MHCO Residents Show Their Artistic Side

Residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, won several awards at the LeadingAge Ohio District 3 Art and Writing Show.  The show was held at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, on June 6.

Winners – Art Division

Patricia Althaus – Large Quilted Works, “Windblown Square,” 1st place and Small Quilted Works, “Hope of Hartford,” 2nd place

Robert Hower – Fine Art 1, “Mountain Splendor,” 1st place

Neil Kehler – Woodworking, “Grandpa’s Pride and Joy,” 3rd place

Avis Marshall (posthumously) Photography, “Beauty of Spring,” 1st place

Della Stater – Fine Art 1, “Caring Hands,” 2nd place

Gladys Simmons – Needle Arts, “Heart to Heart,” Honorable Mention

Winners – Writing Division

Ruth Naylor – Poetry, “The Generosity of Numbers,” 1st place; Prose Non-Fiction, “Mother’s Advice,” 1st place

Joanne Niswander – Poetry, “Time,” Honorable Mention; Prose Non-Fiction, “Saving the Monarchs,” 2nd place

Gladys Simmons – Poetry, “Reflection,” 2nd place

Mary Yoder – Prose None-Fiction, “A Paragraph About Aging,” 3rd place

All residents of LeadingAge Ohio member facilities were invited to participate.  Award winners from each District Exhibition will show their work at the Statewide Show at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, August 28-30, 2018.

LeadingAge Ohio was founded in 1937 to assist the state’s non-for-profit providers of senior services focused on resident and client care.  Traditionally concentrating on legislative advocacy efforts and educational programming, the association developed the LeadingAge Ohio Resident Forum in 1995 to share life-style enrichment opportunities with residents and clients of member providers.  The Art and Writing Program was founded as an offshoot of the Forum and has organized the popular Regional Art and Writing Shows annually since the early 1990s.

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