LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - There were smiling faces all over the PineCrest Retirement Center in Lufkin Thursday as nearly 100 people showed up for this year's art show.
"Today we've had about 30 to 45 residents displaying art that they have done all of their lives. I have a lady that has art that she has done since she was 9 years old that she's kept for 60 plus years. We have residents that have so many different talents (from) woodwork, painting, cross-stitching, and needlepoint. All types of different things," Lauren Saloom, the life enrichment coordinator for PineCrest Retirement Center, said.
The retirement center has had previous art shows, but Saloom says this is the first year they have had an exhibit.
"They get to beam ear-to-ear to see people so interested in their work, things that they have done. It's really exciting. It's a proud moment for them to get to show off the talents that they have or had if they don't do it anymore," Saloom said.
Joan Rankin, a resident, says she has been cross-stitching for nearly 30 years.
"Well, I have a love of my life. Something that gives me therapy every day and that's counter cross-stitch," Rankin said.
Rankin cross-stitched a Nativity scene almost 25 years ago, and says it's by far her favorite piece of work.
"I thought it was beautiful. When I saw a finished product of it in a cross-stitch shop, I said I have to have that pattern and I have to do that," Rankin said.
Rankin's husband, Dennis Rankin, showcased his pictures from their trips around the world. Like pictures of sleeping leopards in Tanzania, Africa to 250-pound Anaconda's in the Amazon of Peru that got stuck in a fisherman's net.
"When they pulled the net in, they didn't have any fish at all but they had this 250-pound Anaconda and the Anaconda was very docile and was willing to just be handled. They tell us and they believe that the snake had eaten all the fish that was in the net and that's why the snake was very calm," Dennis Rankin said.
Andy Dupre, another avid photographer, says he loves to take pictures of landscapes.
"Photography has been my hobby for many years. I've been in the Angelina Photographic Association for about 10 to 12 years. It's where I've developed most of my craft," Dupre said. "I've engendered interest in photography through my family members and friends. I love photography."
Dupre says he loves his pictures of the Teton Mountains in Wyoming.
"These are unusual mountains because they erupted from the center of the Earth without having any foothills like most mountains do," Dupre said.
Saloom says it's great to see the residents receive praise for their work.
"I get to enjoy them every day and so it's neat to be able to see the things that they have done over the years and the things that interest them that I don't get to see every day," Saloom said.
Doris Gage says she hasn't seen anyone make a hook quilt like hers in years.
"I think it's one of those dying arts. It takes a lot of patience because it's a lot of trouble. But it's busy work, you know?" Gage said.
Gage says the colors on her hook quilt have about five different shades.
And Joan Rankin says the exhibit is a great way to socialize.
"This is wonderful, just the comradery, the getting together and for me to come and see other people's work is nice too because a lot of these people I didn't know they did that," Rankin said.