Art Scene: This way to the magic |

Art Scene: This way to the magic

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I walked into the Art Center on Wednesday and there in the middle of the gallery stood a New York subway train, its windows giving back the reflected morning sun.

“Hmmm,” I thought, “I’m sure I would have noticed this before.”

Fighting the urge to jump on, head to 42nd Street and catch Hamilton, Kris Kosmowski, artist extraordinaire, walked in the door and I knew Hamilton would have to wait.

Not only a world-class oil painter, Kris is a licensed builder and what he built for this year’s Dancers Dancing performance gala, “A Night In New York,” is the stunning backdrop that will be the centerpiece of the night.

Just like Harry Potter boarding the Muggle train at Platform 9 ¾, this subway train with take you to the same kind of place, a place where ‘a supernatural force can alter the fabric of reality at fundamental levels’ and incredible magic will appear right before your eyes.

The Center for the Arts’ dancers from pre-ballet to advanced and competitive company will dazzle you and enchant you with unparalleled energy, grace and power.

It is the Art Center’s biggest public performance showcase so visit our website at or call us to purchase Dancers Dancing tickets for April 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

You can still enjoy the pre-sale discount that ends at 5:00 today with adults $14, students and children $8. After that and at the door, the price is adults $16, students and children $10.

All aboard!

The Magic Weekend

“Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Wins Big at Major Dance Event.”

That was the headline of the press release from last weekend’s Showstopper American Dance Championships, the largest dance competition in the country.

Our team competed against dozens of dance studios with over 1,100 choreographed pieces and we took home top honors with 6 Double Platinum, the highest honor in our category, 10 Platinum and 4 Gold, qualifying every dancer to go to the National Finals this summer. Great job, everyone!

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts would like to honor and send heartfelt appreciation to all of the studios on the Western Slope.

Everyone was professional and supportive making it a fantastic weekend of dance.

The Magic and The Music

Last week, we talked about sponsorship for this year’s Summer of Music and it’s worth repeating.

Every year, individual and corporate sponsors help the Center for the Arts keep bringing the best of today’s bands to the valley. You give and we give back by helping you reach an audience of over 12,000 loyal fans in just 6 nights.

The sponsorship levels of $500, $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 to $5,000 and over give you high visibility on stage flags, print, radio, television and all social media for the entire season.

Call me and I’ll conjure up a customer-designed package of perks for your organization.

The Magic of Art

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”

Claude Monet and ‘the difference between things’ were part of a revolution that changed the world.

The Impressionist movement burst forth when 19th century artists took their easels and palettes outside the academy. Scorned by outraged traditionalists with “That is not a painting, it is just an impression!” these artists opened a door that would never close.

Here is your art for today — Rare footage of Claude Monet as he paints the world of water lilies.

Search on Claude Monet 1914 Film at Giverny. Magic.

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

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