Mary Ford, Sandra Hastings and Joanne Clarke enjoy the Art is Ageless® show.
Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s annual art competition, better known as Art Is Ageless, is still thriving at all of their campuses since it began in 1980. That includes Manor of the Plains in Dodge City.
Each year the entries continue to grow, said Marketing Director Kurt Lampe, thanks in part to many seniors in Southwest Kansas getting involved with art in some way. Some seniors are discovering a new love for art and we encourage them to enter the competition. With divisions fr amateurs and professionals, there is opportunity for everyone who enters.
When Kurt started at Manor of the Plains in 2011, he met a wonderful lady, Alma Duncan, who brought to the manor a new passion for art. Alma moved here in 2011, setting up her own art studio in her one-bedroom apartment. Anyone who visited Alma could immediately see what her passion was. She was proud to be featured in the Art is Ageless brochure.
One day Alma brought a picture into Kurt’s office of a painting she did shortly after her husband died. Kurt told her he couldn’t accept gifts, but that the painting could hang on the wall in the office. Kurt asked her in 2013 if he could enter the painting in the Art is Ageless competition, and she agreed. When he took it down, he found she had written a dedication to him and named the painting “Because He Cares.”
Alma died last year. The painting is still hanging in Kurt’s office today, and her legacy will live on for many years. Art is Ageless has had many highlights through the years at Manor of the Plains, and we’ve included many in pictures in this issue. Kurt recalled traveling in 2012 to the Kansas City Art show, which to the seniors here in Southwest Kansas was equal to winning an Oscar. We had several winners who were able to come, and it was an experience none of them will soon forget.
Dawn Habiger from Cimarron was in the running with her quilt, “Chocolate Bunny,” for Best in Show. Sandra Hastings from Jetmore was featured with her beaded bag, “Panda Bear.” Joanne Clarke entered her chalk drawing of Dirty Harry, and several others from the area were also featured. What a treat it was for everyone involved! It just goes to show how much PMMA appreciates our Art is Ageless competition.
Manor of the Plains will accept entries this year every day in February. The exhibition will be March 10-16, and the reception will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in our Community Room.
Anyone in the Dodge City area age 65 and older is encouraged to enter. Entries must have been completed within the last five years. Visit the website artisageless.org for more information and entry forms, or stop by Manor of the Plains and inquire for more information. You can reach Kurt Lampe at 620-225-1928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.