Art Scene column: The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ blank canvas of 2017 |

Art Scene column: The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ blank canvas of 2017

Christina Brusig

Paul Cézanne knew all too well the challenge of change, of exploring the new and the untried, of the excitement and risk of taking the next step. Cézanne built the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century, and yet he would say, “It is so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.”

We begin this New Year with all the excitement and energy of the next adventure. Last year was all about reaching out. We enhanced the programs we deliver to area schools, we presented joint exhibitions and events resulting in stronger bonds of cooperation and community, and we welcomed new producing partners, sponsors and supporters to ensure that the arts will continue to be available to everyone.

We also faced a flood. If I needed to find an analogy for unexpected challenge, a threat to the future of the center and, by contrast, the biggest outpouring of support, encouragement and stepping up, it would be that event. Through it all, we never stopped welcoming new students, delivering classes and making good on our commitments to the community. Every optimistic cliché came into play from looking for the silver lining, seeing that it was darkest before the dawn and refining the recipe for lemonade. It also jump-started the colors, concepts and strong brush strokes we would apply to that blank canvas of 2017.

Start with Art

The Spring/Fall semester is off to one terrific beginning. Our pottery, dance and art classes continue with more positive feedback than ever.

I want to highlight Terry Muldoon’s role in creating some of the best art experiences in the valley:

• Young Masters Drawing and Painting classes build on discovering each student’s creative skill level. Classes are on Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. for 5-8 years and 5-6:30 p.m. for 8-12 years.

• Art Sampler introduces 5- to 8-year-olds to a different medium every week. Watercolors, acrylics, light sculpture and mixed media takes each child on a voyage of discovery.

• Art Comprehensive takes the Art Sampler experience to the next level as 8- to 12-year-olds continue to expand their artistic, listening and team building skills.

• 5th Day is the most popular and well-defined all-day program in the area. This pottery, music and art curriculum is taught through a culture-based model. Currently, students are exploring the contemporary and history mosaic of the Russian culture.

Monthly field trips are a highlight of 5th Day. The most recent was a trip to the Aspen Art Museum where our kids left their hosts speechless. These 6- to 12-year-olds identified every artistic medium, were familiar with a variety of styles and brush strokes and demonstrated a sincere interest and knowledge of the arts. They were proud and excited at the reaction. Great job, Terry.

Visit and sign up your future art star in one of these top-notch classes.

Everyday Appreciation

At least once a day, I feel the power of this place. I know the support and personal investment we receive from our staff, students, volunteers, community supporters and our terrific membership.

Knowing it and showing it comes in the form of our third annual Appreciation Gala. Mark your calendar and join us from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, when this free-to-the-public event honors everyone who makes us possible.

Enjoy the music of valley legend Vid Weatherwax and dine on the sumptuous food prepared by Cherie Pape, owner/chef of Appetit Cherie Gourmet Catering.

See you then, and we’ll share the great expectations of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts for 2017.

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

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