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April E. ClarkVail, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD – There’s a story behind Rande Price Brewer’s painting hanging in the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts new exhibit, “Bravissimo.”The acrylic painting features an olive green couch with a contrasting red-and-gold pillow. On the pillow rests a “Camping Colorado” guide that seems to have just been read. On the book sits a pair of glasses with a beaded eyeglass chain.The painting feels like home.”The story is somebody was sitting there, a woman, and she was planning a camping trip. She was looking for a comfortable place, a very nice place where she could relax,” said Brewer, of Glenwood Springs. “She was making dinner, and she put the book down and her glasses.”Brewer said she envisions her paintings coming to life as they hang on gallery walls.

“I always like it when there’s a story behind them, instead of just a group of objects sitting there,” she said.According to the center’s program assistant, Lou Iglesias, “Bravissimo” is derived from the word “bravura,” which means “great skill that is shown when something artistic is done in an exciting or innovative way.” Brewer said all the works in the center’s newly painted gallery illustrate such creativeness.”There’s a lot of wonderful art – with really big range this time,” she said. “It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I’m happy to be in it.”Along with “Camping Colorado,” Brewer’s hand-painted distressed wood-framed mirror hangs in the annual member exhibit through Feb. 25. “Bravissimo” highlights work from artists ages 10 to 74 – including masters such as Dan Sprick and Mary Noone, as well as young students from the center’s special-needs art class.

“It’s beautiful, colorful and eclectic,” said Center for the Arts director Gayle Mortell, of the diverse collection of works.Mortell said the exhibit pops in the center’s updated space that now houses a new eye-catching lime green-and-orange drape hanging from the ceiling.”Someone donated it to us after a wedding,” she said. “The room is very live and echoey, so it helps with the acoustics of the space.”New carpet in the dancers’ changing room, freshly painted bathrooms, and an updated 800 square-foot art studio – that Mortell said accommodates four artists comfortably – are also part of the center’s renovations.”It’s just a superb space with great light,” said Mortell, of the studios available for rent.

This year, the Center for the Arts celebrates its 27th year of providing artistic and cultural experiences to residents, visitors and children of the Roaring Fork Valley. For more information, call 945-2414 or visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org.=================Standing ovationWhat: “Bravissimo: An Exhibit of Excellence”

When: Through Sunday, Feb. 25Where: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St. Information: 945-2414 and http://www.glenwoodarts.org=================Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601 aclark@postindependent.com


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