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 Miriam R. Sowers  (1922 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Ohio / Mexico      Known for: mixed media painting, portraits, art dealer

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Following is an obituary of the artist, submitted by Jill Tostengard:

Artist Owned Old Town Gallery

By Lloyd Jojola
Journal Staff Writer (Albuquerque)

Miriam Sowers, an Albuquerque artist who owned and operated the Symbol Gallery of Art in Old Town for about 20 years, has died.

The 85-year-old died Saturday, said her son, Keith Sowers.
   
Miriam Sowers depicted people in nature "to express intangible qualities, concepts and states of mind that have captivated and elevated hearts," a publisher once observed.
   
"She was the first one that started painting on silver, gold, bronze and copper leaf," her son said. "She would put the silver and gold leaf on Masonite and then paint."

Born in Ohio, Miriam Ruth Sowers and her husband, the late H. Frank Sowers, moved to Albuquerque in 1954 and attended the University of New Mexico.

"My mom had painted all her life," Keith Sowers said, adding that she earned a bachelor of arts degree from Miami University in Ohio.

She owned and ran the Symbol Gallery of Art from about 1960 to 1980, before moving the gallery to her home in the North Valley, near the Rio Grande Nature Center.

 Sowers, in a 2001 Journal profile, said her work always reflected philosophical themes. The piece noted that the medium and size of her work changed after a stroke she suffered in December 1999.

"Before, I measured my work in feet," she was quoted as saying. "Now I measure my paintings and drawings in inches."

Keith Sowers said his mother had always painted with her right hand until the stroke, which paralyzed that hand.

"So for the last six years of her life she's been painting with her left hand— amazing. She was still good," he said.

Biographical information provided by the family says that Sowers painted hundreds of commissioned portraits and that thousands of her paintings were in collections in the United States and abroad. It mentioned that prints of hers are in the National Archives and the International Archives in London and in collections in Florence, Rome, Paris, the U.N. Gallery and New York City.

Sowers' survivors include her son Keith and grandsons Raemy and Jeffrey; son Craig and granddaughter Cara and grandson Marc; and sister Carol and her husband, Tom.

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