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Everything is new again at Center for the Arts

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts welcomes new executive director Christina Brusig and administrative staff with a community open house in conjunction with a collaborative art exhibit opening at 6 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the gallery at 601 E. Sixth St.

The Center for the Arts has partnered with the Glenwood Springs Art Guild, producers of the Fall Art Festival, to start the executive transition in a collaborative and colorful style. The exhibit opening celebrates new public art sculptures installed throughout the Glenwood Springs landscape.

Art Guild members will display diverse fine art pieces as Center for the Arts staff welcomes patrons into the historical former Glenwood Springs hydroelectric plant. When speaking of history, Brusig said the center’s history runs deep in the arts scene.

“I grew up an ‘Art Center girl,’ spending endless hours of my youth dancing throughout the valley, and at the Center for the Arts,” she said. “This magical place will always be my second home.”

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After majoring in business with focuses on project planning and marketing at the University of Maine, Brusig served under former Center for the Arts executive director Gayle Mortell for nearly seven years as assistant director.

“During this time, I was given the chance to learn the ins and outs of our nonprofit business, and develop strategies to help us align with new donors, partners, customers and the community to further develop the center and it’s extensive offerings,” Brusig said. “The future is a bright one when it comes to the Center for the Arts, and now is a better time than ever to be a part of the new history we will be making.”

Brusig is well-known in the Glenwood Springs community for her work with creative groups including Glenwood Springs High School’s theater department, the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park, and the Community Art Educators Collation, Roaring Fork Leadership. She is also noted for developing and nurturing a comprehensive, award-winning, competitive dance program at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

“The Competitive Dance program is my pride and joy,” she said. “I can only imagine the places we will take it.”

The board of directors, Brusig and her new assistant, Brie Carmer, have many ideas to put into play this year.

“In addition to expected major growth in the Art Center’s dance, art, pottery, music and silversmithing programs, we look forward to offering more adult programming as they have already added 13 new adult classes to the summer bulletin,” Brusig said. “Adults may now drop-in or register for classes like Adult Modern Dance with Maurine Taufer or Oil and Acrylic Painting with Noemi Kosmowski. Pottery, music, silversmithing and more provide adults with opportunities to find their creative niche this summer.”

Brusig said she wants the community to know that the Center for the Arts is focused on the community.

“It’s a place for one and all to find creative belonging. If you have an idea, feedback or are interested in finding out what the center is all about, my staff and I warmly welcome you to stop by,” she said. “Take a class, become a member, support the Summer of Music Series, and get involved with Center for the Arts. Today’s open house in conjunction with the Glenwood Springs Art Guild show is a perfect time for you to stop by our gallery and meet our new staff.”

Admission for the exhibit open house is free from 6-8 p.m. today. For more information about the Center for the Arts, visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org.

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