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Gayle Mortell

I’ve been living on this big blue ball for a few decades now and that experience has taught me this: The best way to feel good is to make other people feel good. Because it’s the law of the universe that you get back what you give, and then some.I may not be old enough to be considered, you know, WISE, but this much I know is true: Giving just feels good.I work at the Center for the Arts and the products I sell are as follows: fun, self exploration, creativity, personal growth, community, and fun. It’s all good, and I sincerely want to share these gifts with you. One of the best ways for you to be part of this is to become a member of the Center for the Arts. Individual membership is $25 a year. Family membership is $40.YES! This is a sell, but look what I’m peddling here: fun, self exploration, creativity, personal growth, community, and fun.When you give to Center for the Arts, by purchasing a membership, donating to our renovation fund, or giving your money or your time in other ways, you are supporting a really good thing. And there’s the bonus of becoming a “Supporter of the Arts.” Because that designation means something special.When you support the Arts, you’re doing good, and we think you’re doing LASTING good. Our kids come here to make, and move, and do, and dance! They find their strengths and explore them. That’s so much better than lying in front of the tube or hanging out at the corner. When you build a better kid, you build a better future.The Arts Center also provides a venue for new and established artists to exhibit their work, a gathering place for cultural events and exchange, and a righteous place to dance to live music.We’re housed in a beautiful, 114-year-old building, formerly a hydroelectric plant, between the magical Yampah Vapor Caves and the awesome Hot Springs Pool, both warmed by geothermal power from the very center of the planet. We have that magic going for us, and the amazing bonus power of big ideas and little dancers, the inspiring self discipline of accomplished ballerinas, innate talent, hard work, and the shared desire to make something worthwhile that we can share with each other: art.Your membership supports classes, renovation of the historical building, cultural events, concerts, and exhibits in our gallery and throughout Glenwood Springs.Art brings people together, and membership entitles you to bragging rights as a Supporter of the Arts; significantly discounted concert and dance tickets; significant class discounts and great karma.Anybody can be a philanthropist! You don’t have to be a rich person. We encourage you to give to whatever organization you feel good about. There’s the Advocate Safehouse Project, 945-2632; Seniors Programs from Glenwood to Rifle, 947-8464; Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 947-8462; Healthy Beginnings, 928-0183; the Bookcliffs Arts Council, 625-1889; Carbondale Arts Council, 963-1680; and many, many others.Call us, or any worthy organization, today and make a donation. We’ll take your money right over the phone, and they probably will too. And we, as well as the universe, will thank you.Lionel Young to keepeverybody on dance floorLionel Young can play his electric fiddle with a glass slide, a bow, or he can pluck 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 don’t want to miss.But can you dance to it? “Absolutely,” said Young. “We pride ourselves on the variety we play, and we can keep everybody on the floor.”Young brings his compelling, danceable sound to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts 7 p.m., Friday, May 10. Young and his band do an exciting mix of danceable swing, blues and R&B. Tickets are $18 for members and $24 for nonmembers. To reserve your tickets call the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 945-2414.The Lionel Young Band’s playlist includes (but is not limited to): Caledonia, hey bab-a-re-bop, anything by James Brown, Ray Charles, New Orleans style music, music by Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, the Meters, Wilson Pickett, Professor Longhair, the Isley Brothers, and the band’s own original tunes.The Lionel Young Band was named best blues band in Denver in 1996 and 1997 by Westword Magazine. Current band members Jay Forrest on drums, Kevin Jackson on bass, and Dave Camp on sax, flute and keyboards are all that and a bag of chips. Listen for Lionel’s music on KDNK, then get your tickets at 945-2414 to hear him live on violin and guitar. This is the Center’s final concert and dance of the season. You don’t wanna miss it.Calendar of Events-GWS Art Guild Exhibit, May 6-31. Glenwood Springs Art Guild Member Exhibit-Lionel Young – 7 p.m., Friday, May 10. Swing, blues and R&B to keep you dancing.-Pianist Richard Glazier plays A Salute to the Hollywood Musical, Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium. Former members may renew at the concert, and new members who purchase seasons tickets for next year are invited to attend the Glazier concert free of charge.-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 7, 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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