Art Scene: Curtain going up… |

Art Scene: Curtain going up…

On the best show in town when we deliver our 17th annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brew Fest at the historic Hotel Colorado tomorrow night from 5-8 p.m. Join us for delicious food, hundreds of wines and handcrafted microbrews and a chance to walk away with superb items from our silent auction! Tickets are only $35 for Art Center Members, and $50 for nonmembers. Get your tickets now while you still can at

No show can succeed without an outstanding cast, set designers, musicians and talented crew. A big thank-you to everyone who made this amazing event possible. Patrons can come expecting bottomless food, wine, beer, great live music and the amazing feeling of supporting one of the most dynamic nonprofit institutions in the valley.

The Cast:

Food: Big Daddy’s, Chang Thai, Grand Avenue Sweets, Grind, Hotel Colorado, Iron Bridge Grill, The Lost Cajun, Riviera Supper Club and Piano Bar, Nepal Restaurant, The New Castle Diner and The Pullman.

Wines: Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, Classic Wines, Craft Wines, Natural Wines, RNDC, Synergy Wines, Two Rivers Winery, Veraison Wholesale, Williams Cellars.

Microbrews: Breckenridge Brewery, Boulder Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Dales, Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, Odell Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing, Nikasi Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada, Snow Capped Cider, Talbott’s Cider Co. andTivoli Brewing.

This just in: Patrons can vote for the best dish, wine and beer in Glenwood. With a lineup like this one, it will be very hard to choose.

The Set Designers

Our artists have transformed the stately Devereux and the Colorado rooms and, while the best special event partners in the valley, Bethel Party Rentals, have created a perfect backdrop for an elegant evening.

We didn’t stop there. We turned the halls outside these stately rooms into a beautiful silent auction avenue featuring gift certificates and items from auto dealerships, specialty boutiques, two-night stays at luxury resorts, food purveyors, spas, liquor stores, decorators, ski passes, restaurants and more.

The Music

Providing the luxurious soundtrack to the evening is Brad Vierheller in the Colorado room. Brad is a leading area pianist and Art Center voice and piano teacher, you know him from the Glenwood Springs Vaudeville Review and the Riviera Piano Bar. In the Devereux room, the legendary vocals and funky vibes of Vid Weatherwax will make you want to dance the night away. You will recognize the incredible sounds of Vid from the sixth season of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music series.

The Demo

The live cooking demo will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Devereux room with Chef Cherie Pape. We are delighted to have this Coronado Bay Resort-trained chef create her original gourmet dishes as our chef demo extraordinaire. Cherie is chef/owner of Appetit Cherie Gourmet Catering and an expert in international cuisine that is both healthy and delicious. Cherie and our stellar lineup of restaurateurs, vintners and brewmasters want to see you there. She will be preparing: Thai Tacos, best described as tender butter lettuce leaves filled with finely diced seasoned pork, scallions, shredded carrots and chow mein noodles topped with a delicious house-made peanut sauce or cilantro pesto and sweet hot garlic sauce.

The Producers

A show doesn’t happen without the producers. This year’s generous sponsors are:

Sponsors at “The Whole Dish” level:

Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, Bethel Party Rental, Renewal by Andersen, Glenwood Springs Ford, KMTS 99.1 & Roaring Fork Events LLC.

Sponsors at “A Big Forkful” level: Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Climate Control Co., Murray Dental Group, S2M Construction, Grand River Construction, Glenwood Insurance, Balcomb and Green, and Berthod Motors.

The Crew

A special thanks to our committee members and volunteers:

Wayne Griffin, Kate McRaith, Kate Collins, Anais Liston, Stacey Barnum, John Quinn, Rita Wagner, Veronica Capraro, Emily and Damon Arredondo and generous volunteers from our community.

It’s going to be an amazing evening, and, best of all, all proceeds will support the creation and delivery of 70 classes, 12 community events attended by 28,000 people, 50 annual scholarships, seven outreach programs and the teaching of 700 students plus we employ 27 artist/teachers.

Call (970) 945-2414 for tickets or visit

Today is the last day to get discounted tickets. Tickets go up to $50 at the door. Reserve your tickets today and support the arts.

We’ll see you tomorrow night. Thanks in advance for your support. Cheers.

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. You can reach her at

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