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Arts center volunteers go above, beyond for art

Art SceneGayle Mortell

Every nonprofit depends on its volunteers to do all the work every busy organization needs to accomplish on a daily basis.Volunteers are the lifeblood, and we have a great bunch who come to the Center for the Arts on a regular basis to help us out. Every now and then in this column, I plan to acknowledge a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. This week, I want to start with the officers of our board of directors. They all work really hard for the art center, balancing their busy lives to volunteer here. Mary Gould is our president and she brings boundless energy, good ideas, and great leadership. She copes with our challenges with a sense of humor (and a great laugh), and she can be tough when she needs to be. Michele Diamond is our vice president. She is professional and helps keep us on track. She has a strong sense of fairness and also has a gentle soul. She loves our special events and goes all out to make sure they are high quality. Sharon Beattie serves as secretary and she is one of the most articulate people I have ever met. She is very smart, a great debater and a wonderfully sensitive person. She adds depth to the group, and I appreciate her professional attitude. She loves to have a good time and is instrumental in organizing the Culinary Arts Festival. Lisa Cunningham uses her expertise as a certified public accountant to serve as out treasurer. She uses her vast knowledge to decipher our financial statements for the board. I get great advice from her and can always count on her to give me a fair assessment of inevitable situations that sometimes arise. I had fun with her in my kitchen not too long ago, preparing a fancy shrimp dish and dipping chocolate strawberries for a fund-raising event. Got Art? Register now for dance,pottery & art classes The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is offering lots of really fun classes this fall, including a few that are just right for you. Classes began this week, if you missed one we’re still happy to take you in, prorate your fee (you know, knock off the cost of any class sessions you missed), and make art a part of your life, baby! There is scientific proof that art and dance help kids function better in their academic classes. Art and dance are good for everybody – it not only helps your left and right brain, it soothes your soul. Come on over, or call to sign up for an art or dance class for yourself, and especially for your kids. The arts center is a great place to hang out. It has great people and great energy. When you come in you can feel it!The Arts Center offers all forms of dance for all ages including Dance Away/salsa classes two times a week at noon to dance away stress and those pesky extra pounds. New classes include kids wheel throwing, pottery and art studio classes where kids and adults can explore all forms of fine art and pottery. It’s time to create Christmas gifts. Save a bundle of money and have some fun in the process.Calendar of EventsNow through Oct. 31 – “Buena Vista”: art with a Latino flair, including a private collection from Cuba7-9 p.m. Oct. 1 – Salsa y Samba, $5 coverOct. 16 – The Culinary Arts, Wine and BrewfestNov. 5-28 – Watercolor featuring the work of the Western Colorado Watercolor Society, as well as, the works of local watercolor artists.Dec. 3-23 – “Gifts”: Miniature art, handmade crafts, pottery, and jewelry Call the center at 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. Sixth St. between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool, and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Stop by, call or e-mail gwsarts@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.Call the center at 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. Sixth St. between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool, and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Stop by, call or e-mail gwsarts@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.


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