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Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America Announces Art is Ageless Winners

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has announced the winners of its annual, system-wide Art is Ageless® competition. The works of more than 60 senior artists from Kansas and Missouri will be featured in the 2021 Art is Ageless calendar and greeting cards.

Art is Ageless contests and exhibits are open exclusively to people age 65 and older. Competition pieces and works must have been completed in the past five years. Artists not interested in competition were invited to enter the Art is Ageless exhibit only. More than 160 pieces were judged at the masterpiece level for inclusion in the calendar and Art is Ageless greeting cards.

The Best of Show – Professional winner is Nancy Luttrell with her painting “6:30 Wichita.” Luttrell entered the competition at Wichita Presbyterian Manor in Wichita, Kan. The Best of Show – Amateur winner is Joey Giblin with her painting “Neighbors.” Giblin entered the competition at Newton Presbyterian Manor in Newton, Kan.

The Art is Ageless program includes art classes, musical and dramatic events, educational opportunities and current events discussions on PMMA campuses throughout the year.

Art is Ageless is a copyrighted program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America that 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.

To be eligible for PMMA’s masterpiece level competition, artists entered a juried competition at one of 16 Presbyterian Manor communities in Kansas and Missouri.

The 2021 Art is Ageless calendar will again feature 16 pull-out postcards. The chosen 2021 Art is Ageless calendar and greeting card artwork (below) includes amateur and professional entries selected from winning entries in nine categories. Postcards are marked with a (P) following their name. Greeting card winners are denoted with a (G) following their name.

Arkansas City: “Dresden Flower Garden,” Wilda Buffo, Quilting (P); “A Journey Through Time,” Claudia Ehlers, Quilting; “Peacock,” Janice Hale, Mixed Media/Crafts; “Waiting for Spring,” Marjorie Swaim, Drawing; “OSU Cowboy Alumnus,” Dr. Steve Swaim, Sculpture/3-D (P); “Kern Valley, CA Horse Ranch,” Jean Swanson, Painting; “Dresden Flower Garden,” Wilda Buffo, Quilting (G); and “Christmas Tree,” Donna Eastman, Christmas (G).

Clay Center: “Watercolor Dreams,” Kenny Carlson, Painting; “Hexie Table Topper,” Shirley Pfizenmaier, Quilting (P); and “Birches,” Coleen Weller, Painting (P).

Emporia: “Basket of Flowers,” Joan Butts, Quilting (P); “Love the 30’s,” Joan Butts, Quilting; “Moonlite Monarch,” John King, Painting; “Colors of a Kansas Sunset,” Nancy McKinzie, Drawing; and “Eggscellent Spring,” Karen Wiley, Mixed Media/Crafts.

Farmington: “Thoughtful,” Anita Alsup, Painting; “Green Thumb Collage,” Dianne Dickerson, Mixed Media/Crafts, “The Maestros Duet,” Vada Galvan, Painting; “Snowy and Friends,” Dorothy McClanahan, Christmas (P); “Blue Woven Jacket,” Joyce Pierson, Fiber Arts; “Gathering Place,” Iris Vincent, Christmas (G); and “Train Along Zell Road,” Juanita Wyman, Photography (G).

Fort Scott: “Druzy and Diamonds,” John Bartelsmeyer, Mixed Media/Crafts; “Gossip,” Carolyn Munsell, Painting; “Star of Bethlehem Shawl,” Jean Strader, Fiber Arts; “His Word,” Tony Fornelli, Mixed Media/Crafts (G); and “The Cottage,” Glenda Stevicks, Painting (G).

Lawrence: “Flowers in the Sunset,” Vernis Flottman, Quilting; and “Lady,” Rick Prosser, Painting (P).

Manor of the Plains: “Flower Dance,” Kae Bryant, Quilting; “Mowgli the Mutt,” Joanne Clarke, Drawing (P); “Storyteller,” Mary Anne Hendrix, Painting; “Kansas Sunset,” Linda Kobs, Painting; “Cox Comb,” Lilli Peters, Quilting; “Afternoon Tea,” Sarah Schaeffer, Painting (G); and “Summer Sun Flowers,” Joan Vogel, Sculpture/3-D (G).

Newton: “Big Buffy,” Velera Adams, Painting; “Spilt Paint,” Dr. Colin Bailey, Fiber Arts (P); “Self-portrait,” Walter Friesen, Drawing; “Sculptural Wire Tree,” Lois Hamilton, Sculpture/3-D; “Fishing Buddies,” Nancy Lewis, Quilting (P); “Jake’s Clothing,” Margo Schrag, Quilting (P); “Kansas Gold,” Betty Duffy Eller, Drawing (G); “Home for Christmas,” Rosie Goering, Christmas (G); and “Cardinal Quest,” Phoebe Janzen, Photography (G).

Parsons: “Journey to Bethlehem,” Jane Parish, Christmas.

Rolla: “Hummingbirds Feeding,” Linda McCoy, Needlework (P); “Panama 1,” Ellen Reynolds, Painting; “Beauty for Ashes,” Sophia deLaat, Mixed Media/Crafts (G); “Makarios,” Sandra Ford, Painting (G); and “Wild Sunflower,” Ellen Reynolds, Drawing (G).

Salina: “Walnut, Maple, Cherry Keepsake Box,” William Andrews, Mixed Media/Crafts (P); “Fancy Fish,” Dixie Lee Haddock, Painting (P); “The Hay Barn,” Stan Lauer, Sculpture/3-D; “Christmas Candles,” Stan Lauer, Christmas; “Marvelous Marbles,” Marie Robinson, Mixed Media/Crafts; “The Farm,” Julia Stanley, Painting (P); “Crooked House Night Light,” Bob Wygal, Sculpture/3-D (P); “Still Life – a la Cucina,” Cary Brinegar, Drawing (G); “Santa’s List,” Phyllis Johnson, Christmas (G); “Bunnies,” Joyce Roe, Drawing (G); and “Daisy Garden,” Mary Tanking, Painting (G).

Wichita: “Pacific Coast Highway,” Rick Brandorff, Painting; “Secret Smile,” Elizabeth Corbett, Drawing; “Golden Gate Heaven and Earth Design,” Doris Korber, Needlework; “Poinsettias,” Nancy Luttrell, Christmas; “Fresh Start,” Mark Ward, Painting; “Kansas Meadowlark,” Pam Hayes, Mixed Media/Crafts (G); and “Love in Bloom,” Sue Vautravers, Photography (G).

The winners and 28 additional honorable mention amateur works may be viewed online at ArtIsAgeless.org. The honorable mention works were selected to highlight the work of amateur and resident artists throughout the Presbyterian Manor system.

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