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Inspiration: Where do we find it … how do we get it?

Seeking inspiration is the age-old question that has beset artists for centuries. Michaelangelo found it in the touch of God. I imagine a good breast inspired him and a million other artists too! Diane Seabrook finds inspiration every time she steps outdoors. She says hers inspiration is a God-thing too. She says, “I breathe in the beauty of the universe and it comes out my arm onto a canvas.”Bobby Van Meter get her inspiration from “stuff.” She sees a rock, twig or broken piece of glass and boy, she’s in heaven and on her way to blissful creation. Her “stuff” is really cool. I have much of her “stuff” in my office. It makes me happy.Dee Dee Shea is inspired by her vivid and colorful dreams. Sometimes she’ll call me on the phone and talk to me for hours about her dreams. Her dreams are not so chaotic. They have meaning for her and show her direction. She has the unique ability to capture her “dream” ideas and get them on a canvas or whatever medium is close at hand. My head is usually swimming after these conversations. Her perception is so much richer and varied than those of us mere mortals.Ted Devlin’s inspiration comes from everyday things, down to earth, real things. Just like him. He does create his own twist and spin in his art which is always wonderful and surprising. Have you seen his trout wall hangings? They are fabulous!Linda Drake says laughter is what gets her creative juices going. “To hear someone give out a really good belly laugh is what inspires me.” This is quintessentially evident in her art.Inspiration can be a fleeting thing, however.When the exhibit committee was coming up with ideas for the 2002 exhibits, everyone thought that Boxes & Bikes was a great idea! Unfortunately, Boxes and Bikes did not inspire too many artists. We got so little response we had no choice but to cancel the exhibit. However, the empty white walls have inspired us to clean them and get them in really great shape for our Winterfest Arts & Crafts event and the Small Wonders exhibit. We did get some inspired boxes, which we will have for sale during Winterfest. We have also decided to include Small Wonders in the Winterfest event too.Usually around 1,000 art lovers come through the Arts Center that weekend to do their holiday shopping. We hope this will inspire more artists to participate as a vendor with a craft booth or as a Small Wonders exhibitor.The low response we got from the last two exhibits have inspired us to make a few changes in the upcoming schedule. We hope these changes will inspire you to participate. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, we all have a creative streak. We would love to show your art . maybe even sell it. That would be a nice bonus to inspire you, eh?Okay, so go to the nearest shredder and take the calendar we have been publishing and replace it with this new schedule. Hey, if you are part of an arts organization and would like your events published in this column and in our newsletter to our members, please e-mail me at gwsarts@sopris.net and I’ll be happy to include your information. Thanks.

Calendar of EventsWinterfest, Dec. 6-8. Our 12th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Applications with slides and/or photos must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 22. Booth set up is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.Small Wonders, Dec. 6-22. A non-juried exhibit featuring miniatures for under $100. Please submit an application on or before Friday, Nov. 22. Deliver art from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Pick up art noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.GSAC All Member & Student Exhibit, Jan. 9 to Mar. 2. This non-juried exhibition features Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts member and student works. Please submit an application on or before Friday, Dec. 20. Deliver art between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. Pick up art between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, March. 3. Opening and artists reception is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.Wild Women, March 7-30. Invitational show of avante garde art by female artists. Artists reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Delivery day is Tuesday, March 2, with art pick up Monday, March 31.CMC Photography Exhibit, April 2-22. Artists and opening reception TBA.Art Guild Show, April 29-May 30. Artists and opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3.Wheels Art Car Show and Parade, June 5-29. Artists and opening reception, 6 p.m. Friday, June 20. Parade in conjunction with Strawberry Days at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21. applications due Friday, May 16. Delivery day is Tuesday, June 3 and pick up is Monday, June 30.Rising From the Ashes, July 4 to Aug. 1. Remembering the Coal Seam Fire. Artist and opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Applications due Wednesday, June 18. Delivery Tuesday, July 1. Pick up Monday, Aug. 4.Call the Center for applications, tickets or information at 945-2414. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th Street between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at gwsarts@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.


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