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Tap dance, paint: sign up for Arts Center classes 5-8 p.m. today

Tonight, pre-register for Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts classes and get everything you want, including a discount. New classes at the arts center are like unopened gifts. The really good stuff is inside, but it’s wonderful to savor the feeling of pure potential.

We invite you to sign up for our fall classes between 5 and 8 p.m.. tonight, then take a few days before classes begin Sept. 5 to visualize yourself in those sassy black dance tights and matching slippers, or to anticipate the serenity that will surely come over you as you paint the Tetons in the grand fashion of Thomas Cole and Diane Seabrook.

Students who register tonight receive a $10 discount and can shop for dance gear in one convenient stop. Eagle Dance Apparel will be here to offer students discount prices on dance gear ranging from ballet, tap and jazz shoes to tights, toe shoes and tiaras. Name brands include Bloch shoes, Body Wrappers, Baryshnikov, Funky Diva and Danskin.

The Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Vapor Caves and the Hot Springs Pool. We hope to see many new and old friends here tonight. Call us at 945-2414 if you have any questions or would like to register by phone.

Borderlands exhibit

Thinking outside the borders: Borderlands Exhibit to opens Sept. 5. We are pleased to present the this non-juried exhibition in our gallery Sept. 5-30. Artists applications will be accepted through Friday, August 30. We ask that Borderlands art be delivered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tues., Sept. 3.

George Rivera, digital artist, curator of international exhibitions, international art critic, and professor of fine arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will share a collection of 52 pieces that explore the borderlands of self and culture. Twelve pieces are by artists from Mexico; 12 by Chicano artists; five are from Russian artists and the remaining works are from Anglo American artists.

“I’m interested in communicating across national borders with art,” Rivera said. “I believe that in this global community we must reach out through the arts to convey our visions of our common future.

“A border is not just a geographical feature. There are spiritual borders, psychological borders. A border is simply something that separates you from something else. This exhibit tries to come to grips with what borders mean to our lives; where the self ends and begins, and learning more about the community of self than the singularity of self,” he said.

Rivera collected the Russian art that will be on display in the Borderlands exhibit while putting on an exhibit in the East Russian province of Khabarovsk last September. These works are particularly relevant to people living in the Glenwood Springs area who are of Russian decent, Rivera notes, though they speak to all of us.

“Russia and the U.S. have historically been enemies and we have misconceptions of each other,” he said. “I wanted to cross the border of misconceptions, because as artists, we create images that transcend borders.”

This powerful, thought-provoking collection may not have made it to our area if not for the efforts of people like Rivera, and University of Colorado at Boulder director of community relations Gail Siegel. We sincerely thank them.

We are excited to share this wonderful work and other works by local and regional artists, in Borderlands. Don’t miss it!

Auditions for “Jack”

A casting call is out for kids ages 5-15 to put on “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation jointly present a week-long drama course Aug. 26-30. We still have room for a few more kids, so please give us a call at 945-2414. Every child is guaranteed a speaking part in this production.

Veteran actor and director Bob Woolsey will introduce kids to costumes, set making, make-up, line memorization and characterization. The course will culminate in a performance to be held at the Community Center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. The show is free and open to the public.

Kids will meet at the art center Monday through Wednesday and at the Community Center Thursday and Friday. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Kids are asked to pack a lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt at the end of the Friday performance.

Cost is $120 for members and $150 for non-members. Give us a call or e-mail us at the numbers and addresses listed below for information or registration.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th Street between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool and is open Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, and noon to Saturday and Sunday. Contact the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 945-2414 or e-mail gwsarts@sopris.net.

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