Art Scene: Stepping up to the bat |

Art Scene: Stepping up to the bat

Christina Brusig
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Basketball and football may have their most valuable players but in the world of baseball there are the utility players.

Now these ballplayers don’t necessarily glitter when they walk but they have the skill and commitment to play every infield and outfield position on the team, just short of hitting a line drive then making a run to catch it.

We have utility players like that at the Art Center. They are the first to step up with the idea, outline the goals and then head out the door to make it all happen. A standout member of our board of directors is one of those players. Meet Rita Wagner.

Rita doesn’t spend a lot of time deciding what we should be doing but rather how we should be doing it. Her intense commitment to community and to positive outcome drives her. Rita saw our biggest fundraiser of the year, the 17th annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brew Fest, as the perfect opportunity to reach out to our past donors and sponsors, discover new participants and invite them all to be part of this important evening.

Rita precedes each of her follow-up field visits with a letter on why everyone should know about this vibrant community event, particularly this year. Here is what she wrote:

Dear Friend:

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts presents our biggest fundraiser of the year with the 17th Annual Culinary Arts & Brew Fest on October 15, 2016 at the Historic Hotel Colorado from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

It’s been quite a challenging year for us. When a June flood changed the course of our world and the main gallery floor was damaged, it was a devastating blow to us. Many summer classes had to be cancelled and we scrambled to find an alternative venue to hold as many classes as possible. The Masonic Temple opened their doors to us during the summer but we sustained much loss of operating income during those months. We didn’t skip a beat and got to the business of getting back on track. Now, we begin a new chapter.

As we approach our biggest fundraiser of the year, we are reaching out to the wonderful businesses of Glenwood Springs to be sponsors of this vital event. The timing couldn’t be better and the need couldn’t be greater.

Here are just some of the annual programs you will be making possible: Summer of Music, Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, 3 outstanding Youth Dance Companies and a nationally acclaimed Competitive Dance Team, The Wild West Fermentation Fest, 4th of July at Two Rivers Park, Two Rivers Public Art Project, Winterfest, Winterpalooza, 9 gallery exhibitions, Dancers Dancing and art, music, dance and pottery classes for children of all ages and skill levels. We provide after school outreach programming in all of our local schools and we are home to over 57 local artists in our gift shop.

Through it all, we were flood victims and we were resilient.

Thank you in advance for stepping up and being a sponsor supporting the artistic heart of the community.


Rita Wagner

Board Member

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

Rita is definitely taking us across home plate on this one and has made our strong team even stronger. Visit or us call today at 970-945-2414 to purchase your tickets and talk to me about your sponsorship opportunities for this high profile, important event.

You know, I think Vincent would have found a kindred spirit in Rita.

“Ideas for work are coming to me in abundance… I’m going like a painting-locomotive.”

—Vincent van Gogh

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

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