Mary Geatches took the reins, beckoning more hungry creators, including Weaver. Geatches insisted he join in.
“She said ‘You have to paint,’” Weaver said. “‘Here’s your brush. Paint.’ So I became a painter.”
It was an inspirational offer he couldn’t refuse.
“It really opened my eyes to the art world. I saw the real art world,” Majka said. “I learned a lot from Mary.”
Then tragedy struck. In 1985 Geatches and her husband died in a car accident on Thanksgiving Day.
Everything could have ended there with blank canvasses, empty easels and nothing left to paint. But it didn’t.
Weaver rallied support, named the studio in Geatches’ honor and Geatches became a permanent muse.
“It’s a memorial to her. It’s a handed on, generation to generation kind of thing,” Weaver said. “It’s marvelous, because there’s never been so much continuity.”
Weaver said the studio has a magnetic quality, with artists coming from all over, like Santa Fe and New York.
“We got it going and we’re still with it,” Majka said. “It’s a never-ending moment. You always find something new.”