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What artists are thankful for

Thank you; thank goodness, thank heaven, thank you Lord! Give thanks, Thanksgiving . as I write this the anticipation of a big holiday feast is in front of me; as you read this, indigestion and a tryptophane hangover is all that is left. However, as I am still caught up in the air of holiday fantasy, I thought I would reveal what my friends answered when asked what they were most thankful for this year.Marice Doll, famous person around town and one of our silversmithing students, is thankful for her jewelry class. “I enjoy crafting my own jewelry instead of seeing it only as a consumer. After this class, you never look at a piece of jewelry the same again,” she said.Her Thanksgiving wish: “I used to wish for diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. Now that I’m in silversmithing class at the Arts Center, I wish for a Black & Decker electric drill.”Merry Devlin, our pottery teacher and wife of our administrative assistant, Ted Devlin, has a thanksgiving wish. “I wish for peace health and happiness,” she said.She is also eternally grateful for Ted.Deanna Anderson, one of our tap and movement teachers, is thankful for the babies we have coming to class here. “They are so cute! Their sweet little faces give me energy,” she said.Jim Kosmicki from Carbondale Printing, said, “I’m thankful for little Luigi, and that’s all I’m going to say.” Hmmm, use your imagination on that one, or if I were you I’d call him at 963-7023 and ask him what he means.Ken Kulweic, an artist who rents one of our studio spaces, is thankful for his studio where he can come and get away from it all to immerse himself in his art. Ken also said, “You know what? I am thankful for everything!”I like that one. He must be a happy man.Judy Davis is thankful for the little funny things that happen in her pottery classes. “The funniest thing that happened in my clay class was when we were putting a hand-built clay box together and I suggested to a student that her pot would look nice with some `feet’ on it. The expression on her face was priceless and her eyes lit up in astonishment. I realized she was taking my suggestion literally, so I went on to explain that most pots are similar to the human body in that they have feet, a body, a neck, lip, even a mouth!”Alyssa Mortell, my daughter who just got her driver’s license (yikes), said, “I’m thankful for my abilities.” I’m sure her new found freedom is right up there too!Me, I’m thankful for the little things. I love it when I get the trivia question right at the coffee place. I’m thankful I’m here to watch my daughter grow up into a kind, thoughtful, and yes, a driving young woman. I’m thankful to be surrounded by the pink tutus, oil paints, and clay. I’m really thankful for the people I work with . it is very pleasant here. And for my sweet husband who keeps me laughing!I’m thankful for Winterfest! Winterfest begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. We have special activities planned Friday evening with a performance of our tiniest ballerinas at 6 p.m. and Kirk Jones Brass scheduled for 7 p.m. There will be plenty of time for holiday shopping until 9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and holiday refreshments will be served. Saturday, we are open for business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. Catch next week’s column for more details.We will be closed during the Thanksgiving weekend.Calendar of EventsWinterfest, Dec. 6-8. Our 12th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Booth set up is Thursday, Dec. 5.Small Wonders, Dec. 6-22. Miniature art show for under $100. Delivery day is Tuesday, Dec. 3, with art pick up on Sunday, Dec. 22.All Member & Student Art Show , Jan. 9 to March 2. Artists and opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Applications are due Friday, Dec. 20. Delivery day is Tuesday, Jan. 7, with art pick up on Monday, March 3.Wild Women, March 7-30. Invitational show of avante garde art by female artists. Artists and opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Delivery day is Tuesday, March 2 with art pick up on Monday, March 31.Call the Center for applications, tickets or information, 945-2414. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th Street between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We’re open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at gwsarts@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.


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