Local artists Roth & Watson featured at Banning Art Gallery
The Banning Art Gallery is proudly exhibiting art work by local artists Don Roth and Cindy Watson as featured artists from Nov. 3 through Dec. 6.
The public has been invited to a reception to personally meet the artists and hear them talk about their works, scheduled for Nov. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery.
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Several of Don Roth’s more famous paintings, including some from his “Kool – Kat Kollection” are currently being featured at Banning Art Gallery.
Roth is a self- proclaimed cat lover who whimsically creates a fantasy world on canvas where “KATS” are “Kool.” He is best known for his “Kool – Kat Kollection,” and several of his more famous paintings from the series are on display at the gallery.
An internationally known artist, Roth’s artwork hangs in private collections all over the world, including corporate offices, galleries, and a resort in Florida in the form of a large mural.
Roth began his artistic career as an Illustrator in the Navy and he later worked fifteen years as an illustrator
for Boeing and McDonald Douglas; which included design renderings for Air Force One and a Saudi king.
Roth conducts an acrylic painting art class at the Banning Art Gallery, and his students have received
numerous awards for their creations and many have held exhibits of their works.
Cindy Watson, whose love for art began when she was a young child, also has several of her pieces featured at Banning Art Gallery.
Watson says her love of art began when her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Forney, “first put a paint brush and easel in front of me.” A pencil and portrait artist for decades, she began her painting endeavors in earnest about 15 years ago.
Watson’s artwork hangs in galleries and mostly in private collections and she has created and donated several paintings to charity auctions as well.
“Art is powerful and the generosity that comes out at such auctions never ceases to amaze me,” Watson enthused, adding, “I am looking forward to being in the Banning Community again and privileged to be given this opportunity by the gallery.”
Watson, who will be hosting the gallery on Tuesdays throughout November from 10 to 2 p.m., will be displaying her “Woodlands Collection” of wild animals and other nature scenes at the gallery.
The galleries other hours are temporally reduced to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the Saturday Young Artists workshop for children continues at its regular time every Saturday.
The Banning Art Gallery is located at 42 W. Ramsey, next to the Haven, on San Gorgonio St. in Banning.
For information about exhibits and classes call (951) 849-3993.
Cindy Watson contributed to this article.
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