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‘Old Glenwood’ on display at Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

Carla Jean Whitley
cj@postindependent.com

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“Old Glenwood” Grand Opening and Reception

The evening features live, local music by Defiance String Band and old-time cuisine.

6-7:30 p.m. Friday; exhibit runs through April 28

Admission: Free

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St.

Info: 945-2414 and glenwoodarts.org

They’ve painted squirrels and aspens on electrical boxes and concrete walls. Their murals adorn walls throughout town. Noemi and Kristof Kosmowski have made a literal mark on present-day Glenwood Springs. Now they celebrate the city’s past in the joint exhibit “Old Glenwood.” The 53 oil paintings mimic and are inspired by historic photographs, and the exhibit celebrates its grand opening with a Friday night reception at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The work will remain on display through April 28.

“We figured out that this town needs a kick of history, a reminder,” said Noemi, who also teaches classes at the center.

The city has changed significantly in the decade the Kosmowskis have spent here. You can imagine how much more so that’s true of the time period they painted; the scenes are based on images from about 1883 to 1921.

“This show works well for the Center for the Arts because we are in one of the oldest historical buildings in Glenwood. We frequently partner with the historical society and we love Glenwood,” Christina Brusig said. “We have helped to turn Glenwood into what it is now through arts and culture and events. That’s why we wanted to pause for a minute and look back to see how far we’ve come and to see all the different amazing changes.”

The couple shared the concept with Brusig, then the center’s executive director, after they painted 10 images. Once she offered them a show, the Kosmowskis snapped into action. In a matter of months, they painted an additional 40-some images.

“We never sleep,” Noemi said.

Kristof framed each painting and created the show’s décor, which mimics the old West depicted in the art. Artifacts, such as tools found in the area, will also be displayed. The building itself adds to the atmosphere. Originally the Glenwood Springs Hydroelectric Plant, it was key in bringing power to the city. The structure is on the National Historic Register of Places.

“It’s a body of work,” Kristof said. “This is about education.”