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Art SceneGayle Mortell

Have you seen the building lately? It really looks good with the new stucco and color! We are just about at the end of this phase of restoration. We are, however, still fundraising to finish. The historical grant covers only the historical part of the building – this does not include the stonesculpting or pottery studio addition. We need funds to finish that part of the building. We have been diligently working on the capital campaign and fundraising efforts for two years now. We’ve been calling the whole renovation-and-capital-campaign ball of wax HEART, an acronym that acknowledges our past as a hydroelectric plant (HE), and our present and future commitment to the arts (ART). The Board of Directors of the Glenwood Springs Arts Council invites all of you to join HEART.The building that houses the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is very old, spanning more than a century of useful purpose, housing big and innovative ideas in the past, and new, creative ideas in the present. We hope to finish the project by the spring of 2005. We have to raise the funds by then to claim the grants we have won from the Gates Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation. Our invitation to the community to help us financially is therefore urgent. Please be generous. You can call or stop by or just plop a check in the mail.The city of Glenwood Springs has donated $45,500 toward the project, and we have raised nearly $50,000 in earnings and private donations and $96,000 from foundation grants. We are continuing our capital campaign in earnest to raise the total $250,000 necessary to complete the renovation project.This is a building were good things happen. In our gallery we exhibit new shows monthly featuring local, national and international art in a variety of media. In this beautiful space we also host recitals, dance classes, concerts, craft festivals, raffles, theater, fine arts, clay, and craft classes and many other events. From here we also produce the fabulous “Dancers Dancing,” featuring performances by more than 150 area dancers aged four to adult, staged each spring at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. From here we also present our wonderful, annual Culinary Arts, Wine & Brewfest.Everything we do in this great old building is life-enhancing. Every event, down to the individual classes, is a community-builder. Everything we offer to kids is an investment in the future, theirs individually, and ours as a community. Built in 1888, it is still a place were great things happen, and a place with great energy. This building is on the state and national historical registers as the one of the first hydroelectric plants in the United States. The Arts Council has been the caretaker of this building for the past 14 years. It has evolved from an ambitious dream into a thriving space for artists, teachers, children and adults in this community.We urge all of you who support the arts – and those who would like to preserve the vanishing traces of regional history that this building represents – to consider giving to our capital campaign. Take part in our community by calling us and making a donation. Your generosity to our HEART capital campaign will be recognized unless you prefer anonymity. We welcome you to come by and review our plans. The financial support you give is tax-deductible.Calendar of eventsNow through Nov. 28 – Watercolor featuring the work of the Western Colorado Watercolor Society, as well as, the works of local watercolor artists.7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 – Singer-songwriter Nina StoreyDec. 3-23 – “Gifts,” miniature art, handmade crafts, pottery, and jewelry Gayle Mortell is the director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center at 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information.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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