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Spend some quality time at the Center for the Arts

At the Center for the Arts, we’ve brainstormed through many snowstorms to come up with some great classes and activities to fill the season.The summer 2005 class catalogue is out, and it’s time to register for some fun time in the arts. Pick one up at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, the Glenwood Springs Community Center or online at www. glenwoodspringscenterforthearts.com.We are offering 68 classes in dance, pottery, fine arts, photography, crafts, voice, piano, guitar, and theater arts for all levels and all ages. We are also offering stone sculpting and silversmithing for adults at all levels. The Theatre Arts Summer Camp is scheduled for Aug. 22-26. Check out the catalogue – I’m sure you’ll find something that interests you and your children, including hip-hop, break dancing, ballet, tap, modern, African and jazz dance classes.We are offering Dance Dogs again, a stomp class for boys age 4-5. Diane’s Art Party is a class for kids who like to experiment in many different types of art media. In the popular Japanese animation and cartooning classes, kids will actually develop comic books. Mini-sculptures and photography are new classes this year. Sling some mud this summer to create some colorful and artful pieces of pottery. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a great place to hang out and learn a new skill. The energy is positive, and great people work and play here. It only requires a little bit of time, it’s fun, and you’ll meet new people and develop a skill that will enhance your life. We have made all the classes affordable, and the benefits you receive, priceless. And it’s easy to register. If you can’t come in, we can take your information over the phone. The summer session begins June 6, so it’s important to register early so we don’t have to drop a class because of low registration. Call us at 945-2414. It’s going be a great summer!All Rivers Juried ExhibitThe annual All Rivers Juried Exhibit will take place June 4 through Aug. 28. Juried exhibits raise the bar of excellence for the Center for the Arts and the artists who participate. This year will be exciting as we bring artists from all over the state to the valley with their varied artwork. Please join us for the artists reception at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 4, when 22 artists will display their work. Not only will the juried pieces be on display and for sale in a designated area of the gallery, but we have invited these artists to submit other works to show the scope of their talent. There are photographers, painters and sculptors who submitted their work to be scrutinized and carefully chosen for this year’s show.We are very fortunate and proud Brandi Mathis has offered her services to judge this exhibit. The expertise she brings offers the exhibit credibility and prestige. Mathis is the former artistic director of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, a position she held until 2004. Mathis has been associated with BMoCA since 2000 in many other official capacities. As artistic director, she coordinated three galleries and one performance space. Mathis is very active in her field, and has served on numerous panels, boards and juries spanning a wide variety of subjects. Among her many achievement awards are: Westword magazine’s Best Evening of Comedy as artistic director producer of “2 Short Women” and “The Word Made Dress”; Westword’s Best Original Script, for co-authoring “The End”; and a Boulder Arts Commission grant this year to curate a solo exhibit by Brooklyn-based performer and graffiti artist Shinique Smith. Beyond all her talents Mathis reads Tibetan, Russian and Sanskrit.Call the Center for applications, tickets or information at 945-2414. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is at 601 E. Sixth St. between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, e-mail us at gwsarts@sopris.net or check out our cool new Web site atwww.GlenwoodSpringsCenterForTheArts.com for information on these and other events, classes and shows.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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