The holiday season at Country Meadows Retirement Communities is a little more merry and bright thanks to a favorite tradition—our annual resident Holiday Card Art Contest. This art competition invites residents of Country Meadows and our sister company, Ecumenical Retirement Community, to submit their original artwork based on the holidays and beauty of the winter season.
This year’s winner, “Winter’s Glow,” was painted by Dolores Allnock-a resident at Country Meadows of Frederick. Her painting is used in the design for the organization’s holiday card sent to residents, families and friends of Country Meadows. For her victory, Mrs. Allnock received a prize package including a $350 gift to the charity(s) of her choice, a premium dinner party and professional framing of her winning painting.
Mrs. Allnock has been an artist all her life and especially enjoys attending a weekly art class on campus. When asked why residents should consider taking an art class, she responds, “It’s a marvelous thing for people to do even if they have never painted. It surprises people what they can do, and it’s a good hobby!”
Members of the Leader family act as contest judges, selecting the winner and finalists. Executive Chairman Michael Leader says, “I am humbled that so many of our residents choose to share their precious gifts with us. My sister, Jane, and I spend lots of time perusing every single entry to select our winner, and we look forward to it every year.”
In addition to the winning entry, 10 finalist entries were selected and are pictured below.
The Holiday Card Art Contest debuted in 2012 and quickly became a favorite tradition at Country Meadows. For many of us, the holidays evoke warm, happy memories. Country Meadows’ dedicated team of co-workers strives to achieve that same sense of warmth and feeling of “home” at our communities by providing high quality care and services, good food as well as a plethora of activities and outings from which residents can choose.
Details for the 2024 resident Holiday Card Art Contest will be announced in the spring. Please encourage your loved one to consider joining an on-campus art class and submitting a masterpiece in next year’s contest.