Boone County Senior Services Inc. is hosting a gallery through May 26 for its eighth annual BCSSI Art and Photography Competition at the Lebanon Public Library, 104 E. Washington St., Lebanon.
The contest, which features 24 artists, is held to celebrate Older Americans Month, a tradition according to BCSSI that has recognized the contributions and achievements of older Americans since 1963.
Each artist presented is over 60 years old.
The gallery has three categories: photography, advanced painting and an amateur category. A prize for the best show was also awarded.
First place in the amateur painting category went to Charlotte Robertson of Zionsville. Second place went to Kathy Glover, also from Zionsville, and honorable mentions went to Jenni Smith from Zionsville, Mary Wagner-Shields from Lebanon and Karen Evans from Jamestown. No third place was awarded.
In the advanced painting category, Beth Hullinger from Lebanon won first place, followed by Doug Pankop from Lebanon and Char Hulse, also from Lebanon.
For photography, Gary Deater from Lebanon won first place followed by Linda Gerdenich from Indianapolis and Judy Warkenstein from Lebanon.
Dorothea Mickschl of Thorntown won Best Show for her amateur painting of a look at a farm with chickens pecking around the yard. Mickschl also won Best Show last year.
All artists’ work is displayed regardless of placement. Some works of art are also for sale.
BCSSI chief executive Anita Bowen said she likes to encourage people of all skill levels to enter the contest.
“Some people have parts and then there are hobbyists who haven’t painted in a long time,” Bowen said.
Bowen explained that some of the paintings were done as part of the BCSSI art classes, which they do weekly at their two locations.
Next year they want to expand the photography category to attract more participants and possibly do a cell phone photography course before the contest.
Not all entrants have been painting for a long time, but Bowen said the contest had a good mix of entrants.
Hullinger, who won first place in the advanced painting category, is a retired teacher who taught in the South Bend area for nearly 40 years. Her watercolor painting, of Harold the blue heron, took her about five hours.
She started painting in one of BCSSI’s classes, then took it home, where she later lost her reference photo. Hullinger said she had to look at different photos of herons to complete her painting.
After being an art teacher for so long, Hullinger said she didn’t enjoy painting as much as she did when she was younger, but weekly art classes brought her back to painting. for pleasure.
The work of participants in the art competition is currently on display in Public Lebanon during its normal business hours of 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm Friday, and 9am-2pm Saturday. .