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Nine local artists among Art is Ageless® masterpiece level winners

Nine winning artists in Emporia Presbyterian Manor’s annual Art is Ageless® juried competition will be featured in the 2023 Art is Ageless calendar produced by PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America®).

“Princess,” a Quilting entry by Joan Butts, “Cluster of Autumn Leaves,” a Painting entry by Paul Johnston, “Kansas Windmill,” a Painting entry by John King, and “The Making of America,” a Drawing entry by David Milford, 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 170 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.

“Summer Bouquet,” a Quilting entry by Joan Butts, “Quinn,” a Drawing entry by Lisa Morrison, “Brobdingnagian Arch Bridge,” a Sculpture/3D entry by Herbert Morton, “Anndy,” a Fiber Arts entry by Lorraine Morton, and “Indian Flute,” a Mixed Media/Crafts entry by Jimmie Nix, will be included in the calendar’s honorable mention gallery.

“Cow Gazing at Fence,” a Mixed Media/Crafts entry by David Mai, will be featured on Art is Ageless greeting cards.

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

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

PMMA’s Art is Ageless program encourages Emporia 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. For more on Art is Ageless, visit

"Quinn" by Lisa Morrison
"Brobdingnagian Arch Bridge" by Herbert Morton
"Summer Bouquet" by Joan Butts
"Kansas Windmill" by John King
"Princess" by Joan Butts
"Cluster of Autumn Leaves" by Paul Johnston
"Indian Flute" by Jimmie Nix
"Cow Gazing at Fence" by David Mai
"Anndy" by Lorraine Morton
"The Making of America" by David Milford
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