When she learned she had taken overall first place in the Special Fine Art category at the LeadingAge Ohio Art and Writing Show, 90-year-old Lucille VanAllen said ""I never thought I was an artist until now."
VanAllen, a resident at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman, entered a soft pastel chalk drawing in the Special Fine Art category at the Regional Art and Writing Show sponsored by LeadingAge Ohio. In creating her artwork, she used stencils for the outlines then rubbed the pastels together to create the drawing. VanAllen placed third her category, qualifying her to move to the state-wide art show held during the LeadingAge Ohio state conference in August.
"When I told her she won first place in the Special Fine Art category at state, she was absolutely delighted," said Kim Osborn, activity director for SOV-Boardman. "She told me that it made her feel like she was a real artist. I love this job when I hear things like that."
LeadingAge Ohio is a non-profit organization representing approximately 400 nonprofit long-term care organizations located in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services. Member organizations serve more than 50,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 20,000 persons statewide. LeadingAge sponsors an art and writing show for member organizations annually.