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Adjunct professor shows work at CMC Gallery in Glenwood

Mike McKibbin
Colorado Mountain College
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Colorado Mountain College adjunct professor of ceramics Gabriel Brubacher works on a sculpture for his upcoming exhibit at the CMC Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs. Brubacher's show runs from Aug. 4 through Sept. 24, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – There’s a “sincere moment” for an artist, in which a creation represents exactly what the artist had in mind.

The creation may even be ugly to many people, but if it perfectly conveys the artist’s intent, that’s what matters most to the artist.

A Colorado Mountain College adjunct professor of ceramics said he strived for that “almost euphoric” feeling with every sculpture and painting he created for his first exhibit in his home region.



Gabriel Brubacher, who teaches ceramics at the college’s Rifle campus, will display his work at the CMC Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs through Sept. 24, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 13, from 5-8 p.m.

“Every artist hopes to achieve that moment,” Brubacher said of the perfect state of mind. “When it’s flowing, it’s really there. And really, whether or not anyone who looks at it appreciates that doesn’t matter. You hope they do, but I think real art expresses what the artist had in mind. That’s when you’re at the top of your game.”



A Colorado native, Brubacher, 33, graduated from Grand Valley High School in Parachute and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from Adams State College in Alamosa. He earned his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Dallas.

Brubacher taught ceramics and sculpture for three years at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. He has taught at Colorado Mountain College for about two and a half years.

The exhibit, entitled “Art as Idea, as Craft,” will feature Brubacher’s abstract design of movement in 10 to 15 ceramic sculptures and paintings.

“There will be a relationship between the paintings and some of the pieces, but not an exact match,” he said. “The ceramic pieces will reflect more of the movement, and the paintings will reflect the form.”

Brubacher explained that the show’s title represents the old question of “is art an object, or is art an idea?”

“My basic premise is that art exists within the mind as an idea,” he said. “Anything that’s created is then simply a reflection of that idea. Getting to that state of mind is never easy. But it’s what I aim for when I am creating.”

The CMC Gallery, 831 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs, was recently named the Local’s Choice best art gallery by readers of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 947-8367.


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