Art Scene: And away they go |

Art Scene: And away they go

Christina Brusig
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Last year’s 6 x 6 Exhibit was a smash as the evening started with every iconic image of a great horse race. So, with that in mind, this is how I imagine legendary Santa Anita race announcer, Trevor Denham, might call the event when we open our doors, promptly at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 12, for our 3rd Annual 6 x 6 Exhibit or as we like to call that evening A Race for the Arts:

“And away they go. Members of the Bloomin’ Beauty Garden Club hit the turf with a fervor not seen by this announcer since Sea Biscuit broke all the rules. On the far side and closing the gap is Phil Lampley with madness in his eye and within easy reach of the mixed media series…but wait! It’s nonprofit maven, Lydia Carlson, shooting through with a long reach that says ‘I don’t think so, Phil’ and, this is unbeeeeeeeleeeeevable, but I do believe that this race is going to be a photo finish!”

Have I got your attention? Good. Now, I know thoroughbreds in the arts when I see them and you, my friends, are that. Come by the Center for the Arts, pick up your free 6” x 6” canvases and be part of a true community art exhibit. Use your imagination with oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. Even with a submission deadline of Friday, February 5, there is still plenty of time to create your showstopper and return it to us for opening night from 6:00 – 7:30, Friday, February 12.

Last year’s event produced some astonishing work with several pieces submitted on the deadline day. So, no excuses, 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. Tell your friends, family and complete strangers to come by the Center and pick up their canvases!

Membership Appreciation Gala

I want to thank everyone who made last Friday night’s event another winner. I was delighted to stand in front of a wonderful cross section of our community and pay tribute to all those gathered for being such an essential part of our success. Art definitely mattered to all present and I am proud that we continue to be at the artistic heart of our community.

Sense of Place

As I think about this time of physical change to our city when our senses are challenged and we look for the constants in our lives, all I have to do is look around the Art Center. This National Historic Landmark, a 118-year old building 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 making any event historic.

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 DJ’s, party rental essentials.

Call me at 970-945-2414 and we’ll make magic in a place like no other.

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

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