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The City of Glenwood Springs is celebrating the reopening of the Art Center, located at 601 E. 6th Street, from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. The event will include a community art exhibition, tour of renovated spaces, live music with Kyle Jones and Friends, live demos, art-making activities, refreshments, games, and more. All are welcome to attend.
The community art exhibition is titled “Strings of Peace” and features a selection of guitars painted by local artists as part of the Challenge America guitar decoration contest. This project offers local artists the opportunity to decorate the guitars that Challenge America provides to the Veterans in its music therapy programs.
Local Artists Selected for Glenwood Springs “Better Together” Mural Project
The City of Glenwood Springs is pleased to announce the names of Garfield County muralists selected for the “Better Together” mural project. These artists will paint the exterior walls of five Topek structures which are sheltered tables placed around the downtown core. All selected artists are residents of Garfield County and are at least 16 years of age.
- Brooke Bartlett – Carbondale
- Litah Campbell – Parachute
- Christie Interlante – Carbondale
- Wewer Keohane – Carbondale
- Mary Noone – Glenwood Springs
- Natalie Squillante – New Castle
- Hannah Stoll - Carbondale
- Briana Sanchez – New Castle
- Nicholas Ward – Glenwood Springs
- Traci Wilson – Glenwood Springs
“Congratulations to the many talented artists who were selected,” Councilor Shelley Kaup said. “These mural designs are vibrant, represent the natural environment, and human connection. Art is an important component of placemaking and economic development. We are excited to have these beautiful murals enliven our downtown seating and celebrate our community’s creativity.”
The City of Glenwood Springs purchased these dining Topek cubes during the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of a generous grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Expanded downtown dining options, including the Topeks, will continue for visitors this summer. According to Black Hound Design, the designers of the structures, the name Topek came from the design and intend being inspired by the Inuit Topek house.
The public is invited to watch the transformation of the Topeks during the first two weekends in June. Artists will be able to paint the during daylight hours on June 3, 4 and 5 and/or June 10, 11 and 12. One or all the days may be used to complete the murals.