Art Scene: This is Me. I Am Here. |

Art Scene: This is Me. I Am Here.

Christina Brusig
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Battle of the Walls

Here are the 8 schools represented:

Returning Schools

Basalt High School

Bridges High School

Coal Ridge High School

Glenwood Springs High School

Rifle High School

Roaring Fork High School - Carbondale

New This Year

Grand Valley High School - Parachute

Liberty Classical Academy - formerly Garden School

This month-long exhibit offers area art students a chance for extended artistic exposure and an opportunity for scholarships and continuing education grants. A team of talented judges have given each piece an in-depth evaluation resulting in the following awards that will be made at the exhibit opening tonight:

From the Glenwood Art Guild

Nancy Piper Memorial Scholarship - $3,000 for Best Body of Work/Art Major

Jan Worden Memorial Grant $1,000 - Continuing Education Grant

Each scholarship entrant will receive an Artist Mercantile Gift Certificate

From the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

Top Overall Artists 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards

Top Overall Schools 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards

Judges Choice - Individual Overall

Judges Choice - School Overall

Honorable Mention – One Student/Each School

There is always an exhibit on the walls of the Art Center gallery; each different, each impactful; each with the power to inform.

Last Friday, we stood in the empty gallery, waiting for the art students of eight regional high schools who were making their way to us; a convoy of artists carrying the portfolio, wrangling the painting, the sculpture, the pottery, the jewelry, and the textile creation. Throughout the day, the painting was installed, the sculpture aligned, the jewelry positioned to catch the light and throw the prism, the pottery angled for impact and the textiles draped to define the vision. Then it was complete and the emotional archives of these gifted artists came into sharp relief.

This is our Third Battle of the Walls and our largest with 100 pieces of original art.

The Art Center and the Art Guild are proud to present this powerful experience to the community.

Tonight we honor these amazing artists with their own Artists Reception. Doors open at 6 p.m. with awards announced at 6:30. Please come and enjoy the vision and talent of our students. It will be a night not soon to be forgotten.

Set The Bar

Last week, we told you about the Summer of Music financial support cutbacks and how we immediately jumped into action with the Summer of Music Benefit. This fundraiser was launched Wednesday night at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review with Frank Martin blowing the roof off and the Art Center meeting our first fundraising goal.

Here’s your challenge: Mark your calendar, tell friends, family and strangers on the street to meet you Wednesday, March 16, at the Vaudeville Review and help us raise that bar to meet our second fundraising goal at just $10 a pop.

Frank Martin’s vibe will still be bouncing off the walls when The Confluents and the GSHS Jazz Band hit the stage.

The Glenwood Springs High School Jazz Band will open with two combos and a big band. Each combo will perform their hot arrangements of jazz standards, hits from the ’80s and contemporary funk then kick down the door with the Big Band Finale.

Next up, The Confluents who are the Roaring Fork Valley’s go-to source for the best funk, reggae, and blues music around. The band is local to Carbondale and Glenwood and “enjoys bringing the funk anywhere that it is needed” from Aspen to Glenwood and beyond. If you like the music of Bill Withers, James Brown, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Ray Charles, then you will love them.

Be there when the doors open at 6 p.m. and the show kicks off at 7. You’ll have great music, great food and help keep the summer rocking!

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

— Émile Zola

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

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