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Christina Brusig
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GETTING UP EARLY

False dawn. A quiet so consuming it invites us to lean in and listen. The promise of the day seems endless, a subtle renewal that is powerful.

We get up early at the Art Center, and by early I mean a staff that is dedicated to being ahead of the artistic curve, anticipating a community need and delivering the solution. It means stepping up with after-school art, music and dance classes for five area elementary schools. It means continually expanding our class offerings. It means working with corporations to design enrichment programs as part of their employee benefits package. And it finally means keeping expectations high, community involvement absolute and ensuring that art is for everyone.

6X6

Opening night of our second annual 6×6 Exhibit fundraiser was a grab-em-by-the-arm, “Did you see that one?” kind of evening. Doors opened at 5:30 p.m., and by 5:31 p.m., we were placing SOLD stickers on more than half of the 100-plus canvases.

Guests were amazed at the range of vision and creativity as they moved around the gallery, and since we asked artists not to sign their work, it was all about the talent. The exhibit will be open to the public through March 2. You are invited to be part of this fundraising effort. For only $20 (no tax!), you will own an original and help keep our essential educational programming going and growing. You make a difference!

SENSE OF PLACE

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a National Historic Landmark, a 117-year-old building that suggests “the faraway nearby.” This modest building that changed the way people lived by creating power and light where there was none continues to change the lives of anyone who is a part of it.

There is something new going on here, and it is a beautiful alternative to the conventional. More and more special events are taking place in our gallery, and here are some of the reasons why you should think about the Art Center in a whole new way:

The intimate 150-person venue transforms weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries and graduation celebrations into a one-of-a-kind experience.

We work with any budget and ours is a flat rate facility fee with no per person charge.

Original, custom gifts can be designed by our resident painters, potters, jewelry makers and textile artists.

Behind every special event are great vendors. Our event partners are some of the best in the area: caterers, florists, photographers and videographers, musicians and DJs, party rental essentials and more.

Call me at 970-945-2414, and we’ll make magic.

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION GALA

Saying thank you to anyone who is truly an essential part of your life never seems enough but the elegant gala we have planned might come close. We will be honoring the membership of the Glenwood Center for the Arts on March 6 with a wonderful evening of entertainment, art and sumptuous refreshments to pay tribute to the myriad ways they say “art matters.” I am inviting you to join the Center for the Arts by purchasing an Individual or Family membership and be part this amazing night. Your membership brings you discounts on class tuition, performances, public events and invitations to VIP evenings like this one.

That night, we will also be taking support and participation to a new level by announcing our Ambassador Program. We are inviting individuals who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who are willing to join our volunteer team in a leadership position in fundraising, membership drives and after-school programs.

Art is my passion — the dance yet to be created, the lyrics that transform, the poetry that sustains and the canvas that holds a truth. I am proud that we continue to be at the artistic heart of our community.

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


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