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Group seeks senior citizens art show entries

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. invites people age 55 and older to participate in its 31st Annual Senior Citizens Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest.

This year's event will be held May 20-24 and May 28-31 at the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio.

Anyone who is 55 or older and a resident of Ohio may participate. The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. requests no more than three entries in the Art Show per participant, and one entry per person in each category for the Essay/Poetry Contest. The event's official application form includes a list of the rules and guidelines that have been established.

Examples of art categories that may be entered in the contest include acrylic, charcoal, counted cross stitch, mixed media, oil, pastels, pencil, and photography. Judging themes include abstract, animals and birds, cartoons, floral, landscape, portraits (humans), seascape, and still life.

Artwork can be submitted through your local Senior Citizens Center in the 10 counties included in the AAA7's District (Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton) up until Monday, April 15, or the AAA7 Administrative Offices, located on the campus of the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio, by Monday, April 22, 2013.

Essay and Poetry entries should be no more than 1,000 words in length and, if possible, should be typed. There is no subject for entries and participants are asked to be creative. Essay and Poetry entries must be submitted to the Area Agency on Aging District 7 Office no later than April 22. If interested in submitting an entry, participants are asked to mail two copies of their entry to: Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc.; Attn: Jenni Dovyak-Lewis; F32-URG, PO Box 500; Rio Grande, Ohio 45674.

Those who are interested in either submitting an artwork or essay/poetry entry must obtain an application and rules form which is located on the Agency's website at www.aaa7.org. Once at the site, click on the "AAA7 Information" link. Once there, then click the "Special Events" link followed by "Art Show and Poetry/Essay Contest." Here, you will find a flyer and application form for the event. You may also call the AAA7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 to request a hard copy form mailed to you.

Winners for the Contest will be announced the day of the Tea Reception from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery. All participants, their guests, and Museum and Gallery visitors will be welcome to attend.

For more details about the Art Show and Essay/Poetry Contest and/or to request an application form, please call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 or email info@aaa7.org.