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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 2 through August 13 at the Meadow Lakes Retirement Community off Route 571 East in East Windsor.

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.

“Mercer County has an extremely strong arts community, and our older residents are certainly contributors,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “I am very much looking forward to seeing the talented work of many on display this summer.”

The Mercer County Senior Art Show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Groups over six people are asked to call 800-564-5705 at least 24 hours in advance for a guided tour. The exhibit features original works of art created within the last three years, from drawings to paintings to crafts, by Mercer County residents age 60 or older.

In addition, a closing reception for artists, friends and family, and art admirers will be held August 13th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Lakes, 300 Meadow Lakes, East Windsor.

At the closing reception, a winner will be chosen in each of the following categories: acrylic, computer-generated images, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography (including digital), prints, and watercolor. Each winner will move on to the statewide competition in October, the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show.