Art Scene: Passion, skill but, most of all, opportunity |

Art Scene: Passion, skill but, most of all, opportunity

His father had originally studied to be an architect and encouraged his son to draw at a young age. He also told his son to mind what his imagination had to say. While young Charlie was rarely without a drawing pen in hand, he didn’t hesitate to announce that he thought coffins, skeletons and practical jokes had equal footing with his art and, as the years passed, he created a genre that would always be associated with his name.

In 1935, Charles Addams was hired by New Yorker magazine as a regular cartoonist, and he created his famous and macabre Addams Family. “Harold Ross, the publisher, gave a rookie the opportunity. He was willing to give me a chance to scare his readers to death,” he said. Addams became one of the most famous cartoonists in the world by never taking himself seriously but minding what his imagination had to say.

Tonight, almost 80 years and endless variations later, “The Addams Family” opens at Glenwood Springs High School, and I do believe Mr. Addams would be as proud of this production as I am.

This is the sixth year I have choreographed the musical. But this time, I was thrilled to give Bailey Barnum, Sophie Carnoali and Cadie Harrison, members of our advanced dance company and leaders in our competitive dance program, the opportunity to bring their passion and skill to this experience.

This musical is a challenge for seasoned professionals around the world, and I would put the work of these three pros up against any of them. I gave each one tough numbers, and I knew during the first few days of rehearsal that I was absolutely right. These artists broke each number down and more than 50 dancers executed the intricate moves, the complex timing and the knockout interactive upstage projection that will bring you right into the magic. Thank you, Bailey, Sophie and Cadie for your gift to the community.

This winner runs five performances: Feb. 24 and 25, March 3 and 4 and a matinee March 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with curtain going up at 7 p.m., except at the matinee, which is 2 p.m. Get your tickets at the door, or on Facebook at GSHS Performances. Adult tickets are $15 and students/children tickets are $10. See you there for our “spookiest and kookiest” musical yet!

Symphony Swing Wants You!

Ruth Mollman, musician and talented regional artist, invites you to show off your dance moves in the live performance of the Symphony in the Valley, along with 11 local vocalists and a small ensemble. The events will be March 3 at 7 p.m. in Rifle’s beautiful Ute Theatre and March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Glenwood Springs at the Community Center Gym.

The evenings will be unforgettable. “Come Fly” with the Symphony as you dance, dine and delight in the ambiance of this festive event. This is an evening you won’t want to miss! Plenty of room to dance, and plenty of scrumptious dining presented by the Miner’s Claim restaurant. Visit for details and get great deals on tickets for you and friends.

Come on, you know you can do this! And 5, 6, 7, 8 …

Small Canvas, Big Impact

This year’s “6×6” exhibit was a great example of our best fundraising efforts and your opportunity to support a very good thing — and you did. This community art exhibit had the most submissions we have had since we began four years ago. The talent and artistic variety was out of this world.

You still have time to come by the Art Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and purchase an original work of art for only $20, tax included. Be part of our essential scholarship fund and help us put the finishing touches on this masterpiece!

“Don’t wish for someone else to do later what you can do now.”

—Charles Addams

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

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