Senior citizens juried art contest winners announced at award ceremony

Juried art contest exhibition will run through August 31, Mondays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Aug. 3, Camden County Commissioner Melinda Kane (left), and Camden County College President Dr. Lovell Pugh-Bassett (right) present first place in the Professional Digital Artist category to Sicklerville resident Nancy Schmidt. (Special to The Sun/The Sun)

The 56th Annual Camden County Senior Citizens Juried Art Contest & Exhibition opened on August 3. Submissions from 69 county senior artists are on display at Camden County College’s William G. Rohrer Center, 1889 Rt. 70 East, Cherry Hill. Open to the public, the exhibition runs through August 31, Mondays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I congratulate all of the artists that participated in this year’s contest. The judges certainly had a challenging task, as each work of art is impressive and worthy of recognition,” said Commissioner Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission. “I encourage everyone to visit Camden County College in Cherry Hill during the exhibition.”

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County residents ages 60 and older, at any level of skill or experience, were invited to participate, including amateurs and non-professionals as well as working artists. Categories of work include acrylic painting; craft; digital art; mixed media; oil painting; pastel; print; photography; sculpture; watercolor; and works on paper (drawing).

Artwork by professional and non-professional artists was adjudicated by an independent panel of professional artists. First place winners in all categories at the County level will advance to compete at the state level in the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show, Sept. 23 to Oct. 27, 2022. 

First place winners in the Non-Professional category are Acrylic Painting: Jay Miller, Voorhees; Craft: Donna Moyer, Voorhees; Oil Painting: Mary Christie, Cherry Hill; Pastel: William Lane, Haddonfield; Photography: Rita Wood, Atco; Watercolor Painting: Sharon Buttress, Cherry Hill; Works on Paper: Gloria Swiecicki, Haddon Heights.

In the Professional category, first place was awarded as follows: Acrylic Painting: Kimberly Clay, Somerdale; Craft: Robin Brownfield, Collingswood; Digital Art: Nancy Schmidt, Sicklerville; Oil Painting: Rhonda Ward, Berlin; Photography: George Cordero, Mt. Ephraim; Watercolor Painting: Peter Ehlinger, Haddonfield; Works on Paper: Riccardo Veggian, Laurel Springs.

The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College supports the local arts and history that make our communities dynamic places to live and work. The Commission was established by the Camden County Board of Commissioners to act as the designated agency in Camden County to receive and administer the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Local Arts Program and the New Jersey Historical Commission County History Partnership Program.

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