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Grace Ridge Retirement Community Resident’s Art Wins People’s Choice at Fourth Creative Age Senior Art Exhibit

MORGANTON, NC–From sculpture and watercolor to mixed media and photography, nearly all major types of media were represented at the 4th Annual Creative Age Senior Art Exhibit. Visitors had a chance to celebrate ageless creativity in the Carolinas and vote for their favorite submission using the People’s Choice award. Grace Ridge Retirement Community resident Betty Hammond’s “Hummingbird” was the winner.

Hammond began crafting only five years ago and her specialty is creative paper stitching using threads, resulting in homemade greeting cards. The “Hummingbird” was one of two pieces that Hammond submitted in this year’s exhibit.

Other artists included a self-taught artist who didn’t start creating until her 70s, a Czechoslovakian immigrant photographer who’s lived on three continents, an artist inspired to design by making dresses for her family during the Depression, and a lifelong woodworker who’s won numerous awards.

Hosted by Grace Ridge Retirement Community and benefiting the Burke Arts Council, the public exhibition featured 44 original pieces by artists aged 60 and over from the Carolinas. With a combination of both professional and non-professional artisans, the event highlighted 25 individual artists, including several Grace Ridge residents.

Owned and operated by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, Grace Ridge is a Life Plan Community nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and spanning 52 acres in Morganton, NC.