A&E Roundup with a closing art show party in Glenwood Springs

Laurie Chase the board president of the Glenwood Springs Arts Council glances at the parking lot briefly while describing the art on display.
Cassandra Ballard/ Post Independent

Carbondale isn’t the only town in the Roaring Fork Valley to find good art. 

The Glenwood Springs Art Council is closing their Strength 10×10 Art Show and Sale on  Friday.

“Art is one of the foundations of a healthy community,” Glenwood Arts Council Board President Laurie Chase said. 

The Strength-themed show features art from students at Glenwood Springs and Yampa high schools, along with some locally-established professionals. 

The amount of creativity in the quaint, well-lit gallery is awe-inspiring. There are many different concepts of the word strength and no two paintings are alike. 

The 10x10s range from $35 to $55, and are not the kind of work most people would expect from a high schooler. Although they all use the same media of a canvas, the artists all use a variety of inspiration and tools to create their expression. 

“If you bought groups of three, you could have a wonderful little display on a wall or you could fit them in almost anywhere in your home,” Chase said. 

Some are pretty straightforward, like painting a flexed arm, and some are more nuanced with strength being represented by a woman crying. There’s a dragon, a young girl being held by her mother in a crowd and further representations of strength in places like in friendship or setting boundaries. 

“One is a perfect gift for a new mother,” Chase said.

Some are political and others are more simple, but all show unique talent and perspectives. 

Don’t miss out. The party starts at 4 p.m. Friday and will be free with food, local art and music by Tim Tonozzi. 

If you go…

What: Strength 10×10 Art Show

When: Closing show 4-7 p.m. Friday

Where: Glenwood Springs Arts Council, 216 Sixth St.

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