1

Seniors display artwork

“Best in Show” award winner Julia King, left, displays her winning art, “Bells Are Ringing,” with art instructor Carole Gum during the 19th annual Shades of Gold Senior Art Show at the Albany Museum of Art Thursday.

“Best in Show” award winner Julia King, left, displays her winning art, “Bells Are Ringing,” with art instructor Carole Gum during the 19th annual Shades of Gold Senior Art Show at the Albany Museum of Art Thursday.

ALBANY, Ga. — Sixteen area seniors displayed their paintings and some of them took home ribbons Thursday at the 19th annual Shades of Gold Senior Art Show at The Albany Museum of Art.

The event marks the “climax” of the year, said Kay Hind, executive director of the SOWEGA Council on Aging, which sponsors the painters group.

“The Bible tells us we all have talents, and I hope that what I do glorifies the Lord,” said Carole Gum, who teaches painting to the group once each week. Gum insists she’s not an “art teacher,” in the strictest sense, but only volunteers her knowledge and experience to those who may be less advanced.

In 1987 she “discovered she could paint,” Gum said. She’d seen it done on television and thought it would be fun. Eventually she was asked to teach a COA seniors group. She’s done that now for 19 years and also serves as education workshop coordinator for the Georgia Artists Guild of Albany.

“The nice part about art is that it’s available to everybody,” Hind said. “This a real creative outlet for the members.”

According to Hind, even though the classes are repeated each year, many of the participants elect to re-enroll.

The Best of Show ribbon was awarded to Julia King for her entry, Bells Are Ringing; with Lenora Andre receiving first place for Colonel James G. Hampton. Lorene Gaughf took both second place and the People’s Choice Award for her painting, The Old Oaken Bucket, while Carol Stark was won third place for Don’t Even Think About It. The Merit Award was given to Juanita Chevallier for Working Late.

The competition was judged by Eric Brooks, Danny Singleton and Deborah Sanders, all of Camilla. All the judges are involved in creative professions which qualify them, Gum said.

The collection of more than 40 paintings by the Shades of Gold seniors art group is available for viewing during normal hours of the Albany Museum of Art at 311 Meadowlark Drive. The show is free to the public and will be displayed until June 28. For more information call the Albany Senior Center at (229) 435-6789.