Gallery owners have no hang-ups about Glenwood |

Gallery owners have no hang-ups about Glenwood

Ryan Graff
Post Independent Staff Writer
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox

Glenwood Springs has a strange relationship with art.

On the one hand, more artists live and work here than non-artists would believe. Some of the artists are really good: so good they have a painting in the Smithsonian Institution; so good that they are commissioned around the nation to do art.

On the other hand, Glenwood is far from an art town. Local groups have shows throughout the year, and businesses around town hang local art, but if you want art in the Roaring Fork Valley, Glenwood might be the last stop, far behind Aspen and Carbondale ” and even El Jebel.

Until recently, Glenwood had only one gallery, Main Street Gallery. Two weeks ago, however, it got one more.

Local Hang-Ups Gallery is holding its grand opening this weekend and featuring the work of six Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado River Valley artists.

“We’ve got so much talent in this valley,” said Cynthia Thomas, a local artist and co-owner of Local Hang-Ups. But there is “only so much room” for artists to show, she said.

To help solve her lack-of-space problem, Thomas connected with Esther Moolick, another local artist, and opened Local Hang-Ups.

“We show our work in local businesses, but people don’t look at them with an eye to buy,” Moolick said.

“I started (Local Hang-Ups) with the idea of being able to show my work,” she said.

Thomas and Moolick, both painters, show their own work in Local Hang-Ups, but also have a core of other locals they show (Arlene Law, Sally Thompson, Steve Chelsey and Curt McDonald).

Thomas and Moolick have solved their space problem, but their gallery is just like any other, limited by space.

“We will look at other artists, but we don’t have room to hold a lot of artists,” Moolick said.

With a new gallery in town, it seems Main Street Gallery, which has long been the only gallery in Glenwood, might be a bit nervous.

Not so, said Main Street manager Nancy Sprick. Sprick said she welcomes the new gallery and thinks more would be good for all such businesses in Glenwood, making it a destination for art enthusiasts.

Aside from showing local artists, Local Hang-Ups will also help local artists by offering them savings on framing, Thomas said. Frames to Go is in the back of Locals Hang-Ups and caters to artists. Frames to Go will provide reasonably priced frames, mats and glass, and a place for artists to frame their work. Cutting out the labor that normal frame shops charge lets artists save on framing, Thomas said.

Thomas and Moolick are inviting everyone to come to Local Hang-Ups’ grand opening Saturday to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Of course, folks “can buy some Christmas presents ” that’s OK, too,” Thomas said.

What: Local Hang-Ups grand opening and open house

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Local Hang-Ups, 309 14th St.

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