Art Scene: The method and the magic |

Art Scene: The method and the magic

Christina Brusig
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The history of artistic expression is as old as the Paleolithic cave paintings and as new as the current exhibit at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. All of the artists took their place in that long line of storytellers, filtering their experience through a visual medium and a method that was exact, transforming the moment.

We are honored to have these gifted artists share over 100 pieces of original work at our third annual Battle of the Walls. Last Friday, we announced the winners of scholarships and continuing education awards, and they are:

Honorable Mention

Kelly Walgren

Cristal Revilla

Laurel Morley

Matt Gose

Carly Rosenthal

Stephanie Kehoe

3-D Category

Eli Pettet

Wes Engstrom

Manuel Alvarez

Top Individual Artists

Julia Lee & Emily Bruner

Katelyn Krehbiel

Justice Wollford

Judges Choice for Most Creative

Dakota Griffin

Cesar Alvarez

Bella Magidson

Valerie Vanderpool

Top School

Roaring Fork High School/Carbondale

Glenwood Springs High School

Rifle High School

Congratulations to all artists and faculty for being part of the vibrant history of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

The Home Stretch

The doors rattled and the windows shook as the second Summer of Music Benefit show kicked in Wednesday night. The week before, Frank Martin set the stage with a great concert and challenged Glenwood to show up and help bridge the funding gap necessary for the 2016 Summer of Music series, and show up they did.

There was the Big Band Sound followed by ’80s hits and contemporary funk. Then the GWHS Jazz Band handed off to The Confluents who took reggae, funk and blues to a place that James Brown, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Ray Charles would have definitely approved. The audience agreed and the night was a huge success.

We’re closing the funding gap and we’re bringing it on home with our final Summer of Music Benefit concert Wednesday, March 23. Capping off a wonderful run of fabulous local musicians is Valle Musico featuring guitarists Pat Winger and John Ramo, percussionist Brett Gould, and bassist Bruce Imig.

Here’s how they came to be: “Valle Musico was inspired by John Ramo’s meeting the musical icon Paul Simon in his apartment in New York City when ‘Graceland’ was first released in 1987. His conversation with Paul Simon inspired John, especially when Paul Simon stated that music, for him, was essentially about ‘guitars and percussion.’ This theme forms the basis of Valle Musico’s musical collaboration — an exploration of guitars and percussion, the improvisational and notated aspects of classical, jazz, world beat musical genres and how they blend, combine and fuse.”

Mark your calendar, tell friends, family and strangers on the street to meet you Wednesday, March 23, at the Vaudeville Review and take us over the finish line. Be there when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show kicks off at 7. You’ll have great music, great food and help keep the Summer of Music rocking on.

Food and drink will be served by the Vaudeville Revue staff and is not included in the $10 ticket price. Purchase tickets by visiting our website at events/event-tickets or call 945-2414.

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

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