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Salina Senior Center patron shares art during Older Americans Month

(posted 5-2-2017)
The desire to do, rather than just
exist, is what inspired Salina Senior
Center patron Ron Johnson to
create art.

Johnson’s art will be on display
throughout May in the north end of
the Dining Room in the Salina
Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth, as a
part of our Older Americans Month
celebration. Operated by the Saline County Commission on Aging (COA), the Salina Senior Center is open from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Because of the limited space in the Dining Room, Johnson plans to change out the pieces of art periodically
throughout the month.

Johnson, who has been creating art for approximately eight years, explained that one day, he found himself
disabled and with a choice to make: either he could sit and watch TV all day or he could do something
constructive. Johnson chose the latter.

He started out by experimenting with various media, including painting, but said he has developed a liking for
assemblage and collage, especially in the abstract. Johnson’s art includes a variety of found objects, from things
he picks up off the sidewalk to images from magazines that catch his eye. Johnson said he also is starting a
series of Haiga, a Japanese form combining poetry and art.

While each piece of his work has a special place in his heart, Johnson said that he is willing to sell his art, should
someone be interested in purchasing it.

Throughout May, the COA and its facility, the Salina Senior Center, will have a variety of special activities to
celebrate Older Americans Month. Schedules are available at the Salina Senior Center’s first floor Reception
Desk or on the COA website at
www.salinecoa.org .  “Age Out Loud” is the national theme for this year’s Older
Americans Month celebration.