ALBANY -- The Sowega Council of Aging will be presenting its 17th annual Shades of Gold Art show Thursday afternoon at the Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Drive.
A noon-2 p.m. luncheon will kick-off the exhibition and will be hosted by the artists, who will be preparing food and refreshments for visitors who come to view their artwork.
Sue Corbin, public relations director for the Council on Aging, said 18 artists from the Council on Aging's Monday art classes will have their paintings on display at the Albany Museum of Art throughout the month of June.
There are currently 42 pieces in the exhibit created by the artists ages 60 and older. Many of the artists are displaying multiple works of art, said Corbin.
"They have worked for a year on these pieces and most have three pieces they are exhibiting," she said.
The artists' work will be judged by Eric Brooks and Danny Singleton, members of the Camilla Chamber of Commerce, and Deborah Sanders, chair of the Southern Rivers Fine Arts Exposition in Camilla.
Best in show, first-, second- and third-place and honorable mention awards will be recognized Thursday.
Attendees of the exhibition will also have a chance to vote for their favorite artist's work for the people's choice award.
While some of the artists have competed in the Shades of Gold exhibition before, many are delving into the art world for the first time.
"Some of the ladies have been there for years and years -- some even 10 to 15 years," said Corbin. "A lot of them though are just now beginning to paint."
The artists are attendees of the Council on Aging's Monday art classes taught by Carol Gum at the council's senior center at 311 Pine Ave.
Corbin said any senior who wishes to be a part of the Shades of Gold art exhibition is invited to join the class and can contact Gum at the senior center at (229) 435-6789.