Senior center looks for art contest entries

By Caroline Klapper | Jan 18, 2013
Photo by: Caroline Klapper Bruce Johnson hangs a painting on the wall in preparation for the Senior Art Contest at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville.

After the success of the Senior Photography Contest a few months ago, the Senior Resource Center of Haywood County is once again giving local seniors the chance to show off their artistic talents.

The Senior Art Contest is now open to all Haywood County seniors age 55 and over.

“A lot of seniors are very talented in painting and drawing and things, but they all have a thing about (thinking) ‘I’m not good enough to show this,’” said contest organizer Bruce Johnson. “Hopefully, this will get them thinking differently because it’s just for them.”

Artists are invited to submit their work in any subject matter that is appropriate for family viewing by Tuesday, Jan. 29 to the Senior Resource Center at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville. Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Entries should be between 5x7 and 11x14 inches and do not need to be framed. All entries should be ready to hang with wire (no saw tooth hangers). All entrants should include their name, address and telephone number on the back of the entry. There is a maximum of three entries per person.

While bringing out talented seniors is one of Johnson’s motivations for having the contest, another reason is to get people to come in and take a look at what the Senior Resource Center has to offer.

“I feel we’re having trouble getting people to take advantage of this,” Johnson said, gesturing down the hall where a computer room, game room and the brain gym are available for use. “A lot of people who came in (for the photo contest) said, ‘I didn’t even know this was here.’”

It is unfortunate that many seniors are unaware that they can gather and participate in many activities, including card games, tai chi, classes and support groups, at the center for free, he said.

“I think that it’s important for seniors to stay engaged and have something to do instead of just staying home and watching TV,” he said, adding he is planning to have more contests at the Senior Center in the future.

All of the entries will be on display throughout the month of February, and there will be a reception open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. For information, contact Bruce Johnson at 926-7478 or or contact Suzanne Hendrix at 356-2816 or


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