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Presbyterian Manor Art is Ageless® exhibit features senior artists

Local senior artists were recently celebrated at Newton Presbyterian Manor as the community hosted an internal Art is Ageless® exhibit and continues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Art is Ageless® program.

The Art is Ageless exhibit was held virtually for friends of the program on the community’s Facebook page. Look for photos and a video of the winning pieces published on Facebook.  

Judge’s Choice winner: “Voyage Home” by Ruby Kleymann

Competition winners by category are:


  • Amateur – “Merry Christmas, What Cheer What Cheer” by Rosie Goering, N. Newton.
  • Professional – “Christmas Horseman” by Terry Linenberger, Park City.


  • Professional – “Mountain Man” by Jim VanDyke, Elbing.


  • Amateur – “Mary and Babe” by Rita K. Patterson, Valley Center.
  • Professional – “In My Garden” by Betty Duffy Eller, Newton.


  • Professional – “Reflections” by Phoebe Janzen, Hillsboro.


  • Amateur – “Voyage Home” by Ruby E. Kleymann, Newton.

Mixed Media/Crafts

  • Amateur – “Christmas Day in Newton Medical Center” by Walter S. Friesen, Hesston.
  • Professional – “Shell Bouquet” by Mary Goering, N. Newton.


  • 1st – “Firefly” by Joey Giblin, Sedgwick;
  • 2nd – “The Succulent Flowers” by Hulda Schrag, N. Newton;
  • Honorable Mention – “Cowboy at Sunset” by Rita K. Patterson, Valley Center and “That Old Grain Elevator” by Rosie Goering, N. Newton.  
Judge’s Choice winner: “In My Garden” by Betty Eller
  • 1st – “Rail Journey in Europe” by Dennis McKay, Kechi;
  • 2nd – “Cut Glass Vase with White Flowers” by Velera Adams, Newton;
  • 3rd – “Surrounded” by Gene Marsh, Halstead;
  • Honorable Mention – “Hello Fall” by Peggy Wambold, Newton, “Tomato Harvest” by Constance Gehring, Newton, “Morning Ride” by Barbara Gabel, Newton, and “Indian Dancer” by Duane Graham, Newton.

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.

“We were pleased with the number of entries in the competition despite having a closed exhibit, which speaks well of the Art is Ageless experience,” said Noelle Dickinson, marketing director. “Many of the artists have used their extra hours at home in the last year to hone their craft or branch into new media. The joy it brings to them is contagious, and we enjoy celebrating their accomplishments and providing a way to share them with others through Art is Ageless.”

Winning pieces at the community level move on to a masterpiece level judging to determine which pieces are featured in Presbyterian Manor’s annual calendar and note cards.

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. For more information about Art is Ageless, visit

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