Carroll's 99th Birthday is Truly Reason for Everyone to Celebrate
Story & Photos by Barbara L. Steinberg©
We first had the great pleasure of meeting Carroll Thomas as he celebrated the opening of his Big Pine gallery on Hwy. 395. There was much to celebrate as Carroll had just blown-out the candles (figuratively speaking) on his 96th birthday. Our wide-eyed response to both of these amazing feats, "No! Way!" He was the spriest 96-year-old we had ever met. And I'm thinking, "C'mon now. You can't be a day over 80." (Photo of Carroll at 96, April 2006.)
What incredible luck. Enjoying our favorite road trip along the Eastern Sierra...and spending time basking in the artistic glow of a true California treasure in the form of Carroll Thomas.
The time to celebrate and honor this California classic really is now. I recently spoke to Carroll's partner of 30+ years. She said he has had a few health issues this past year, but still paints almost every day. Mr. Thomas is the oldest living American Painter, still creating works of art, while personally operating and maintaining his own gallery located in Big Pine, California. Another double whopper. Seems appropriate that he should be living and working along side the oldest living things on Earth...the ancient bristlecone pines. We are so blessed in California to have to many of the oldest, tallest, onliest, largest things on the planet. This, of course includes Carroll Thomas.
For more information while You're Visiting the Eastern Sierra: The Other Side of the California, Mammoth Lakes Vistiros Bureau, Mono County Tourism, Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, and Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.