Ten local artists among Art is Ageless® masterpiece level winners
Ten winning artists in Wichita Presbyterian Manor’s annual Art is Ageless® juried competition were awarded at the masterpiece level Art is Ageless competition sponsored by PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America).
“Contemplation,” a painting by Skip Kreibach (above, right), “Texas Country Shelter,” a painting by Necia Rillema (right, bottom, right), and “Christmas Bells,” a Christmas entry by Mark Ward (bottom, left), will appear in the calendar when it is released this fall.
Works by local winners are automatically entered into a masterpiece level competition with winning art from 14 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.
“How is My Wing Span,” a photograph by Chester Bernat (right, middle, right), “Birch Forest,” a drawing by Duane Hanson (above, left, top), “Blue Herons in Love,” a painting by Cheryl Myer (above, middle), and “Keeper of the Plains,” a Mixed Media/Crafts entry by Noah Welsch (right, top, left), will be featured on the pull-out postcards included in the 2022 calendar. “Bob’s Black & White,” a quilt by Karen Funcheon (right, bottom, left), “Field of Flowers,” a quilt by Nancy Kreibach (right, top, right), and “Behind the Front,” a mixed media/crafts entry by Cassandra Smith (above, left, bottom), will be featured on greeting cards that come with the calendar.
“I continue to be impressed by the high level of creative talent at Presbyterian Manor and in the Wichita area,” said Stephanie Bergmann, independent living sales and marketing director at Wichita Presbyterian Manor. “Their work proves that great artists come in all ages.”
A copyrighted program of PMMA, Art is Ageless is open exclusively to people age 65 and older. For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years.
PMMA’s Art is Ageless program encourages Wichita Presbyterian Manor residents and other area seniors to express their creativity through its annual competition, as well as art classes, 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.