Thanks from Red Brick |

Thanks from Red Brick

Dear Editor:

Wow! Thanks to all of the more than 800 people who attended our dual exhibitions, “ArtStart: The Kids’ Annual Art Exhibition” and “Eco Art Exhibition,” opening last Thursday at the Red Brick Center for the Arts!

For ArtStart, thanks to the K-8 art teachers of Aspen Elementary (Carole Stewart), Aspen Middle (Rae Lampe), Aspen Community (Hilary Forsyth) and Aspen Country Day (Paula Ponto) schools, for all you do to inspire our kids to express themselves visually! Art in education helps students develop quality task-performance and goal-setting skills they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Students who participate in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

The Red Brick Council for the Arts realizes the importance of arts in education and celebrates our community’s children and their artistic development. This year, the Red Brick Arts Council invited schools from all over the Roaring Fork Valley K-12 to participate in our Eco Art Exhibition, a judged show, which took place at the same time as ArtStart!

The following schools participated: Aspen Community School, Aspen Middle School, Basalt Elementary and Middle schools, Carbondale Middle School, Glenwood Springs Elementary and Middle schools, and Rifle High School! Prize money was awarded to school art departments. This is another way the Red Brick Council for the Arts supports arts in education.

We are a small organization and rely heavily on volunteers, and this year we thank the following for their help: Gillian Antell, Julia Domingos, Betty Farson, Tim Handley, Lyn Hemley, Judy Kava, Betsy Key, Lucy Lampe, Natasha Linn, Shelly Safir Marolt, Jozie McConnell, Sophia and Regan Mitchell, Virginia Morrow, Patricia Neeb, Susan Olsen, Jeremy Rosenshine, Jill Sabella, Peggy Schlauger, Sandy Simpson, Tracy Sutton and Lucy Tremols.

Thank you also to Heidi Curatolo and her young violinists for their as-always amazing music. We also are very appreciative of our sponsors: the Thrift Shop of Aspen and the city of Aspen. Thanks go to Domino’s Pizza and Taster’s Pizza, as well. See photos of the event at

artstart.html. We are honored to be your community’s arts center, celebrating arts in education and community!

Thank you so much, again!

The staff of the Red Brick Council for the Arts

Debra Muzikar

Marni Mitchell

Lynda MacCarthy

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