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Obsessive best describes Maggie Malloy’s new found interest in painting. Her childhood passion for dance and her love for the church choir gives us reason to believe that she has a predominantly right brain for sure. Her book, “Volunteer Power”, written in 1990 for hospice programs, rounds out those gifts and genetic creativity.

Beginning at sixty, Maggie began playing around with oils and watercolor after spending many years in Key West, Florida, prowling around in galleries. The vivid jewel tones with eye-grabbing quality appealed to her most. Using those tones, Maggie was determined to tackle the canvas challenge and has produced over seventy works of art since. She has studied both in Fort Smith, Arkansas, her home of 40 years, as well as Key West.

Half of her works are now being enjoyed in homes somewhere between her native home of Oklahoma and the Bahamas. Various techniques have been adopted from artists with years of experience who shared their wisdom and provided the encouragement necessary to push her into going for it!

Those instructors include Suzy Strasburg, Julie Mayser, Ann Griffin, Pat Lappin, Sanford Birdsay, Barry Thomas, Janet Frankovic and Jay O’Meilia.

Maggie and her family moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas from Oklahoma in 1972. She has never stopped “moving” since. Her take charge nature resulted in total emersion in the family business and her children’s private and public schools; seven years of hospice management and patient care; founding and directing the Phillips Cancer Support House; and organizing the city’s first volunteer center which provided services to 90 nonprofit agencies. She also served as Executive Director of the Bost Foundation, an agency that offers assistance to consumers with disabilities and their families. Varied experiences have introduced Maggie to many area physicians, manufacturing executives, pastors, philanthropists, senior care directors, educators and city officials. She has been a loyal ambassador to Fort Smith and the surrounding communities, evidenced by her service on the Regional Chamber Quality of Place committee. Recently Maggie became an artist, which has led her to a greater interest in the arts and the volunteer role of Capital Campaign Chair for the new Fort Smith Regional Arts Museum. She is also helping to establish ART MATTERS, a regional alliance for the arts, history and humanities.