MANALAPAN, NJ – Winners were recognized in the 2010 Monmouth County Senior Citizen Juried Art Contest & Exhibition at an artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony today at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive.

Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, Human Services Director Charles D. Brown, and Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans’ Interment 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.

“Splash Down”  an oil painting by Nina Douglas won overall Best in Show in the professional category.

“Every year, our seniors show such splendor and joyous enthusiasm through their artwork,” Mallet said. “This is a truly wonderful event and I am delighted to view these creations, meet the artists and share in the public recognition of this great pool of talent. The quality of the work is impressive.”

Senior Art Show winner Nina Douglas (right) of Middletown receives her Best in Show certificate in the professional category from Freeholder Amy A. Mallet. Her oil painting, “Splash Down,” will go on to the statewide Senior Art Show competition this fall.


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Winning Best in Show were Nina Douglas of Middletown for her oil painting, entitled “Splash Down,” in the professional category, and a sculpture by Carol Gleason of Howell, entitled “Around the World” in the nonprofessional category.

“These talented members of our community bring a lifetime worth of experience to life through their artwork,” Pivinski said. “We are fortunate to have a venue to showcase their abilities.”

Senior Art Show winner Carol Gleason (right) of Howell is pictured with her sculpture “Around the World.” Gleason, who won Best in Show in the nonprofessional category, will go on to compete in the statewide Senior Art Show this fall. Gleason won the statewide competition two years ago.

Judges were Erik Johanson, James Kent and Christine Murphy 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

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’ Interment Affairs.  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.

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* List of winners follows.


2010 Monmouth County Senior Art Show Winners

BEST IN SHOW was presented in the Professional category to Miguel A. Figueras, Atlantic Highlands for his drawing entitled Carnival and in the Nonprofessional category to Barbara Silvano, Middletown for her watercolor entitled Backyard in the Tuscan Hills.



First Place        Edwin R. Ahlstrom             Neptune                 Abstract #33

Second Place    Dorothy Lawrence              Marlboro                Terra Cotta #4

Third Place       Avram Shapiro                   Adelphia                 Ducklings’ First Flight


First Place        Barbara Heinrichs               Aberdeen                Jake’s First Ride

Second Place    Janet Esposito                     Marlboro                Soul Mates

Third Place       Charlotte Levitan                Allentown              Capitol Blizzard 2010

Hon. Mention   Babara Lomasson                Long Branch          Samantha’s Apt.



First Place        Mary Ann Ferrara               Hazlet                    Sisters



First Place        Miguel A. Figueras             Atlantic Highlands  Summer in the Park

Second Place    Kenneth Klohn                   West Long Branch  Hawaiian Honeycreepers


First Place        Michael Ferrara                   Hazlet                    Four Times a Lady

Second Place    Jerome Corvo                     Neptune                 Northern Cross

Third Place       Lolita Holmes                     Neptune                 Lost Dream

Mixed Media


First Place        Nat Regan                          Monmouth Beach   The Wall

Second Place    Marjorie Conn                    Ocean Grove           My Eden


First Place        Barbara Stier                       Marlboro                Nowhere to Hide!

Second Place    Rhoda Hollander                 Marlboro                The Zoo

Third Place       Blossom Samet                   Manalapan              The Party

Hon. Mention   Edythe Carter                     Red Bank               Iris



First Place        Nina Douglas                      Middletown            Splash Down

Second Place    Leonardo Ruggieri              Lincroft Saluting the Fallen

Third Place       Stephen W. Slomko            Farmingdale           Beach Chitchat at Spring Lake

Hon. Mention   Robert Herbert                    Neptune                 Up for Repairs


First Place        Guido Guazzoni                  Wayside                 The Poppies

Second Place    Judith Nahmias                  Roosevelt               Through the Shadows

Third Place       Elizabeth Zigray                 Freehold                 Like the Masters

Hon. Mention   Mildred Ostrowitz               Manalapan              Dusk

Hon. Mention   Meredith Nemetz                Marlboro                Sunflowers in Wine Country

Hon. Mention   Arita Campbell                   Bradley Beach        Treasure



First Place        Jean Malizia                       Bradley Beach        Ballerina


First Place        Ellen Lewis                        Manalapan              Meissen Dish with Fruit

Second Place    Helen Antholis                   Middletown            Mandarin Reflections

Third Place       Andrew Sackerman             Marlboro                Lorin Maazel Conducts

Hon. Mention   Valerie Rigazio                   Freehold                 Toes in the Sand



First Place        Stephen Ravner                  Freehold                 String of Pearls

Second Place    Judith A. Mugrace              Eatontown              Mystery Eyes

Third Place       Michael Menendez              Freehold                 Father and Son, New Life

Hon. Mention   John Lalanas                      Neptune                 Rusty Rails (Infrared)


First Place        Carol Rustako                     Colts Neck              Mushrooms

Second Place    Susan Quinn                      Holmdel                 Blacksmith’s Apron

Third Place       Maureen Castellani             Manalapan              Don’t You Dare

Hon. Mention   Arnold Hirsch                     Freehold                 Rust in Peace



First Place        Lana Kessler                 Manalapan              Atmosphere


First Place        Carol Gleason               Howell                   Around the World

Second Place    Trudy Goldsmith          Oceanport               Sea Treasures



First Place        Frank Colaguori            West Long Branch  Decoy

Second Place    Joan Wallace                Manasquan             Tango Argentina

Third Place       Mona Kirk                    Manasquan             After the Hunt


First Place        Barbara Silvano            Middletown            All Alone

Second Place    Laura Geck                   Freehold                 Red Poppies

Third Place       Janice Voorhees            Long Branch          Lemonade

Hon. Mention   Ruth Slater                   Marlboro                Butterfly Garden

Hon. Mention   Patricia Ho                   Marlboro                Waterdrops


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