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Art Scene: Perennial possibilities

Christina Brusig
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James Underwood Crockett loved the earth and all that it would yield. He was a horticulturalist, prolific author and consultant to any enterprise celebrating the beauty and resilience of the natural world. He also liked to compare those characteristics to the human experience.

“Among the most rewarding traits of perennials is the fact that they come up unprompted year after year to offer the garden masses and highlights of color in uninterrupted but ever-changing patterns from April to November. Perennials flower abundantly and multiply without being coaxed. Most of them are easy to grow because of their strong roots and their natural beauty. Some require spadework occasionally, but many will tolerate considerable neglect. In fact, I have seen long abandoned farms in New England where gaping cellar holes and tumbled walls of old houses were adorned with great clumps of day lilies, thriving and spreading,” he wrote. “More often than not, each of us must perform against the odds, make our way without an abundance of encouragement, or tell ourselves that this is what I want to do and I will persevere. More often than not, we bloom.”

The Gardeners

Every year, the Center for the Arts cycles through the changes of the artistic seasons, and we respond to those varieties with a staff that is dedicated to being ahead of the artistic curve, anticipating a community need and delivering the solution. It means stepping up with after-school art, music and dance classes for five area elementary schools. It means continually expanding our class offerings. It means working with corporations to design enrichment programs as part of their employee benefits package. And it finally means keeping expectations high, community involvement absolute and ensuring that art is for everyone.

We could not grow this garden if it were not for those who help us plant the seeds — the individuals, families and corporations who purchase memberships, the sponsors who step up and help us deliver some of the largest community events in the area, events like the Summer of Music and the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest.

Our endless thanks to all who currently enjoy the benefits of Art Center support, and we invite anyone who wants to be part of the artistic heart of our community by purchasing an annual membership (individual/$30, family/$45 and corporate/$100) or by contacting me to discuss the sponsorship opportunities for your business that will help you reach over 17,000 audience members throughout our performing season. Call us at 970-945-2414.

The Bouquet

Growing anything takes patience and the right components, and the Center is dedicated to both. This month, we proudly present the results of that commitment as we invite you to enjoy of this year’s Dancers Dancing spectacular, A Night in New York. The curtain goes up on April 22 at Glenwood Springs High School’s Jeanne Miller Theatre as the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ dancers take the stage for three great performances. Our pre-ballet to advanced company will perform original dance choreography, complete with stunning costumes, lighting and music and, for the first time, our award-winning competitive dancers will join them in delivering the pure pleasure of watching refined skills, dedication and artistry in motion.

Visit our website or call us to purchase Dancers Dancing tickets. Now through April 12, pre-sale discount is adults $14, students and children $8.

Dedication

Japanese specialists cultivated the chrysanthemum, elegant botanical cousin of the common daisy, for more than 2,000 years before it reached Europe in the 17th century. Now that is the kind of staying power that the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts can appreciate.

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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