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Senior display artworks

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Doris Martin enters two works in the Hickory Creek of Connersville Senior Art Show at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association. The show opens Friday evening.
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“Autumn” is an entry by Enola Delaney in the Hickory Creek of Connersville Senior Art Show at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Just because someone turns 60 does not mean they lose their artistic talents.

Fifty-six pieces have been entered in the Senior Art Competition at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, sponsored by Hickory Creek of Connersville.

Doris Martin brought in two pieces for judging.

One of them, created with an acryclic pallet knife, is called "A pear-ence sake," because it is a picture of a pear. A narrow pallet knife is used in the process. The other piece was a portait called "John." That one was done in charcoal pencil.

Neither are signed, because she said "I never do," although if someone wants to purchase one, she will sign it if asked.

Retired art teacher Enola Delaney entered three sculpture pieces.

"Autumn" has a face in a bowl with fiber wrapped around. She finished it three weeks ago. A similar work is in a show in Richmond, but is about spring.

Another work is of a textured woman's torso with vines coming out of the bottom, called "Woman in nature" and a third that can be used for an umbrella holder, called "Fertility."

"I have some pictures of nature taken when I am hiking that I want to incorporate in my sculptures that I just haven't done," she said. "It's a different mindset when I do pottery than sculptures. I have in mind some works for next year."

The Arts Association plans to have a show in two years featuring Delaney's work. The show will include works ranging from fifth grade to junior high, high school, college, while teaching, and then after her retirement, showing the transition.

After retiring, Delaney went back to her stage while in college. She has many sculptures at home, including one that received second place at the Indiana State Fair.

Neither of the three in the show took that much time, compared to some she has done, she said.

Nancy Bowen brought in a watercolor painting, "Roses outside my window," an acryclic painting called "Kansas truck" and an alcohol ink work entitled "Northern Lights."

These are a few examples of the many different forms of media that will be on display when the show opens Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery, 402 Central Ave.

Jessica Ucul from Hickory Creek has already judged the show and the elder care facility will make the check presentations to the winners during the opening.

Hickory Creek's kitchen will also provide the refreshments for the opening, said WVAA President Sharon McQueen.