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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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“Art is not an end but a beginning.”

Ai Weiwei


The ceremony of community is one of the most organic and life-affirming gestures we can experience. It defines the measure of people by the affect they have on others.

Each person that is part of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is part of that artistic cause and effect. We cause the class, the exhibit, the after-school program and the performance to happen and the effect is immediate – the seed is planted and grows throughout the community.

One of the best examples of community will happen next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8th and 9th at the Glenwood Springs Vaudeville Review when the dance company members who outdazzled the recent holiday tree lighting at the Hotel Colorado will be joined by the rest of our gifted dance students to present the annual WinterPalooza performance. This sold-out show is the beautiful result of the promise each teacher and dancer makes to themselves and their audience that they will deliver the best show possible and have a great time doing it. Bonne chance, mes amis!


Another promise that can be made and kept on December 8th is Giving Tuesday. Visit #GivingTuesday and learn about this global day dedicated to giving back when nonprofits, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Visit us, next Tuesday, at, donate to our heART Campaign and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

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Talk about cause and effect. The recent holiday Post Independent issue had some impressive data on how we can impact the local economy one $20 bill at time. We all spend an extra $20 in town this holiday season and $1.2 million ca-chings into the Garfield County economy. Let me help you out with your $20.

This year’s Winterfest Holiday Gift show has been a complete win-win. Our expanded gift shop and gallery features our fabulous resident artists/ teachers’ signature works in oil, clay, mixed media and cut glass.

Here again, are the artists who are joining them:

Brendan White’s newest creation is his exquisite line of sterling silver musical instrument necklaces. Brendan’s goal is to make the world a happier place – one piece of jewelry at a time and he does just that!

Vallee 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.

Helena Al-Kabasi’s applies her artistry to distinctive upcycled, fabric doggie treat bags that can be customized with a portrait of your pet! Now don’t tell me there is not a pet owner in your world who can resist that!

Michael Blais is back with his truly unique velvet and fabric pumpkins that have found their way into homes across the country.

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.

Jeannie Martin, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not famer, is the one-of-a-kind Fabric Chef creating replicas of baskets of bread and platters of pastries all done in fabric.

Just think how you can dazzle those at your holiday table with this unbelievable centerpiece sensation.

Jay Springer can help you with your next Tall Tale in Sports. Take a look at the driftwood and vintage flatware fly fishers and snow skiers. Up against these whimsical characters, we all look like supremely gifted athletes.

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 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 jewelry creations in sterling silver, copper and gemstone.

The best of the holidays to everyone and I look forward to sharing the ceremony of community with all of you!

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

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