The Marcella Welch Memorial Art Foundation offers scholarships to young people enrolled in performing or visual arts programs at a 4-year university or college. We are funded through donations from individuals who agree the Arts are essential to the development of well-rounded individuals.
Marcella was a world renowned mixed-media artist who freely shared her creative abilities with others. Her world was full of creating her next greatest creation, traveling the world to exhibit her artwork and teaching art workshops. In 2006, Marcella was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme stage IV. Marcella fought with so much courage and her indomitable sense of humor for 6 years which was 5 1/2 years longer than the prognosis. She was a true fighter, nevertheless she passed away on September 15, 2012. It is our wish to continue Marcella’s legacy by offering scholarship money to deserving students.
Since early childhood, I wanted to be an artist. I started drawing on scrap pieces of paper, making sand and mud sculptures then decorating the sculptures with twigs and flowers. In elementary school, whenever I had a writing assignment, I drew winding vines and flowers around the borders of my paper. By the time I was seven years old, I started making crude little dolls out of my grandmother’s heavy knitted stockings. The faces were drawn with pencils or whatever I could find to make a mark. I had an emotional connection with my hand made dolls. Now, many years later, I have spiritual connections to my work.
I relish in creating works in mixed media because it reflects how diverse my life has become. I transcended from cloth doll making to clay sculpture, gourd art, and dyeing fabric for art quilts.
My art encompasses several elements of different origins, different meanings and different compositions. When I create, and it all comes together, I feel like the rest of the world dissolves away leaving only one thing in front of me: the artwork that I’m communicating through. Art is rich colors, textures, movement, emotions, and creating a passionate new life. -Marcella