POWER AND LIGHT
Walter Devereux had a vision — harness the power of the water and bring light to Glenwood Springs. The hydro-electric plant that transformed our town has been the home of the Art Center for more than 3 decades. We deliver a different kind of power, but the results are the same — transformation and illumination.
Essential to that power are the gifted artists and teachers that share their inspiration with us.
Liz Waters walked through our front door one day to volunteer. We had no idea that the simple act of generosity brought with it an amazing artistic talent and an unflagging commitment to excellence.
Waters has been an art educator in the valley since 2000, creating thriving art departments in the Aspen and Rifle high schools and inspiring the next generation of artists. She has run workshops, art camps and classes in most of the valley’s art centers. Liz is currently working with our Home School and 5th Day programs and still finds time for her own art for local competitions.
Michelangelo was asked how he carved the astonishing statue of David. “I cut away everything that was not David.”
Wood artist Frank Smith understands that concept. He carves away everything that is not the intricate vision he sees. He says, “The inspiration for my work comes from waves and surfing on them and searching for the wood I use. I walk the beaches in Mexico and the rivers in Colorado looking for those special pieces of driftwood. I call my work ‘wave motifs,’ but when I finish a piece I see more than waves. I see a form of communication. I’m not sure where the designs come from, but I do know that I am driven by some power and passion to keep creating new forms and to keep looking for that next piece of wood.”
Charlie Beyer is currently with us to “keep Tesla’s 140 power plant functioning for the arts.” You already know him when you visit the Center. Beyer is the co-creator of the magnificent weathered steel sculpture of the magpie that stands sentinel at our door. He is continuing his public art vision for the city of New Castle. His artistry coupled with his engineering background has taken him around the world. He is designing an alternative and sustainable power plant for a village in Belize while consulting with the Denver Museum of Science and Nature in applying geophysics to a dinosaur bone bed in Utah. Did I mention he is editing his third book?
Come by our Winterfest boutique and marvel at Liz Waters’ reclaimed, vintage, one-of-kind glass snowflakes, the beautiful ‘surf’ art from Frank Smith and Charlie Beyer’s steel sculpture.
NEW PROGRAMS IN 2015
Jenetta Howell’s Theatricals — Jenetta is a stand-out performer at the Vaudeville Review, and she is bringing her talents to us starting on Wednesdays in January with:
Session One — Kid’s Kabaret, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, a six-week class for kids of all ages and skill levels who want to learn how to showcase their theatrical talents.
Session Two — Audition Workshop for Bugsy Malone Jr., 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Come learn how to audition.
Kay Cochran, former Disney miniatures artist, will be conducting three terrific sculpting classes every Thursday:
Clay with Kay (4 – 6 years) 4 to 5 p.m.
Basic Sculpture (7 – 15 years) 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Adult Sculpture (16 years+) 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Call for complete details about these exciting new classes, and discover your personal power in everything that is waiting for you at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. 970-945-2414 or glenwoodarts.org.
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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