Coming Into Focus
It has been almost a year since I began my conversation with you. Trying to avoid a cliché festival about how time flies, I stopped to really think about the evolution and change that we have experienced.
When I became executive director last year, even after being part of the Art Center for six years prior, I still felt like I had jumped aboard a moving train. No injuries incurred, but there was also no stopping at the station for an orderly “All aboard.” We were on the move, and I had to step up.
Weeks became months as our range broadened and our reputation deepened. The more visible we became, the more was expected of us. We increased the number and types of classes for every age, we added teachers to our outstanding faculty, and we expanded our community outreach, resulting in the largest and most well-rounded, multi-genre artistic programming on the Western Slope. It all came into focus.
When you have the talented singer/pianist Brad Vierheller as part of the Art Center faculty, you know you have a gold mine of ideas just for the asking. Brad’s latest, greatest is the NoName Chorale.
Brad has been teaching voice and piano both at the Center and at our Fine Arts Friday classes at Two Rivers Community School.
“I absolutely love it, all and the kids are amazing, but I thought it was time to create a class for adults that would be exciting and great fun,” he said. “This is a class for everyone, 16 years and over. Our first class will be Sunday, September 13 from 6:30 to 8 and most every Sunday through spring. We’ll be singing Broadway musical numbers, classics like Die Fledermaus and holiday music with caroling, and that’s just for starters. The Center is offering a $5 drop-in fee for September and October, so there no excuse for not joining us!”
Figure Drawing, Seasonal Art and Upcycle Art
Our newest faculty member is artist Alyssa Kirstein. Alyssa will be teaching figure drawing at the Annex and seasonal art and upcycle art at the Center, and she brings a new approach and an ancient philosophy:
“I recently graduated from Willamette University with a degree in studio art,” she said. “My artistic focus is Eco-art and creating pieces that serve our environment in a specific way primarily through sculpture. My artwork often contains elements or symbols of nature mingled with human emotion and plays with the darkness of human impact and the uniqueness of saving an ecosystem using art.
“My classes will focus on using natural elements to create works of art, the freedom of land art and using recycled materials to reduce waste and lessen the demand for new art supplies.
“My seasonal art class will be a sculpture and mixed media class in which the projects and materials will change with the season. We will use mostly natural materials, and our main goal will be to make land art — think Andy Goldsworthy, an artist famous for his wonderful rock, leaf and stick sculptures.
“The upcycle class will use discarded, found and recycled materials to make something new. We will focus on using items that would otherwise be thrown away and turn them into surprising pieces of art and furniture.
“Figure drawing will focus on learning technical drawing skills and applying them using charcoal, graphite, watercolor and ink to draw live models.
“I hope to someday find a way in which to make my eco-sculptures useful to the world and continue to make environmentally focused artwork.”
New Dreams, New Ideas
It all starts next Tuesday, Sept. 8, when the Art Center begins our fall/spring semester. Visit our website at glenwoodarts.org, and learn what is waiting for you, your family and your friends. Register. Renew. Restore.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center of the Arts. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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