Art Scene: the ecosystem of art |

Art Scene: the ecosystem of art

Christina Brusig
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“An ancient flower trapped in amber is discovered. It looks as if it might have fallen from the stalk yesterday but it has been at least fifteen million years ago, and possibly as many as forty-five million, when it landed in the sticky sap of a tree that is now extinct, in a kind of forest that no longer exists on Earth. The sap hardened into amber, the tree died, and eventually geology took over. The fossilized flower was submerged in water, buried under layers of gravel and limestone, and finally thrust upward into the foggy hills of the modern-day Dominican Republic. The entire ecosystem within which the flower evolved is extinct, and yet, somehow, their descendants have remained almost the same.”

The dancer, the painter, the potter, the musician is that living thing that forms an alliance with the environment of movement, color, clay and melody — an energy is exchanged, a completely unique interaction occurs and a process emerges.

Creativity finds a way. The 3-year-old picks up a paintbrush, takes a swipe at the canvas and the spark ignites. The 83-year-old painter submits a small canvas to an exhibit and the spark reignites and, again, the arts renew and restore.

Ever day we renew the contract we’ve made with our community, promising opportunities for enrichment, creative expression and a neutral territory absent of opinion or presumption. Everyone in the community is a creative shareholder in this place. You may have been here one time, or every day or yet to make your way here but each is part of the energy, this ecosystem that is as new as the moment or as old as the one that created the ancient flower in amber.

Oh, What A Night

We opened the doors last Friday at 6:00 on the button, and our third annual scholarship fundraiser began. There was an incredible energy in the air that translated into 64 of the 180 canvases being sold in the first hour of the party. Regular gallery visitors, new friends and even tourists passing by saw that there was something really special going on in our beautiful, 118-year-old building.

First-time artist participants stood back and watched as sold stickers were placed on their work and they felt the same kind of pride we do when they make that creative connection.

Be part of this true community art exhibit as we grow our essential student scholarship fund. Come by the Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and find your art connection for just $20. Exhibit ends Feb. 29.

A Peach of a Deal

One of the simplest ways you can support the Center for the Arts is to purchase an annual individual membership/$30 or a family membership/$45. As an ongoing artistic thank-you, new and renewing members get an original Noemi Kosmowski print.

The Beat Goes On

The Center for the Arts continues to be grateful to Garfield County for their annual contribution to the funding of our Summer of Music celebration.

In the last two years, the funding had to be decreased by a total of $12,500. That part of our funding may change, but our dedication to this terrific event becomes more intense as we create new ways to keep on making music.

In order to fill the gap, this March, we will present our Summer of Music Benefit with three terrific nights of music at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review at 7 p.m. Three of the acts that will be opening our 2016 series will be lending their terrific talents to these important nights:

March 9: Frank Martin

March 16: Confluents & GSHS Jazz Band

March 23: Valle Musica

Call us for tickets and info at 970-945-2414 and help us keep bringing the best musical entertainment. Thanks for your support.

Christina Brusig, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, can be reached at

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