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Clay Center Presbyterian Manor announces Art is Ageless® winners

Clay Center Presbyterian Manor announces Art is Ageless® winners

Clay Center Presbyterian Manor 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 Kristen Pedigo, activity director. “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 Clay Center Presbyterian Manor Art is Ageless juried competition were:

Best of Show, Amateur: "Total Eclipse" by Frances Benson 
Frances learned to quilt from her mother 40 years ago. She creates all of her pieces by machine. Frances created Total Eclipse in 2018 and used the paper piecing technique. This technique is a slow process, but the result is very precise points and design. Frances is 77 years old and lives in Clay Center. She's pictured above, on the right, with Total Eclipse.

Judge's Choice, Amateur: "Leaves of Utility Park" by Arlene Habluetzel 
Arlene picked up leaves from the Utility Park walking trail. She drew several different kinds and painted them in watercolor. Arlene is 83 years old and lives at Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center. She's pictured above, on the left.

Painting, Amateur:
1st – "Leaves of Utility Park" by Arlene Habluetzel (shown above, left)

2nd– "Oak Hill Town Center" by Arlene Habluetzel (shown above). Arlene painted this watercolor during an art class from a photograph of her choosing.

Drawing, Amateur:
1st – "Red Bird" by Marjorie Grator. Marjorie created this work in 2019 with colored pencils. She enjoys sewing and crocheting as well as other artwork. Marjorie is 96 years old and lives in Leonardville, Kan.

2nd – "Flowers and Fairies" by Lorraine Oman. Lorraine created this work in 2019 with colored pencils. She likes to draw, sew, cook, and bake. Lorraine is 87 years old and lives in Leonardville.

3rd – "Childhood Home" by Marjorie Nutsch. Marjorie drew her childhood home with pencil in 2019. She grew up in this home just north of Morrowville, Kan. She has many memories about that farmhouse. Marjorie is 97 years old and lives in Washington, Kan.

Photography, Amateur: 
1st – "Sunset" by Fern Turner. Fern created this work in 2015 with his camera. He stood on the front porch of their home in Miltonvale, Kan. His front porch faced west. Fern is 94 years old and lives at Presbyterian Manor.

Quilting, Amateur: 
 1st – "Bargello Study" by Frances Benson. Frances created this quilt in 2018. She continually likes to try new patterns and techniques. This quilt is a Bargello style quilt where strips of fabric are sewn together to form a tube. The tube is cut into various widths and sewn to make stair-step patterns.

2nd – "T-Shirt Quilt" by Verna Lee Musselman. Verna Lee created this quilt in 2018 and 2019. Her granddaughter gave Verna her t-shirts from high school events to make this t-shirt quilt. This is the third t-shirt quilt made for family. Verna arranged the t-shirts and a quilting machine stitched them together. Verna’s granddaughter is a sophomore at KSU and majors in Animal Science. Verna is 80 years old and lives in Clay Center.

3rd – "Hexie Quilt Hanging" by Shirley Pfizenmaier. Shirley created this quilt in 2019. She found a Hexie Quilt book at a Fabric Store. It was new to her and took a lot of hard work to make a Hexie. It was applied on quilted fabric. Shirley is 86 and lives in Clay Center.

Honorable Mentions: 
Kenneth Carlson
Betty Jones

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 are 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 Clay Center Presbyterian Manor 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.

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