MARQUETTE - On a recent rainy evening, family, friends, and community members gathered at Norlite Nursing Home and Rehab to celebrate the works of art submitted to their fourth annual art exhibition.
"This is the first year not one but two of my residents submitted their peices of artwork," Norlite activities director Vanessa Miazga said. "With over 22 pieces entered by 10 local artists, we always have beautiful peices submitted to us. The artists usually know by the beginning of summer our theme we have each year and this year's was 'Flowers.'"
Miazaga said the residents of the Marquette facility participate in occasional art classes, and that may have spurred them to join in on the fun.
Norlite Nursing Home and Rehab residents Agnes Green, left, and Mabel Patz recently display their cross-stitch and oil painted pieces of winning artwork at the fourth annual art show conducted every fall at Norlite. (Journal photos by Jenna Thompson)
Norlite nursing home residents and local artists stand together after the art exhibition’s small get-together where community members, staff, family and friends came together to celebrate the art work submitted to the contest. (Journal photos by Jenna Thompson)
"They were allowed to enter any form of medium of art just so long as it can hang on our walls for easy viewing," Miazaga said.
The special night at the at the 99-bed nursing home included social time for interaction between the residents and their families, a viewing of the artwork, a dinner with desert and the announcements of the winning artists.
"The community is always invited to these events and they help especially with our judging," Miazaga said.
All of the evening's participants got to vote for their favorite artwork. The best of show award went to Agnes Green for her crossstitch rendition of a bouquet of flowers and second place went to Mabel Patz for an oil painting she made for her daughter-in-law.
"I'm very happy for the honor of this award," Green said.
Patz said she was "very pleased" when she got her ribbon.
Jenna Thompson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.