Glenwood Springs Arts Council hosts community painting day |

Glenwood Springs Arts Council hosts community painting day

Carla Jean Whitley
The Glenwood Springs Arts Council's fifth-annual 6x6 exhibit will open Feb. 9.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent |

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Community Painting Day

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Canvases and paint will be provided. The finished canvases will be part of the 6x6 exhibit, and will be sold for $25 each. Proceeds benefit future programming and development by the Glenwood Springs Arts Council.

Two Rivers Community School Makers Space, 195 Center Drive, Glenwood Springs | Free | |

6x6 Exhibit

Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m. The opening will include an auction of canvases by professional artists, and all amateur art will be sold for $25 a piece. The exhibit continues through the weekend.

Melby Building, 823 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | 945-2414 |

Community has always been a hallmark of the Glenwood Springs arts scene. The former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts offered dozens of classes for hundreds of students in a variety of disciplines. And though the center no longer exists in that form, the Glenwood Springs Arts Council will rely on community support as it reinvigorates its mission.

One of the first public events is Saturday’s Community Painting Day, in preparation for the fifth-annual 6×6 exhibit. Art teacher Terry Muldoon will host the event at Two Rivers Community School’s makers space. Community members of all ages and skill levels are invited to drop in and paint a 6-inch-by-6-inch canvas for the Feb. 9 exhibit.

“Come with inspiration if you have it, but otherwise come to be inspired,” Muldoon said.

The center vacated its physical space in the fall, following a spring of revelations about its financial issues. The council remains, though, and is operating under a “refresh, reboot, reroot” mantra with new leadership.

The community paint day isn’t a new concept; they’ve often preceded the exhibit. But this year, it’s an especially important gathering, Muldoon said.

“Right now it’s really about trying to bring the community back together in a creative way, to have fun and be inspired through art,” she said.

The theme for the year’s exhibit is relationships, and the council’s acting president, Judy O’Donnell, interprets that broadly.

“This relationship can be with your spouse, best friend, your dog, your environment, your coffee, your chocolate,” she said. “Relationship is just what you think of it.”

Can’t attend the community painting day? Canvases are available for painting until Feb. 5, when all must be submitted to either the person you received them from or Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood. Call O’Donnell for more information at 505-716-1354.

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