Highland Springs Residents Receive Statewide Honors for Artwork

DALLAS, TX—Two residents of Highland Springs received statewide honors for their artistic talent via the LeadingAge Texas 2015 ArtsInspire Contest.
Lynn Tagtmeier, a resident of the Erickson Living retirement community, earned first place in the drawing category 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 May 9.
Barbara Zoeller earned second place in the watercolor painting entry, “Caribbean Colors.”  Both of their pieces were among the finalists featured at an awards reception on May 16 at the LeadingAge Texas Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Austin.
The ArtsInspire contest showcases the artistic talents of residents from retirement communities across the state.  According to LeadingAge Texas, over two hundred entries were received, judged by a panel of experts including university professors, artists and authors.
Matt Neville is the Executive Director of Highland Springs.  “Our residents and employees have always admired the beautiful artwork of Lynn and Barbara on display at our campus,” stated Mr. Neville.  “We are so proud that the entire Lone Star State has now recognized their creative brilliance.”
Ms. Tagtmeier’s self-portrait, “Playing Dress-Up,” seizes the imagination of a five-year old girl through the interpretation of a mature woman, sixty years later. She utilized a photograph taken of her by an uncle during a family gathering in Illinois.  The accomplishment in capturing unique facial expressions in time inspires her portrait work.
She gives back to others by teaching a class for fellow residents of Highland Springs called “Drawing With Lynn” to encourage their artistic expression.
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 of that moment.  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.
About Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 700 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.