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Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor announces 2018 Art is Ageless® winners

Back Row, starting from the left: Sharon Ternes, Leta Sherwood, Bob McClure, Neva Wilcox
Front Row starting from the left: Virginia McConnell, Sanrda Halverstadt, Wilda Buffo, Elsie Tipton, Donna Thompson[/caption]

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by area seniors,” said Sean Page, marketing and admissions 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.”

This year’s exhibit featured almost 40 entries from individuals all over Cowley County. The judges for the competition were Kammy Downs, Paisley Howerton, Arty Hicks and Chris Todd.

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

  • Professional Drawing – Virginia McConnell, “Storm is Coming”
  • Amateur Drawing – Marjorie Swaim, “Morning fog”
  • Professional Painting – Sandra Halverstadt, “Silver Sage in Empire Gulch, Leadville, CO”
  • Amateur Needlework – Donna Thompson, “Red Hot Chili Peppers”
  • Amateur Sculpture 3/D – Bob McClure, “Flock of Four”
  • Professional Mixed Media – Sharon Ternes, “Roses’
  • Professional Photography – Sanda Halverstadt, “The Real Heart of the Rockies”
  • Amateur Fiber Arts – Neva Wilcox, “Spring Shawl”
  • Amateur Christmas – Leta Sherwood, “Three Snow Friends”
  • Amateur Quilting – Wilda Buffo, “Crossroads”
  • People’s Choice – Elsie Tipton, “Over the river and through the woods”
  • Judges Choice – Virginia McConnell, “Storm is Coming”
  • The Best in Show – Wilda Buffo, “Crossroads”

Local competition winners will join winners from 16 other Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities to be judged at the masterpiece level. Winning entries at the masterpiece level may be selected for publication in PMMA’s annual Art is Ageless calendar and note cards.

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

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Art is Ageless program encourages Lawrence 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.

For more information about Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, 1711 N. Fourth, Arkansas City, contact Sean Page at 620-442-8700, or

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