Winterfest returns to Center for the Arts | PostIndependent.com

Winterfest returns to Center for the Arts

Jessica Cabe
jcabe@postindependent.com
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts' annual Winterfest features handmade gifts from artists in the valley and beyond. Winterfest opens on Friday from 5-7:30 p.m.
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What You’ll Find

Liz Waters: Stained glass snowflakes, hand-painted ornaments

Donna Roberts of Zoe Life Naturals: handmade soaps, purses and wallets

Laurel Astor of The Wooly Boutique: handmade mittens, scarves and hats from recycled sweaters

Amber Despain: clay polimer

Helena Al-Kubasi: doggie treat bags

Slade Kershen & Stephanie Payne: handblown glass pendants, wine stoppers and sculptures

Mike Blais of Pumpkinz: handmade fabric pumpkins

Dara Barth: acrylic and watercolor paintings

Terry Muldoon: jewelry, mixed media

Sara Gallagher: mixed media art

Bianca McCarty: photography

Noemi Kosmowski: oil paintings

Robin Wadham: photography

Jessica Kidd: silver and copper jewelry

Onasis Mutasa from Zimbabwe, Africa: hand-carved stone pendants

At 5 p.m. today, the Glenwood Springs Center of the Arts will be transformed for Winterfest’s artist reception and holiday party.

“The whole Art Center will be turned into the North Pole,” said Christina Brusig, executive director of the Center.

Winterfest is an annual holiday fair featuring handmade and mostly local gifts, fine art and stocking stuffers. The opening today will be catered by Appetit Cherie Catering, and Colorado Candies’ famous chocolate fountain will be returning. Brusig said before Winterfest started, there were holiday art shows that often lasted only a few days, but the Center wanted something people could enjoy for a longer period of time.

“It was started to celebrate local arts and crafts in an exhibit that lasts longer than one show,” Brusig said. Although Winterfest opens today, the exhibition and sale will last through Christmas Eve, while supplies last.

“We usually sell out every year,” Brusig said.

While Winterfest does not act as a true fundraiser, the Center does get a 30 percent commission of each sale, bringing income into one of the largest arts organizations serving the valley with classes, outreach programs and special events like the Summer of Music.

This year, Winterfest is opening in conjunction with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Business After Hours mixer, offering a casual networking opportunity for members of the business community in the valley. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect handmade and local holiday gift from more than 20 artists or hoping to catch up with friends and colleagues, this free event offers an opportunity for both.

“Original art is a great gift because it’s something that comes from the heart,” Brusig said. “When someone saw it, they thought of you and purchased it for you. So it’s sentimental in that way.”


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