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Membership in the arts community: Don’t leave home without it

Gayle MortellSpecial to the Post Independent

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts invites you to build a stronger sense of community as an active member of the Center for the Arts.We provide a venue for new and established artists to exhibit their work, a gathering place for cultural events and exchange, and a nurturing place for kids and adults to explore their creativity.The center is housed in a beautiful 114-year-old building, formerly a hydroelectric plant, between the Yampah Vapor Caves and the Hot Springs Pool. It is warmed by geothermal power from the center of the planet and fueled by the energy of big ideas and little dancers, the self discipline of accomplished ballerinas, innate talent, hard work, and the 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.The arts are for everyone. Be someone. Take a class, come to a concert, help us renovate, get involved! Join the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.Annual membership cost is $25 for individuals and $40 for families. Membership entitles you to bragging rights as a supporter of the arts and significantly discounted concert and dance tickets, significant class discounts and much more. Your membership card says, “I care about community.” It says, “With a No. 4 pencil, a kid can do anything!” It says, “I love the dance!”Who doesn’t need that card in their wallet? Don’t leave home without it.Bluesman to heat it upand keep it smolderin’Blues violinist Lionel Young’s cutting-edge techniques allow him to pull music out of his instrument that not too many other musicians knew was in there. He can make his Zeta five-string fiddle sound like an electric guitar, an electric guitar he can play the heck out of.Young and his band bring their exciting, versatile blues sound to the Center for the Arts at 7 p.m., Friday, May 10. Tickets are $18 for members and $24 for nonmembers. To reserve your tickets, call the Center at 945-2414. This is the final concert and dance of the season.Lionel will fingerpick the violin as well as bow it, or play it with a glass slide. One music critic wrote: “Young generates a forceful sound from his electric violin, almost a physical pressure against the body, something like a low rumble. He carries a unique sound, a rich mix of styles and tunes. Lionel is definitely on the leading edge of modern blues. More than that, he is a marvelous performer who is entertaining and exciting.”And we think we can add to that the highest accolades American Bandstand ever gave: “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.” The Lionel Young Band’s music is richly nuanced for the connoisseur of blues, but anyone with ears and feet can move to it. We invite all of you with any of those fine attributes to join us.Expand your blues consciousness, warm your soul and move your feet with Lionel Young and his band. This is our last show until fall. You don’t wanna miss it.A high steppin’ lineupof spring, summer classesThe Center for the Arts is proud to present nearly 50 fine arts, dance, movement and clay classes for kids and adults, starting June 10. Registration begins now.Our 39 dance class offerings include the new Mondo Modern Dance, Broadway Dance, and a lineup encompassing classical ballet, Hip Hop for all ages (even Mom and Dad), high-energy African dance, and much more.Our new Broadway Dance class, offered Mondays, 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., is taught by the center’s own high-kickin’ Melanie Huskey. This class combines the best of musical theater and dance, kind of like, well, Broadway! It’s big-smilin’, sequin-shakin’ fun for kids age 10-12.Our Hollywood import, dance instructor Laura Lee Teige, will teach Mondo Modern Dance for teens and adults Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30. This is a class for dancers who want to explore full range mobility, propulsion, three-dimensional movement, and a real good time. Laura Lee will teach Hip Hop classes for a wide range of ages and abilities. Call us for information on class times and dates.All our classes are worth exploring. Call the Center for the Arts at 945-2414 for more information on these or any of our spring and summer offerings.Calendar of Events-GWS Art Guild Exhibit – May 6-31. Glenwood Springs Art Guild Member Exhibit-Lionel Young – 7 p.m., Friday, May 10. Rockin’ blues.-May 15, 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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