Art Scene: Strike up the band |

Art Scene: Strike up the band

Christina Brusig

We’re bringing a parade of events to town that will make your June and July standouts.

It all starts tomorrow night when Defiance Community Players hosts its annual fundraising party at the Center for the Arts. Defiance players will perform and remind you why it is the top theatrical troupe in the valley. Come ready to bid on fabulous silent auction items with proceeds supporting the Ivy Adler Scholarship and enjoy complimentary desserts and beverages. All tickets are $25 at the door. Be there to support this 43-year-old jewel.

The Delivery System

Get on over to Two Rivers Park on June 29 when the Center for the Arts launches Year 6 of the Summer of Music. Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ student band will heat it up with their world-class cool sounds then hand it off to Long Run, Colorado’s matchless Eagles Tribute band who absolutely nail it. Be there at 6:30, grab some great eats from the standout vendors, then rain or shine, get your summer rockin’.

There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support one of the largest community events in the valley and help us reach our remaining $10,000 balance of our fundraising goal. Be a banner sponsor and have your business recognized at all six concerts that reach over 18,000 spectators. Visit our website at to donate online or call us at 945-2414 until 5 p.m. June 15, and I’ll create the prefect sponsorship package for you or your company.

For the 119th Time

Strawberry Days, July 17, 18 and 19, will make your county fair dreams come true with music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and a food court that has it all. Visit the Arts Center’s booth and catch our fabulous dance company performing at 9 a.m. July 19 on the main stage.

Meet You On The Roof

Got your attention? You are invited to the 1st annual Wild West Fermentation Fest. This is a first for Colorado and for the Center for the Arts. Roaring Fork Events has gathered the best breweries, cideries and distilleries from across the West to showcase craft fermented beverages. Enjoy food, local vendors and live music. Your $20 entry fee includes tokens and a tasting cup. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Center for the Arts. You must be 21 to attend. See you July 1 from 5-10 p.m., July 2 and July 3 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Ninth & Cooper parking garage. Get your tickets now at

Happy Fourth of July!

The Center for the Arts will join the city of Glenwood Springs to deliver a wonderful evening of national celebration. Come to Two Rivers Park, from 4-9 p.m. July 4 for games, face painting, great food, craft tents, local music and fireworks.

Beats – A Hip Hop Experience

Another first: On July 8, we’re launching our next exhibit with two local hip hop bands, Articulate Tongues and Poppa Capp. They will heat up the gallery while Linda, Denver’s famous hip hop painter, creates to the beat. Grab a brush and be part of the gallery’s community mural. It’s all art, all the time.

A Job Well Done

I’m taking a moment, on behalf of Glenwood Springs, to give a big thanks to Andrew “Drew” Gorgey for the amazing job he has done as acting city manager. He listened to business owners and residents to get a true picture of what worked and what didn’t work. As does everyone at the Center for the Arts, Drew has a true appreciation for the arts and their essential value to a community. He helped us increase our reach and impact on the artistic life of our town. Good luck, Drew, in your next endeavor.

Special Thanks

Angelique Smith, director of Colorado Children’s Campaign in Denver, featured Karen Mills-Cochran and the Two Rivers Community School Choir and dancers Bailey Barnum and Peyton Ogren performing for their annual state retreat. Thanks, Colorado Children’s Campaign, for this great opportunity.

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

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