Art Scene: Yesterday, today and tomorrow |

Art Scene: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

John Hines knew his job. It was the 20th century, but he knew he was part of the hand-off that began in 1886 when Walter Devereux formed the Glenwood Light & Water Co. and electric power came to town. He worked in the power plant on the north bank of the Colorado River and understood the flow of knowledge and ideas that would come together at historic moments.

He wrote, “Thomas Edison traveled through the mountains of Colorado during the summer of 1878, visiting mines and observing the hand-powered drilling techniques. Moved by the immense and difficult effort expended by hand in the mining industry, Edison reportedly turned to a traveling companion at a point above the Platte River and stated ‘Why cannot the power of yonder river be transmitted to these men by electricity?’ Returning home to New Jersey, he ceased work on the phonograph and put all of his laboratory’s energies into the development of electricity.”

The Glenwood Springs hydroelectric plant was the conduit of the future, the change agent that transformed the everyday lives of individuals and industry. That structure has been the home to the Center for the Arts for decades, and we too continue to be the conduit of change and transformation. We do it with a dedication to finding the creative spark in everyone and making sure it powers the imagination. Like lightning, the arts rebalance the universal energy.

Glenwood Springs grew from the water and the willingness to build and innovate. Walter Devereux seized the ancient waters and built the largest hot springs pool in the world and the hydroelectric plant that brought power and light to the mountains. The small businesses that lined Grand Avenue in the 19th century were a partner with each resident, each new arrival. The streets may have been mud and the seasons a challenge, but they lived in the stunning mountains that demanded their attention and enhanced their lives.

New Vision, Old Glenwood

We honor every part of our city’s past and we will do that with a beautiful new exhibit. International artists Noemi and Kristoff Kosmowski studied the history of our town by researching historic documents and photos and created 40 paintings of Old Glenwood. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the center with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. April 14. The exhibit will run through April 28. Purchase a piece of history and an original work of art for your home or office. You will be dazzled by their artistry and concept of your town.

Music to Our Ears

The SOM reputation has grown, and bands from around the country vie for a spot on the roster. The word is out there that they are coming to a beautiful town with a big audience of dedicated music fans that any musician lives for.

This is the second-largest public event in the valley, and we are proud that every year we raise all $106,000 in operating expenses through fundraising donations and sponsorships. This closely managed budget represents the cost of six terrific bands, opening acts, Two Rivers Park rental, sound equipment, musical director, security team and complete marketing costs.

Become a corporate sponsor and put your name in front of 15,000 or be part of our loyal individual base. Visit our website at, drop by the center at 601 E. Sixth St. or give us a call at 945-2414 and donate to the most popular community event in the valley. Join the band.

The Legacy

Tickets for our 25th anniversary performance of Dancers Dancing — A Legacy are now on sale. Performances will be May 12 and 13 at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood Springs High School. Presale price through April 30 are $14 or $8 for children, and May 1 through opening night $16 or $10 for children. Visit or come by the Art Center. Don’t miss this special gala!

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

—Albert Einstein

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

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