Friday, November 7, 2014
Russell Hamilton 1950-2014
Around the time of the transplant, he opened up a gallery in Albuquerque with another artist, Kim Arthun. Both felt the constrictions of normal gallery relationships and wanted to take more control for their own work. They also wanted to provide a "sane" venue for local artists, and that's what they did, providing Albuquerque with one it's best venues for seeing art that mattered. * In that extra 15 years he grew his son, maintained a loving relationship with his wife, did his art, hiked and camped and co-ran Gallery 208. Then, his kidney gave out, and once again he had to wait for another transplant. This kidney only lasted about three years, and finally, as Kim said at his service, he "tapped out" last week.
The service was held at a large church, and filled to capacity with all the people in Albuquerque who had been touched by Russell. Kim read his eulogy, and it was truly beautiful. He gave us a picture of Russell's life that was complete, but more importantly, he gave us the sense of how much their friendship mattered, and how much these two men loved each other. When my husband and I left the service, we each felt envious for what Russell and Kim had shared.