Gallia claims winners in senior citizens art show


Jeri Ingles of Gallia County was the winner of the 2015 Best Overall Poem. She is pictured here with her winning writing, “Your Life is a Book.”

Rita Haley of Gallia County was the winner of the 2015 Mary Peck “Friend of Animals” Award. She is pictured here with her winning art piece, an acrylic, “Baby Squirrel and His Mother.”

Attending the “Meet the Artists Tea” to conclude the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s 33rd Annual Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest from Gallia County were, front row, left to right, Ann Day, Gail Belville, Peggy McCory, Rita Haley, Joan Unroe and Cheryl Enyart. Second row, left to right, Sandra Lane, Jeri Ingles, Carol Carter and Danny Carter. Third row, left to right, James Anderson, Sally Roberts and Pat Parsons. Back row, left to right, David Hayes and Charles Murray. (Courtesy photo)

RIO GRANDE — The artwork of local seniors was recently showcased at the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s 33rd annual Senior Citizens Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest at the Esther Allen Greer Museum, located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio.

This year, 193 art pieces were entered in the contest with 48 essays/poems. Special awards were presented: “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Amateur Category went to Alice M. Smith, of Adams County, for her watercolor, “Pink Magnolia”; “Victor Potts Best of Show Award” in the Professional Category went to Pat Thompson, of Adams County, for her pencil, “Conference on the Mound”; the “Mary Peck Friend of Animals Award” went to Rita Haley, of Gallia County, for her acrylic, “Baby Squirrel with His Mother”; People’s Choice Award went to Sharon Brown, of Jackson County, for her acrylic, “Adams County Barn”; Best Overall Essay went to Norma E. Graf, of Scioto County, for “Josie’s Rose”; and Best Overall Poem went to Jeri Ingles, of Gallia County, for “Your Life is a Book”.

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

  • Mary Peck “Friend of Animals” Award — “Baby Squirrel with His Mother” by Rita Haley
  • Best Overall Poem — “Your Life is a Book” by Jeri Ingles
  • First Place Acrylic/Animals and Birds — “Baby Squirrel with His Mother” by Rita Haley
  • Fourth Place Acrylic/Animals and Birds — “Whoops!” by Rita Haley
  • Third Place Acrylic/Landscape — “Sunset Swamp” by Rita Haley
  • First Place Mixed Media/Seascape — “Day and Night” by Pat Parsons
  • Second Place Oil/Animals and Birds — “Autumn Sparrow” by Lynda Dunlap
  • Third Place Oil/Animals and Birds — “Lone Wolf” by Sandra Lane
  • First Place Oil/Floral — “Iris in Springtime” by Ann Day
  • Third Place Oil/Landscape — “Grandad’s Home!” by Lynda Dunlap
  • First Place Oil/Portraits — “The Golden Years” by Ann Day
  • Second Place Oil/Still Life — “Let it Snow” by Ann Day
  • Third Place Oil/Still Life — “Granny’s Things” by Sally Roberts
  • First Place Pencil/Animals and Birds — “Fantastic Flight” by Danny Carter
  • First Place Pencil/Landscape — “Farm Memories” by Danny Carter
  • First Place Photography/Animals and Birds — “Boss of the Hen House” by Suzanne Wise
  • Second Place Photography/Animals and Birds — “Meal Delivery” by Jeri Ingles
  • Fourth Place Photography/Animals and Birds — “Getting My Wings” by Jeri Ingles
  • First Place Photography/Animals and Birds (Professional Category) — Elk Autumn Rut Yellowstone by David M. Hayes
  • First Place Photography/Landscape — “Afternoon Glow” by Mary Lee Marchi
  • Third Place Photography/Landscape — “Eureka Dam” by Suzanne Wise
  • Fourth Place Photography/Landscape — “Country Bridge” by Cheryl Enyart
  • Fifth Place Photography/Landscape — “Home on the Pond” by Suzanne Wise
  • Sixth Place Photography/Landscape — “The Valley from the Hill” by Mary Lee Marchi
  • First Place Photography/Landscape (Professional Category) — “Heaven’s Peak by David M. Hayes
  • First Place Photography/Portraits (Professional Category) — “Manito” by David M. Hayes
  • Third Place Photography/Still Life — “Company Store” by Anita Gail Belville
  • First Place Photography/Other — “Reflections” by Cheryl Enyart
  • Third Place Other/Fiber Arts — “Pineapple Doily” by Pat Dillon
  • First Place Other/Three-Dimensional Arts — “Turtle Swimming” by Pat Parsons
  • Fourth Place Other/Three-Dimensional Arts — “Wind Spinner” by James J. Anderson
  • First Place Essay/Gallia County — “The Dream” by David M. Hayes
  • Second Place Essay/Gallia County — “Our Spot” by Cheryl Enyart
  • Third Place Essay/Gallia County — “Ten Thousand Days” by Rita Haley
  • Fourth Place Essay/Gallia County — “A Tribute to My Mother” by Anita Gail Belville
  • First Place Poem/Gallia County — “Your Life is a Book” by Jeri Ingles
  • Second Place Poem/Gallia County — “These Colors” by James J. Anderson
  • Third Place Poem/Gallia County — “My Mother’s Hands” by Anita Gail Belville
  • Fourth Place Poem/Gallia County — “Oscar Odd McIntyre” by Charles Murray
  • Fifth Place Poem/Gallia County — “Our Heavenly Home” by Joan Unroe

To learn more about next year’s art show, which is typically in May or June of each year, call 1-800-582-7277.