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Even fiddlers get the blues: Lionel Young to play in Glenwood May 10

Talk about your overachievers who turned out to be world-class musicians!(Okay, then I will.)Violinist Lionel Young started Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 6 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester N.Y. When the family moved to Pittsburgh, Lionel studied under the associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony; then he got a music scholarship to study under another master violinist at the University of Indiana; then, back again in Pennsylvania, he studied violin some more at Carnegie-Mellon University. This man knows how to work the violin. He is classically trained, blues-inclined, and he can rock the house.Lionel has won dozens of prestigious awards, plays with the National (NATIONAL!) Repertory Orchestra and the Denver Chamber Orchestra, and has been a key player in many blues bands. He gets compared to Jimi Hendrix for his cutting-edge techniques and his ability to make a violin sound uncannily like a steel guitar. (A steel guitar that he can play the heck out of.)He plays his electric fiddle with a glass slide and plucks it like a steel guitar. He translates seemingly disparate musical styles – classical, rock and jazz – through a blues sensibility and makes it something new and exciting.Something YOU want to hear.And his band is great too. May 10 you’ll also hear Jay Forrest on drums; Kevin Jackson on bass; Dave Camp on sax, flute and keyboards; and Lionel on violin and the guitar.Denver’s Westword Magazine voted Young’s previous band, “Last Fair Deal,” the best blues band in Denver. After taking a listen to their CD, we’re thinking this one’s its equal.Listen for Lionel Young’s music on KDNK and pledge your support to that really dandy radio station. (They’ll take your money right over the phone!) Then call us at 945-2414 and get your tickets to hear Lionel live at the Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., May 10. Ticket are $18 for members and $24 for nonmembers.Introducing the talentedDiane SeabrookWe’re happy to announce an extremely talented addition to our stellar teaching staff. Diane Seabrook is an awesome artist and an inspiring teacher. She’s apologetic about having been a child genius. (She was composing for the piano before kindergarten.) In her early teens, Diane studied art, world history, earth science and religion at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. At 17, she became the protege of renowned painter Paul Sanchez, portrait artist to presidents and world dignitaries. In the 1970s she studied voice and the performing arts under Robert Spiegle.So Diane is not only going to teach art, when we can convince her to sit down at the piano she’s gonna rock the house with Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Wagner and the other big boys that make us weep. We may even hear some of her own compositions. Well, we’re hoping she’ll do that occasionally anyway.For more than 30 years, Diane has been honoring commissions for her distinctive landscapes and portraits, which are, of course, brilliant. She has been teaching private art lessons and presenting an art, history and cultural enrichment program that she developed in grade schools throughout the West. Most recently, she has worked as a substitute teacher in the RE-2 school district, where, it is rumored, she can make art a part of any curriculum. She also teaches private drawing and piano lessons. (She’s a Renaissance girl!) Her work is on display this month at the Woody Creek Gallery, so pop in there and take a look.Diane will be teaching kids at the Center starting June 10, and will also teach an adult drawing class Monday afternoons throughout the summer, where we can learn how to draw well using her special techniques.Get in touch with your right-brain self. Creativity enhances every aspect of life. Call 945-2414 and register for one of Diane’s classes. She good.Dancers Dancing thanksWe are grateful for the time, talent and money our friends generously donated to make the Dancers Dancing event possible April 12-13. Who loves ya baby! (We do.)The Center for the Arts is grateful for the financial support provided by: 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 D.M.D, P.C. Endodontics and Lorrie Brown, Maryann Sullivan of Night & Dance, Drs. R. Douglas Yajko, P.C., Randall Ross, M.D., P.C ., and Brad Nichol, M.D., of Roaring Fork Surgical Associates, Joe and Judy O’Donnell, John Buxman of the Springs Theater, Cindy Metzger of Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Dennis and Lynn Bader of Flower Mart, Kat Neumann of VitaMart, LLC, Jay and Roz Fowler, Ginger Watts of American Family Insurance, Tonja LaFrenze of Office Services Unlimited, Bruce and Lee Bowles and the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Staff.We also want to thank our supportive board, particularly our wonderful board president, Judy O’Donnell, for her time and her willingness to do whatever was needed. Judy is our head cheerleader and CEO. We dig you Judy.Our sincere thanks also go to volunteers: Maxine Stein, Kevin Wasli, Ilse Schmitt, Rhonda Piccola, Bobbie Van Meter, Margaret Weiffenback, Sharon Beattie, Andrea Cousineau, Dale Reed, Ted Devlin, Jean Ford, Joan Baldwin, Jane Seglem, Alyssa Mortell, Nicki Chartier, Wewer Keohane, Jean Martensen, Diane Kruse, Cindy Metzger, Taylor Epply, Levi Liston, Jody Kontour, Hannah and Joanie McGavock, Phoebe Gruel, Kristin Goth, Nina Zotcavage, Karin Gamba, Kim Fegan, Christin Patch, Janette Maculay, Martha Heim, Karen Dixon, Kathleen Hagan, Kristen Fitzgerald, Libby Donalson and Maria Heuschkel, and all the wonderful dance moms and dads who held little hands, (wo)manned the locker room, and helped out a lot.We would like to thank our wonderful dance teachers, Claire Evans, Melanie Huskey, Laura Stein and Laura Lee Teige, for their many hours of work and the high caliber of dance they brought out of our 130-plus student dancers. And a special thanks to all our beautiful dancers, ages 3-63, because they’re what this event is all about.Dance. We believe deeply that it’s all good and it’s all good for ya.Photo, graphic art onexhibit through April 26The Colorado Mountain College Graduate Portfolio Exhibit is on display now in our gallery. An Artists Reception is set for the last day of the show, 1 p.m., today, April 26, at the Center. Lots of business and arts people will be there to check out the work of these talented students. We hope you will too. There will be a snack table as well as some major eye candy on the walls.The photography and graphic arts in this exhibit range from the amusing to the sublime, all of it professionally executed.Calendar of Events-Photography & Graphics – through April 26, CMC Graduate Portfolio Exhibit – Artists Reception 1 p.m. Friday, April 26.-GWS Art Guild Exhibit – May 6-31 – Glenwood Springs Art Guild Member Exhibit-Lionel Young – 7 p.m, Friday, May 10. at 7 p.m., rockin’ blues and jazz!-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. Surf & Turf 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@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.


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