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Arts center celebrates rites of spring

Ancient pagans named this season after Ostara, the goddess of springtime.She would roam around with a large rabbit deity handing out sacred eggs, after which the villagers would roast a beast of some sort over a raging fire and beget more children to carry on the rituals.These pagan rites have been tamed down to include cute bunnies, little fuzzy chicks, hard-boiled eggs, candy and maybe a roast ham or prime rib – still all about food and children, but a kinder, gentler version. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts celebrates the rites of spring with the traditions of song, dance and creativity.Join us at 7 p.m. Saturday as two groups of local talent light up the night. The Spring into the Arts concert features a group that weaves magic with its voices and a talented pianist accompanied by some very musical friends.Tom and Karen Cochran, Ellen Ensley, and Pam and Eames Petersen make up the quintet Collage, performing for the sheer joy of singing together. Their harmonies are awesome, and will touch and move you, and make you cry out for more. Their musical style includes traditional ayres, old and new folk from around the world, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll, and jazz-flavored swing tunes. Listeners agree that this is a group worth going out of your way to hear.Rock-solid pianist John Riger, of Carbondale, leads the second half of the evening, playing your favorite tunes. Together, this lineup promises to leave you walking on air. Proceeds from this concert benefit our silversmith program for the purchase of new equipment.Silversmith students will be on hand that evening with their bright and shiny creations just in time for a graduation gift. Tickets are on sale now: $16 for nonmembers, $12 for members. Call 945-2414 for more information.Another rite of spring at the Center for the Arts is the Home and Garden Exhibit and Sale, April 8 through May 1, when a variety of items for indoor and outdoor enthusiasts fills the gallery. Items ranging from birdhouses to quilts will send you away ready to revamp your yard or rearrange your home.Greg Tonozzi will demonstrate the fine art of marble sculpting and give you a chance to wield a power tool and see how easy it is to make your mark in stone. And expert Susan Hayward will be here to give feng shui tips on proper placement of items for auspicious results. Join us for the Garden Party and Artist Reception at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Refreshments will be served, and spring enthusiasm will be free.You can also celebrate springtime by buying a letter in the brass sign that will be on the outside of our building and becoming a little part of history at the same time. Small letters are $100 (“Glenwood Springs”) and large letters are $150 (“Center for the Arts”). We are halfway done with our campaign, but many of your favorite letters are still for sale. Give us a call and buy yours right over the phone.Calendar of EventsFriday: Spring break, no classes; gallery office openSaturday: 7 p.m. Spring into the Arts concert, call for ticketsThrough Sunday: Wild Women of Progressive ArtApril 8-May 1: Home and Garden Arts ExhibitApril 16: 1 p.m. Reception and Garden PartyApril 29-30: 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. matinee April 30, 13th annual Dancers Dancing performance Sinda Wood is program assistant for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center at 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information.Sinda Wood is program assistant for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center at 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information.


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