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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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What a night! The Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest was a success. Thanks again to all of our sponsors, silent auction contributors, staff, committee members and volunteers who delivered the best Culinary Arts event I’ve had the pleasure to witness. Ken Robinson, my heart goes out to you for all of your hard work over the past 15 years. The Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest couldn’t happen without the support and expertise of Roaring Fork Liquors. Another major player in this year’s success is Maria Herrera from Bethel Party Rentals. The place looked amazing. Thanks for your kind donation that helped us set the tone for the evening.

Jessica Kidd, Brie Carmer, Matt Steckler, Annie Olson, Tessa Warman, Kate Collins, Beth McCafferty, Karin Phelps and Raquel Koch: Thank you for your time and dedication to the event. On behalf of the Art Center, we are grateful for everything you do to make the arts valuable in our community. Most of all, our endless thanks go out to all of you who attended and helped make our biggest fundraising event an absolute triumph. I’m already looking forward to next year.

One great party deserves another, and the next one is happening at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. It’s Winterfest, where skilled artisans present their one-of-a-kind creations to launch the holiday season. You may come view and purchase the holiday-centric art from Nov. 14 through Dec. 22. Our big holiday celebration is in conjunction with Business After Hours.

Want to participate in Winterfest? We’re calling all interested artists to submit their applications for participation. Go to our website at for application information. The application deadline is Nov. 3, art must be delivered Nov. 7, and the show opens to the public Nov. 14 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.

Also on our radar is our Winter Dance Showcase, Winterpalooza, to be held at the Glenwood Springs Vaudeville Theatre on Dec. 2 and 3. Tickets go on sale Nov. 7 to the general public. Watch as our 200-plus dance students wow you with holiday cheer.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Speaking of cheerfulness, we embrace it. It is a daily part of how we conduct business at the Center for the Arts. Aside from the joy we bring to those touched by the arts, excellence is a tradition of ours, running through all classes, events and exhibits we host. Our own Terry Muldoon, director of visual arts and gallery curator, is coordinating the work of local artists and displaying exhibits throughout the city. Our first installation is at Glenwood Springs City Hall. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on the second floor you will see the wonderful work of Mountain Valley Development artists completed through their classes at the Art Center. Walk up to the third floor and see the incomparable photography of the one and only Kelley Cox. Outside the Human Resource office you will see the inspired mixed media creations of Terry Muldoon. In the City Council chambers, Patty Ringer’s mixed media visions oversee the proceedings.

A Force of Nature

Who is Terry Muldoon? Terry didn’t know art or mixed media. How could she? She was only three years old. But when she picked up her crayons, scissors and paper, that’s just what she began to create. The world wasn’t quite ready for the art that became her signature as an adult, and it was not until her senior year in high school when she found a private instructor who respected and expanded her vision and her natural talent, pronouncing Terry’s work “fabulous.” After many years and much training, she walked through the front door of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and brought all of the vision, creativity and fire that had been brewing since her childhood. Now, our community, the Center and the City of Glenwood Springs are the recipients of the genius that would not be denied. Swing by the Center and meet Terry Muldoon — she is sure to color your world.

You can look forward to weekly insights about local artists, Art Center teachers and collaborative partners as we continue to inform the public about all that is happening with Art in Glenwood Springs. Until next week…

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