2020 Art is Ageless Calendar

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Cover: Vada Galvan, 75 - Farmington, Mo. Beauty and the Fleece, Painting

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Best of Show A M A T E U R Sharon Nelson, 76 Aberdeen Village - Olathe, Kan. Golden Years, Golden Gears Drawing

Sharon Nelson

Nelson discovers new love and wins An experienced oil painter, Sharon Nelson was turned on to pencil drawing as an Aberdeen Village resident and now two of her drawings are receiving accolades through the annual system-wide Art is Ageless® juried competition. Sharon’s colored pencil drawing on mixed media board titled “Golden Years, Golden Gears” was named Best of Show-Amateur at the masterpiece level in the annual competition. Another of her drawings, “Eagle Eye,” was named People’s Choice in the local Aberdeen Village competition and both appear within the 2020 calendar. Sharon, a first-time participant, was shocked when she learned she had won Best of Show for “Golden Years, Golden Gears.” “I thought, ‘You have got to have the wrong person,’” she said.

The 76-year-old had dabbled in oil painting in her early years, so she was a somewhat experienced artist when she came to Aberdeen Village in 2016. Seeing that Aberdeen Village offered classes in pencil drawing sparked her curiosity. “When my life freed up, I tried the classes,” she said. “It’s a reverse of what I was used to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Sharon discovered a love for drawing, especially still-life pieces. “I fell into still life,” she said, “and I just enjoy doing it.” “Golden Years, Golden Gears” is a drawing of farming machinery lined up against a wooden barn wall. Sharon was inspired by a photo her instructor at Aberdeen Village brought into class. It reminded her of growing up in a rural, agricultural area near Dodge City.

“Most of my life was spent in a small farming community in western Kansas,” Sharon said. “The local farmers spent the winter months cleaning and repairing their machines, so they were ready to start a new season. This drawing is a comfort to me as it feels like home.” Sharon’s other piece, “Eagle Eye,” depicts the stateliness of a lone Eagle with its head slightly turned to the left showing one of its eyes. The depth and detail of the drawing conveys the level of skill Sharon has acquired in the medium. She said she still has her old oil paints, but now prefers pencil drawing. It’s the simplicity and stress-relief she enjoys. “Anytime you want to do it, you can take your pencils out and do it and there’s no cleanup,” she said. “I find it very relaxing. If I’ve had a stressful day, I can take it out and work on whatever project I have going.”

Best of Show P R O F E S S I O N A L Juanita Rapp-Wyman, 71 Farmington, Mo. Farmer Working on His Irrigation Pump Drawing

Juanita Rapp-Wyman

Rapp-Wyman turns life experiences into masterpieces For Juanita Rapp-Wyman, art is a deeply personal thing with every photograph, drawing and painting depicting a scene taken from her own life. It is a process that brings both a level of authenticity to her work and, in the case of her drawing “Farmer Working on His Irrigation Pump,” awards. Named this year’s Best of Show in the professional division of the Art is Ageless® juried art competition, “Farmer Working on His Irrigation Pump” is based on a photograph taken of her fatherin-law working on the family farm. While the piece is a tribute to him and other farmers of southeastern Missouri, it is also a representation of Juanita’s desire to actively preserve the world she sees around her. “I love to paint the American heartland and recreate scenes of rural life in the Midwest,” said Juanita. “I see myself creating a documentation of everyday American life and its people as I view it.”

The fact that the subject of the drawing is someone that Juanita herself both knew and loved is something she thinks only adds to the overall quality of the piece. “It makes it easier to paint if you know your subject matter well—you put a little more feeling into it and I think you can tell,” said Juanita. Like “Farmer Working on His Irrigation Pump,” many of Juanita’s drawings begin their lives as photographs and she is constantly on the lookout for inspiration, both in and around her hometown of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and as far away as the German countryside. “I take hundreds of photos when I travel always with an eye on a future painting,” said Juanita. A retired art teacher of 30 years, Juanita has enjoyed the opportunity that retirement has given her to finally “practice what she preached.” Over the years, she has worked in a variety of mediums, an

experience she feels is coming through in her current chalk pastel work. “After spending time doing scenes in oils, I went back to pastels and my technique had evolved into something different,” said Juanita. “My chalk pastels are now ‘painterly’ looking—they resemble my oil paintings.” Juanita has been competing in Art is Ageless® for six years and this is the second time she has won Best of Show. For her, the art itself is the best reward. “Being recognized and having the opportunity to compete against people throughout the state is a neat thing to be able to do, too,” said Juanita. “But it’s also nice to see that we still have it within us to be productive and do the things we enjoy.”


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Gary has painted off and on for 10 years. It all began when his wife, Joni, wanted to purchase a painting for close to $500, which prompted Gary to tell her, “Heck, if you want a painting, I will paint it myself!” He did and Joni loved it so much, a new hobby began.

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Glenda Stevicks, 74 Fort Scott, Kan. Church on the Mountain Side Painting

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Driven by the joy of painting, Skip has been pursuing art since 2004. He is inspired by the Old Dutch Masters and many of his paintings feature antique objects highlighted by a live flame, giving his work a warm, classic look.

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Doris Yeoman, 78 Parsons, Kan. Indian Maiden Needlework

Margaret Moll, 72 Rolla, Mo. Native American Whimsy Mixed Media/Crafts Pam Hayes, 70 Wichita, Kan. I Decided to Follow Him Mixed Media/Crafts

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Margeret discovered this unique mixed-media approach to art—utilizing a gourd and other natural elements—while in Arizona where she became interested in Native American culture, primarily that of the Apaches.

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Dorothy Jeffries, 86 Topeka, Kan. Jasper the Peacock Sculpture/3D (Left)

Eva Lankhorst, 82 Salina, Kan.

Don Lloyd, 89 Salina, Kan.

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A newcomer to Topeka, Dorothy loves—and has dabbled in—virtually every medium of art, however her main interest has always been stained glass.

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Sophia deLaat, 71 Rolla, Mo.


Jane Parish, 65 Parsons, Kan.

Shirley Dixon, 83 Aberdeen Village - Olathe, Kan. His Majesty, The King Drawing

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Sharon Nelson, 76 Aberdeen Village - Olathe, Kan. Eagle Eye Drawing

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A painter for just two years, Jane created “Louie” as an assignment for a watercolor class. She chose her subject based solely on the beauty of the chimpanzee’s eyes. “Through my painting, I’ve discovered that the eyes are the most core intimate aspect of the subject.”

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Mary Anne Hendrix, 71 Manor of the Plains - Dodge City, Kan.

Arlys Schwabauer, 76 Newton, Kan.

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Mary Anne's painting, “Rodeo,” was inspired by the rodeo that’s held each year during Dodge City Days. She enjoys painting because it is a great creative outlet that keeps her mind working and happy. “I get cranky when I don't get to paint,” said Mary Anne.

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A retired high school art teacher, Juanita primarily paints architectural and rural landscapes from places she’s either lived or visited. ”Farmer Working on His Irrigation Pump” is based on a photograph taken of her husband’s father.

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“Most of my life was spent in a small farming community in western Kansas. The local farmers spent the winter months cleaning and repairing their machines, so they were ready to start a new season. This drawing is a comfort to me as it feels like home.�

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In her piece, “Quilters Heaven,” Leta depicts the vastly different experiences a couple can have while fabric shopping. Within the clouds of the piece are the names of several of Leta’s friends who have passed away as a way to pay tribute to them while highlighting the thing they enjoyed doing the most together—quilting.


Donna Imel, 85 Manor of the Plains Dodge City, Kan.

Lois Hamilton, 89 Newton, Kan. Sculptural Tree Sculpture/3D

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Tony Fornelli, 77 Fort Scott, Kan. Nature Sculpture/3D

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Honorable Mention

Carole Braig, 73 Aberdeen Heights - Kirkwood, Mo. 555 Couch Quilting

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY COMMUNITY

Ruth Koch, 93 Aberdeen Heights - Kirkwood, Mo. Winter Time Painting Edward Duman, 87 Aberdeen Village - Olathe, Kan.

Esther Minter, 86 Aberdeen Village - Olathe, Kan.

You Shall Name Him Jesus Christmas

Gardens Grace Photography

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Eldon Eastman, 79 Arkansas City, Kan. Spotting Potential Painting

Jimmie Nix, 76 Emporia, Kan. Tool Box Mixed Media/Crafts

Lila Teufel, 94 Arkansas City, Kan.

Frances Benson, 77 Clay Center, Kan.

Arlene Habluetzel, 83 Clay Center, Kan.

Knitters Vest Needlework

Bargello Study Quilting

Leaves of Utility Park Painting

Nona Thompson, 90 Emporia, Kan.

Carol Willman, 85 Farmington, Mo.

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City Sky Line Mixed Media/Crafts

Joan Hampton, 83 Farmington, Mo.

Nancy Lewis, 72 Fulton, Mo.

Valentine Remembered Fiber Arts M. Earline Foster, 87 Fort Scott, Kan. Horses on the Run Quilting

Rick Prosser, 76 Lawrence, Kan. Horses of a Different Color Needlework

Susan Porter, 71 Fort Scott, Kan. Beauty is Everywhere Mixed Media/Crafts

Pen and Ink Drawing


Honorable Mention

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY COMMUNITY

Vivian Goetz, 80 Manor of the Plains - Dodge City, Kan.

Richard McCall, 87 Newton, Kan.

L. Deane Frey, 84 Newton, Kan.

Chloe Quilting

In Your Yard Photography

Courthouse Steps Quilting

Sandra Banahasky, 68 Parsons, Kan. Pretty In Pink Mixed Media/Crafts

Georgia Greninger, 71 Parsons, Kan.

Linda McCoy, 73 Rolla, Mo.

Quilted Jacket Quilting

The Wave Table Runner Quilting

Gerald Karnes, 85 Salina, Kan. Country Parson Sculpture/3D

Wayne Keeler, 71 Salina, Kan. Fierce Guardian Painting

Marian Poe, 78 Sterling, Kan. Through the Window Painting

Susan Mayer, 69 Topeka, Kan. Card Collection Mixed Media/Crafts

Robert Enders, 95 Sterling, Kan. Cow Creek In January Painting

Glenda Webster, 71 Wichita, Kan. Milkweed Explosion Photography


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