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Local artist among Art is Ageless® masterpiece level winners 2

Local winning artist in the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor annual Art is Ageless® juried competition will be featured in the 2024 Art is Ageless calendar produced by PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America®).

“County Church,” a Painting entry by Douglas Fowles, will appear in the calendar when it is released this fall.

Works by local winners are automatically entered into a masterpiece level competition with winning art from 14 other PMMA® communities. More than 190 entries were received for this year’s masterpiece competition. The winners are featured in the Art is Ageless calendar with pull-out postcards and greeting cards.

“Blue Birds of Happiness in Canopy,” a Quilting entry by Vevia Beaulieu, and “Crocheted Hats and Shawl,” a Fiber Arts entry by Retha Hornbostel, will be included in the calendar’s honorable mention gallery.

“Enduring Appeal,” a Quilting entry by Jane Crawshaw, will be featured on Art is Ageless greeting cards.

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Amy Hoch Altwegg, executive director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of senior artists.  Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”

A copyrighted program of PMMA, Art is Ageless is open exclusively to people aged 65 and older. For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years.

PMMA’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, educational opportunities, and current events discussions throughout the year.

Started in 1980, Art is Ageless is an extension of PMMA’s wellness programs, which focus on mental, physical, social, and spiritual health.

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