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Give bucks for the building

Art SceneGayle Mortell

I was talking to Joan Baldwin, Arts Council Board president, the other day about our renovation project and she was saying how frustrating it is to try and raise money these days. Joan looked at me and said, “You know, if everyone gave $20 bucks apiece we could get the job done!” Of course, a light bulb went off in my brain and I said “okay, let’s build a campaign around it!” So this is the official kickoff. Remember Save the Whales? Now, please think, Save the Arts Center Building. It is very much like a whale, it has life. Okay, so it’s not like a whale, but the arts are important too.We haven’t worked out all the logistics yet, but now is as good a time as any to get the word out. Send 20 bucks to the Center for the Arts. It is tax-deductible. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a place where friends come to applaud the artistic efforts of neighbors, a place where kids don their dance shoes and learn to pirouette, a place where we learn to Paint Like Monet and to a throw a ceramic pot. We are a place where talented artists display and sell their works and where emerging artists become inspired by their mentors. Music fills the gallery with performers from around the country who come to entertain us, and where local talent makes us proud.We are a special place in Glenwood Springs. We represent all that is good, and all that makes it worth it; where the burdens of life lift as you walk through the doors.The Glenwood Springs Arts Council celebrates 25 years of existence. Fifteen years of those have been spent here in this venerable building. Our doors are open to everyone in the community. We are here to serve, offer encouragement and perhaps help inspire the soul.This great old building has been through a lot. Time, weather and use have taken their toll. The Arts Council now has to “… save it!” We were awarded a Colorado Historical Society Grant for $151,000 in 2001. We are just about at the end of the grant period where we have to match the funds. If we don’t reach our goal, the $151,000 goes away forever. Our task is to raise the remainder of the funds to complete our HEART (HydroElectric plant for the ARTs) Capital Campaign. We have finished Phase I of the project on time and within budget. The city of Glenwood Springs has donated $38,000 toward the remaining phases. The Arts Council now must raise the remaining $380,000 to bring the building into good repair, make it historically correct, and perfect for our community’s arts programs. So, Save the Whales – I mean, Save the Arts Center Building! Send 20 bucks to Center for the Arts, 601 E 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Your name will go on a plaque, a tile, a brick or something cool. Twenty bucks a piece will get the job done!Get Your Tickets Now .. for an Evening of Gershwin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the arts center.Please join us in supporting the artistic efforts of friend, neighbor and local treasure, Clay Boland Jr., former CMC professor. He is excited to entertain us on the piano for a wonderful evening of Gershwin. The proceeds of this evening will benefit the Art Center’s HEART Renovation Project. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts, $10 for members, $14 for non-members. Please make reservations. Calendar of Events-CMC Photography and Graphics Arts Exhibit, through April 27. A student exhibit featuring the talents of aspiring graduates.-Glenwood Springs Art Guild Show, May 2 to June 1. Artists reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3.-Dancers Dancing 2003, 7 p.m. May 9 and 10. Matinee, a shorter version featuring our littlest dancers, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10.-“Wheels” Art Exhibit and Art Car Show, June 5-29. Artists and opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, June 20. Cars will drive in the Strawberry Days Parade at 10 a.m. Applications due Friday, May 12.-Phoenix Rising – Remembering the Coal Seam Fire, July 4-27. Artists reception and coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18.-Mask, Aug. 1-31. Artist reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Call the Center for applications, tickets or information at 945-2414. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at for information on these and other events, classes and shows.

Staff ReportKelley Hunt will bring her infectious boogie-woogie piano blues and R&B to the Buffalo Valley restaurant Saturday, April 26. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m.Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door and are available at the Watersweeper & the Dwarf, Glenwood Music, Buffalo Valley, Harrelson Music in Rifle, Great Divide Music in Aspen and Sounds Easy in Carbondale. Visa and MasterCard tickets can be purchased by calling the Buffalo Valley at 945-5297 or Sounds Easy at 963-1303. Surcharges apply to credit card purchases.You must be 21 to attend this smoke-free McIntosh Music Productions concert, sponsored by Glenwood Music, Buffalo Valley and KTUN The Eagle.Hunt relies exclusively on the strength of her own exceptional material while showcasing a style that honors a list of influences including, among others, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, Mahalia Jackson, Wanda Jackson, Ann Peebles, Aretha Franklin and Johnnie Johnson, and her mother, whom she grew up hearing sing around the house and on a weekly radio broadcast in Kansas City.Perhaps her most important influence was a woman named Mary Burke Norton, from whom Kelley took her first piano lessons at age 10 in Emporia, Kan., and learned the burning boogie-woogie piano style that has become one of her trademarks.We are a special place in Glenwood Springs. We represent all that is good, and all that makes it worth it; where the burdens of life lift as you walk through the doors.She has naturally combined the influences of R&B, roots rock, blues, gospel, folk and soul into her own style and sound wrapped in an earthy Midwestern identity.Hunt has appeared at blues festivals including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Telluride Blues Festival and many more.

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