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Red Brick ready to grow

Abigail Eagye
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The Red Brick Center for the Arts is about to have a growth spurt. The former schoolhouse will be soon have a new, state-of-the-art conference facility with roughly twice the capacity of the current one, which will be converted to office space. The building expansion will also add gallery space, and the west-end entry will get a facelift.

Debra Muzikar, executive director for the Red Brick Council for the Arts, said local arts and nonprofit organizations keep the current space busy, and she anticipates the larger conference space will be a welcome addition.

Plus, the council is gearing up for its annual silent auction, July 27 in the Red Brick Gallery; a public preview of the art begins July 19.

Thirty local businesses have contributed to the auction thus far. In addition, pieces by Roaring Fork Valley artists Doug Casebeer, Judy Haas and Paul Soldner ” as well as two pinhole photographs of Hunter Thompson’s memorial service and another, titled “Hunter Thompson Shooting” ” will be up for bid.

Proceeds from the auction help support the arts council, which is planning improvements to the gallery and will increase its community arts programming next year.

“So far I’ve been able to offer my programs for free,” Muzikar said. “Hopefully we can continue that.”

Also this summer, the council will offer two new workshops. Michael Raaum will lead “Exploring Visual Art,” an interactive workshop scheduled for July 20 and Aug. 10. Raaum will lead participants on a walking tour through the city and its galleries.

Muzicar has not yet confirmed the details for the second summer workshop, “Art in Everyday Things.” That workshop will also include a walking tour.

Registration begins in early July. Space is limited, but Muzikar said the council could expand the workshops if there’s enough community interest. She hopes the workshops will be free, but a $10-20 registration fee is possible.

To enroll in the workshops, volunteer or donate art for the silent auction, call 429-2777 or visit http://www.aspenart.org for more information.

Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is aeagye@aspentimes.com


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