Mennonite Village residents submitted 21 entries into this year’s Ageless Art Contest, and walked away with a number of accolades. In all, 60 ribbons were awarded, and 11 of those went to residents of Mennonite Village.

Bill Shumway took a Judge’s Choice ribbon for his acrylic painting, Oregon Coast Storm. Honorable Mention ribbons were received by the following artists for their named works:

  • Bonnie Altig for her watercolor Rural Delivery,
  • Doug Blair for his intarsia plaque Coony the Raccoon,
  • Louise Claassen for her quilt Flowers and Butterflies,
  • Robert Easton for his watercolor The Homestead,
  • Shirley Frye for her carved/painted gourd Springtime,
  • Judy Guzeldere for her oil Storm’s a Comin’,
  • Mary Anne Kirk for her quilt Hawaii Calls,
  • Bob Nogash for his Native American flute Kokopelli Mohave,
  • Wayne Shannon for his wood-worked Log Cabin Bird House and Feeder, and
  • Dave Wilson for his photograph of Gerald’s Tree (made famous by Georgia O’Keefe).

The Ageless Art contest, sponsored by LeadingAge, began in 1986 with the first annual calendar published for the year 1987. The art competition and exhibit, held annually, celebrates the artistic talents of those over 60 years of age. Through a professionally judged contest, the top 40-50 pieces of art are selected and featured in the annual Virtual AgelessArt Exhibit. In the past, the exhibit has been at the Oregon State Capital, Portland Art Museum, Willamette View in Portland and Holy Names Heritage Center in Lake Oswego.

Congratulations to all the fine artist from Mennonite Village who participated in this year’s event.