Never Too Late March/April 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: Kim McKay

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

Kim McKay grew up in Utah and has always been fascinated by the southwest desert country. She has

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 a 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

lived in Arizona on and off for over 20 years. She studied interior design and architecture at the University of Utah and graduated in 1986 with a Master of Architecture degree. She worked in architecture, project management and facility management for over 30 years, most recently as Assistant Vice President in Facilities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She retired in 2017. During her career she had limited time to work on art and had taken mural painting and bronze casting in her spare time. But after retirement and returning to Tucson, she started taking courses at The

Drawing Studio, primarily painting and drawing. She was very inspired by her teachers and in March 2022 one of her abstract pieces won 2nd place at the Southern Arizona Art Guild show. Website The art featured on this issue’s cover, Happy Tourist , 36x24 in, Acrylic Stretche canvas 1 1/2” profile by Kim McKay (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: Karla Bennington ( Advisory Council Chair)

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

R. Wayne Wood M.D. David Yarger Title III Programs Advisory Council

Piper Frithsen Kristin Norstad Christina Noz Mary Okoye Beth Smith Denise Taylor

Karla Bennington, Chairperson Wendy Ascher, Vice Chairperson

Fred Bossemeyer Carla Castaneda

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