Four Juliette Fowler Communities residents earned first- and second-place awards at a recent art contest in Austin.

They participated in the 32nd-annual ArtsInsipire contest, hosted by the nonprofit LeadingAge Texas. Each year, more than 200 entries from people aged 62 and older are submitted to the competition. Judges include university professors, artists and authors.

Merry Fuhrer received first place in the drawing category for “Dominoes Night.” Gusteen Trimble received first place in the majestic arts category for “Study in Grey.” Liz Brogdon won first place in the soft crafts textiles category for “Halloween Crochet Hat.” And Joy Pendleton’s “Needle Point” won second place in the soft crafts decorative category. Three of the winners left their East Dallas residential facility to attend the awards ceremony in Austin.

Here are some comments from the Fowler residents:

“My drawing called ‘Dominoes Night’ is a portrait of some friends of mine at Juliette Fowler Communities that I genuinely love. They like to play dominoes in the common area of our residence, and they let me draw them while they play. I try to capture the action in various moments through their gestures and body language.”
— Merry Fuhrer

“Dominoes Night” by Merry Fuhrer. Photo courtesy of Juliette Fowler Communities.

“My piece, titled ‘Study in Grey,’ represents my journey through the healing process after I had been diagnosed with colon cancer.”
— Gusteen Trimble

“Study in Grey” by Gusteen Trimble. Photo courtesy of Juliette Fowler Communities.

Brogdon says she began crocheting when she was a teenager. “I would continue to challenge myself on more difficult projects,” she says.

“Halloween Crochet Hat” by Liz Brogdon. Photo courtesy of Juliette Fowler Communities.

“Blue names are males, red are females, and flowers represent siblings. The tree represents our family and the names in green are still living. I have always loved to express creativity through needlepoint.”
— Joy Pendleton

“Needle Point” by Joy Pendleton. Photo courtesy of Juliette Fowler Communities.