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Christina Brusig
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They Could Have Danced All Night

This week, house lights dimmed like sunset and stage lights set the scene as dancers across the country emerged from the wings and began their holiday ballet. Sharing the same joyful secret, that months of rehearsal had perfected each theatrical detail, they suspended reality and transported the audience to that splendid place — the art of the dance.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ Winterpalooza returned to the Vaudeville Review Theater last Tuesday and Wednesday night where dancers from tiny, 3 year-old ballerinas to our astonishing advanced company dancers took our sold-out audiences to that splendid place.

Brava to all dancers and, behind the scenes, to those creative magicians that are the dance faculty: Maurine Taufer, Laura Bahr, Katie Deyoe, Emily Fifer, Bella Collier and Christina Brusig. Big thanks to the Center’s administrators Brie Carmer and Linda White. I am so proud of all of you as we continue to raise the bar on everything we do.

To that first-class impresario, Vaudeville Review’s John Goss, his beautiful theater and his all-star cast, we could never have done it without you.

To the parents, friends and families of our students, our unflagging cadre of sponsors and to every member of our vibrant community, you continue to honor each of us and the essential work of the Art Center with your enthusiasm and support.

The Power of 20

I have a friend who, with a wry grin on her face, calmly explains that her car has a special feature compelling her to stop on her way to work and buy a latte. I, with great calm and understanding, pointed out that $4 per day is $20 per week and if, for one week, she made her own coffee that $20 could make a difference in her community and would make her feel really good. How about a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to our Children’s Scholarship Fund?

Already a great friend to the Art Center, my friend did just that. The game was on! The challenge issued! She told her book club, who told their yoga class, who told their workout buddies, who told their Rotary and Chamber colleagues, who told — well, you see that a pattern was forming.

I invite you to get in the game and make a difference for your Art Center one $20 at a time.

Calling All Garfield County Artists

Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade sees a future where Colorado is a premiere “Creative Economy”. They strive to create a strong brand identity, a Top 10 reputation, and create significant and sustained investment in the creative sector where creative entrepreneurs and enterprises will flourish. It’s their goal for Colorado to “grow its own” creative workforce.

The Center for the Arts and CCAH in Carbondale have been designated to help facilitate the 2016 Creative Industries Summit in Carbondale May 5 — 6, 2016 during which the Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards will be given to leading supporters of the arts in Colorado.

If that isn’t exciting enough, Garfield County artists have been invited, exclusively, to submit their designs for the Governor’s awards. All submissions — painting, sculpture, 3D, etc. — will be juried by a CCI panel. The winning artist will be commissioned to create the awards. Start designing and we will keep your posted on submission deadlines!

Winterfest

Don’t forgot to stop by the Center and select the best one-of-a-kind, handmade holiday gifts you can imagine. Holiday hours are Monday — Friday 9 a.m. to 4p.m. through December 18th and Saturday’s noon to 4 p.m. December 12th and 19th.

Renew and Restore

Here’s to the art in our lives — the dance, the music, the painting, the sculpture — from California to Maine, Louisiana to Minnesota, Florida to Idaho and all points in between. Celebrate the essential artistic spirit in all of us that renews and restores our humanity.

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


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