The artwork of local seniors was recently showcased at the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) 35th annual Senior Citizens Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest that was held at the Esther Allen Greer Museum, located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande.
This year, a total of 113 art pieces were entered in the contest with 26 essays/poems. Special awards were presented: “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Amateur Category went to Patricia Parsons of Gallia County for her mixed media sculpture, ”Hector the Hedgehog”; “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Professional Category went to William Franklin Keck of Jackson County for his oil, “Becky, I Can’t Remember Where or When”; the “Mary Peck Friend of Animals Award” went to Cheryl Collier of Highland County for her pencil, “Curious Raccoon”; People’s Choice Award went to Dennis Crabtree of Jackson County for his watercolor, “Finding What is Real”; Best Overall Essay went to Belinda Sininger of Adams County for “Life Revelations”; and Best Overall Poem went to Charles A. Murray of Gallia County for “The Gospel Jubilee”.
Individuals age 55 or older were eligible to participate in the art show and essay/poetry contest. Winners announced from Highland County included:
• Mary Peck Friend of Animals Award – “Curious Raccoon” by Cheryl Collier
• 1st Place Oil/Floral (Professional Category) – “The Yellow Rose” by Marilyn Hoagland
• 1st Place Oil/Landscape (Professional Category) – “Grandpa’s Barn” by Mary Jo Copeland
• 1st Place Oil/Other (Professional Category) – “In the Garden” by Marilyn Hoagland
• 1st Place Pencil/Animals and Birds – “Curious Raccoon” by Cheryl Collier
• 1st Place Pencil/Floral – “Orange Amaryllis” by Cheryl Collier
• 1st Place Pencil/Landscape – “Mabry Mill” by Elaine Morris
• 1st Place Photography/Portraits – “Play On” by Cheryl Collier
• 1st Place Watercolor/Animals and Birds – “Untitled” by Mary Reed
• 1st Place Watercolor/Landscape – “Untitled” by Mary Reed
• 1st Place Watercolor/Portraits – “Courage” by Mary Reed
• 1st Place Essay/Highland County – “Scaredy Cat” by Gretchen Huffman
• 1st Place Poem/Highland County – “Just Streaking By” by Gretchen Huffman
To learn more about next year’s art show, which is typically held in May/June of each year, call 1-800-582-7277.
The Area Agency on Aging District 7 Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.
Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the agency can be contacted through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.
Submitted by Jenni Dovyak-Lewis, director of community outreach and training, Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.