Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always looking for new venues to talk about the wonderful world that is the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.
I’ve been in classrooms, workout rooms and boardrooms, in restaurants, shopping malls and theater lobbies. I strike up conversations in elevators and on ski slopes or waiting to cross Grand Avenue. So, it was no wonder that as I was driving to the Center on a blue sky morning that was as clear as cold water, I saw paragliders drifting on the breeze as graceful as our dancers and I thought “Yes! Brilliant! That’s it! I will learn to paraglide and will swoop over the Valley with a huge advertising banner that says….” Okay, it was a fleeting thought that I put away for another time.
But what will take flight will happen tonight at the Art Center as we launch our 26th Annual Winterfest Gift Extravaganza. The imagination displayed here is definitely not earthbound. Resident artists Noemi Kosmowski, Alyssa Kirstein, Judy Davis, Terry Muldoon and Liz Waters present their signature works: classic still life in oil, inspired pottery and clay bowls, the best in mixed media jewelry and stunning cut-glass snowflakes and flower pots. Joining our year ‘round gift shop virtuosos is an incredible lineup of local and regional stars, some returning and some new to Winterfest.
Brendan White’s “Nature Inspired” line of jewelry is worked in 14K Gold, Sterling Silver and tarnish-resistant Argentium Silver. He has recently added a new line of musical instrument jewelry using diamonds and various gemstones. Brendan’s goal is to make the world a happier place – one piece of jewelry at a time!
Aspen Poets, new this year, is dedicated to promoting and supporting original poetry and to providing a consistent venue for the spoken word to be heard. Their anthology, A Democracy of Poets of the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond, incorporates the poetry of 47 local poets and regional guest poets. The Book of Ocho is a collection of poems written by Cameron Scott and The Adventures of Harry the Hamster series, The Little Fir Tree, and Little Star are all books by Dr. Jane J. Jenkins.
Michael Blais is back with his truly unique velvet and fabric pumpkins that have found their way into homes across the country.
Helena Al-Kabasi’s applies her artistry to distinctive upcycled, fabric doggie treat bags that can be customized with a portrait of your pet!
Laurel Astor, regional oil and acrylic artist uses her painter’s eye for color and composition and the result is an array of beautiful mittens, caps and scarves from her Wooly Boutique line.
The flame-worked creations of Elevated Glass artists Slade Kerschen and Stephanie Payne are back with glass pendants, wine stoppers and distinctive sculpture.
Valle Noone chose Winterfest to share her amazing hand-cut, framed paper creations – from an astonishing bee with intricate honeycomb to customized renderings of family homes. Not to be missed.
Jeannie Martin can guarantee cream puffs, croissants, French and rye breads with high fiber content, 0 saturated fat and 0 calories. That’s because she is the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, one-of-a-kind Fabric Chef creating replicas of baskets of bread and platters of pastries all done in fabric. If you want a gift that keeps on giving, this is it!
Jay Springer has never found a piece of driftwood or vintage flatware he didn’t love and he turns it all into whimsical fly fishers and snow skiers. Now, you know there is someone on your list that will be forever grateful!
Lili/D’s joins us for the first time with her elegant jewelry wraps. Whether it’s for traveling or use at home, these lovely creations are a safe haven for your treasures.
Rounding out the artistry of the evening is the photography by Steve VanDerleest and “Nature’s Details” master Steve Taylor, the stunning clay jewelry, vases and planters of Amber Despain, metallic polymer elegance of Kara Loos’ jewelry and local legend Michael Carter’s original sterling/copper/gemstone creations.
So let your spirits soar tonight at Winterfest 2015 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street from 5:00 to 7:30. Meet the artists, staff, members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber, your friends and neighbors and begin your holiday season!
See you tonight!
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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