CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137


TRENTON, N.J.—The Mercer County Office on Aging and the Division of Culture and Heritage are gearing up for the annual Mercer County Senior Art Show August 17 through August 27 at the Robbinsville Senior Center at 1117 Route 130 in Robbinsville. Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Many famous creators bloomed late in life and went on to achieve great acclaim. Among the most famous is Grandma Moses -- whose painting life began in her 70s after she abandoned a career in embroidery because of arthritis -- and many others who discovered their desire to paint or sculpt later in life. Entries are still being accepted.

“No matter what medium you use to express your art, I encourage any senior citizen in Mercer County to submit his or her work for exhibit. I am heartily looking forward to seeing the talented work of many on display this summer,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

“Art is an activity that bonds people, and shows such as this one aimed at senior citizens gives them the opportunity to stay involved, be creative and meet others with like interests,” Hughes added.

The Mercer County Senior Art Show is open to any Mercer County resident age 60 or older, and entries may be selected to advance to the state level at the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show.

The rules are simple. All submissions must be the original work of the applicant, created within the last three years, and not previously entered in the Mercer County Senior Art Show. Applicants may submit one piece of art in any of the following categories: acrylic, computer-generated images, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography (including digital), prints, and watercolor. One winner in each category will move on to the state show in October. There must be three entries per category before judging can take place, so don’t hesitate to begin! For an entry form or more information, please call (609) 989-6661 or visit www.mercercounty.org, Division of Culture and Heritage.

Additional information is below:

  • August 17; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Drop-off date/time for art work
  • Welcoming committee of Staff/Council from Office on Aging and Culture and Heritage will be greeting those who drop off their art work; light refreshments to be served.
  • August 27, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Awards and Recognition Ceremony
  • Reception to announce winners of Art Contest and to celebrate seniors and creativity.
  • Entertainment provided by Reading Center Gospel Singers; pianist Doris Hodges, Mercer County Council on Aging member and member of the Senior Art Show Committee; and Latin Jazz musician Arturo Romay.