'Explosion of Color' highlights award-winning painters

Commissioner's Choice recipients include Cindy Welch of Castle Rock

Posted 1/5/16

Winners of the 2016 Commissioner's Choice Award at Lone Tree Arts Center have been announced: Diane Cornish and Cindy Welch.

The two painters will present a show called “Explosion of Color” at LTAC from Jan. 8 through March 4, with art …

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'Explosion of Color' highlights award-winning painters

Commissioner's Choice recipients include Cindy Welch of Castle Rock

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Winners of the 2016 Commissioner's Choice Award at Lone Tree Arts Center have been announced: Diane Cornish and Cindy Welch.

The two painters will present a show called “Explosion of Color” at LTAC from Jan. 8 through March 4, with art available for sale. A reception for the duo will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

Diane Cornish was born in Chicago and showed an early inclination toward art. “No surface was safe from Crayola markings,” says her website bio. Her childhood was nomadic, and she lived in Arizona, Oregon, California, Hawaii and, eventually, Colorado, which continues to be her home. Her background includes the persona of Ollie the clown, courtroom artist for the Douglas County News-Press, political cartoonist and art teacher for 28 years.

Her main emphasis is on watercolor, although she also has a passion for photography and paints from her own photographs of nature. “When I am outside with my camera, I see paintings everywhere,” she wrote. She is a member of the Castle Rock Art Guild, with work exhibited at the Art on the Edge Gallery, 414 Wilcox in Castle Rock. She also belongs to the Arizona Art Alliance and Casa Grande Valley Fine Arts Association and exhibits with both.

Cindy Welch, of Castle Rock, started winning awards for her art as a high school student, including a full tuition scholarship to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where she majored in commercial art and developed a special interest in watercolor.

Her first job at a Denver design studio involved layout and design, with pen and ink and airbrush. She also drew architectural renderings for several builders — a skill that shows today in her series of paintings of Castle Rock's scenery and historic buildings, which are available for sale as prints from Colorado Art and Framing Gallery. She is a member of the Castle Rock Art Guild and exhibits at Art on the Edge Gallery.

She publishes four community newsletters and operates a community website called CastleRockBound.net, which has information on events, businesses and where to sled in Castle Rock.

If you go:

“Explosion of Color” will be displayed Jan. 8 to March 4 in the lobby of the Lone Tree Arts Center, 100075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and two hours prior to performances. A reception for the artists will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Sales are handled through the box office.

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