Newton Presbyterian Manor announces Art is Ageless® winners

Rita Patterson attends the reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

Rita Patterson, right, with her granddaughter, Ashley Guhr. Rita began painting last year and is a first-time entrant in Art is Ageless with an acrylic of the white barn that stood on the Patterson homestead for more than 100 years.

Newton Presbyterian Manor recently held a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

More than 50 pieces were submitted for the exhibit hosted on the campus March 13-21. A new gallery-style exhibit was held in the front lobby, along the main dining room and down the hall to the chapel.

“We feel privileged to not only exhibit artwork from our talented residents, but also to include artwork from the regions most talented artists,” said Noelle Dickinson, marketing director.  “The diversity of entries is as exciting the quality of the artwork itself.”

Winners in the Newton Presbyterian Manor Art is Ageless juried competition were:

  • People’s Choice: Velera Adams, “Della’s China Cupboard”
  • Photography: Mary Ann Drum, “Caribbean Flamingo on Valentine’s Day”
  • Drawing: Robert C. Jost, “The Farm”
  • Christmas (amateur): Mae Blythe, “Prairie Depot”
  • Christmas (professional): Virgil Penner, “The Beauty of a Winter”
  • Quilting: L. Deane Frey, “Roses with Love”
  • Mixed Media/Crafts (amateur): Shirley E. Harms, “Greeting Cards”
  • Painting (amateur): Hulda Schrag, “Finches in the Birches”
  • Painting (professional): Virgil Penner, “Peggy’s Cove”

Local competition winners will be featured on Newton Presbyterian Manor’s website,, and will join winners from 17 other Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities to be judged at the masterpiece level. Winning entries at the masterpiece level may be selected for publication in PMMA’s annual Art is Ageless calendar and note cards.

Art is Ageless, open exclusively to people age 65 and older, is a copyrighted program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. For the competition, 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.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Art is Ageless program encourages Newton 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.

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. Residents and friends of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Art is Ageless program are proving that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.

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