The 18 Mercer County residents participating in the 56th annual New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show, held Sept. 23 through Oct. 27 at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, took home eight awards, including four first-place honors.

The awards were presented at a ceremony attended by more than 250 artists and art lovers earlier this month at The Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor. The exhibit and award winners may be viewed online at www.njseniorarts.com.

The New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Mercer County Division of Culture and Heritage. The artwork on display represented the first-place winners from individual county art shows held earlier this year.

“I commend all of the artists whose work was on display at the State show and thank them for sharing their artistic talent with us,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

Artists competed in 11 different mediums – acrylics, crafts, digital art, mixed media, oils, pastels, photography, prints, sculpture, watercolor and works on paper — in the Non-Professional or Professional divisions. All entries were original artworks created within the past three years. The 271 exhibiting artists representing 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties ranged in age from 60 to 101.

The exhibit was juried by a three-person panel of professional artists who selected first-, second- and third-place winners and honorable mentions in each category. Best in Show/Professional was awarded to Lisa Hendrickson (Burlington County) for her mixed media entry, “Wary: Living with Scarcity,” and Best in Show/Non-Professional was awarded to Susan Lauricella of Middlesex County for her watercolor entry, “She is Fragile and Beautiful.”

The following Mercer County residents were New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show winners:

1st Place Pastel (Non-Pro) 
Vivienne Wingfield of Hopewell for “Hope Will Prevail” (pictured as featured photo)

1st Place Acrylic (Non-Pro) 
Arcelio Brignoni of East Windsor for “Small Token”

1st Place Photography (Non-Pro) 
William Boyles of West Windsor for “Plein Air 1776”

1st Place Works on Paper (Pro) 
David Potts of Hamilton for “Peek-a-Boo!”

3rd Place Photography (Pro) 
Maia Reim of West Windsor for “Dangling Conversation”

Honorable Mention Craft (Non-Pro) 
Robin Levinson of Hamilton for “Polymer Clay Earrings”

Honorable Mention Craft (Pro) 
Barry Hantman of Ewing for “Caribbean Blue”

Honorable Mention Works on Paper (Non-Pro) 
Susan Tsui of East Windsor for “Red Boat”

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