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Winter art contest shares warm wishes

By: Country Meadows |

Artist talent abounds at Country Meadows and Ecumenical Retirement Community.

Every year the Country Meadows and Ecumenical Retirement Community Holiday Card Art Contest invites residents to submit their artwork that reflects the winter holidays and/or the beauty of the holiday season. The winning entry is used in the design of the organization’s annual holiday card.

Now in its sixth year, the 2017 contest broke records with more than 220 entries.

“The Winter Countryside”-a painting by Dorothy Norris who resides at Country Meadows of Frederick, was the contest winner.

“I was overcome when I saw all the wonderful paintings, collages and projects laid out together in the same room,” says Michael Leader, president & CEO. “I spent a lot of time in that room admiring every entry. The amount of talent in our communities is absolutely amazing.”

Ultimately “The Winter Countryside,” painted by Frederick resident Dorothy Norris, was selected as the winner, with 10 entries earning finalist honors.

To encourage residents to enter, Community Life teams at every campus held special events including Christmas in July, art classes and art shows.

“It is wonderful to see that so many of our residents participate in hobbies like painting and other artwork,” notes Leader. “Really, any one of the entries would make a beautiful holiday card. We spent a lot of time admiring every entry.”

In addition to cards, the winning and finalist entries are featured on a holiday poster displayed at every campus. Residents are encouraged to start work on their 2018 entries.

Check out the 10 finalist entries.

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