Art Scene: Together |

Art Scene: Together

Christina Brusig
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Hate is a thief. Hate grows in an airless world devoid of light, filled not with dialogue but diatribe, not with compromise but cunning, not with bridges but talk of walls.

In the most challenging times of violence and sadness, we look for hope and a way through. We gather together to seek solace and common ground. We reject the carnival barker who plays to the worst in us with his mocking grin and “the first one is free” philosophy. We insist on reason, on retrieving our best efforts to retain our humanity.

During these past days of national and international mayhem, I reached out to friends and family and was heartened by a feeling of community that seems to persist in the ‘best of times and the worst of times.’ I thought of last week’s column and the parade of events we are bringing to town this summer and I knew, with pride, that they were designed around inclusion and the celebration of each of us.

Just When We Need It

We begin Year 6 of the Summer of Music Wednesday, June 29. This is one of the largest musical events in the valley and, year after year, stellar musicians bring us their best.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ student band is ready to go with its world-class cool sounds, then hand it off to Long Run, Colorado’s matchless Eagles tribute band, who only get better and better. Be there at 6:30, enjoy some of the best food vendors around, and let the music take you away.

There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support one of the best community events in the valley and help us reach the remaining $10,000 balance of our fundraising goal. Visit our website at to donate online or call us at 945-2414.

Tonight’s The Night

Hit the pause button and step into the best town fair around. Strawberry Days starts tonight and runs through Sunday with music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and a food court that is over the moon. Visit the Arts Center’s booth and catch our fabulous dance company performing at 9 a.m. July 19 on the main stage.

And the Rains Came

Terry Muldoon was at the Center Sunday preparing for Strawberry Days. She saw water coming under the front door. She quickly pushed drop cloths into the space and, with the help of her son, moved everything to the back of the gallery. Grabbing the biggest snow shovel we have, she went out to the drain and scooped mud and gravel away from the clogged grate. Three days later, with the help of Jay and his crew from Mr. Vac, volunteers and the best assistant there is, Brie Carmer, we are back in the game. Thanks Terry and everyone. You talk about a community effort!

A Cherokee Legend

A grandfather is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside of me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, honesty, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is inside you and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thinks about it and asks, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather simply says, “The one you feed.”

Here’s to a community of joy, peace, love and hope.

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

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