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Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor announces new Art is Ageless® winners

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor recently announced the 2022 winners of the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition on the community Facebook page,  

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Whitley Stokes, marketing director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”

Winners in the Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor Art is Ageless juried competition were:

Best of Show: Donna Thompson, “Deck the Halls”

People’s Choice: Virginia Ball, “Something Borrowed Something Blue”

Judge’s Choice: Eldon Eastman, “Winter Solitude”

Christmas amateur: Donna Thompson, “Deck the Halls”; 2nd – Marjorie Swaim, “Wrapper Helper”; 3rd – Donna Eastman, “Christmas Wreath”

Christmas professional: Robert Armstrong, “Country Santa”

Drawing amateur: Janice Hale, “Rooster”; 2nd – Janice Hale, “Reading”

Drawing professional: Jean Swanson, “Arizona Sunset”; 2nd – Robert Armstrong, “Eagle Dream Catcher”; 3rd – Robert Armstrong, “Indian Princess”

Fiber Arts amateur: Nona Reep, “Multicolored Table Cloth”

Fiber Arts professional: Jean Swanson, “Rose Pillow and Lap Robe”

Mixed Media/Crafts amateur: Violet Elliott Beyer, “Ribbon of Peace”; 2nd – Donna Eastman, “Lava Flow”; 3rd – Janice Hale, “Yard Art”

Needlework amateur: Donna Thompson, “Santa’s Best Days”

Painting amateur: Eldon Eastman, “Tom”; 2nd – Dena VanNostrand, “Approaching Rain”;        3rd – Dena VanNostrand, “Heart Tree”

Painting professional: Peggy Thomas, “Garden Perch”; 2nd – Sharon Ternes, “Kansas Gold”;      3rd – Virginia McConnell, “Meltwater Alberta Canada:

Quilting amateur – machine-stitched: Virginia Ball, “Something Borrowed Something Blue”;  2nd – Donna Thompson, “Suburban Skies”

Quilting amateur – hand-stitched: Pat Powell, “Christmas Scraps”; 2nd – Pat Powell, “Baby O’ Baby”

Like many of her fellow award winners, Donna Thompson said that finding out that she had won an award was both a shock and an honor.

“I was so excited and surprised when I received a blue ribbon and Best of Show award at the Art is Ageless competition at the Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor,” said Donna Thompson.

Donna, along with other the other local competition winners, will now join winners from the 14 other PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America®) senior living communities to be judged at the masterpiece level. Winning entries at the masterpiece level are selected for publication in PMMA’s annual Art is Ageless calendar and note cards.

Art is Ageless is a copyrighted program of PMMA®.  For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years. Started in 1980, Art is Ageless is an extension of PMMA’s wellness programs, which focus on mental, physical, social and spiritual health.

PMMA’s Art is Ageless program encourages Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor residents and other area seniors to express their creativity through its annual competition, as well as art classes, musical and dramatic events, educational opportunities and current events discussions throughout the year.

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