Glenwood Springs Center for Arts prepares to hold artful weekend

Art Scene
Gayle Mortell

An artists reception will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday night for the All Rivers Juried Exhibit featuring 22 artists from Colorado.

Meet the artists, enjoy the company, eat a little nosh and have a glass of wine. The work is diverse and exciting. This promises to be a fun evening to kick off the summer art season. There are photographers, painters and sculptors who have submitted their work to be scrutinized and carefully chosen for this year’s show.

We are pleased Brandi Mathis, former curator of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, offered her services to judge this exhibit. The expertise she brings raises the bar on the overall exhibit, and offers artists credibility and prestige. She will be here to meet the artists, visitors and the community. Call us for more information at 945-2414.

Sign up for a fire “poi” dancing workshop June 11 and Aug. 6. We have to use “poi” for this one ” it’s the Maori word for “ball on a cord.” If you have been to the cabaret you have seen the beauty and elegance of this dance performed by Rachel Hansen. She dances with fire outside using the same method.

The poi was used, many years ago, by the indigenous people of New Zealand to increase their flexibility and strength in their hands and arms, as well as improve coordination. Poi is a dance performed with balls attached to flax strings, swung rhythmically. Hansen will bring her talent, expertise and poi for the participants. Two workshops only. Class size is limited.

Gayle Mortell is the director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center at 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information.

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