On the evening of January 14, 2016, Chris and Joy Dinsdale were honored by the Fine Arts Foundation as our 2016 Citizens of the Arts. The Jubilee was held at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Denver, located a short distance from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, home to many art performances.
Upon arrival, Murri Bishop and Joyce Kelly Lapides, Chair and Co-Chair of the 2016 Jubilee along with Mary McNicholas, Silent Auction Chair, greeted guests along with a bevy of volunteers, many recent Fine Arts Foundation Debutantes. The evening was full of song and merriment with a lively performance during the auction/cocktail reception by Spinphony, a cutting edge classical pop fusion Denver based all-female string quartet.
A beautiful program greeted patrons, along with colorful postcard messages from early childhood education students thanking the Dinsdales for a visit to an arts performance. To showcase Joy Dinsdales love of fashion, a couture fashion show sponsored by Neiman Marcus highlighted the dinner hour. Opera Colorado Young Artists performed following dinner with an awe inspiring performance which gathered rave reviews.
Caroline Simpson, 2015-2016 Fine Arts Foundation President, relates in the program that the first Fine Arts Foundation Citizen of the Arts Award was presented to Mr. Marlis Earl Smith, Sr. in 1989, which began a long and distinguished list of “volunteer leadership, support and love of the arts in this city, state and region.” The 2016 recipients are the epitomes of this award with a very long history of community service in many aspects, including the arts.
The Dinsdales hailed from Nebraska and settled in Sterling, Colorado 33 years ago, raising four children, Alex, Christian, and twin daughters Jillian and Chloe, who were both Fine Arts Foundation Debutantes in 2012. They were honored in 2009 as “Citizens of the Year” by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. See the bio of Joy and Chris Dinsdale. To highlight the evening’s events, Christian Dinsdale, son of Chris and Joy, presented his parents the 2016 FAF Citizens of the Arts Award.
Dinner was elegantly served by the staff at The Four Seasons Hotel with a crisp blueberry and blackberry salad, rosemary charred hanger steak, garlic Yukon potatoes and roasted asparagus. The dessert was chocolate truffle cake with dried raspberries and white chocolate mousse.