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Event showcases artists

A reception honoring a lifetime of talent for local artists was held Friday afternoon at Farmington Presbyterian Manor.

The Art is Ageless program encourages Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America residents and other area seniors ages 65 and over to express their creativity through an annual art competition and exhibit. The program began in 1980.

Anne Allen, in her first year as marketing director at Farmington Presbyterian Manor, said it was an “honor and privilege” to have the 75 pieces of art work shared by the competitors.

“It’s inspiring to see the beautiful pieces these seniors have created,” said Allen. “The joy it brings to them and others is wonderful, and that’s something we want to celebrate and share with the entire Farmington community.”

Anita Alsup’s piece titled, “Grateful,” was named “Best in Show” at the reception honoring those entering this year’s event. This is her second time to receive the designation for a piece of her artwork.

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Alsup of Ste. Genevieve said the painting was based on a photograph of her friend.

“She owns ‘Stella and Me’ — the restaurant in Ste. Genevieve,” Alsup said. “I saw this photograph of her — truthfully, she was going to see a Dolly Parton show so she was truly grateful. I thought it was amazing.”

Having an interest in art is something Alsup said she’s had for most of her life. But, as a busy working mom with six children, there was the time needed to focus on the craft.

After retiring from work as a supervisor and management in warehousing, she began a faux finish and stenciling business – a field she worked in for 14 years creating art on the walls of homes and businesses.

“I became a little shaky on the ladder, so to speak, so I took an interest in art,” she said. “Jim Wilson, actually, a professor at Mineral Area College, came over (to Ste. Genevieve), and I took a painting workshop from him. He encouraged all of the group — anybody that was over 65 — to come over to MAC and be a part of the Senior Scholar program.

“I was really interested in that, looking for something to do, so I started oil painting.”

She would take more workshops over the years. Most recently, Alsup said she’s enjoyed creating works in her own home studio – “I love being in my own place, in the zone. It takes me to another place,” she said.

During her time with the Senior Scholars group, Alsup said she discovered how many begin to face obstacles in this season of life — loss of loved ones, illness, problems with memory. And, she found the role art plays in helping individuals through those times.

“I think painting or any type of work — it’s so great the Presbyterian Manor gives everyone over the age of 65 the opportunity to show their work,” she said, “because, it’s just real important for our well-being to do stuff with our hands.”

“Sunshine” by Wanda Webb was named the “People’s Choice” at the event. Webb, from Ste. Genevieve County, said the inspiration for the art — which was created on four separate pieces — came from a photograph in a magazine.

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Wanda Webb’s piece, titled “Sunshine,” is named the “People’s Choice” at the Art is Ageless event at Farmington Presbyterian Manor.

Webb, an art student of fellow competitor Vada Galvan, said the class decided to paint the sunflower using their own interpretations after viewing the picture.

“We thought it was going to be really easy, just slap this on and do this and do that,” she said, “and, that slapping took six months to get it right.”

She’s been painting about 11 years, but feels she’s still not as good as she needs to be. But, Webb said the painting is therapeutic for her.

“It takes me a little longer. I have shakes in my hands, so sometimes it takes me a long time to make a straight line,” Webb said. “But, the painting days are relaxing … you get into what you’re doing and forget all your troubles.”

Art is Ageless Art Exhibit is held at all Presbyterian Manor communities in Kansas and Missouri. Those who took first place in their division or earned Judge’s Choice and Best in Show are invited to compete against artists from the other 18 communities. The winning artwork will be highlighted in the 2019 Art is Ageless calendar.

Art is Ageless Winners for 2018

Best in Show – “Grateful” by Anita Alsup

People’s Choice – “Sunshine” by Wanda Webb

Judges Choice – “Serenity” by Janet Krauss

Christmas (Amateur) – first place – “Christmas Winter Wonderland” by Lucille Butchart; second place – “Winter Ice” by Iris Vincent; third place – “Angel’s Wreath” by Florence Harp.

Christmas (Professional) – first place – “Eating Crow” by Victoria Gallagher Cummings; “Christmas Market in Germany” by Juanita Rapp Wyman; “Shelf??? It’s All About the Hat!” by Vada Galvan.

Drawing (Amateur) – first place – “Two Red Apples” by Barbara Stanfield; second place – “Dog on Porch” by Dorothy Weston McClanahan; third place – “Harvest Time” by Jeanette Bishop.

Drawing (Professional) – first place – “Grandpa and his Granddaughter Feed the Horses” by Juanita Rapp Wyman; second place – “Evening Shadows, Early Fall” by Vicki Outman; third place – “Magnolia” by Dianne Dickerson.

Fiber Arts (Amateur) – “Beach Weaving” by Florence Harp

Fiber Art (Professional) – first place – “Aurora” by Joyce Pierson; second place – “From Sea to Shining Sea” by Dianne Dickerson; third place – “All Natural” by Joyce Pierson.

Mixed Media/Crafts (Amateur) – first place – “Bouquet of Flowers” by June Yoder; second place – “Birdhouse Gourd” by Joan Hampton; third place – “Pretty Bird Owl” by June Yoder.

Mixed Media/Crafts (Professional) – first place – “Train” by Carl Hinds; second place – “Sunflower Showdown” by Marty Riley; third place – “Red and Gold Swirls” by Betty Wood.

Needlework (Amateur) – first place – “Victorian Fashion” by Joan Hampton; second place – “Hide and Seek Bunnies” by Lynette Satterthwaite.

Photography (Amateur) – first place – “Wild Flowers and Mr. Cat” by June Yoder; second place – “Cherry Blossoms in Early Morning Rain” by Iris Vincent.

Photography (Professional) – first place – “Golden Gate Bridge at Beaver Lake” by Juanita Rapp Wyman

Painting (Amateur) – first place – “Granny’s Shelf” by Wanda Webb; second place – “Junky Jalopy Breakdown” by Lucille Butchart; third place – “Fall Barnyard” by John R. Laughlin.

Painting (Professional) – first place – “Anticipation” by Vada Galvan; second place – “Japanese Peony” by Janet Krauss; third place – “Bixby Country Store” by Marty Riley; Honorable Mention – “A Walk on the Farm” by Amanda L. Redman.

Sculpture/3D (Amateur) – first place – “Madonna and Child” by E. Dean Burns; second place – “Lotus” by E. Dean Burns; third place – “Steam River Paddle Boat” by Larry Webb.

Sculpture/3D (Professional) – “Silver Leaf” by Victoria Gallagher Cummings

Janet Krauss stands next to the piece titled

Janet Krauss stands next to the piece titled “Serenity” she entered in the Art is Ageless event at Farmington Presbyterian Manor. Her piece received “Judges Choice” at the annual event highlighting local artists ages 65 and over.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or

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