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Nine decades of creativity: Shirley Koller '42 remains focused on her art

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March 30, 2015

Nine decades of creativity: Shirley Koller '42 remains focused on her art

Grad is taking classes, making artwork in her senior community

By Carolyn Jack

When Shirley Koller ’42 first moved to Laurelmead, the Providence, R.I., senior community in which she currently lives, she took her meals in a dining area called the Rose Room. Though pictures had been hung elsewhere, the wall her chair faced was big and blank.

Koller got tired of that in a hurry. So she made a bargain with the management: If they would let her put up one of her own paintings in that empty space, she would catalog all of Laurelmead’s artworks for them.

Done and done.

But hanging “Pink Floyd,” the colorful, abstract piece she placed in the...

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