County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:

August 16, 2017   


Monmouth County Senior Art Show Winners Recognized

32 local artists receive awards

MANALAPAN, NJ –Thirty-two local senior citizens received awards at the Monmouth County Senior Art Show Awards Ceremony & Reception held today at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Symmes Drive. At the Monmouth County Senior Art Show, Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, Best in Show Winner Lois Wilkes and Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Monmouth County Office on Aging and Monmouth Arts produced the 2017 Senior Art Contest and Exhibition and invited all Monmouth County senior citizens to participate in the juried competition.


Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, liaison to the Monmouth County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services, was on hand to present the awards.


“I am continually impressed by the talented artists that we have here in Monmouth County and am proud to present them with their awards,” said Deputy Director Curley. “Many of these artists participate every year and each time they bring something new and more stunning than they did the year before.”


One hundred participants submitted artwork to ten categories that included acrylic, craft, digital, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, sculpture and watercolor. At the Monmouth County Senior Art Show, Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, Best in Show Winner Jasmine Smith, Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry and Freeholder Serena DiMaso.


Winners in each of the categories received first-, second-, third-place and honorable-mention ribbons. Winning Best in Show were Lois Wilkes of Middletown in the professional category for her photograph “Sisters,” and Jasmine Smith of Allentown in the nonprofessional category for her craft entitled “Winter Robin in Blizzard of 2016.”  All other winners and categories are listed below.


“With one hundred participants, it is incredible to see the creativity and variety among our artists,” said Curley. “These senior citizens are remarkable and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.”


The artwork is on display until Aug. 30 at the Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr. Photographs of the winning artwork also are posted on the Office on Aging webpage of the County’s website at


“I encourage our library patrons to take some time to visit the display,” said Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Library System. “It is truly an exhibition  not to be missed.”


First-place winners from each of the seven categories will be on display at the 51st annual New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show, to be held at the Meadow Lakes community in East Windsor, NJ from Sept. 18 through Oct. 20.


For information about the Division on Aging, Disabilities and its other event and activities, stop by the County’s office at 3000 Kozloski in Freehold or call 732-431-7450.



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* List of winners follows.


2017 Monmouth County Senior Art Show Winners


Best in Show was presented to Lois Wilkes of Middletown in the professional category for her photograph “Sisters,” and Jasmine Smith of Allentown in the nonprofessional category for her craft entitled “Winter Robin in Blizzard of 2016.” 




First Plan                    Val Dyshlov                        Morganville                    On the River



 First Place                  Allan Mogel                       Manalapan                      Florida Shore

 Second Place             Karen Martin                      Freehold Twp.                Quiet Time at White Pine


 Third Place                Carol Jankowski                 Freehold                          Wagon Ride




 First Place                  Jasmine Smith                    Allentown                       Winter Robin in Blizzard of


 Second Place             Beth DeMartino                  Tinton Falls                    Birch Trees

 Third Place                Patricia Supplee                 Ocean Grove                   Winter Night




 First Place                  Louis Rivera                       Tinton Falls                    Acid Rain




 First Place                  Theresa Trocchia                Interlaken                        Regal Doberman                                   


Mixed Media


First Place                   Nat Regan                           Ocean                              Sandy Hook November



 First Place                  Pearl Patricio                      Neptune                          Alms! Alms to Poor


 Second Place             Dorathea Manaro                Manalapan                      Flowers for Sharon





 First Place                  Guido Guazzoni                  Ocean Twp.                    Pierced By a Ray of


 Second Place             Leonardo Ruggieri             Lincroft                           Gina’s Fresh Catch



 First Place                  Joseph Taliercio                 Marlboro                        Happy Ours

 Second Place             Frank Lumia                       Allentown                      The Rostafarian

Third Place                 Marion Dobrowolski          Neptune                         Endless Grazing




 First Place                  Sharon Steinhorn                Marlboro                        Full of Flowers



 First Place                  Ellen Silverman                  Manalapan                      Venice

 Second Place             Sol Hara                              Ocean Twp.                    Santa Fe Day into Night

 Third Place                Valerie Rigazio                  Freehold                         A Little Dancer




 First Place                  Lois Wilkes                        Middletown                   Sisters

 Second Place             Vince Matulewich              Morganville                   Pink Hibiscus



 First Place                  Terry Halifko                      Neptune                         Lady Blue

 Second Place             William Jelinek                   Freehold                        Santorini Sunset

 Third Place                Thomas E. Smith                Allentown                      Guinea Turaco




First Place                   Tova Navarra                      Middletown                    This Changes Everything



First Place                   Georgette Giuffre               Howell                            Asparagus Plate




Honorable Mention    June Knopf                         Marlboro                         Palm Coast AU



 First Place                  Diane Schechter                 Manalapan                      Pottery and Shadows

 Second Place             Barbara Lomasson              Long Branch                   Amped

 Third Place                Bennett Campanella           Freehold                          Summer Time



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