Pomperaug Woods Presents “The Art of Experience;" Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show Sept 22 & 23 Showcases Talents of Connecticut Artists Age 70+

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Juried art show's celebrated reputation spreads garnering 315 entries from 49 Connecticut towns.

The Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show at Pomperaug Woods, Southbury’s only not-for-profit retirement community, invites the public to view the work of talented Connecticut artists – all of whom are 70+ years of age – at the fifth annual Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show, September 22 to 23. Themed “The Art of Experience,” the show will feature art work all created after the artists’ 70th birthday.

The Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show, produced by and hosted at Pomperaug Woods, is designed to highlight the talent, wisdom and vitality of seniors age 70+, with the eldest entrant this year being 98. This is the first and only art show of its type in Connecticut. In fact, this show has significantly increased in awareness and popularity. This year, the community received 315 submissions from 130 artists from all corners of Connecticut (49 different towns are represented, which is 13 more than in 2011). Of the 315 submissions, 213 were chosen for inclusion in the 2012 CT Senior Juried Art Show. Categories in this year's show are Painting, Drawing and Photography. There are 12 winners overall, four per category:

Winners in Painting Category
1st place – Inga Britta Mills of Roxbury, CT – Alegro IV
2nd place – William Rorick of Southbury, CT – Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
3rd place – Lorraine Ryan of New Milford, CT – Vintage Clothing Fair
Honorable Mention – Burt Schuman of Rocky Hill, CT – The Old Homestead

Winners in Drawing Category
1st place – Alex Barbaro of Middlebury, CT – Jazz Trumpet Player
2nd place – James V. Torre of Wallingford, CT – Candied Apples
3rd place – Rainie Crawford of New Milford, CT – Arrangement with Green Vase
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Fisher of Bridgewater, CT – St. Andrew’s Church

Winners in Photography Category
1st place – Robert Rembish of Plantsville, CT – Sand Patterns
2nd place - Taffie Bentley of Bristol, CT – Peony
3rd place – Fran Barr of Oxford, CT – The Planter
Honorable Mention – Margaret Dillon of Southbury, CT – Rest Stop

To celebrate the art show’s fifth anniversary, first-place winners in each of the three categories will receive cash prizes. There will also be a $250 prize and crystal trophy awarded to the winner of the “Tommie Davis Award.” Tommie Davis, a Connecticut artist, generously provided this endowment for the arts:

Winner of the Tommie Davis Award
Jack Allen of South Windam, CT – The Unobserved Observer & The Conversation

Event Details:
WHAT: 5th Annual Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show, “The Art of Experience,” at Pomperaug Woods
WHERE: Pomperaug Woods Retirement Community, 80 Heritage Road, Southbury
WHEN: Show Open Free to Public – Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, 11 am to 4 pm; Private Awards Reception for News Media, Artists & Guests on Friday, September 21
MORE: Much of the artwork is available for purchase. For more event information, call (203) 262-6555, ext. 178, or visit http://www.PomperaugWoods.com

“Our art show celebrates the energy and life experience of seniors,” says Carol Ann McCormick, Director of Marketing for Pomperaug Woods. “These talented members of our community bring decades of experience to their artwork, which makes this a must-see event."

Judges for this year's CT Senior Juried Art Show have been selected: (1) Zufar Bikbov, a painter and naturalist; (2) Tony Falcone, owner of Falcone Art Studio in Prospect, Conn.; and (3) John O'Sullivan, owner of Art & Frame of Danbury. Judge biographies are listed on the Pomperaug Woods website: http://www.PomperaugWoods.com.

Calendars bearing the winning artists’ works will be sold at the event. Proceeds will help fund the continuance of this one-of-a-kind event.

Pomperaug Woods has always made culture and art a priority through its renowned concerts and art exhibits, which is in line with its senior residents' active and purposeful lifestyles.

About Pomperaug Woods:
Pomperaug Woods is the first and only not-for-profit community in the Tribury area with consistent ownership and management. Located on 22 acres in Southbury, Pomperaug Woods offers people 62+ a financially secure living option. The community offers various apartment home options. Residents enjoy a warm neighborhood atmosphere, convenient amenities, family-friendly staff and the peace of mind that comes from living in a financially secure community. (http://www.PomperaugWoods.com)

About Life Care Services LLC, management company for Pomperaug Woods:
For more than four decades, Life Care Services has been the nation’s leading and most progressive force in senior living, serving more than 28,000 residents daily in over 80 communities in 30 states nationwide. Life Care Services is a privately held, employee-owned corporation based in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.LCSnet.com and http://www.lifecareserviceslcs.com

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