Pennington Resident Wins Best in Show at NJ Senior Citizen Art Show

: From left, Norm Fesmire with his Best in Show award; Elizabeth Mattson, Council President, New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes; and East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov. (Photo credit: Sarita Wilson)

Norm Fesmire, of Pennington, was the big Mercer County winner for his oil painting “Out of Work During Depression,” claiming Best in Show-Professional and First Place, Oil-Professional at the 52nd annual New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show.

Norm Fesmire with his oil painting “Out of Work During Depression,” which was judged Best in Show in the Professional division at the New Jersey Senior Art Show. (Photo credit: Sarita Wilson)

As a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Mercer County Division of Culture and Heritage, the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show artists competed in 11 different mediums – acrylic, craft, digital art, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture, watercolor and works on paper — in the non-professional or professional divisions. All entries are original artworks created within the past three years by artists age 60 or older. Among the 302 participants in this year’s New Jersey Senior Art Show, the oldest was 100 and 13 artists were in their 90s.

“We have so many older adults who are tapping into their creativity to create new works of art,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “I congratulate all of the artists whose work was on display at the state show and thank them for sharing their artistic talent with us.”

The exhibit was held from September 20 through October 26 at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor. The artwork on display represented the first-place winners from the 21 county art shows held earlier this year.

Other Mercer County winners include: John Rounds of Lawrence, First Place, Craft — Non-Pro, for “New Jersey – County Map No. 4”; Rima Phillips of Hightstown, First Place, Craft — Pro, for “Dragonfly Launch Pad”; Maia Reim of West Windsor, First Place, Digital Art — Pro, for “Wobblytown”; Susan Gilli of Hamilton, Honorable Mention, Mixed Media — Pro for “A Frenetic Flock”; John Wells of Pennington, Third Place, Photography — Pro, for “Retrograde Minds”; Ingrid Davis of East Windsor, Third Place, Print — Pro, for “Distant Vineyards”; and Dee Gozonsky of West Windsor, Third Place, Watercolor — Pro, for “The Arbor.”

Other Mercer County residents who participated in the statewide exhibit, all of whom were first-place winners at the Mercer Senior Art Show that concluded August 3 include: Robert Allard of Trenton, Works on Paper – Pro; Cynthia Campbell of West Windsor, Pastel – Pro; Amelia Chin of West Windsor, Watercolor, Non-Pro; Connie Cruser of Hamilton, Mixed Media – Non-Pro; Pennie Denechaud of Pennington, Oil – Non-Pro; Seymour Friedman of Pennington, Sculpture – Non-Pro; Marina Lam, Pastel, Non-Pro; Judith Miller of Hamilton; Photography – Non-Pro; Annette Osterlund of West Windsor, Acrylic – Non-Pro; Margaret Rosen of East Windsor, Works on Paper – Non-Pro; Cathy Tsao of East Windsor, Sculpture – Pro; and Beth Wham of Hightstown, Acrylic – Pro.

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