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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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Certain Restrictions Apply

The blizzard of intense commerce that thunders through the media is an unavoidable element of the holiday season. Commercials, shiny as hard candy, shout at you with the kind of “Look, over here! You can’t miss this!” clamor that slows your reason and hijacks your emotions.

Just as that 60- second romance is coming to an end, you are treated to the quiet voice of a one-note speed talker who fills you in on the multiple restrictions to this life-changing opportunity.

How about we meet over here, in the clearing, and regroup. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has classes and workshops that are exactly as advertised, exactly as we designed them to be — enriching, essential and life affirming.

Tomorrow, we begin our semester/holiday recess and when we return on January 4, we will resume our 2015/2016 classes that run through May 16 plus new workshops and the return of some favorites. Take a look:

Pottery pro Judy Davis adds to the line up with Mudpuppies, Kid, Adult and Teen Wheel Throwing and Hand Building classes and a 7-week Winter Clay workshop.

The Picasso and Matisse of the Center, Terry Muldoon and Noemi Kosmowski, will deliver an exciting series of winners with Terry’s Young Masters Drawing and Painting classes plus Kids Art Journaling and Mixed Media classes. Noemi will challenge your perception of color with Art Mix Up and Kids Art Studio. Visit and start the New Year with endless possibilities for joy, creativity and flat out fun!

6 x 6

Three years ago, Terry Muldoon heard how art centers and galleries around the country were fundraising in a way that would involve the whole community. A 6” x 6” canvas is given to anyone who wants to paint, draw, paste, upcycle or bejewel it. Completed canvases are given back to the center or gallery and sold at a fundraising exhibit. “Absolutely”, we said, and we launched our First Annual 6 x 6 Art Exhibit. There was no looking back.

Tomorrow night from 6 to 8 p.m., we are having a painting party at the Art Center to jump-start our 3rd Annual 6 x 6 Exhibit that premieres February 12, 2016. Drop by the Art Center at 601 East 6th in Glenwood where you’ll have the canvas and all the supplies you can imagine with Terry Muldoon there for inspiration. Create some of the first pieces for the exhibit where your artistic personal best will be sold for $20 with all proceeds benefiting our children’s scholarship fund. Bring your imagination and a donation of any size and let the creativity begin!

Colorado Creative Industries

Last week, I told you about the exciting opportunity the Center for the Arts and CCAH in Carbondale have been given by CCI. We 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 3 leading supporters of the arts in Colorado.

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. Three awards will be presented to the individual award winners. The fourth award will become part of the State of Colorado’s permanent Governor’s Art Award collection and will be placed in the Colorado State Capitol.

Learn more at and submit your entry to CCI by January 21, 2016.

Art At The Core

One of the most impactful things to occur this year happened on July 16 when the United States Senate passed its bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal, the Every Child Achieves Act. This act allows any student from any school in the nation to learn the magic of Arts Education. The Senate designated all art classes as core subjects.

We couldn’t agree more! Art builds on itself and on what is happening in our town and in our world. Art introduces and inspires students to see the world through the art of others. Students tap into a well of creativity through the wide range of art education giving young people tools that will enhance any life path they choose. Art is essential.

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

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