Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, one of 9 congregate locations
overseen by Serving Seniors, is
widely and correctly regarded as a place where seniors are served. But “serving” seniors is never viewed by the
center or its parent organization as an end in itself. The goal of the services, along with the
coordinated activities available at the center, is to keep seniors healthy,
independent and active. Underlying this
goal is the assumption that one’s senior years need not be a time of passivity,
a sedentary transition from one’s active and creative years to the final
end. The skills and talents one has
developed and the wealth of experience one has acquired in 6+ decades can be
creatively employed and displayed in ways that enrich one’s life and the lives
August is the month when seniors are given an
opportunity to display their creative skills in two competitive talent events
held annually at the Center.
August 7, 2018 was the date of the second
annual Artopia contest. Inaugurated in 2017, Artopia invites contestants to submit their personal art work for
prizes in three categories: Painting,
Photography and Drawing and
Sketches. First place prizes were
awarded to Angela Gomez Rubio (Painting), Dawn Wolf (Photography) and Shirley
Ann Eberly (Drawing). Second place
prizes were claimed by Shuren Li (Painting), Donatel (Photography), and Mark
Scott (Drawing). Third place prizes went
to Teresa Carol Hunt (Painting), Joseph Pieri (Photography) and Eileen Bell
(Drawing). In addition to the prizes
awarded in each of the three categories, certificates of “Honorable Mention”
were issued for work presented by Jean Fischer and Joseph Pieri.
August 24 was the date of the 7th
annual Senior Idol contest. While
visual representation and graphic skills are on display at Artopia, musical presentations, skits, poetry and other
interpretive readings are the order of the day at Senior Idol. This year’s event saw 14 contestants compete for 4
prizes. The first, second and third
place prizes were given for vocal solos with guitar accompaniment. The first place prize was awarded to Ananias
Leona, the second place prize to Esmeralda Sanchez and the third place prize to
Carmen Burton. The fourth place prize
went to Pat Andrus for a poetry reading.
A rich reservoir of senior talent was on
display at the Center this August. Let
it be an example, an inspiration and a challenge to us all.
Artopia's 2nd Annual Art Contest
It was another successful art exhibition by our fine art seniors. Daniel Ortega was asked to be a judge this year. Last year he won first place in the Mixed Media Category.
1st. place to Angela Gomez Rubio, 2nd place Shuren Li and 3rd place Teresee Carol Hunt.
1st. place to Dawn Wolf, 2nd place Donatel and 3rd place Joseph A. Pieri.