Never Too Late - January/February 2024

PCOA In-house Specialists in LGBTQ Elder Care: Sarah Bahnson LGBTQ Community Liaison Elizabeth Reeves Community Services System Director John Chihak Intake Specialist Jennifer Caragan Case Management Supervisor

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Our Featured Artist: Lorr

The Drawing Studio is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, creative learning organization that brings art and

Lorr’s passion for creating began early. In kindergarten, one lovely teacher whispered, “draw what you FEEL”; a revolutionary

the benefits of creating art to the entire community. The Drawing Studio offers affordable fee-based and free classes and workshops, hosts events and exhibits, and fosters awareness of the positive effects of creativity on individuals. The mission is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace art practice as a pathway to personal growth and healthy community. PCOA and The Drawing Studio proudly partner to feature original work by older artists in Pima County in Never Too Late , celebrating and showcasing the creativity of older adults in our community. If you would like to see more of the artist’s work, or to begin an art practice of your own, you may call (520) 620-0947 or email

assignment in those days (1951). As a five-year-young child, Lorr felt a physical and electric sensation from head to toe in drawing with a crayon. Lorr’s innocent acceptance of the permission to express the inner self visually and colorfully, had her hooked for life. Lorr was not told to “draw what you FEEL” again, including in college art departments. Regardless, the thrill of creative freedom that she found with those words in kindergarten stays with her. This set the conditions for her studio life,

and as a teaching artist for decades to come. Lorr attended Newark School of Fine Arts in 1966, and continued her higher education in art in Cincinnati. In 1976, Lorr earned an MFA from Queens College, New York, where she created and sold artwork for many years. The art featured on this issue’s cover, Beautiful Mnasidice , 30” x 40”, oil on corrugated board by Lorr (full image above)

PCOA Board of Directors Agnes Poore, RN, Chair Estella Searcy, Vice Chair Ava Butler, Secretary Robert Ramirez, Treasurer Adaline Klemmedson, Immediate Past Chair

Members: Josephina Ahumada Karla Bennington ( Advisory Council Chair)

Carla Castaneda Frederick R. Eisele Allan Gordon Denise Ochoa-Puchi Stella Mae Smith PCOA President & CEO W. Mark Clark

Denise Taylor R. Wayne Wood M.D. David Yarger Title III Programs Advisory Council Karla Bennington, Chair Wendy Ascher, Vice Chair Fred Bossemeyer

Piper Frithsen Kristin Norstad Christina Noz Mary Okoye Beth Smith

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Pima Council on Aging

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