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Excerpted from Voices of Highland Springs, July 2015, Issue #6

Two residents of Highland Springs received statewide honors for their artistic talent via the LeadingAge Texas 20l5 Artslnsprire Contest. Lynn Tagtmeier, a resident of the Erickson Living retirement community, earned first place for her graphite pencil entry, “Playing Dress Up." As a result, her work was displayed with the competition winners at the Texas State Capitol in Austin the week of 5-9.

Barbara Zoeller earned 2nd place with the watercolor painting entry, 'Caribbean Colors.' Both of their pieces were among the finalists featured at an awards reception on May 16 at the LeadingEdge Texas Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Austin.

The ArtsInspire contest showcases the artistic talents of residents from retirement communities across the state. Over 200 entries were received, judged by panel of experts including university professors, artists and authors.

Matt Neville is the Executive Director of Highland Springs. “Our residents and employees have admired the beautiful artwork of Lynn and Barbara on display at our campus," stated Neville. “We are so proud that the entire Lone Star State has now recognized their creative brilliance."

Mrs. Tagtmeier`s self portrait seizes the imagination of a 5 year old girl through the interpretation of a mature woman 60 years later. She used a photograph taken of her by an uncle during a family gathering. Capturing unique facial expressions in time inspires her work. She gives back to others by teaching a class for residents of Highland Springs.

When Mrs. Zoeller and her husband traveled to the Virgin Gorda Baths, the beach scenery left them breathless. "Caribbean Colors" is inspired by a photograph taken there. She used a technique called broken light to capture the colors of the shimmering sunlight reflection. The piece is a glimpse of that day’s tranquility. one she hopes relaxes the hearts of its audience.

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