Carol Maestas, whose family descends from the Conquistadors, is a native Albuquerquean and proud of it! She is also the newest watercolorist to become a guest member of Amapola Gallery, an artists’ co-operative gallery on the Plaza in Old Town.
Carol’s works offer the soft beauty of watercolor without the shiny distraction of glass. Largely self taught but with several artist -mentors, she is extremely clever about archival protection for her work, something some might overlook. The paper mounted on wood has several layers of gesso or other barrier between the materials. Finished pieces meant to be displayed without glass Carol varnishes with 5-7 coats of UV – protective mat varnish.
When I asked what one thing we should know about her art career, she told me this. Carol had always painted for fun, with no intention to sell her beautiful works. Then her beloved granddaughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, in which the body cannot work but the mind remains active. Awful. Now Carol donates all profits from the sale of her paintings to finding a cure for this miserable disease. (See RettSyndrome.org and GirlPower2Cure.org for more information.)
Carol Maestas creates luscious fruit portraits (including a stunning giant pear–yum!) as well as New Mexico scenes (some behind glass.) They are distinctive, masterful and lovely. Come welcome her, and them, to Amapola Gallery.
After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer