WELLSBORO - Artist Scott Griswold, who resides at Country Terrace Assisted Living, recently submitted artwork for a contest sponsored by the Extendicare Foundation - and won!
His art was chosen as the cover for one of this year's greeting cards, which will be available for purchase to benefit the Extendicare Foundation's efforts to support Alzheimer's Disease research.
''I am glad my talent can help with a worthy cause,'' Griswold said. ''It's always rewarding to help others.''
For his submission, Griswold created a 6-inch-by-8-inch watercolor painting of three sunflowers with smiley faces. It was the first time he submitted art for the competition.
''I was very happy to win,'' Griswold said. ''It is an honor to be chosen.''
Griswold was one of six contest winners chosen nationwide to have their art decorate the cover of this year's cards. According to the Alzheimer's Association Web site; as many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's.
The site also stated the direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year.
In addition to the cost, the 2009 World Alzheimer Report from Alzheimer's Disease International states the prevalence of Alzheimer's is rapidly accelerating.
The report stated a 10 percent increase since 2005 and according to the site, since the U.S. has no national plan for Alzheimer's disease like other countries, research and treatment gains are lagging.
Michaela Black, activity director at Country Terrace, said the contest is something the assisted living home has participated in for the past three years.
''We are very proud of Scott,'' Black said. ''The contest is not only a lot of fun; it ultimately helps families afflicted with this terrible disease.''
The 90-year-old artist said he has been interested in art ever since he was a young boy.
''It's an escape for me,'' he said.
The creative senior shows no signs of slowing down either. During the winter months, he tries to stay busy by completing portraits from pictures that people send to him and then mails the finished product.
Before retiring, Griswold worked for Canton School District as an art teacher for eight years, but spent most of his time as a commercial artist, rendering portraits of people and animals.
''Mostly horses,'' he said. ''My wife, Marceil, which I have been married to for more than 65 years, acted as my agent.''
Griswold, who has been at the assisted living home for three years, said he enjoys his time there.
''It's a wonderful place,'' he said. ''The center provides plenty of room for my paintings and art.''
Although Griswold works with all different types of mediums, he said he enjoys pastels the most.
If there is one thing Griswold appreciates more than art, it's his family. He has a son, Scott Jr., of Cape May, N.J., a daughter, Nan, in Skaneatles, N.Y., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
If you know someone affected by Alzheimer's or for more information on the disease, its' affects or treatment options, call 800-272-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To buy Extendicare Foundation's greeting cards and help benefit the fight against Alzheimer's, contact Lisa Behling at 404-908-8230 for details.
To inquire about a portrait rendering by Griswold, interested individuals may call Black at 724-5683 for further information.