Never Too Late - August 2022

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 Maddy Bynes Director of Public Policy & Special Projects

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Our Featured Artist: Maud Koch

Maud Koch was born and raised on Long Island New York. She received a full scholarship to The School of Visual Arts in NYC where her study of the human figure began. Maud moved to Tucson in 1977

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

and worked at the US Postal Service for thirty years. She discovered The Drawing Studio back when the nonprofit was on South 6th Ave. Maud has been taking classed at TDS ever since! She has been a regular participant in the Open Studio (live model) program for years, and now has become the volunteer Open Studio monitor on Monday evenings. Maud transfers the drawings from these live model sessions to canvas and then paints the figure in oil. She has an extensive collection of succulents

(about 230 separate species) and paints the blooms from them. Maud publishes a calendar of flower paintings every year. She works in oil, pastel, watercolor, charcoal and also sculpts in clay. Art is now and has always been Maud’s life. Her website is The work featured on this issue’s cover, Parodia, oil on canvas by Maud Koch. (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) Piper Frithsen

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

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

Amy Levin Ron Meck Christina Noz Beth Smith

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