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Retired beauty shop owner favors florals

Rolla-area artist Agnes “Mutz” Maples has been entering the Art is Ageless® competition at Rolla Presbyterian Manor for the past five years.

“Once I started art class here at The Centre, I realized how much I enjoyed drawing and painting, especially flowers,” said Mutz, who turned 85 last month.

Last year, one of Mutz’s entries was selected for inclusion in the honorable mention gallery in the 2022 Art is Ageless calendar. “Black Beauty” is in the mixed media/crafts category, but it evokes the kinds of floral paintings that Mutz favors. She recreated the 3D piece with silk flowers and a striped ribbon mounted to a simple black frame.

The winners of this year’s Art is Ageless competition at Rolla Presbyterian Manor will go on to be judged against work from 14 other PMMA® communities. Mutz is one of four Rolla-area artists whose work was reproduced in the 2022 calendar.

Mutz began painting six years ago. A native of Herman, Mo., she lived and worked in Chicago for many years, where she owned and operated a beauty shop. After retirement, she moved to a small town on Table Rock Lake.

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