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Art is Ageless® Best in Show Artist surprised by win

When Nora “Polly” Houting won Best in Show in this year’s Art is Ageless® competition, she was shocked…even scared. She has no idea how she became an artist.

“Just came naturally to me,” she says. “My family is also puzzled by my talents.”

Houting enjoys different artistic outlets but she’s currently working as a doll maker. Her “Princess Hyacinth” needlework doll is what earned her the Best in Show-Amateur award. She also placed in 1st place – Needlework Amateur for “Maynard G. Krebs” and in 2nd place – Sculpture Amateur for her “3D Camper.”

Houting has lived at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor for about a year and a half. She decided to enter the Art is Ageless competition “to show that you’re never too old to have talent.”

“Art is Ageless is an amazing program that gives seniors a purpose,” she says. She also has some advice for seniors still thinking about picking up an artistic hobby.

“Don’t stop. Never underestimate your abilities.”

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