Blue and cream shawl with staf of Bethlehem

Three Fort Scott area artists among Art is Ageless® masterpiece level winners

Blue and cream shawl with staf of Bethlehem

“Star of Bethlehem” by Jean Strader, Fort Scott Presbyterian Village

Three winning artists in Fort Scott Presbyterian Village’s annual Art is Ageless® juried competition will be featured in the 2021 Art is Ageless calendar produced by PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America).

“Druzy & Diamonds,” a mixed media/crafts entry by John Bartelsmeyer, “Gossip,” a painting by Carolyn Munsell, and “Star of Bethlehem Shawl,” a fiber arts entry by Jean Strader, will appear in the calendar when it is released this fall.

Blue triangular pendant with light blue stone.

“Druzy_and_Diamonds” by John Bartelsmeyer, Fort Scott Presbyterian Village

In addition, “His Word,” a mixed media/crafts entry by Tony Fornelli and “The Cottage,” a painting by Glenda Stevicks, will be featured on the Art is Ageless greeting cards.

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

Works by local winners are automatically entered into a masterpiece level competition with winning art from 15 other PMMA communities. More than 160 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.

Two native American women wrapped in blankets sharing a secret under a tree

“Gossip” by Carolyn Munsell, Fort Scott Presbyterian Village

“We have such incredibly talented and creative people in our community,” said Rebecca Kellum, marketing director. “We’re all so very happy and honored that Fort Scott Presbyterian Village artists will be recognized in the upcoming calendar.”

PMMA’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.

Started in 1980, Art is Ageless is an extension of PMMA’s wellness programs, which focus on mental, physical, social and spiritual health. Residents and friends of PMMA’s Art is Ageless program are proving that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.

For more information about Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, contact Becky Kellum, marketing director, at 620-223-5550 or

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