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Art show to reflect a personal tie

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By The Staff

The newest exhibit at Mesa Public Library, “Castles and Clans collection,” reflects not only the beauty of  Scottish castles but a personal tie to the artists. Painter Karol Mack of Santa Fe and writer Brian Mack of  Estes Park, Colo., both have Scottish ancesters and have traveled extensively throughout the country.

Their work, which extended over 10 years, has been accumulated into a book, “Scotland: Castles and Clans the Legends.” Karol’s oil paintings illustrate the book Brian wrote.

The public can see first hand what Karol and Brian created through the exhibit, which will begin Sunday and runs through Jan. 30.

A reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 9 at the library.

In addition to maps and timelines, viewers can see 50 of Karol’s paintings of castles that are located all over Scotland.

In addition to their ancestry, Brian said Scotland caught their interest because “Once you get there, it is such an incredibly beautiful nation.”

He added their subjects immediately attracted their eyes because “They’re such an icon of the landscape.”

Plus, it is estimated that there are more than 2,500 castles in Scotland that range from ruins to palaces. “You got castles just everywhere,” Brian said.

According to a press release, the exhibit offers a visual journey for people to discover ancient and modern legends as historic timelines that add context to myth and the tales and traditions.

Brian said as people leave the exhibit, “I think they’ll get a (bond) to the nation.”

He encourages people to attend the show because “it’s a great opportunity to see Scotland through the eyes of an artist.”

The press release reports that Brian is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a member of Clan Home and the St. Andrews Society. 

He has traveled extensively throughout Scotland, studying Scottish history at the Kings College in Aberdeen, Scotland, before graduating with a degree in history and religious studies from the University of New Mexico. .

Karol’s work is part of national and international collections. She has traveled and painted throughout Scotland exploring her ancestry as a member of Clan Lamont. 

Her artistic honors include: Signature Membership in the Oil Painters of America, Emeritus Status in the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and an Artists Fellow of the American Artists Professional League.

She has taught painting classes at Loch Vale Fine Art in Colorado,  Rocky Mountain Nature Association in Colorado and at the University of New Mexico.