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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, May 19, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...

Carol L. Adamec: Scenic View, Digital painting printed on metal, 14”x11”
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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...

Sondra Diepen: Westward Ho! Motel, digital photograph printed on metal, 14x9"
Sondra Diepen’s interest in Route 66 includes signage, ranging from fading printed names on buildings to still-working motel and curio shop signs.

Today’s post features a digital photograph printed on metal by Sondra of the Westward Ho! Motel sign located on Old Route 66 in Albuquerque at 7500 Central Avenue. The motel was built in 1948. The neon elements outlining the saguaro cactus were restored in 2002 as part of the Route 66 Neon Restoration Project, a joint effort of the New Mexico Route 66 Association, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, and the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Office.

Westward Ho! Motel and 3 additional photographs of motel signs photographed by Sondra are exhibited in the Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66 exhibit at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery thru June 25. Viewing hours are 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.

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.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues....

Indian Ghosts, 2017, by Carol L Adamec
Digital painting, printed on metal, 12"x18"
Available for purchase. Contact Artist.

“Is this a real wigwam, Dad?”

“Well, actually it’s a tepee, Son.”

“Did the Indians really live here?”

“Well, back then they didn’t have beds, or bathrooms, or cable TV, or air conditioners. This is better, don’t you think, Son?”

The exhibit Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66 will be displayed at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery now thru June 25. Viewing hours are Wed— Sat 11-8pm and Sun 11am-3pm. Access to the Gallery is thru the KiMo Theatre Ticket Office, 423 Central Ave NW at the corner of 5th.
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Text and Image ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Route 66 Exhibit continues...

The KiMo Theatre on the corner of Central Ave (Old Route 66) and 5th Street
in Albuquerque. Site of the exhibit, Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66.
Photo Credit: Sondra Diepen
WOW! What a wonderful opening reception my compadres and I enjoyed at the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery last Thursday! Sondra Diepen and I were thrilled that Laguna Pueblo photographer Lee Marmon was able to be at the opening to talk to viewers about his classic black and white photographs in the exhibit. (See my post on April 22 about Lee Marmon.)

Among the many guests at the opening were several members of the Route 66 New Mexico Association, along with friends, artist-friends, supporters, and family members—including my friend Lisa visiting from Nashville, and my son and daughter who flew in from Memphis to surprise me!

And thank you, dear Collectors, for your art purchases, too!

And, of course, we are grateful to the City of Albuquerque for the use of The KiMo Theatre Art Gallery (inside the KiMo Theatre) for our exhibit. This lovely Art Deco-Pueblo Revival style building, pictured on today’s post, was built in 1927. The KiMo Theatre is our City's best known landmark on Central Avenue, Albuquerque's Old Route 66—the perfect site for our exhibit.
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Text ©2017 Carol L Adamec. All rights reserved.
Image of KiMo Theatre by Sondra Diepen used with permission.