Presbyterian Manor Art is Ageless® exhibit and reception features senior artists
Local senior artists will be celebrated March 3–7 at Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe, as Salina Presbyterian Manor continues the 40th anniversary celebration of the Art is Ageless® program.
Art is Ageless is a trademarked program of PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America). The program offers senior artists the opportunity to share and display their artwork and reaffirms the agelessness of human creativity. This year, Salina Presbyterian Manor’s exhibit is being hosted at the Salina Arts Center due to the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.
“It’s inspiring to see the beautiful pieces these seniors have created,” said Cathy Boos, marketing director. “The joy it brings to them and others is wonderful, and that’s something we want to celebrate and share with the entire Salina community.”
The first Art is Ageless calendar was published in 1981, featuring art from Presbyterian Manor community residents. Since then, the program has expanded to include a juried art competition open to all seniors age 65 and older.
The Art is Ageless exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3–7 and feature works from local artists. The public is welcome to visit Salina Art Center to view the exhibit of acrylics, oils, photography and various other mediums, ranging from amateur to professional levels. Winning pieces at the community level move on to a masterpiece level judging to determine which pieces are featured in the annual calendar and note cards.
In addition to the exhibit, Salina Presbyterian Manor will honor the local senior artists who entered artwork in the exhibit during a private reception from 2–4 p.m. March 7. This will be a come-and-go event to keep the number of attendees at the gathering below the threshold of 50 as set by the Saline County Health Department.
Many thanks to everyone who served as a judge for this year’s Art is Ageless competition: Darren Morawitz, local artist; Barbara Walker, silver needles expert; Kayla Borell, education coordinator, Salina Art Center; Neil Ward, department chair of art & design, Kansas Wesleyan University; Lori Wright, associate professor of art & design, Kansas Wesleyan University.