Senior Art Show Winners

Dorothy Strickland of Scioto County was the winner of the 2016 Best Overall Poem, “How the World Was Made”.

Attending the “Meet the Artists Tea” to conclude the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s 33rd Annual Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest from Scioto County were, front row, left to right Tonja Selvage, Junior Brenner, Jack Hughes, James Butcher and Judy Cheek. Second row, left to right, James Laber and Vivian Beck. Third row, left to right, Donna Benner, Mary Beaumont and Sue Lonney. Back row, left to right, Bruce Benner, Kayla Benner and Harold Danes.

The artwork of local seniors was recently showcased at the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s (AAA7) 34th 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 178 art pieces were entered in the Contest with 38 essays/poems. Special Awards were presented: “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Amateur Category went to Pat Parsons of Gallia County for her bronzed sculpture, ”Horton the Elephant”; “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Professional Category went to Mary Jo Copeland of Highland County for her oil, “Eight is Enough”; the “Mary Peck Friend of Animals Award” went to Jo Ann White of Adams County for her watercolor, “Bunny Rabbit”; People’s Choice Award went to Dennis Crabtree of Jackson County for his watercolor, “The Old House on Horton Sisters Road”; Best Overall Essay went to R. Eugene Wallace for “Tribute to Dean Cockrill”; and Best Overall Poem went to Dorothy Strickland of Scioto County for “How the World Was Made”.

Individuals age 55 or older were eligible to participate in the Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest. Winners announced from Scioto County included:

Best Overall Poem – “How the World Was Made” by Dorothy Strickland

3rd Place Acrylic/Animals and Birds – “Black-Capped Chickadee” by Jack R. Hughes

1st Place Acrylic/Landscape – “Lonely Lighthouse” by Jack R. Hughes

2nd Place Mixed Media/Floral – “Pot of Petunias” by Sue Lonney

1st Place Mixed Media/Still Life – “Queen Zaga” by Tonja Selvage

5th Place Oil/Landscape – “Bridal Veil Falls” by Harold Danes

3rd Place Oil/Seascape – “Headin Home” by Harold Danes

4th Place Photography/Floral – “Fall Splendor” by Judith Cheek

2nd Place Other/Crafts – “Christmas Ornament” by Vivian Beck”

2nd Place Other/Fiber Arts – “Pineapple Symbol of Hospitality” by Vivian Beck (Crochet)

3rd Place Other/Three-Dimensional Art – “Thyme in a Fairy Garden” by Adult Daily Living (Garden Therapy)

To learn more about next year’s Art Show, which is typically held in May/June of 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, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at The Agency also has a Facebook page located at