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Seniors showcased in exhibit

Joyce Kistler looks at pottery in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center Wednesday morning. The seniors’ art work will be on exhibit through Wednesday. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo

Potters discussed glazing techniques and proudly presented their works Wednesday morning at the Senior Showcase.
Family members, art lovers and seniors gathered at the Lincoln Cultural Center for the opening of the show.
“I thought we did real good,” said Joyce Kistler. “It turned out better than I thought it would.”
Kistler participated in the Senior Showcase for the first time, though the program is in its third year. Other than painting pottery once, Kistler said this was her first experience with clay.
The new artist recently retired and enjoyed the activity that the free program offered.
“It’s the companionship,” she said. “You get to meet people that you might not ever meet.”
Kistler said that many pottery and art workshops are held at night and cost too much. She said a free, daytime program such as this was beneficial for people her age.
The project is sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Council and the Lincoln Senior Center. Gary Lee and Jenny Treadaway at Rising Sun Pottery took seniors through the journey of creating their own works.
“They just love it, and everyone is so unique,” said Marti Hovis, director of the Senior Center. “Out of everyone who has made pottery, no two pieces have come out the same.”
But the benefits go beyond the two pieces of pottery each artist will take home with them.
“They need to not stay at home and be lonely. It’s important to go out and share with each other,” said Hovis.
She said socialization between seniors is crucial and a main focus of the program.
Lee agrees that the benefits of the Senior Showcase are twofold.
“It helps enrich their lives and gives them a new look at a craft they probably haven’t tried,” Lee said.

Participants in this year’s Senior Showcase made bowls and birdhouses. Each artist will take their pottery home when the exhibit wraps up. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo by Diane Turbyfill

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