Acres place in creative contest

Artists at a local nursing home had the opportunity to submit their work to a regional contest — in which a few received top places.
Auglaize Acres had a handful of residents who placed in the top three and received honorable mentions at the Art and Writing Competition, which was sponsored by LeadingAge Ohio, which is the advocate of not-for-profit services for older Ohioans.
“This contest got me excited and the residents excited,” Auglaize Acres Activities Coordinator Barb King said.
This was the first year for residents of the nursing home to submit handiwork, such as artwork, jewelry and writing to the contest.
Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce brought the idea to King, because she said this is something she was introduced to when she worked at other facilities.
After seeing all of the beautiful artwork made by the residents that was displayed throughout the facility, Pierce said she wanted to pursue the chance to submit their work to the contest.
“I’m really proud of them. They did a great job,” Pierce said of the residents. “It’s great that we had so many that placed.”
There were 10 residents who had made artwork, including writing a poem or designed a pattern for crocheting that was submitted to the contest. A panel of judges judged the pieces, and they are currently on display at Green Hills Retirement Community, in West Liberty.
A few of the residents had the opportunity to travel to West Liberty to see their artwork on display.
The top art works will in each category will all go on to compete and be displayed in September during the state competition.
Earning a first place in the three-dimensional category, Fern Stombaugh designed an artwork with various materials including cardboard, plastic, a dish towel, canvas and sticks.
“I’m thinking about doing more of those,” Stombaugh said.
Resident Jo Place received honorable mentions in the needlework and wearable art categories.
She designed a walker bag, in which she titled, “Take a Walk With Auglaize Acres.”
The walker bag had pockets and is designed to go over a walker as a little storage unit. King had the words, “Auglaize Acres,” printing across the front of the bag.
“I thought that it would look nice,” Place said of why she decided to take on the project. “I cut it out and did the sewing.”
Place did not use patterns when she worked on her walker bag and chicken scratch needlework designs that were submitted.
Marcy Miller received third place for her quilt, which she titled, “Lots of Love.”
Miller said her mother showed her how to make the “puffy” quilted blanket made out of cotton.
“The one I made for the show is supposed to be for my great-grandchild, yet to be born,” Miller said.
Another winner was Janice McKinney, who submitted woven art.
She crocheted a pillow cover, where she used yellow material and free-handed the design without a pattern.
“I’ve been crocheting every since before I was 20,” McKinney said.
Also, resident Ann Haney wrote a poem, in which she dedicated to her daughters, for the poetry category. She won third place for her writing.
King said that when Haney read this poem to her daughters, it made them cry.
King and Pierce were pleased with the turnout of entries for the contest, and are excited about the contest.
Other participants included Irene Lunz, Norma Garn, Rosemary Klosterman, Sally Singleton and Ora King.
The idea for this contest is to focus on the fact that people of every age have something to share.
“They’ve got lots of potential,” King said. “A lot of them have come up with their own pattern (for their project). It’s really neat.”
The winners in each category will be awarded with a ribbon and recognition at the regional level.
The contest is sponsored by LeadingAge Ohio and is the advocate for non-for-profit services for older Ohioans, and other adults facilities who submitted work were Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Otterbein St. Marys and Otterbein Cridersville.