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In July, MHCA member facilities were invited to submit original pieces of artwork created by their residents for the 2019/2020 "Art for the Ages" program. The artwork submitted was displayed at the 71st Annual Convention & Trade Show, August 25-28, 2019, held at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri. All convention attendees had the opportunity to view and vote on their favorites.

 

Displayed below are the 12 entries receiving the most votes during the convention. We will feature one of the 12 entries each month, in no particular order, on the MHCA homepage beginning in September 2019 and ending in August 2020. To view all artwork submitted, please click here.

 

 

The featured artwork for December 2019 is "In The Rockies",

painted by Rudolf "Rudy" Bodenschatz,

a resident at Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape Girardeau, MO.

 

 


Rudy started his hobby with painting by number sets.  In his 50's he took one class at a local high school, otherwise he is self-taught.  The submitted painting is from a picture of his daughter's vacation.

 

Missouri Veterans Home - Cape Girardeau is one of several Veterans Homes in Missouri.  We have 150 Veterans that we love dearly and care for.  We have been 3 years deficiency free.  We offer a variety of activities to keep our heroes happy and give them a lasting quality of life.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

All Top 12 Entries

 

 

 

Dolores Thruston

Oak Tree Villas

 

"Cardinal on a Fence"

Dolores Thruston resides in our Assisted Living side of the facility. She has no training in acrylic painting and has just started to attend our painting activity on Saturdays. She loves the Cardinals, both the birds and the baseball team. Her painting is a Cardinal on a fence post. 

 

Oak Tree Villas - A StoneBridge Community is a family owned operation with a home office in St. Charles, MO.  We are an Assisted Living plus Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility all under one roof.  The Life Enrichment Department has a wide variety of activities, one of which is acrylic painting. As a result of this, our residents have produced many beautiful works of art. 

 

Dolores Knernschield

Oak Tree Villas

 

"Flowers & Vines"

Dolores Knernschield resides in our Assisted Living side of the facility. She mostly was into gardening of flowers and things at her home. She decided to give the painting a chance and really enjoys attending class. She has no official training in acrylic or any other type of painting. Her love of flowers was the idea for her painting. She requested a vase with flowers and vines be placed in front of her so she could use that as her focus to paint. 

 

Oak Tree Villas - A StoneBridge Community is a family owned operation with a home office in St. Charles, MO.  We are an Assisted Living plus Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility all under one roof.  The Life Enrichment Department has a wide variety of activities, one of which is acrylic painting. As a result of this, our residents have produced many beautiful works of art. 


 

Patricia Robins

Lutheran Home Assisted Living

 

"Summer Bouquet"

 

Pat Robins taught English as a second language to international students at Southeast Missouri State University. In her past she enjoyed sewing, needle work and quilting. After suffering a stroke, Pat's life took on many challenges and changes that no one could imagine. Her enjoyment for art continues today at Assisted Living where a friend spends Monday afternoons doing artwork in various mediums with her. Pat has not had any professional training in watercolor but has always held a broad artistic expression. Pat created "Summer Bouquet", the masterpiece that is being entered in Art for the Ages. 

 

Lutheran Home Assisted Living is located in Cape Girardeau, MO.  We are proud to encourage, support and serve our neighbors providing excellent care and assistance with bathing, medication management, housekeeping, social services, and meal service.  Our "Home Team" staff is the secret ingredient to happy neighbors.

 

Angie Dusheke

Oak Tree Villas

 

"Bunny Picked Cotton"

Angie Dusheke resides in our Skilled Nursing side of the facility. Angie loves to do crafts and needle point, so when asked to attend our painting class she was excited. She was looking at a statue of a rabbit and thought it would be funny to paint that along with some cotton sticks "he wouldn't have to give up his tail." she said. 

 

Oak Tree Villas - A StoneBridge Community is a family owned operation with a home office in St. Charles, MO.  We are an Assisted Living plus Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility all under one roof.  The Life Enrichment Department has a wide variety of activities, one of which is acrylic painting. As a result of this, our residents have produced many beautiful works of art. 

 

Gary Grantham

Apple Ridge Care Center

 

"Somewhere Else"

From childhood, Gary found the best way to express himself was through art.  In high school, he was an assistant art teacher.  He continued his education at Crowder College with an Associates Degree in Art and later went to MSSC in Joplin.  He spent one tour of duty in the Air Force as a combat crew member for the Titan II weapon system.  He was the system analyst.  He worked for General Electric as a major appliance repair technician.  He also had people send photos and he would paint on saw blades, canvas, and more.

 

Apple Ridge Care Center is located in the City of Waverly, the "Apple Capitol of Missouri."  Apple Ridge has a scenic view of the "Mighty MO", the Missouri River, and has a 60 bed capacity, with a 16 bed secured special care unit for men over 50.

 

Jacqueline "Jackie" Hawley

Delmar Gardens North

 

"unnamed"

Ms. Jackie Hawley was self-taught. She always wanted to become an artist but she always had doubts because she had no teaching.  She always wanted to go to college but was told she wasn't good enough.  She later found work as a bartender and waitress.  There she met a gentleman that worked for the Federal Center.  He met her and loved her personality.  After being a receptionist at the Federal Center, the gentleman referred her on because of her personality.  He saw some of her art "doodles" at work and put her in a Graphic Design position.  

 

Delmar Gardens North is a beautiful 240 skilled bed and rehab center located in North County St. Louis, MO.  Love, Care and Understanding are the traditions of Delmar Gardens and this is what every resident receives with true compassion.  You will also find a very long list of staff members who have worked at Delmar Gardens North for many, many years, which speaks volumes on its own.

 

Maxine Lirley

Heart of the Ozark Healthcare

 

"Rust...in Peace"

Maxine Lirely was born February 14, 1923 in Izard County, Arkansas.  She is the second child of 4 girls and 1 boy.  Maxine lived in Ava, MO most of her life.  She and her husband owned a wheel-aligning shop and they also had a farm where they raised Hereford Cattle.  She is a self-taught artist winning several awards with her paintings, poems, drama reading and Bible Studies.  She is a published author.  She has worked with all mediums but she prefers Acrylic with a canvas background.  Her husband of 58 years owned a truck like the one in the picture, Maxine is very patriotic and loves her country very much.  She enjoys living at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava, MO.

 

Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare is nestled in the Ozark Hills of Ava, Missouri in a beautiful rural setting.  We are a community based facility with a homelike environment, which respects and promotes individual autonomy, dignity and choice.  Our team of interdisciplinary health professionals work closely with the residents, physicians and family members to provide personalized care while maintaining the highest possible level of resident independence.

 

Dee Coleman

Brooke Haven Healthcare

 

"Life's a Mess but Still Beautiful"

Ms. Coleman has been painting for about 1 year.  She really enjoys trying new ways to paint.  We use acrylic in almost every paint class.  Her painting "Life's a Mess but Still Beautiful" is what we call paint pouring.  You fill several small cups with many different colors and then dump the paint and tilt the canvas.  This is fun but messy.

 

Brooke Haven Healthcare is a non-profit, community based, skilled nursing facility.  We are committed to our Mission Statements, that as a community oriented health care provider, we dedicate our resources to delivering quality, cost effective health care.  Our vision is to assume a leadership role in providing a continuum of care to improve the health status of the community.

 

 Connie Lucas

Brooke Haven Healthcare

 

"Little Things in Life" 

Ms. Lucas has been painting for about a year.  She discovered painting by coming to the activity art club.  She enjoys painting flowers and insects together.  Her painting "Little Things in Life" showcases a big sunflower and a small ladybug.  Ms. Lucas says, "Remember that all things are important in life, big or small."

 

Brooke Haven Healthcare is a non-profit, community based, skilled nursing facility.  We are committed to our Mission Statements, that as a community oriented health care provider, we dedicate our resources to delivering quality, cost effective health care.  Our vision is to assume a leadership role in providing a continuum of care to improve the health status of the community.

 

Eileen Gardner

Seneca House

 

"The Yellow Bird"

Eileen was born in Queens, New York in 1935.  She grew up and went to school and to college on Long Island.  In 1984 her family moved to Portland, Oregon where she went to work at a fabric store for fifteen years.  She is a widow, has three sons, one daughter, and several grandchildren.  Six years ago she moved to Seneca, MO to live with one of her sons and his family.  Now she has lived most of the last two years in the Seneca House nursing facility.  She used to love going on cruises with her husband and children and doing free style painting, sketching or drawing.  Now, she still enjoys free style sketching, drawing or painting and reading books.

 

Seneca House is located in Seneca, MO and is a 24/7 skilled nursing facility.  Seneca House provides nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, intravenous therapy, tube feeding and specialized wound care.  Seneca House has private and semi-private rooms, satellite television in resident rooms, Wi-Fi, comfortable activity area and restaurant-style dining.

 

B. Joni Kezer

Lakeview Healthcare & Rehab

 

"Bigger Than Life"

When creating this artwork, Joni enjoyed putting a cute animal into a human situation.  She had created artwork since her childhood, in several mediums.  She finds drawing to be relaxing and color uplifting.  Her plan is to continue creating cheerful and inspirational art to share with others for as long as she is physically capable.  "Thank you so much for this opportunity," Joni said.  Since becoming a resident, she has attended all activities.  She enjoys playing many games, especially scrabble which is her favorite.  She also enjoys crafting. Joni said, "I cherish the times that I'm able to go and visit with my son Josh and my grand-dog Titan."

 

Lakeview Health Care & Rehabilitation Center located in Boonville, MO, in Cooper County, offers a variety of therapies and care services to help you regain your independence.  Skilled nurses, therapists and licensed care professionals are available to guide you through your personalized therapy. Whether you’re recovering after a hospital visit or in need of on-going medical support, Lakeview Health Care & Rehabilitation Center will help you achieve your personal goals.

 

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