is a must for your art.

Amateurs, students and professional artists, bring in your sculpture, drawing, painting, sensory (the Roaring Fork River made out of dog biscuits) or any medium you choose to celebrate The Dog. Submit your art from June 29 to July 6 to the Art Center, 601 E. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs. There is a $35 gallery fee for accepted art.

Come to the Artists and Leashed Friends reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on July 10 for opening night of the exhibit.

The dogs will be talking about that night for dog years to come.

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

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