Art Organization Honors Local Treasures 2016

Amapola’s Carol Maestas one of Local Treasures 2016

This is a picture of Carol Maestas of Amapola Gallery, one of nine Local Treasures 2016.

Carol Maestas, whose stunning watercolors are a treasure to Amapola Gallery, has been acknowledged as a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association (AABA), in recognition of her tireless work in promoting research toward treatment and cure of Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome traps its victim in a body that has stopped working properly. Learn, think, understand–you cannot walk, speak, feed yourself, swallow. Carol is a vocal advocate for these speechless ones and donates 100% of the profits of her art sales to the cause.

She will be recognized by AABA at a reception at Albuquerque Museum, Saturday, September 3, from 1-3p.m.

We at Amapola Gallery will honor Carol with our own reception on Sunday, September 18th from 2 until 4.

This paper maiche heart is from the I Will Love You Forever Collection, by Amapola Gallery's Local TReasure 2016, Carol Maestas.

For her Amapola Gallery reception Carol is producing a special new collection to honor her brother, who succumbed to cancer in January, 2016. The title of the collection is “I’ll Love You Forever,” and includes painted wooden crosses, papier mache hearts and memory books/journals in mixed media.

Though the collection grows out of a sad event, Carol Maestas’ work itself is joy-filled, inspiring and just plain beautiful. In Carol’s words,

“All the parts and findings are items donated by friends. It all feels so special because I feel so respectful of the memories attached to all these findings. Some of my parts are handmade using clay.”

This heart is from the I Will Love You Forever collection by Carol Maestas of Amapola Gallery, one of nine Local Treasures 2016.


Help us honor our very own Local Treasure, Carol Maestas.

Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town. Special reception 2-4 September 18, or daily 10-5.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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