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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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Our annual Winterfest Arts and Craft Exhibition opens tonight, and have we got a splendid evening planned for you!

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has been transformed into a holiday shopper’s paradise with exquisite and affordable one-of-a-kind gifts.

Maya Angelou could have been describing our artists when she said, “All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”

Resident artists Noemi Kosmowski, Judy Davis and Terry Muldoon present their signature works: classic still life in oil, inspired pottery and clay and the best in mixed media jewelry. Joining our year-round gift shop virtuosos is an incredible lineup of local and regional stars, some returning and some new to Winterfest.

And here they are:

Diane Brown takes deconstruction to a new level. Diane selects a book; she then cuts, carves, embellishes and reassembles it into a work of art.

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

Dana Barth brings her striking acrylic landscapes to the Winterfest for the time — a truly singular concept.

Sara Gallager, armed with a new art degree, shares her personal vision of White River in oil on found wood.

Helena Al-Kabasi applies her artistry to distinctive dog treat holders that can be customized with a portrait of your pet!

Handmade by Little Hands is the amazing woodwork of 4 talented siblings from New Castle creating a must-see array of cutting boards in beautiful hard wood.

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.

Bette Solowitz presents cabinets, boxes, mirrors, spoon and pipe racks created from alder, redwood and walnut.

Mother’s Load’s Christy Paulos transforms ordinary items into art pieces that challenge the imagination.

The flameworked creations of Elevated Glass artists Slade Kerschen and Stephanie Payne are back with glass pendants, wine stoppers and distinctive sculpture.

Rounding out the artistry of the evening is the photography lining the gallery walls. We are proud to offer the works of Brie Carmer, Luke Klotz, Jen Swelin and Matt Janson, Holly Carmer, Robin Wadhams, Barb Young, Dan Glidden, Steve Taylor, Steve Vanderleest and Bianca McCarty.

See you tonight at Winterfest 2014 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East 6th Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Meet the artists, staff, members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber, your friends and neighbors and begin your holiday season.

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

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