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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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Changing Seasons

Life is all of it — chaotic, disappointing, challenging and exciting. We are in complete control or completely lost. We feel joy in relationships or profound sadness at their demise.

But then it happens, and we are wonderfully surprised every time. It is the essential rhythm — we plant, we grow, we harvest, we renew. Nature has to constantly remind us that She is in charge and will always help us with beginnings, growth, rewards and renewal.

We follow that essential rhythm at the Art Center — the burst of energy in the spring curriculum, the easy enjoyment of summer art camps and now the “come in from the cold” fall and spring classes.

At the Art Center, we have a complete lineup of art, music, pottery and dance classes. Here are just a few: For kids that are ‘little to middle’ we have pre-ballet and tap, mud puppies pottery, art mix-up, wheel throwing, ceramics, voice, intro to piano and intro to guitar. Then for young adults and beyond, we have adult sculpting, adult wheel throwing, watercolor 101, adult oil and acrylic, ceramics and adult mixed media/art journaling.

At our Annex, new this season is Alyssa Kirstein’s figure drawing for students 18 years and older. She is joined by Maurine Taufer and her kinder ballet, kinder tap and jazz and Bella Barnum’s kids hip hop. Jennetta Howell delivers music together for moms/dads and their 1-6-year-olds, drama class/6–13-year-olds and kids kabaret/9–17-year-olds, plus the fabulous hot fusion and Vinyasa yoga classes.

Visit our website at and sign up for something good for yourself and your family.

Jag Âlskar Att Undervisa

Sorry, what? Oh, a little rusty on your Swedish? I’ll translate for you. “I love to teach.” And, believe me, nothing is lost in that translation. That is exactly what one of the newest members of our faculty, Josefina Gordh, always says when asked to describe her commitment to her art.

Born in Stockholm, Josefina attended the Nyckelviks College of Art and apprenticed with master ceramic artists in Japan and Korea. She has been an artist, ceramics teacher, art therapist, lecturer on corporate creativity, special project designer at the Cannes Film Festival, interior designer and consultant.

Every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Center, Josefina is teaching a terrific new class called teen/adult ceramics. Students can try their hand, literally, at wheel throwing and hand building clay while focusing on individual projects. Josefina shares her unique artistic skills perfected during four years of study in Japan with ceramic masters. All materials are provided. Just bring your artistic curiosity and willingness to have a truly wonderful experience.

Remember The Date

Just like when your friends say, “You’ve got to check this out!” I’m reminding you that our biggest fundraiser of the year and one of the most popular community events in town is right around the corner, and it’s not to be missed. On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., we invite you to our 16th annual Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest.

We finalized our plans with the historic Hotel Colorado and, I’ll say it, they’re perfect! We have grown this crowd-pleaser to encompass and transform the stunning Taft, Devereux and Colorado Rooms. Culinary and beverage stars from last year’s event will be returning with new hospitality pros joining them.

Topping off the night is our silent auction featuring return winners from past years plus an array of new supporters — retailers, artists, jewelers, hotels and restaurants who will be providing gift certificates and beautiful items for your bidding pleasure. Last year, Denver hotels and museums joined in, and they are back again this year, plus original art from nationally and internationally-known artists. As you move from room to room, you will be accompanied by the Vid Weatherwax Ensemble with their cool take on jazz and blues standards and the amazing Brad Vierheller at the piano putting his personal stamp on ragtime, bluesy rock and boogie woogie classics.

Proceeds from this exciting evening help our organization serve more than 12,000 people annually as we deliver cultural, artistic and educational programming at the Center for the Arts, and to our outreach partners: Two Rivers Community School, Glenwood Springs Elementary School, Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Springs Middle School and the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

It’s All About Change

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy

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

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