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    Resident of Querencia at Barton Creek Takes Home Two First Place Awards for Painting in “Art is Ageless” Competition


    Querencia at Barton Creek resident Dotty Brooks has loved art since she picked up her first set of Crayolas. She was recently recognized for her painting talents when she took home two first place awards in the LeadingAge Texas “Art is Ageless” competition for her master work, “Jeremiah,” and in the category oil or acrylic painting for her piece, “Portrait of Roy Brooks.”


    Dotty’s love of art developed when she was just a child. She took every class in painting and drawing that came available to her. She always had the urge to be an artist.


    “I just think it takes you out of yourself and into another dimension,” said Dotty. “When you think about art, you think about creativity and beauty, and you can’t think of anything else. You don’t even feel your aches and pains anymore.”


    Her favorite piece is a portrait she did of her husband, Roy Brooks, which is one of the pieces she won first place for in the recent competition. Her other award winning piece, “Jeremiah,” was inspired by a trip to the Sistine chapel in Rome and the work of Michelangelo.


    In recent years, Dotty’s subjects have changed. While she used to primarily focus on portraits, now she has started painting things to give to her four daughters and eight grandchildren for their homes. Her next projects, requested by two of her daughters, will include a painting of her daughter’s sailboat and another of fish for a daughter who is moving to Florida. She has also been known to give away a piece to raise money in an auction for charity.


    Dotty is always happy to see others take up painting. She says they’re in for the treat of their lives. She was excited when one of her daughters, in her fifties, recently took up painting. “It has changed her life,” said Dotty. “She’s so happy and carefree.”


    “Mrs. Brooks is an incredibly talented artist,” said Leslie Dominguez, director of marketing at Querencia. “Her work is outstanding and something we all enjoy seeing. This award is such a great way to honor Mrs. Brooks and others like her who create beautiful pieces. I am so proud of Mrs. Brooks and all of our talented Querencia artists.”


    The winning pieces from the “Art Is Ageless” competition will be displayed in the state capital during the month of May. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on May 17.


    The "Art Is Ageless" contest showcases the artistic talents of older Texans from retirement communities across the state. LeadingAge Texas receives over 200 entries every year that are judged by experts in the field such as university professors, artists, authors, etc. The project is used to showcase the positive aspects of the aging process. It educates the public on the value of the creativity that can come with living long, healthy lives.


    Multiple residents of Querencia recently submitted pieces of art work to the competition and were proud to bring home some of the competition’s top awards. In addition to Dotty, other winners from Querencia include first place winner Ethel Harvey, mixed media, “Alleyway in Haifa, Israel,” second place winners, Bob Bailey, photography, “At The Wailing Wall,” Jack Puryear, master work, “The Slip Of Dawn,” and Ethel Harvey, other painting, “My Old Man,” third place winner, Ethel Harvey, oil or acrylic painting, “East 6th Street Musicians” and finalist Suzanne Butler, needlework, “Flopsy Bunny.”




    Querencia at Barton Creek is a premier life care senior living resort located at Barton Creek Boulevard and Chalk Knoll Drive in Austin, Texas, less than a mile from Barton Creek Resort & Club. The 400,000 square-foot senior living resort features 167 independent living residences, including 10 villas, on 38 acres. Residences are available in one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 830 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet. The Plaza at Querencia features assisted living apartment homes in one- and two-bedroom designs, memory support suites, private nursing rooms for long-term care, and Medicare-certified private suites for short-term rehabilitation.


    Querencia at Barton Creek is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, The Buckingham in Houston, Mirador in Corpus Christi, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, visit www.QuerenciaBartonCreek.com, or call (512) 610-9401.


    Images courtesy of Querencia at Barton Creek

    Image 1: A portrait Dotty Brooks painted of her son.

    Image 2: A landscape painted by Dotty Brooks.

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