About The Artist

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Hello! I am a fine arts painter, with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My primary painting medium is oil and alkyd, and mostly I work in a representational style. My greatest challenge as a painter is to capture the effect of light; and my greatest joy as a painter is to accomplish that. Many thanks to those readers who have been following this blog since Day 1 (May 19, 2008). To those who are visiting for the first time today...Welcome, and thanks for dropping by!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Celebrating "Elvis" in Memphis, TN


Carol L Adamec: "Starry Night for Elvis", 2017

If you live in Memphis, August belongs to Elvis Presley, marked by an official "Elvis Week", to be celebrated this year August 11-19.

LRoss Gallery is kicking off the celebration early this month with tonight's opening reception from 6-9pm with the exhibit "Elvis Has Left the Building" complete with great Elvis themed artwork, music, and a DJ!

I am pleased to be included in the exhibit (Memphis was my home from 1986-1994) and I'm in town for the opening.

If you're in the area, come by! It's gonna be quite a party!
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Image and text ©Carol L. Adamec, 2017. All rights reserved.




Thursday, July 6, 2017

Back to Painting Flowers...

Carol L. Adamec: "A.M. Morning Glories", digital painting, printed on metal. 7" x 5"
I just dropped off this piece of artwork yesterday to the Weyrich Gallery here in Albuquerque, located at Candelaria and Louisiana NE. If you're out doing ArtsCrawl Friday night, drop by to see it. Thanks!
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Text and Image ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

"July Flag", original oil on panel painting by Carol L Adamec. 
"Oh, say can you see..."
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Route 66 Show...The Last Picture

Carol L Adamec: "Smoke Signals", oil on panel, 6"x8." Available for purchase.

Last Sunday was the final day of our exhibit,"Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66", at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery in Albuquerque. So this is my last image post from that exhibit.

Many thanks to those who visited the exhibit or saw the work on my Instagram account or my blog here. I appreciate your support and your comments. Thank you!
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Text and Image ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...

Carol Adamec: Starry Night for Elvis, 2017. Archival digital print, mixed media.

They don't call Route 66 "Main Street of America" for no good reason. The 2,448 mile road from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA, was the primary east-west route across the United States from 1926 to 1984. People from all walks of life traveled Route 66—even the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley!

Not a fan of flying, Elvis preferred to travel by car from Memphis to Las Vegas, NV, for his nightclub gigs during the late 1960’s. On several occasions, he and his entourage would choose the Trade Winds Inn in the Route 66 town of Clinton, OK for an overnight stay en route to and from Vegas.

Elvis liked the upstairs corner suite, Room 215, which featured a king size bed covered with a red faux satin coverlet, a black Naugahyde fainting couch, green pile carpeting, and a vanity. Fans stole the numbers off the motel door so often that the management quit replacing them.

The motel is still in business and maintains the “Elvis Suite” preserved as a time capsule. Maybe Elvis is there?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...

Photographer Sondra Diepen, at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery, Albuquerque.

Last week, Sondra Diepen and I met up with friends at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery who wanted to see our exhibit Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66.

While we were there, I took this picture of Sondra standing by part of her photo installation of vintage hood ornaments. There are a total of 9 images, all printed on metal, ranging from a 1947 Packard to an International 1964 Travelall—a great collection of car memorabilia. ( See the 1941 Cadillac Flying Lady on my May 15 blogpost.)

The exhibit can still be seen through June 25, with viewing hours Wed thru Sat 11-8pm and Sun 11am-3pm. Access to the Gallery is via the KiMo Theatre Ticket Office, 423 Central Ave NW at the corner of 5th.

Bring a couple of quarters for the parking meters on Central and come see the show. It’s free!
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Text ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.
Image ©2017 Sondra Diepen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...

Lee Marmon: Acoma Mission in Snow, 1958, silver gelatin photograph.
Today’s post features one of my favorite photographs by Lee Marmon: Acoma Mission in Snow.

Acoma Pueblo is located atop a 365 foot mesa, about 60 miles west of Albuquerque, and has been inhabited by the Acoma People for over 800 years. The Spanish discovered this pueblo village in 1540 and began building the mission church, San Esteban del Rey,
 in 1629.

For Lee Marmon, Acoma was only 20 miles “down the road” from his home in Laguna Pueblo, and a place where he often took photographs of the people and their surroundings.

This photograph and six other classic black and white images by Lee Marmon are part of the exhibit Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66 exhibit at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery thru June 25. 


Viewing hours are Wed -- Sat 11-8pm, and Sun 11am-3pm. Access to the Gallery is via the KiMo Theatre Ticket Office, 423 Central Ave NW at the corner of 5th.

Stop by to see the show. It’s free!
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Text ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.
Photograph ©Lee Marmon. Used with permission.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...

Carol L. Adamec: Scenic View, Digital painting printed on metal, 14”x11”
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As a kid growing up in Chicago, my experience of Route 66 was from the backseat of the family car, en route to Joplin, Missouri, for annual summer visits to my maternal grandparents and relatives. That 600-mile day drive seemed endless, and most of the “scenic views” didn’t seem very scenic at all.

“Are we there yet?”

"Scenic View" can be seen in the Then and Now: Rediscovering Route 66 exhibit at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery Albuquerque thru June 25. Viewing hours are Wed–Sat 11-8pm and Sun 11am-3pm. Access to the Gallery is via the KiMo Theatre Ticket Office, 423 Central Ave NW at the corner of 5th.

Stop by to see the show! It’s free!
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Text and Image ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...


Sondra Diepen: Cadillac Flying Lady, 1941, Sixty-one Special
Digital print on metal
Another of Sondra Diepen's Route 66 interests is old cars--and the older, the better! In particular, Sondra zooms in to get the hood ornaments. Some of them are pure sculpture, like the Flying Lady she found on a 1941 Cadillac in Barstow, California.

Cadillac Flying Lady and 9 additional photographs of vintage hood ornaments by Sondra are on exhibit at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery in the Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66 show thru June 25. Viewing hours are Wed –Sat 11-8pm, and Sun 11am–3pm. Access to the Gallery is via the KiMo Theatre Ticket Office, 423 Central Ave NW at the corner of 5th in Albuquerque.

Stop by to see the show. It’s free!
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Text ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.
Image ©2017 Sondra Diepen. Used with permission.