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93-year-old wins first place in senior show

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett seniors are proving you are never too old to pick up a paint brush, with an art show at Bethesda Senior Center.

The show, which can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through June 18, features several media, including watercolor paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings, oil and acrylic paintings and pen and pencil drawings, all created by seniors in art classes at the center.

"To me, it's amazing that they, at their different ages, are so open to learning," teacher Shirley Shepherd said. "They take whatever I tell them and run with it."

Shepherd, who branched out herself a few years ago by becoming a teacher late in life, teaches watercolor painting to students ranging from their late 50s to 82.

She said the technique can take years to master, but that doesn't stop the seniors from trying.

Evelyn Hove was awarded first place in the art show the day after she turned 93.

"The point is ... as long as you can keep your mind active, that is going to keep you going a lot longer," Shepherd said. "I think it's wonderful."