Artist Kathleen Maurer Donates to Council on Aging

Kathleen Maurer has donated her lovely painting, Season of Life, for the live auction at the Council on Aging's 8th Annual Fall Gala.

Artist Kathleen Maurer Donates to Council on AgingKathleen Hardin Maurer has donated her lovely painting, Season of Life, for the live auction at the Council on Aging’s 8th Annual Fall Gala celebrating the “Season of Life”. Pictured L to R: Kathleen Maurer, Fran Shea and Jessica Styers

The COA has partnered with the Omni Hotels & Resorts, Amelia Island Plantation to host this event on October 9, 2011, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. sponsored by The Jane Adams House, Assisted Living Community; Janet Carver, Esq., Elder Attorney-at-Law; First Coast Community Bank; Heekin Orthopedic Specialists; Edward Jones, Pam Brown, Financial Advisor; Hoyt House, a Luxury Inn, Deborah Gold, Innkeeper; Omni Hotels & Resorts, Amelia Island Plantation; and Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

The $75 Gala ticket includes wine with dinner, dancing, entertainment, cash bar, silent auction and live auction with the possibility of owning this wonderful work of art to be featured in the live auction called by local celebrity Aaron Bean early in the evening.

Kathleen graduated with a license in nursing and has returned to her life’s interest in painting. She attended the prestigious Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota prior to returning to Amelia Island in 1979. She has made this special island her home for 32 years, raising her children here, and is excited by this opportunity to give back by donating this work of art by her own hand. She shared that this painting depicts the road of life going off to where everyone’s life is going and the importance of stopping along the way to do what one thinks is important. “The colors are happy and fresh, and will go with any décor,” says Kathleen.

Season of Life, By Kathleen Maurer

Kathleen wants to lead by example with this gift to COA. “We’re all going to need this new building and its services,” says Kathleen. “It will be used.” Kathleen comes from a family with a history of volunteerism. She proudly mentioned that her mother, Audrey Stone, won the Elsie Harper volunteer award this year. Kathleen is a member of the Miniature Art Society of Florida and the Island Art Association, where she has served as Gallery Director and Board Member, among other positions. She often travels to France where she has received instruction at the Association des Beaux-Art de Cannes and is currently teaching Acrylic Painting.

The COA is grateful for her exquisite contribution to the 2011 Gala.

Beginning in 2008 with Milt Shirley, The COA Gala featured a local artist whose art embodied the theme of the event. Georganna Mullis’ work was featured in 2009, and Sandra Baker-Hinton’s painting was featured last year in 2010. Now, it is a tradition for COA to partner with the artist community for each Gala! The COA plans to follow this tradition for years to come, and we invite others to submit their work for 2012.

The Council on Aging is a 501-c-3 non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization. We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two senior recreation centers. We are partially funded by government grants and donations from private individuals.

More information is available on their website www.coanassau.com.

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