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Fort Scott Presbyterian Village recently announces Art is Ageless® winners

Fort Scott Presbyterian Village recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

“We are so lucky to have so many talented artists in our Fort Scott Community,” said Becky Kellum, marketing director. “Art is Ageless features artwork from artists age 65 and older. Our sampling shows that art can be done by any age, we are proud to show off these fabulous works!”

Winners in the Fort Scott Presbyterian Village Art is Ageless juried competition were:

  • Best of Show amateur: Susan Porter, “Beauty is Everywhere”
  • Best of Show professional: Paul Milks, “Carpenters Bluff Bridge”
  • People’s Choice: Glenda Stevicks, “Church on the Mountain Side,” and Kenneth Eastwood's “He is Risen”
  • Christmas amateur: Mary Beth Fornelli, “Snowman Quilt”
  • Drawing amateur: Bobby Roberts, “Eagles are Nesting”
  • Fiber Arts professional: Carolyn Munsell, “Bright Journey”
  • Mixed Media/Crafts amateur: Susan Porter, “Beauty in Everything;" professional: John Bartelsmeyer, “Japanese Crest”
  • Needlework amateur: Charlotte Kite, “His name is Jesus"
  • Painting amateur: Bob Eckles, “Fish Market”
  • Photography professional: Paul Milks, “Carpenters Bluff Bridge”
  • Quilting amateur: Earline Foster, “Horse on the Run”
  • Sculpture/3-D amateur: Kenneth Eastwood, “He is Risen,” professional: Tony Fornelli, "Nature”

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 Fort Scott Presbyterian Village 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.

PHOTOS: Artist Susan Porter, Fort Scott, shares more about her best-in-show winning piece, “Beauty is Everywhere:”

"When I started this project, I found the tin was hard to work with, but I was determined to make it do what I wanted it to do. I have to pre-punch each hole and try to make the design pleasing to the eye and feel the resin gives it depth and makes it easier to handle. I hope you enjoy my piece as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Paul Milks shares more about his best-in-show winning piece, “Carpenters Bluff Bridge:”

“This is a photograph of Carpenters Bluff Bridge, which spans the Red River about six miles east of Denison, Texas. The bridge connects Texas and Oklahoma and was constructed in 1910 and was in use until around 2015."

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