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Emporia Presbyterian Manor announces Art is Ageless® winners

Emporia Presbyterian Manor recently announced the 2023 winners of the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.

“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Andraya Taber, marketing director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”

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

Best of Show amateur: Joan Butts, “Botanicals on Display”

Best of Show professional: David Mai, “Handle Bridge Tray”

People’s Choice amateur: Karen Wiley, “Purple Spring”

People’s Choice professional: John King, “Rodeo Cowboy”

Judge’s Choice amateur: Paul Johnston, “Footbridge in Winter”

Judge’s Choice professional: Nancy Pontius, “Spring Awakening”

Christmas amateur: Karen Wiley, “Small Crescent Santa”

Drawing amateur: Barbara Freerksen, “All is Quiet”

Drawing professional: Nancy Pontius, “Kansas Sky”

Fiber Arts amateur: Lorraine Morton, “EHS Spartans Crochet Snuggle Blanket”

Mixed Media/Crafts amateur: Karen Wiley, “Purple Spring”

Mixed Media/Crafts professional: David Mai, “The Meadowlark Sings”

Needlework amateur: Joan Butts, “Needling Thru the Year”

Painting amateur: Paul Johnston, “Footbridge in Winter”

Painting professional: Steve Barnard, “The Cliff House”

Quilting - Machine-stitched amateur: Joan Butts, “Stash Buster”

Quilting - Hand-stitched amateur: Joan Butts, “Botanicals on Display”

Sculpture/3-D amateur: Herbert Morton, “Crystal Lake Viaduct”

Sculpture/3-D professional: David Mai, “Handle Bridge Tray”

Local competition winners will join winners from 14 other PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America®) senior living communities to be judged at the masterpiece level. Winning entries at the masterpiece level are selected for publication in PMMA’s annual Art is Ageless calendar and note cards.

Art is Ageless is a copyrighted program of PMMA®. For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years. Started in 1980, Art is Ageless is an extension of PMMA’s wellness programs, which focus on mental, physical, social and spiritual health.

For more information about the program contact Andraya Taber at 620-343-2613, or

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