Arvada West alumni celebrate art

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Arvada West High School Foundation is continuing the celebration of the school's 50th anniversary with an art show made up of alumni and faculty members.

The show will be at Indian Tree Golf Course, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.

The artists include Joe Beckner, who taught art in the 1970s, and Keith Oelschlager, who currently teaches drawing and painting at the school.

The alumni artists in the show are Nancy Wylie, Katie Alexander Haas, Kirsten Doukas, Cheryl Ross Annett, and Chuck Clark.

All of these artists have won numerous awards at local, state and national levels and their works have been shown in various Colorado galleries.

The foundation recently inducted notable alumni into its new hall of fame, and Louis Weltzer, a member of the foundation, said the group was looking for other ways to recognize people who graduated the school.

"Cheryl Annett was a teacher in Jeffco, retired and started a career as a watercolorist, and she has been involved in a lot of different art projects" Weltzer said. "She's met a lot of people involved in the arts, and it was her idea to put on this show."

Annett, who said it was a long time dream of hers to paint after retiring, now works at the Georgetown Gallery and came up with the list of former students who became artists to display.

"You often don't hear about what artists are doing and so we wanted to take the time to showcase them," she said. "We have eight artists who are participating, and all the money raised will be going to the foundation."

Annett said the styles will mainly be "fine arts" which include photography and painting — from oil and watercolors to acrylic.

"We really wanted to give artists a chance to present their works," Weltzer said. "It was also important we make people aware of the art scene."

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