Winning art at COM Senior Adult Program show demonstrates beauty of whimsy

Posted on: April 25, 2014

College of the Mainland student Elisa Tong, of La Marque, took best of show in the COM Senior Adult Program exhibit for her striking paper mache piece “Irene.”

As featured artists at the Galveston Art League, COM students created a dazzling array of more than 50 works, including acrylic paintings, watercolors, paper mache animals, stained glass and jewelry. At the recent reception, juror Carol Outlaw-Wagner awarded best of show and prizes to the top three entrants in each category.  

Elisa Tong, of La Marque, took best of show for her 3-D piece “Irene.” Made of paper mache, the striped kangaroo peers out under long eyelashes.
 
Its whimsy attracted juror Carol Outlaw-Wagner.
 
“It’s just as cute as it can be. I look for things that are kind of different,” Outlaw-Wagner said. “It’s hard to judge. I was so impressed with the quality of work.”

Tong, 67, began taking art after retiring from running a Happy Buddha restaurant with her husband.
 
“I enjoy all kinds of art,” she said. “I take seven classes at the COM Senior Adult Program. I go everyday. I’m taking drawing, watercolor, mosaics. I just took up sewing. There’s no limit in art.”

In photography Mary Ann Elliot won first place for her image of a blue-shingled Galveston historic home, “Painted Lady.” In the 2-D category, Lynn Samuelson won first place for the shimmering mosaic “Beach Terns.” Sandra Cornwell won top honors for her work “Salty Sailor” and for her work on paper “Tropic Gold.”
 
Caryl Hubert won first place in 3-D for her paper mache piece, “My Cousin Finnie.” First place in stained glass went to Grover Salsbury for “Crane.” Pat Ouellette won first prize for her intricately beaded bracelet titled, “Remember the 20s,” and Lee Johnson won first place in the mixed-media category open to COM Senior Adult Program instructors for his painting “Orchids.”
 
The COM Senior Adult Program also offers classes in oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing and mosaic art as well as language, fitness and computer courses at a nominal cost to those over 55.
 
For more information about the exhibit or Senior Adult Program Art classes, call 409-933-8226.

As featured artists at the Galveston Art League, College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program students created a dazzling array of more than 50 works, including acrylic paintings, watercolors, paper mache animals, stained glass and jewelry. 


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