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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has been the first stop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts since our premiere event 26 years ago. Sell your fine art paintings, mixed media creations, photography, pottery, jewelry, found-object art, greeting cards, lotions and potions and your own unique artist vision. DIYers are welcome! Remember, the application deadline to sell your work at Winterfest is Nov. 5, artwork must be delivered by Nov. 7, and the show opens to the public on 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.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has been an artistic gathering place since its inception. We have featured art in various media, from traditional watercolors, oils and acrylics, to photography, mixed media art, sculpture, ceramics, wood, glass and fine jewelry.

The gallery and gift shop bustle with activity all week long as locals and tourists find just what their looking from the amazing work of resident artists Noemi Kosmowski, Terry Muldoon and Judy Davis, plus local and regional artists like Mary Noone, Michael Carter, Brendan White, Randy Henrie, Judy Austin, Jessica Kidd and Amber Despain.

Meet The Artist

One of the reasons the Art Center and gift shop is a destination location is because of artists like Amber Despain. Intricate clay polymar designs become jewelry, vases and lanterns. But unique artistry was not the first path Amber took. It was scholarship in the form of two bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering and history and a master’s in school administration and policy studies. She then taught physics and chemistry until this year, when she took time off to begin her Ph.D. that will result in an assistant principal position next school year. Between the aerospace and history degrees, Amber Despain was a commercial pilot for three years.

“I never knew I had any talent for art until I was 27,” Despain said. “I had just had a baby and a major back surgery in a span of four months. I started drawing, then painting, then claying. I created with clay for a couple years just as a hobby and stress reliever from teaching. My garage began to fill with boxes of art, and my husband suggested I start a business and sell it. Guess he wanted his garage back!”

Stop by the Center and see the work of this one-woman dynamo and her peers in outstanding artistic creation. Mark your calendar for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, for the opening night artist’s reception at Winterfest 2014.

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

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