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Post Independent/Kelley Cox A variety of pieces are displayed at the Center for the Arts annual member exhibit 'Luminari.' The show runs through Feb. 27 with an artists' reception on Saturday, Jan. 21.
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Teachers and students are sharing the limelight at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts all-member art show “Luminari.””It’s kind of neat to have the teachers’ and the students’ work displayed together,” said Center for the Arts assistant Sinda Wood, of the non-juried show that runs through Feb. 27. “It’s a collective consciousness.”The artwork in “Luminari” ranges in skill from master artists Dan Sprick and Diane Seabrook to Seabrook’s student Lulu Bensimon and first-time participant photographer Blaine Wright. Many of the pieces came straight from the walls of the artists’ homes, said Center for the Arts director Gayle Mortell.”One thing we love to do here is showcase established artists as well as emerging artists,” said Mortell, who has been director of the Center for six years. “It’s our mission.”Mortell said she decided to name the annual show for the first time this year to bring attention to the importance of the Center’s members.”We named it ‘Luminari’ because art brings light into the world and our members bring light into the community,” Mortell said.

Wood agreed.”We just want to elevate them,” she said. “Art illuminates those who create and those who appreciate.”For Basalt photographer Jeanne Wilder, the all-member show provides the opportunity to exhibit her work while appreciating her colleagues’ work. She took time to browse the photography, paintings, pastels, mixed media, pottery and jewelry Wednesday afternoon.”You’re pretty critical of your own work,” said Wilder, who started with black-and-white photography, but now works mostly in color.Mortell said the show includes an increase in photography work this year.”There’s a lot of photography in this exhibit,” said Center for the Arts assistant Gayle Mortell. “It’s the hot new exhibit in the art world.”

Wood said the show remains distinctive by mixing up photography with paintings and pottery with mixed media. When setting up the exhibit, she and Mortell placed different levels of artists next to each other in the Center’s gallery.”We hang all shows differently, and we like to mix it up,” Wood said. “The artists all complement each other. Some of it comes together – I think it’s fun.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com



Art aficionados• Who: Artists Diane Seabrook, Dan Sprick, Dean Bowlby, Doug Arneson, Clydette Metheny, Judy Milne, Peggy Moore, Lulu Bensimon, Wendel McConnell, Carol Murphy, Monqueesha Walker, Bobbie Van Meter, Christi Warner, Gena Hawkins, Arlene Law, Mike Duff, Deana Raso, Luis Polar, Peggy Sconce, Zoie Heath, Krystal Vandeputte, Amanda Owensby, Jeanne Wilder, Micki Cohen, Kathy Honea, Blaine Wright, Brad Knotts, F.F. Haberlein, Ginny Saliman and Judy Davis• What: “Luminari,” annual member exhibit featuring black-and-white, color and digital photography; oil and watercolor paintings; pastel drawings; mixed media and collage and fiber art; pottery; and jewelry• When: through Feb. 27; artists’ reception, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21• Where: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 East Sixth St., 945-2414


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