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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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The Point of No Resistance

Everyone reacts. Whether we are conscious of that reaction or not, it happens. It is beyond our control.

Nothing demonstrates action and reaction more perfectly than the natural dialogue the arts create — the shock of the avant-garde concept, the quiet beauty of the ballerina’s most subtle move, the climbing artistry of the brave sculpture. We must submit to the moment.

We see this interaction and reaction in our place of pride — the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Whether it’s a 3-year-old dancer who spies herself in the gallery mirrors as she takes a bow or the retired engineer who, applying the final brush stroke to the oil painting, throws down the brush and takes a bow, it’s that sublime reaction to the living moment. We never tire of creating the opportunity for those moments.

A Night That Topped It All

Last week I thanked everyone involved in making this year’s Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest the huge success it was. That kind of success, that moment of interaction and reaction, is delivered by intense planning, community partners and an unparalleled team of employees and volunteers. Thanked everyone? Well, not quite. I couldn’t be more embarrassed to realize that I overlooked five of the primary players in that knock-out evening. On behalf of every happy attendee, sponsor, restaurateur, vintner and brewmaster, thank you Brad Vierheller and Vid Weatherwax for the sumptuous music, Rita Wagner and Wes Wagner for being all things to all people and that never-failing supporter of all things Art Center, Jerry Barnum. You made it happen!

Project Radius

I’m proud to introduce our newest partners in life-enhancing work — Cindy and Mike Bartell, founders of Project Radius. Project Radius is a Colorado non-profit organization whose goal is to enrich the lives of people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the community it serves by providing a diverse range of ongoing, year-round recreational opportunities to experience active and healthy lifestyles. The first areas of focus are Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen. The next goal will be to widen the radius to include Grand Junction and Vail.

Last Saturday, we were delighted to host the Project Radius Ball, and it was a wonderful night of music, dancing and community. I’ll let Cindy Bartell tell you how this remarkable and much-needed service came to be:

“When my husband and I arrived here from Illinois a year and a half ago, we discovered that there was an absolute need for a recreation program for people with special needs. My brother, who has Down syndrome and lives with me full time, used to attend a program in Illinois called Fox Valley Special Recreation Association ( Through this program, he was engaged in many community events, Special Olympics and social engagements that allowed him to develop personal friendships and relationships within the community. We noticed the programs here were geared more toward adaptive sports and focused on single camps that are only a week long at a time.

“As we began our search, we realized that we are missing a key component — ongoing social recreation that offers a variety of fun activities to allow for personal growth of people with disabilities. Through FVSRA, my brother was involved in Special Olympics, went to lunch with his friends, had movie nights and went to every dance they offered. He was gone most of the time from working at Wal-Mart (he now works at the Glenwood Springs location), to being with his friends and growing personally. Missing this social aspect of his life, he came to me one day and cried in my arms and said, ‘I have no friends here.’

“When my husband, who also has a son with Down syndrome, and I spoke with parents and siblings of people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, they told us they wished a program like this existed. My husband and I realized that it was time to engage the community and people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to help create the same program here.”

Cindy and Mike have done just that! I invite you to contact them at and find out how you can help support this essential, life-enhancing program.

Fall Workshops

You asked, and we answered. We have added fall/winter Workshops that are not to be missed. Go to and register for these six-week, $80 classes in fine art painting, ceramics and holiday gift making.

Last Call for Artists

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has been the first stop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts since our premiere event 27 years ago. Sell your fine art paintings, mixed media creations, photography, pottery, jewelry, found-object art, greeting cards, lotions and potions and your own unique artist vision. DIYers are welcome! Deliver your art Nov. 2 and 3, and the show opens to the public Nov. 13 with a wonderful artists’ reception for the first night of holiday shopping. The entire art center, gift shop and gallery will be transformed into a holiday gift buyer’s delight.

See you then!

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

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