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Working with natural fibers

Susan Jones with her spinning wheel.

Susan Jones with her spinning wheel.

Ever been curious about how wool is turned into yarn? Fort Scott Presbyterian Village residents got an up close and personal look when Susan Jones brought her spinning wheel materials to demonstrate roving, carding, spinning and knitting with natural wool fibers in March.

Once Susan demonstrated the techniques, audience members had an opportunity to try them out for themselves.

“Working with Natural Fibers” was part of Fort Scott Presbyterian Village’s Just Ask series, a free lifelong learning program featuring information from local and regional experts on topics of interest to older adults and their families.

Quilting more than just a pastime

"Evening Star," quilt by Clay Center resident Verna Lee Musselman.

“Evening Star,” quilt by Clay Center resident Verna Lee Musselman.

It’s well known that making quilts takes a lot of patience and practice, but it may not be as well known that for many, it’s far more than just an artistic pastime. For Clay Center resident Verna Lee Musselman, it’s a way of life.

One of her quilts, “Evening Star,” is featured in the Presbyterian Manors of Mid America’s Art is Ageless 2017 calendar, a high honor.

“I’ve been quilting since 1987, when my son was a senior in high school. I wanted to make him a quilt to take to college. So I did.” Read More

Residents create art with donated supplies

Residents at Valley Glen help create colorful paper flowers made with fancy crepe paper and other supplies.

Residents at Valley Glen help create colorful paper flowers made with fancy crepe paper and other supplies.

Bethany Holohan, activities director in independent living, donated to Valley Glen (memory care) a beautiful book of paper flower ideas along with fancy crepe paper and other supplies for making flowers. Residents were asked to make as many flowers as possible by May to decorate the Art is Ageless reception.

The residents in Valley Glen have really enjoyed cutting out flower petals, and staff have been getting their creative juices flowing assembling the flowers. About 20 flowers are made during each session. At this rate, the Art is Ageless reception will be a masterpiece in and of itself!

Toys bring loads of joy to Kingdom House

John and Alice Mohr build wooden truck toys.

John and Alice Mohr build wooden truck toys.

John and Alice Mohr, along with their friends at Aberdeen Heights, made these fun and sturdy wooden trucks, which were donated to the Early Childhood Center at Kingdom House. Kingdom House is a non-profit organization which aims to “promote empowerment and growth in individuals and families. We help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty.”

A lifelong love of art

Artist Janice Miller has won many awards for her artwork. Her drawing "3 Pink Ladies," which Janice holds here, is featured in the 2017 Art is Ageless calendar.

Artist Janice Miller has won many awards for her artwork. Her drawing “3 Pink Ladies,” which Janice holds here, is featured in the 2017 Art is Ageless calendar.

Not everyone who enters Parsons Presbyterian Manor’s Art is Ageless competition has been interested in art their entire lives. Some don’t take up an interest until after their children are grown, or until retirement. This is not the case with Parsons resident Janice Miller.

“I’ve always loved art and design. Right out of high school, I took art classes at the junior college. I’ve taken classes on and off through the years, most recently a watercolor class taught by Joan Allen at Labette Community College, and also a jewelry class. I love it all,” said Janice.

Janice’s interest in art extends beyond a hobby, however. She’s an interior decorator by trade and sells window coverings from her home.

“I’m also pretty handy with a sewing machine.” Read More

Featured artist program showcases local talent year-round

"Elita and Gypsy," entered in the Mixed Media category, is an ink, pastel and watercolor by Emeline Fuller.

“Elita and Gypsy,” entered in the Mixed Media category, is an ink, pastel and watercolor by Emeline Fuller.

The Art is Ageless competition and exhibit is a spring tradition here at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. But we celebrate artists in our region all year long.

Every month, our Featured Artist program gives one local artist a showcase for his or her work on our campus. The art remains on display all month. During that time, we also host a reception with the featured artist so that our residents and the local community can visit with them about their work. We also get to enjoy wonderful refreshments from our own dining services department! Read More

Artist Jeanie Gegg picks up her brush again

Norma "Jeanie" Gegg and her son, Tim.

Norma “Jeanie” Gegg and her son, Tim.

If you have been past Norma “Jeanie” Gegg’s room recently at Farmington Presbyterian Manor, you may have been treated to an impromptu art exhibit right there in the hall.

Jeanie’s son, Tim Gegg, told us his mother has picked up her paintbrushes again recently after a bit of a hiatus. She wasn’t completely satisfied with some of the pictures she made, so she set them out, free for the taking.

Tim, however, said they looked as good as ever to him. His own home is a Jeanie Gegg gallery of sorts, with more than a dozen of his mother’s paintings on display.

“I think it gives her great joy when she does it,” Tim said. “She’s given away a lot of it. There is a lot of her work around the town.” Read More