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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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“Hope saw the invisible, felt the intangible and achieved the impossible.”

It has been my privilege to work with our amazing teachers as we introduced new learning environments, expanded our educational reach and discovered talent and the desire to learn in all of our students.

December brought that talent to community showcases for dance and music students from the Art Center and Two Rivers Community School. Following the sold-out success of our WinterPalooza dance revue, Circle of Songs brought together another full house for a night of singing, guitar and piano excellence.

Random Acts of Kindness

Awakening the joy of creative expression has produced unexpected results. Yesterday, students from our successful Home School program created beautiful flower pens with a handmade card and presented them to delighted and surprised people during their weekly field trip around town. There were smiles for miles!

World Culture Festival

This year we introduced a new perspective into our two successful in-house school programs — Home School and Fifth Day. Our curriculum is delivered through a worldview featuring Africa, Asia, Europe and America. As each segment concludes, we celebrate with a short program and refreshments typical of that region. Home School students will present their program from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 17 with Fifth Day’s program at the same time on Dec. 19. Drop in if you are in the neighborhood. We are proud of these amazing kids.

New Collaboration

This year has been all about reaching out. We have brought programs to area schools and presented joint exhibitions and events resulting in stronger bonds of cooperation and community. This month, we added Painting Pages, an art and literacy collaboration with our beautiful Glenwood Springs Library. This is a free program for elementary students as they explore images and words. Painting Pages begins at 4 p.m. on Jan. 13 and will continue every second Tuesday through May. After the summer break, we will be back in the fall.

Call For Artists

Great exhibits will be presented throughout 2015, and the first of these will be the Selfie Revolution, definitely an event that is all about you. The exhibit will be on display for a month, and we will project the images onto a designated wall in the gallery. The deadline for your appropriate selfie submission is Jan. 5, and the opening night is Jan. 9 with the artists reception at 5:30 p.m. Send your digital, high resolution file to

Next up is the amazing 6×6 Exhibit. We launched this last year, and it was a triumph. We give you a 6-inch by 6-inch canvas, and you create your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit. The submission deadline is Feb. 2 with opening night on Feb. 13 at 5:30 with the artists reception. Last year’s exhibit produced some astonishing work. Everyone is welcome — professional, amateur and anyone with a desire to have a great experience and support the Center for the Arts at the same time. Come by the Center and pick up your canvas.

Colorado Gives – Dec. 9

You did it again! Thanks to everyone who made generous online donations and helped us beat last year’s number — just another example of an extraordinary community teaming up and delivering.

We’ll Be Forever Grateful

Since we first met through the Art Scene, I have shared our programs, events, plans for the future and ways you can help support the work we do and the positive impact we have on our community.

Here is this week’s suggestion: You bring in a new roll of Forever Stamps to the Art Center and receive a 12-month family membership for your generosity.

Winterfest Holiday Boutique Reminder

This beautiful oasis of original gifts of art, jewelry, clothing, pottery and unmatched creativity is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

This December has been frantic and fabulous, but then, awakening joy in creative expression always is. Happy holidays!

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

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