31st Annual Senior Citizens Art Show Winners Announced

July 21, 2013

The artwork of local seniors was recently showcased at the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s (AAA7) 31st Annual Senior Citizens Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest that was held at the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery, located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College in Rio Grande, Ohio.

This year, a total of 155 art pieces were entered in the Contest with 45 essays/poems. Special Awards were presented: “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Amateur Category went to Bonnie McElroy of Scioto County for her oil piece entitled “Fruit”; “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Professional Category went to Pat Thompson of Adams County for her pencil piece entitled “’Ol Guitar Man”; the “Mary Peck Friend of Animals Award” went to Jacki Byers of Ross County for her photography piece entitled “Egretta Arden”; the “People’s Choice Award” went to Sharon Brown of Jackson County for her acrylic piece entitled “Sugar Run Mills in Pomeroy”; Best Overall Essay went to Lois Newman of Adams County for “A Lesson Learned from Mules”; and Best Overall Poem went to Charles Murray of Gallia County for “Springtime Perceptions”.

Ohio residents age 55 or older were eligible to participate in the Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest. Winners announced from Scioto County included:

Victor Potts Best of Show Award (Amateur Category) – “Fruit” by Bonnie McElroy

1st Place Acrylic/Abstract – “Tuscan” by Jack R. Hughes

1st Place Acrylic/Animals and Birds (Professional) – “Rooster” by Carol Smith

6th Place Oil/Landscape – “Home Sweet Home” by Bonnie McElroy

1st Place Oil/Portraits – “Jennifer” by Bonnie McElroy

3rd Place Oil/Seascape – “Storm’s Coming” by Jack R. Hughes

1st Place Oil/Still Life – “Fruit” by Bonnie McElroy

4th Place Oil/Still Life – “Horse Collar” by Betty Means

3rd Place Photography/Animals and Birds – “Cardinal in Bush” by Mary Beaumont

1st Place Photography/Landscape – “Heavenly Light” by Charles Clevenger

2nd Place Photography/Landscape – “Tillies Frillies” by Charles Clevenger

1st Place Photography/Still Life – “Two Jars” by Charles Clevenger

1st Place Photography/Other (Action) – “Boy on Sled” by Mary Beaumont

2nd Place Other/Miscellaneous (Puzzle) – “Untitled” by Bethel McElroy

3rd Place Other/Miscellaneous (Recycled Yard Art) – “Dragonfly” by Marilyn Evans

4th Place Other/Miscellaneous (Craft Garden Therapy) – “Flower Pot Person” by Adult Daily Living

1st Place Essay/Scioto County – “Remembering the Junebug” by Charles Clevenger

1st Place Poem/Scioto County – “Dreams” by Omedia “Holly” Howell

2nd Place Poem/Scioto County – “It’s God’s Way” by Charles Clevenger

3rd Place Poem/Scioto County – “The King” by Norman L. Gross

To learn more about next year’s Art Show, which is typically held in May of each year, please call 1-800-582-7277.

Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.

Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at The Agency also has a Facebook page located at