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Christina Brusig
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“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” — Albert Camus

The second youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize, French author, journalist and philosopher Albert Camus viewed the world through each of these esthetics, and they defined his life. He knew that art was imagination, and both required — no, demanded — a dedication to change.

That is a heady stance to take this week, but I am constantly aware and proud of how the Center for the Arts is committed to the future as we rededicate ourselves, every day, to each individual in our community — the true creative shareholders of the Center.

World Class

Next week marks the end of our summer classes and, after a brief recess, we begin our fall class schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Popular classes have been enhanced and reimagined and will return along with new innovative choices for children and adults.

In the Visual Arts Department, Noemi Kosmowski’s Demo and Do: Oil and Acrylics shows kids how it’s done, and then they do it! Young adults and older can explore Terry Muldoon’s world of Adult Mixed Media and Art Journaling and discover the key to individual creativity. Josefina Gordh’s Teen Ceramics and Textiles classes will teach you to take simple tools, tap into your individual creativity and make complex and amazing art pieces. New to the faculty is the wonderful Alyssa Kirstein, who brings Upcycle Art and Figure Drawing to the table along with the art of her winning personality and one-on-one dedication to each child.

Our Music Department’s Karen Cochran presents Sing Your Socks Off and Becoming the Pied Piper — Learn the Recorder. Brad Vierheller has a new winner with No Name Chorale, plus his kid-friendly crowd-pleaser Intro to Piano and Piano 1 & 2. Ashton Taufter brings Intro to Guitar and Guitar 1 & 2 back by popular demand.

Judy Davis and Kay Cochran weave their magic in the ancient art of pottery and sculpture with Wheelthrowing, Clay with Kay, Mud Puppies, Adult Sculpture and more.

Maurine Taufer and her top-notch dance faculty will offer the full range of ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, creative dance, modern and hip hop for 3-year-olds to high school seniors. Mark your calendar for Junior Company auditions at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 and Senior Company auditions at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Art Center.

Our Annex across from City Market will continue to offer a variety of yoga classes and Jeanetta Howell’s Music Together, Drama Class and Kid’s Kabaret.

Home School on Wednesdays and Fifth Day on Friday are back and better than ever. Students study art history, dance, pottery, music and more.

Register now, as classes are filling up fast! Go online to http://www.glenwoodarts.org, click on Classes and make your choices. Don’t miss out on the best artistic programs in the valley.

The Art Center Wants You!

August is Membership Month, and we invite you to become a member of the award-winning Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Individual, Family and Business 12-month memberships are $30, $45 and $100. You receive discounts on our growing variety of children and adults classes and on annual events like our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest. Your membership also includes an invitation to our elegant annual Membership and Sponsor Appreciation evening. Your new or renewed membership supports year-long arts experiences for everyone in the extended community and says that “art matters.” Go online at http://www.glenwoodarts.org or give us a call at 970-945-2414.

A Good Time Is Had By All

That would be our biggest annual fundraiser of the year, the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, returning to the historic Hotel Colorado on Oct. 17.

We bring together top valley restaurateurs, microbrewers and vintners who present their very best to you. Chefs will share their secrets with food demonstrations and tastings. Our popular Wine Grab Bag is back, and for $20, you can easily walk away with a $100 winner.

Then there’s our silent auction. We reach out to retailers, artists, jewelers, hotels, restaurants and our nationally recognized tourist adventure pros, and they do not disappoint. Plus, original art from nationally and internationally-known artists will transform your boardroom or living room. So let the bidding begin! See you from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, and remember, it’s the most fun you can have and support year-round art programming all at the same time.

Buy tickets in advance and save. Visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org or call 970-945-2414.

Generosity and Sponsorship

This is a great opportunity for you or your business to donate to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts by sponsoring the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest. We have new Individual and Corporate perks that will make giving that much more rewarding, including year-round advertising opportunities that reach 17,000 Art Center audience members every year. Call me to discuss a truly far-reaching and effective way get your message out and be a part of the vital artistic heart of your community.

We’re On The Air

Please tune into KDNK Radio at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The Center will be highlighted as one of the Top 12 nonprofits in the valley, and the only art center. We will share who we are, what we do and easy ways to donate to the Art Center.

So, here’s to our new season of classes and events and our renewed commitment to the arts and imagination.

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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