The home where Stan Masters lived and painted is within eyesight of my own. Yet I never met him before he passed away at the end of 2005. With our shared interest in historic buildings and art, we probably would have gotten along very well.
I first learned of Stan early in 2006 when his widow, Carlene called to offer a donation of one of his watercolors to our now defunct historical society. The one I chose at that time is the same one recently featured in Doug Miner’s article about the gift of the Masters painting to the Maplewood Public Library.
Carlene kindly let me photograph many of Stan’s paintings including all of them with Maplewood buildings as a subject. In an effort to help her find buyers, I included some of her husband’s paintings in the first Let Them Eat Art event held that year in July.
It was while having them framed at The Frame of Mind shop that the art and antique dealer, Robert Morrisey first saw them. He and Carlene quickly reached an agreement that has since benefited them both a great deal. Representing Carlene, Mr. Morrisey has expertly marketed Stan’s paintings to folks who recognize value.
Interested parties should read Stan’s Wikipedia page. They can also see and purchase Stan’s paintings at Clark Graves Antiques in Clayton.
Now here’s a kicker. Not only was Stan a watercolorist of the first order, he also won first prize in the amateur division at the Cannes Film Festival. That’s right…a Cannes Film Festival winner from Maplewood!