Summer of fun goes on |

Summer of fun goes on

I dread hearing the “Back to School” commercials each year.

It is the call to practicality, regularity, submission and hard work. I can feel the immensity of the school year return to crush out the lighthearted play of summer like a steel-belted radial. But since I have no longer have children in school, this year I’m on a mission to extend that summer playfulness into the fall with an art camp and a pottery camp during the last week of August here at the Center for the Arts. This year, from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 23-27, we will celebrate a last precious fling of vivid imaginations, unbridled playfulness and old-fashioned summer fun.

Art is therapeutic, and what better way to let your child adjust to the changes in store than through a full, uninterrupted unstructured week of creative play? Let them ground their experience of their summer through pottery, mud and clay. Or perhaps a flight with color and shapes is just what the doctor ordered for your little one to make the sometimes stressful transition back to school. The benefits of a week at camp is that the intensive offers time to immerse in a project, learn and practice new skills and produce a finished piece of work. The feeling of accomplishment is valuable to self-esteem. Whatever way your children like to play, the Center for the Arts will give them the opportunity to do it!

We will hold our “Change of Art” Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Gather up your extra art supplies, canvases, frames, paintings, artful clothing, collectibles and other treasures and rent a space for $20. Not your ordinary yard sale, this artists market promises to be more like a bizarre bazaar. You can also donate items to the center to sell for its renovation fund. Now that the building has a new roof, new windows and doors, we can focus on the facelift that a new stucco exterior will give this historic site. Please join us rain or shine.

Save the date

Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest, 4-7 p.m. October 16, Saturday at the Historic Hotel Colorado.

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, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Stop by or e-mail for information on events, classes and shows.

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