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Artwork from the Senior Games Exhibit

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Cary, NC — On Friday, April 17, 2015, I attended the SilverArts Artist Reception at the Cary Senior Center. This art show and competition is part of the Wake County Senior Games, a non-profit organization that promotes wellness for people ages 55 and up. 

The Wake County Senior Games

The Wake County Senior Games promote physical activity, creative expression, fellowship and healthy competition for Wake County residents who are over 55 years of age. Each April, artistic and athletic competitions are held in various venues around the county. More than 15 different sports and activities are represented in competitions for different genders and age groups.

Activities offered in the games include tennis, bocce, basketball, swimming, billiards, bowling, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, track and field, softball, racquetball, cycling, table tennis, corn hole and pickle ball. Competitions are held in venues around Cary, Clayton, Raleigh and Garner.

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The SilverArts Competition

The SilverArts category was added to the Wake County Senior Games in 1987. Last week, on Friday, April 17, 2015, I attended the awards ceremony and reception for the 2015 art show, which has been on display in the Cary Senior Center since March.

With a large crowd, I watched as more than 50 artists were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in a variety of categories. Among the categories were quilting , acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces, pastels, photography, sculpture, beading, ceramics, knitting, stained glass, woodcarving, woodworking and wood-turning.

Photos from the Exhibit

The artists’ reception marked the last day of the SilverArts exhibit, but I managed to take some photos of the artwork before it was taken down.

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Firetruck by Frank Mansfield won a silver medal from the Woodworking category.

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Lazuli Bunting & Orange (left) by Danny Mills win a gold medal in the Woodcarving category. Moonlight Carolina (right) by Edward Thurlow won a gold medal in the Pastels category.

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Blake by Jane Belford (left) won a bronze medal in the pastels category. Terra Cotta Barn (right) by Richard Gove won the silver.

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Submissions from the drawing category.

Get Involved

The diverse activities offered in the senior games enable senior citizens of many different ages, abilities and skills to participate. To join the organization, register online or stop by the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, for more information.


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.