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Christina Brusig
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Coming together is beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

While this was not a conscious philosophy at the Art Center, it emerged as a working relationship when staff came together from various backgrounds, expertise and knowledge and produced the top-notch programs, classes, exhibits and community involvement projects that have become our standard. If we had been a symphony orchestra, it would have been fine-tuned harmony from the downbeat. But without an audience, it would have just been a concert among friends. That’s where you came in — the members, sponsors, donors, students and families.

We publicly thanked you last Friday night at our inaugural Appreciation Gala. Honoring supporters and staff while enjoying the great catering from Zheng’s, accompanied by The Confluents, was beyond our expectations and that of our guests. Old friendships were celebrated and new friendships forged.

We also celebrated the conclusion of our hugely successful 6×6 Exhibit. Guests moved around the gallery and marveled at the talent, humor, experimentation and originality and then proceeded to purchase even more canvases, bringing our grand total fundraising effort to more than 100 sold. Thank you, everyone, for your continued celebration of the arts. You honored us with your support and approval, acknowledging that our outreach, quality, classes and exhibits have been our measure of success.

‘BATTLE OF THE WALLS’

Come Saturday morning, with the walls barely cooled from the very hot 6×6 show, up went our next exhibit. “Battle of the Walls” is the second annual outstanding display of art excellence from local high schools. Art teachers and their students arrived early and began installing some of the most exciting, individual and compelling images we have seen from our local students.

We give a big thanks to these extraordinary teachers and the gifted students and high schools they represent for being part of this exhibit:

Rifle High School – Tara Charlsworth

Glenwood Springs High School – Brenda Maher

Yampah Mountain School – Marta Parker

Bridges High School – Tish McFee

Roaring Fork High School – Cathleen McCourt

Coal Ridge High School – Leah Wynveen

Join the artists, teachers, families and Center staff for the Artist’s Reception today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and you have the unique opportunity of seeing tomorrow’s leading artists tonight. Don’t miss it. The exhibit runs through March 31.

BLACK AND WHITE

We are presenting the power of Black and White with an exciting exhibit and community event. Explore the dynamic possibilities of your vision — any medium, any style and any format. The deadline for art submissions is March 26 and 27 along with a $35 gallery fee at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St., Glenwood Springs.

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

We’re on a roll with exciting ideas, suggestions and future plans, and we’re taking support and participation to a new level with 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.

Interested or know someone who might be? Give us a call at 970-945-2414 for more information or join us at 6 p.m. next Thursday, March 19, at the Center for the Arts. We plan to brainstorm, share our goals and plans and listen to your ideas on expanding those concepts by adding your own. It will be an exciting night that will launch a new and productive era for the Center. Hope to see you there.

As the Gala was coming to its natural conclusion Friday night and guests lingered by the door, I heard a wonderful thing. A small girl and her grandfather stopped and turned to look back at the beautiful room and the gallery. They just looked. Then the little girl took his hand and gently pulled him through the door and said, “Don’t worry, granddad, the art will always be there.”

To everyone working to keep every form of art alive and an essential part of each life assuring that art will always be there, we thank you.

See you tonight.

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


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