Renovating ‘This Old House’ of Energy: Electric & Creative |

Renovating ‘This Old House’ of Energy: Electric & Creative

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts building is one of the first hydroelectric plants built in the nation and one of the last left standing. Renovation of the structure has been dubbed project “HEART,” in honor of the building’s historical significance. H E (hydro electric) & ART – Get it?We have launched our capital campaign to raise the matching funds needed to receive a grant from the Colorado Historical Society. I urge all of you who support the arts to give generously to the Center for this renovation.The building dates back to 1886 and is on the State and National Historical Register. You have to love this place! It’s a beautiful space with full-on good karma, great natural light, excellent acoustics and some sweet architectural details. We’re sitting literally a stone’s throw from the hot springs (warmed by the fire at the center of our planet!), alongside the Mighty Colorado River, and up-close and personal with the muscular outcrops of the Western Slope. It’s a sacred spot that smells ever so slightly of eggs. It’s like a perfect nest that giants built.We need to raise $38,000 to match the grant from the Colorado Historical Society for renovation of the exterior, and an additional $135,000 for much-needed renovation of the interior.We think the energy that comes from the Center today is as mega-wattage as it was 100 years ago! From this beautiful facility we support the arts by providing a forum for them, exposure to them and direct interaction with them in the form of dance, fine art, music and other programs and events. We have 245 students registered in classes this winter; 87 are under the age of 6. Help us keep the creative energy flowing with your support for the arts and the Art Center.

Seasoned and aspiring actors can learn how to make stronger connection to their script, their character and their own emotions in “The Connecting Acting Class,” a one day workshop taught by seasoned actor, director and teacher Bob Woolsey.The class meets at the Center Saturday, Feb. 16, (Hey! That’s tomorrow!) and runs from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Robert combines his own risk-taking & and connecting techniques with the processes and philosophy of Master Constantin Stanislavski to produce a profoundly effective approach to acting. Call the Center today at 945-2414 if you would like to squeak into this professionally and personally enriching class.

I’m telling you, the Twins are hot as blackened catfish. Get your tickets now for the Bayou and Blues influenced, harmony-driven trio, The Three Twins, formerly known in the Valley as The Subdudes.The Twins – John Magnie, Steve Amadee and Tim Cook – were voted Best Debut Band at the 1999 New Orleans Jazz Festival. The band features Magnie’s trademark bluesy lead vocals, Amadee on drums and Cook on bass.Since their metamorphosis into the Three Twins, the band finds itself playing more Cajun gospel and rhythm & blues.Tickets are $18 for members and $24 for nonmembers, so when you call to make a reservation (tickets are going fast) sign up for membership (which is a mere 25 bucks a year for individuals). You don’t want to miss this good-time music.

In a few weeks the Center will present a wildly popular exhibit of avant garde art by some of the wildest women west of the Continental Divide. Our Wild Women II exhibit runs March 7-29. The show is an invitational, so 16 hand-picked wild women will be strutting their stuff.What is it that makes these women, and their art, so wild?”First, I don’t think about what other people are going to think about my art when I make it,” said wild woman Wewer Keohane, artist and former CEO of Sport Obermeyer. “I follow my intuition, my dreams and my creative juices without censorship. Sometimes it doesn’t come out wild. Sometimes it’s beautiful and sometimes it’s wild and wacky. As long as it’s authentic, I don’t care if it’s serious or funny.””I think it takes a courageous or wild person to have the guts to put what’s really going on with them out in the world. The wild women, and all visionary artists, do that; they express who they really are and how they see the world.” “I really try to think outside the box,” says artist and wild woman Linda Drake. “I’m really not content to do paintings of scenery and landscape. I like to crawl into my work and create my own little fantasy world. I like to play with images.”The Wild Women Exhibit is the only exhibit of avant garde work in the valley. Linda thinks that’s one reason for its popularity. “I think it’s stepping outside the traditional art show themes,” she said. “And it’s a fun arena, with women, and women and being crazy with their art. How could you resist something like that?””What makes a wild woman?” artist and wild woman Sheri Gaynor pondered aloud as she sped down the freeway and attempted to wax philosophic for us into her cell phone. “I guess the freedom to tap into our sense of self. The wild nature is the freedom to tap into our authentic self, and I think seeing the show reminds people that this is within them, too.”Take a walk on the wild side and find your authentic self. Join us for the opening and artists reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Hearts & Souls – Feb. 8-28. A nonjuried exhibit of art by healers and by artists who are inspired by the power of healing arts.-The Three Twins (formerly the Subdudes) – 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22-Wild Women II – March 7-29. The second exhibit of avant garde art from avant garde women – it’s a wild invitational. Opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9-Tempe & the Tantrums – 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 (She gets down!)-Photography & Graphics – April 5-26. Colorado Mountain College’s Graduate Portfolio exhibit. Opening reception 7 p.m. Friday, April 5-Application deadline for the Five Rivers juried exhibit is Friday, April 12.-Mr. Booker & the Swingtet – 7 p.m. Friday, April 19. A Community Dance!-Glenwood Springs Art Guild Exhibit – May 6-31. Open to members of the Glenwood Springs Art Guild. Opening reception 7 p.m. Friday, May 10-Lionel Young – 7 p.m. Friday, May 24. Rhythm & blues mixed with a little Motown!

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Call 945-2414 or e-mail for information on these and other events, classes and shows.

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