ArtScene: 6x6s will grab your imagination and not let you go
“6×6” Opening Reception
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Help the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts launch one of its biggest exhibits of the year. The annual “6×6” exhibit runs from Feb. 10 to March 3. The community’s artistic personal best will be sold for $20, with all proceeds benefitting the center’s Children’s Scholarship Fund.
6-7:30 p.m. Friday
601 E. Sixth St.
Tonight at 6, Terry Muldoon will literally ring the bell and our Fourth Annual “6×6” Exhibit will launch. Terry was inspired by a similar exhibition in Denver in 2012. Other art centers around the country, including the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, have found a great success in this community fundraising art model. Rochester will host a 1,000-piece exhibition this year. We’re getting there, Rochester, since we’ve grown by about 100 participants each year since 2013.
Here’s a reminder of how tonight will work. You are encouraged to arrive early to view the art, as the buying frenzy begins right at 6 p.m. Now it gets interesting: All attendees will receive a note card sticker keeper. Terry will call everyone to the center of the gallery space, ring the bell and we’ll be off to the races. You will remove the inventory number from the pieces you will purchase and place them on your note card. When you’ve done your best, check out at the front desk. Pieces will not be pre-sold, so it’s an even playing field. I promise you that all of my sporting references are not hinting at a track meet or a roller derby atmosphere, just one exciting night at the best community event in the valley. All proceeds from this $20-per-piece event build our scholarship fund, keeping the art experience available to everyone.
The exhibit will remain open through February with all unsold works available for purchase. All 6×6 canvases will remain in the gallery for the life of the exhibit and you can pick up your purchase after the exhibit closes. All remaining canvases will be on sale in our gift shop. Don’t miss this great opportunity to support the arts and be part of this positive community art movement.
6 of the 6x6s
As the artists brought their work into the center over the last weeks, I saw how the range of vision and creativity in the pieces was as unique as the artists who created them. Each year small canvases come together and become one large and living experience.
Here are six canvases that tell the story of this year’s event:
A student from the Liberty Classical Academy came to us for the first time and presented us with one of the most intricate mixed media creations we’ve seen.
One of our 5th Day students invited his parents to join him, and a wonderful family three-piece image was the result.
We never have specifics themes but they seem to emerge on their own. Cat, cats, cats. Cats who prowl, stalk and reside. Art always tells the story of the times and the world, and galaxies also emerged — worlds in crisis, galaxies in change.
Our colleagues from the Art Guild continue to support this event and they are participating with beautiful canvases again this year.
One of our special-needs friends joined us for her fourth year of participation with a beauty that will surely sell, just like the last three canvases she has created for us.
Leave it to the 6×6 chrome sculptor, who outdid himself again this year by turning one dimension into three!
With You In Spirit
I’ll be thinking of you tonight from Denver as our Competitive Dance Team keeps up its winning streak at the Showbiz National Dance Competition at Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Buell Theater. For the first time in the national history of that competition, the event sold out in Denver, causing a second site at the Buell and a three-day event that became four.
I have a strong feeling that the 6×6 exhibit and the dancers are going to make history this year.
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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