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Senior artists honored at state capitol

Several local seniors have added style to Sacramento as winners of a statewide art contest.

The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) sponsored a statewide competition for residents of assisted living facilities. Ninety paintings and photographs were entered, all of which were hung in the eureka room of the state capitol building. Several pieces were chosen to hang permanently.

Residents of the Diablo Lodge in Danville submitted six pictures to the contest. Artists Charlotte Beckstead, Elizabeth Hutchins, Rita Lowell, Rohini Patel and Alice Reynolds visited the capitol to meet with officials and see their artwork.

"They were amazed to see just how many people had entered the competition and were in awe of seeing their very own paintings on display," said Ami Champaneri, resident care director at Diablo Lodge.

The artists were welcomed by CALA representative Megan Geremia and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-16), who answered pressing questions from the seniors.

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