Local artists sign calendars


Seated from left are Joyce Guinty, Gerry Matney and Virginia McConnell at the Art is Ageless calendar signing at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor held an Art is Ageless calendar signing Nov. 22 for three local artists who will have works featured in the 2018 calendar.

The works and the artists who made them are “I Love You So Much,” a drawing by Virginia McConnell, of Winfield, featured for the month of February; “Handmade Quilt,” a hand-stitched quilt by Gerry Matney, of Arkansas City, appearing in March; and “Bumper Crop,” a painting by Joyce Guinty, of Arkansas City, which is featured in June.

McConnell, Matney and Guinty were three of the top winners from Arkansas City whose works were submitted to the Presbyterian Manor corporate offices for further judging. Works by local winners are automatically entered into a masterpiece level competition with winning art from 16 other PMMA communities. The winners are featured in the Art is Ageless calendar and notecards.

Art is Ageless, open exclusively to people age 65 and older, is a copyrighted program of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. For the competition, works must have been completed in the past five years. 

The Art is Ageless program encourages Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor residents and other area seniors to express their creativity through its annual competition, as well as art classes, musical and dramatic events, 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. Residents and friends of the Art is Ageless program are proving that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.

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