The artwork of local seniors was recently showcased at the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s 33rd annual Senior Citizens Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest held at the Esther Allen Greer Museum, located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande.
This year, a total of 193 art pieces were entered in the contest with 48 essays/poems. Ohio residents, 55 and older, were eligible to participate.
Special awards presented included Victor Potts Best of Show Award in the amateur category went to Alice M. Smith of Adams County for her watercolor, “Pink Magnolia;” Victor Potts Best of Show Award in the professional category went to Pat Thompson of Adams County for her pencil, “Conference on the Mound;” the Mary Peck Friend of Animals Award went to Rita Haley of Gallia County for her acrylic, “Baby Squirrel with His Mother;” People’s Choice Award went to Sharon Brown of Jackson County for her acrylic, “Adams County Barn;” Best Overall Essay went to Norma E. Graf of Scioto County for “Josie’s Rose;” and Best Overall Poem went to Jeri Ingles of Gallia County for “Your Life is a Book.”
Winners announced from Brown County included second place Photography/Floral, “Kiss of the Rain” by Kenneth “Duke” Snyder, second place Photography/Still Life, “Aooogah” by Kenneth “Duke” Snyder, first place Poem/Brown County, “Mothers Day in Heaven” by Teresa Abbott.
To learn more about next year’s show, typically held in May/June of each year, call 1-800-582-7277.
The local 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 Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.