Terry Glasenapp, age 72, has a knack for collecting art.
Not fancy paintings or bronze sculptures, but the pop art of American culture in motion.
As an employee at Colorado Mountain College (CMC), Glasenapp was instrumental in bringing to fruition the Glenwood Springs Arts Council back in 1982. Thanks to CMC, he helped to secure the budding organization a space to grow from, inspired by the successes of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, founded in 1974.
His upcoming exhibit documents the early years of the council as a celebration of its 40th anniversary. One newspaper headline reads: “Is Glenwood Springs ready for an arts council?” Other archives fill in the story up to the present, evoking memories of classic events like the Wild Women art show from the early 2000s.
Glasenapp was a child of the ‘50s, coming of age through the ‘60s and ‘70s. He witnessed firsthand the economic boon and improved quality of life that a thriving arts scene could bring to a community with vibrant events and thoughtful murals.
“Art means business,” Glasenapp explained. “The research that started to happen in the ‘70s and through the ‘80s [….] countered a thought stream in our culture that this is kind of a frivolous thing.”
Inspired by a LIFE Magazine story featuring San Francisco poster art from the ‘60s, which he considers “a fusion of art and music,” Glasenapp took to producing posters of his own “for imaginary bands coming through my town.” Laughing, he explained. “Not imaginary bands. But, what I mean is, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors and Janis Joplin were going to appear in Rochester, Minnesota, via the posters I made.”
Eventually, his work was put to use — including a poster for the Blues McGoos (the band behind the hit “We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet”) and a banner for the stage, four feet by eight feet. “I had never done anything like that, but I did it.”
“Recollectivity” is much more than posters (of which there are close to 100). It also features album art, newspaper clippings, event brochures, original collages and even films, spanning the colorful history of the United States from the ‘60s up through into 2022. In addition to wall hangings, 20 letter-size binders and 12 over-sized binders will rest on counters and tables for persons to flip through at their leisure.
Facetiming with The Sopris Sun, Glasenapp previewed his treasures, displaying a garage full of collages, some with song lyrics, and special posters organized for transportation to the show.
“I have prevented a lot of stuff from going into either the landfill or the recycling bin,” Glasenapp proudly stated, “and contained it over the years in boxes and files and binders.”
“I think I’ve been a lucky person, in that I’ve been able to take part and be in the audience and sometimes, via actually Thomas Lawley when he brought me on board to do some work for Carbondale Council on the Arts [and Humanities], I would be able to get close to the performers, sometimes on stage with my camera,” he added. “I’ve been an observer.”
Glasenapp continued, “Here’s a stretch, and I’m going to give credit to Amy Kimberly for this, and so much else.” Kimberly observed in an interview that what she does, organizing grand gatherings like the Carbondale Mountain Fair, is a form of art: “merging and synthesizing,” in Glasenapp’s words.
He considers his endeavors to collect and preserve of a similar vein; composing a masterwork with many smaller works of art.
“All my life I’ve been passionate about this whole range of subjects,” he concluded.
Glasenapp’s “masterwork” will be on display from Jan. 14 through Feb. 26 at the Glenwood Springs Arts Council new gallery space, 616 Sixth St. near the Glenwood Hot Springs.
The gallery is open only on Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m. and face-coverings are required for attendees.
For more information, contact Glenwood Springs Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-355-9689.