MANALAPAN, NJ – Winners were recognized in the 2011 Monmouth County Senior Citizen Juried Art Contest & Exhibition at an artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony today at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive. 

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On July 19, 2001 at the Monmouth County Senior Art Show awards ceremony, Freeholder Amy A. Mallet (far right) and Thomas Pivinski, Executive Director of the Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services (far left) congratulated Carol Gleason of Howell and Judith A. Mugrace of Eatontown on their best in show status. Gleason was recognized for her sculpture entitled “Turtle Soup” in the non-professional category and Mugracewas recognized for her photograph “My Window, My World.”

Freeholder Amy A. Mallet and Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services Executive Director Thomas Pivinski awarded certificates of appreciation to all of the participating artists. Winners in each of the 10 categories received first-, second-, third-place and honorable-mention ribbons. The winners and categories are listed below.

“Once again our seniors use their talents to share their joyous enthusiasm and incredible skills,” Mallet said. “This event is an opportunity for us to view these works of art, meet the artists and share in the public recognition of this great pool of talent.”

Winning Best in Show were Judith A. Mugrace of Eatontown for her photograph “My Window, My World” and in the Nonprofessional category to Carol Gleason, Howell for her sculpture entitled “Turtle Soup.” 

“These talented members of our community bring a decades of experience to life through their artwork,” Pivinski said. “Each year we are thrilled to showcase our senior art at the county library’s Manalapan location during the entire month of July.” 

Judges were James Kent, Ellen Martin and Lisa Marie O’Connell of the Monmouth County Arts Council. The artwork is on display until July 31 at the Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr.  Photographs of the winning artwork also are posted on the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com/aging. 

First-place winners from each of the 10 categories will compete in the New Jersey Association of Area Agencies on Aging State Senior Citizens Annual Juried Art Contest and Exhibition, to be held in September at the Meadow Lakes community in East Windsor. 

The event is a project of the county’s Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services.  For information about the division and its other event and activities, stop by the office at 21 Main and Court Center in Freehold or telephone 732-431-7450.