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Art scene: Above all, keep it simple

Sounds like good advice in today’s complex, fast-paced world. But in the mid-1800s, it was a gastronomic transformation when Auguste Escoffier, legendary French chef and restaurateur, understood that the changing rhythms of modern life necessitated a quicker service and food that wasn’t too ornamental. It should be scientific, methodic and practiced with extreme simplicity — with emphasis on flavor and nutrition, lightness and ease of digestion. He insisted on the freshest local ingredients, the best kitchen team and “Surtout, garder les choses simples.” Above all, keep it simple.

In our world of art creation, art education and community outreach, it may seem that it is a free-flowing environment of vivid colors, individual inspiration, limitless artistic possibilities and spontaneity. All true. But the architecture of this enchanted enterprise is a simple and basic structure — attract and retain a gifted and committed staff, deliver a wide range of classes in a safe and supportive environment and keep community involvement top-tier and absolute.

We have a super Fall/Spring class lineup and two terrific October events that will show you just what I’m talking about.

If music and dance are just what the kids in your world can’t do without, here is a sampling:

Ashton Taufer, gifted guitar pro and local band legend, is teaching Intro to Guitar every Monday from 4-4:45 p.m. followed by Guitar 1 and 2 from 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Bella Barnum-Collier, a truly outstanding choreographer and dancer, is teaching Level 1 Ballet every Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., then Level 1 Tap and Jazz from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For kids who love to dance but their weekdays are about full, Bella will offer those two classes every Saturday with Level 1 Ballet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. followed by Level 1 Tap and Jazz from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Our dance program director, the wonderful Maurine Taufer, is introducing the world of dance to our littlest artists with Kinder Ballet every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. followed by Kinder Tap and Jazz from 5-6 p.m.

These terrific classes are filling up fast, so register now at

Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jeannie Miller Theater at the Glenwood Springs High School is the 2016 GlenX Success Summit. GlenX is a vibrant, project-oriented community service organization that is all about being as good as we can be. Visit the website at to learn more about the day and get your tickets to this powerful event. I’ll be there as part of the speaker’s roster, and our dancers will get things rolling with a knockout performance followed by an audience participation Teach-A-Long.

The best part of our October is next Saturday and the 17th annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest when we bring the best restaurateurs, vintners, brew masters and music to the Hotel Colorado for a terrific evening. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and you can be an important part of it when you purchase your tickets at

This just in…Renewal By Andersen will be at the party giving away $15,000 in new windows for your home. Sign up at their booth for a chance to win.

“Art is our common language. It is that moment of connection between you and the moving image, the written word, the wrought bronze figure, the brilliant canvas. It may not provide the answer, but it gives us a place to seek it.”

Those words launched the publication of our first Art Scene in October 2014. Today, with this 105th column, we thank you for your continued support in the shared belief that the arts in our lives are more essential than ever before.

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

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