Dancers Dancing: Talented youths take the stage April 12-13 |

Dancers Dancing: Talented youths take the stage April 12-13

More than 100 dedicated and talented youths, ages 6-20, from Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts dance classes will perform in “Dancers Dancing,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. We also have a special matinee featuring our tiniest dancers, young hip-hop girls, and their talented teachers. It is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The teachers, Claire Evans, Laura Stein, Laura Lee Teige and Melanie Huskey, are accomplished dancers and choreographers whose talent and dedication make this event possible.Tickets are available by calling 945-2414. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for students.The Center for the Arts is grateful for the support received this year from the Glenwood Springs Arts Council, Wells Fargo Bank, Eric and Sue Kuhn, Bob and Sue Ludtke, Ken and Kathy Beckwith, Jeffery and Donna Yost, Lundin & Yost Construction, Steve and Kristen Fitzgerald, Richard Montrose of Mason & Morse, Cindy Metzger, Dr. Roger Brown and Lorrie Brown, Maryann Sullivan of Night & Dance, Drs. R. Douglas Yajko and Randall Ross and Brad Nichol of Roaring Fork Surgical Associates, Joe and Judy O’Donnell, John Buxman of the Springs Theatre, Cindy Metzger of Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Dennis Bader of Flower Mart, Kat Neumann of VitaMart, Jay and Roz Fowler, Ginger Watts of American Family Insurance, Tonja LaFrenze of Office Services Unlimited, and the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts staff.To pledge your support contact the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 945-2414. Dancers Dancing is really special. Don’t miss it.Last call for “FiveRivers” exhibit applicationsThe application deadline for the “Five Rivers” juried exhibit is Friday, April 12. We invite all artists from the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal and Eagle River valleys to submit up to three slides of work produced in the past two years. There are no restrictions on subject matter or medium.This exhibit will be juried by Dianne Vanderlip, curator of the Denver Art Museum. An Opening and Artists Reception is set for Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m.The exhibit will hang June 6-24. Call us at 945-2414 for information or come to the Center and pick up an application.CMC portfolio exhibit: Come see whatthe kids are shootin’The Colorado Mountain College Graduate Portfolio Exhibit will be on display April 6-26, at the Center. An artists’ reception is set for 1 p.m., Friday, April 26.We invite you to come meet these talented young people, look at their work, and hire them! They’re fresh out of college this spring. They’re energetic, and, did I mention, talented? Hire them. Hire them at the reception if you want to. Judging by what we’ve seen of their work, someone is going to hire them soon.Even if you’re not a potential employer, we invite you to take a look at this exhibit. It will impress you. There’s some beautiful color, black & white photography, and graphic art on the walls, and many more incredible images in each student portfolio, which will only be available for viewing.Kris Schultz, a student in Nancy Stranger’s graphic arts portfolio class, found it a natural transition moving from photography to graphic art. “I really like to do collages and make things, so after my first semester in the photography program a friend said, `Hey, you’d be good at graphic arts,’ so I joined the program.”It’s a two-year program, but I’ve been here three years,” she says with a laugh. “The teachers (Bobbie Van Meter and Nancy Stranger) are great. They watch us, see what we’re good at, and help us make it better. We have a variety of assignments, and each semester they get harder and bigger.”The results of these assignments range from sleek, professional-quality images (the kind we see in slick publications and online magazines), to gritty, funky, powerful and personal translations of what these students see, think and feel.All of these artists get the basics of photography under their belts before they learn how to digitally alter their work. “Though the presentation may be digital, there is also a strong need for aesthetic training and training in traditional photographic technology,” says Stranger, who teaches the Digital Portfolio class.”Today’s photographer must possess knowledge of digital technology. An effective means of presenting work might not always be the traditional print but may be an interactive CD or website. Most printing technology of traditional images is becoming digital. Digital imaging requires additional knowledge. It does not negate traditional knowledge, it’s an add-on.”For the students, their aesthetic and technical training is simply a means to an end: Their goal is to make art.Sam Tilford is a CMC artist graduating from the graphic arts program. Sam, 22, is wise for his years. “I learned a lot, but there’s still a lot to learn,” he said. “I enjoy it. I like to create. Working with my hands, whether it’s building or making art, it’s creating.”The students see their portfolios as works in progress. “Your portfolio constantly changes,” Sam said. “When you come up with something that’s just a little bit better than the last one, you replace it. So when you go to that next job interview, you know that your portfolio is the top of the line that you can do.”Sam graduates from the graphic arts program this spring. His brother, Bruce, will graduate from the photography program. The Tilford brothers’ work will be on exhibit, with the work of many other student artists, including: Neal Branon, Jathan Campbell, Cristi Harris, Tami Kinner, Aaron Renner, Peter Gibeon, Christopher Guibert, Cynthia Hunter, Colleen Martin, Kelley McMinnis, Chad Puglise, Jennifer Brown, Kristen Schultz, DonAnn Colburn, John Cuvala, Anthony Johnson, Justin Prokocimer, Phillip Sanchez and Kelly Schwemmer.Don’t miss this wonderful exhibit of top-of-the-line photography and graphic art.Calendar of Events-Photography & Graphics – April 5-26CMC Graduate Portfolio Exhibit – Opening Reception Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m.-Application deadline for the “Five Rivers” juried exhibit: Friday, April 12.-Mr. Booker & the Swingtet – Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. A Community Dance!-GWS Art Guild Exhibit – May 6-31. Glenwood Springs Art Guild Member Exhibit. -Lionel Young – 7 p.m. Friday, May 10. Rhythm & Blues mixed with a little Motown!-Five Rivers Juried Exhibit, June 6-24. Artists from the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal and Eagle River valleys will show their work. Juried by Dianne Vanderlip, curator of the Denver Art Museum. Opening and Artists Reception Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m.-Surf & Turf exhibit, June 28-July 31, a nonjuried show of Land & Seascapes. Opening and Artists Reception Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m.The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, and noon to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Call 945-2414, or e-mail us at gwsarts for information on these and other events, classes and shows.

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