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Aberdeen Heights announces its Art is Ageless® winners

Aberdeen Heights recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Susan Press, life enrichment director for independent living. “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 Aberdeen Heights Art is Ageless juried competition were:

  • Best of Show: Ruth Koch, "Winter Time”
  • Christmas (professional or amateur): Martha Kaelble, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
  • Drawing (professional or amateur): Marianne Phillips, "Tulip Triptych"
  • Fiber Arts (professional or amateur): Diane Hootman for knit sweater, "Ewe Belong to Me"
  • Mixed Media/Crafts (professional or amateur): Toni McCoy, “A Splendid World"
  • Painting (professional or amateur): Ruth Koch, "Winter Time”
  • Photography (professional or amateur): Mike Braig, "A Committee Studied Color Palette"
  • Quilting (professional or amateur): Carole Braig, "555 Couch"
  • Sculpture/3-D (professional or amateur): Donna Rechtien, “Animal Stool”

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 Aberdeen Heights 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.

PHOTOS: At the very top, Ruth Koch's "Winter Time,” followed by Diane Hootman's knit sweater, "Ewe Belong to Me." In the first collage, left to right, Martha Kaelble's "Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and Carole Braig's quilt, "555 Couch." In the last collage, left to right, Mike Braig's photo, "A Committee Studied Color Palette," Toni McCoy's mixed media piece, “A Splendid World," and Donna Rechtien's “Animal Stool.” The final artwork shown is Marianne Phillips' drawing, "Tulip Triptych."

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