The artwork of local seniors was recently showcased at the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s (AAA7) 32nd 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 in Rio Grande, Ohio.
This year, a total of 159 art pieces were entered in the Contest with 61 essays/poems. Special Awards were presented: “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Amateur Category and the “People’s Choice Award” both went to Gretchen Huffman of Highland County for her oil piece entitled, “Molly at 14”; “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Professional Category went to Pat Thompson of Adams County for her pastel piece entitled “Moving in for the Tackle”; the “Mary Peck Friend of Animals Award” went to Jacki Byers of Ross County for her photography piece entitled “The Snow Bandit”; Best Overall Essay went to Jim Downard of Jackson County for “On the Seas of Regret: A Lyrical Essay”; and Best Overall Poem went to Charles Murray of Gallia County for “John Hunt Morgan”.
Ohio residents age 55 or older were eligible to participate in the Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest. Winners announced from Scioto County included:
1st Place Acrylic/Abstract – “It is Finished” by Jack R. Hughes
3rd Place Acrylic/Abstract – “Tag Waiting on the Porch” by Jack R. Hughes
3rd Place Photography/Sill Life – “Splash” by Betty Means
1st Place Other/ Miscellaneous Arts-Crafts (Woodcarving) – “My Husband’s Boot” by Karon Spivey
2nd Place Other/Miscellaneous Arts-Crafts (Woodcarving) – Untitled” by Karon Spivey
3rd Place Other/Miscellaneous Arts-Crafts (Craft Garden Therapy) – “Succulent Garden” by Adult Daily Living
1st Place Essay/Scioto County – “Grandmother’s Quilts” by Norma Graf
2nd Place Essay/Scioto County – “A Different Direction” by Sue Lonney
3rd Place Essay/Scioto County – “Nom’saaay’n?” by Charles Clevenger
4th Place Essay/Scioto County – “Obligation” by Kevin W. W. Johnson
5th Place Essay/Scioto County – “To Try to be More Like a Tree” by Helen D. Lewis
6th Place Essay/Scioto County – “Untitled” by Herbie Fulk
1st Place Poem/Scioto County – “My Life’s Reflections” by James R. Butcher
2nd Place Poem/Scioto County – “Infinite” by Kevin W. W. Johnson
3rd Place Poem/Scioto County – “The Christians Prayer” by Donald Thompson
4th Place Poem/Scioto County – “I Miss You” by Donna Benner
5th Place Poem/Scioto County – “It’s God’s Way” by Charles E. Clevenger
6th Place Poem/Scioto County – “My Life” by Anne Hossman
7th Place Poem/Scioto County – “Read Your Bible” by Norman Gross
8th Place Poem/Scioto County – “Oh, My Mother” by Herbie Fulk
To learn more about next year’s Art Show, which is typically held in May/June each year, please call 1-800-582-7277.
Your 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’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 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, 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). Here, 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.