SARKISIAN, Carol Anne A prominent Santa Fe artist (formerly of Boston and Randolph), age 76, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 12, 2013. Carol was born in South Boston to the late Joseph "Mickey" and Mary McPhee. She attended the Massachusetts School of Art and the Boston Museum School. In 1957, she married painter, Paul Sarkisian and moved to California. There they co-founded the seminal Aura Gallery in Pasadena with other fellow artists. Her knowledge of Native American antiquities became well known, and in 1975 she was awarded the N.E.A. grant for conservation work on Navajo weavings. In 1971 the family moved to Cerillos, New Mexico where Carol helped to build The Children's Workshop, a cooperative school for local kids. Her work continued to evolve and grow through a variety of media, which included painting, ceramics, assemblage, textiles and bronze. She became world renowned for her original jewelry, and in 2009 won a prestigious international design award given by the Swarovski gem company. Carol Sarkisian is survived by her loving husband, Paul Sarkisian, her devoted son Peter and his wife Lisa, her truly beloved grandson, Roman Wynne Sarkisian, her brother Joseph McPhee and his wife Mary Ellen of Northborough, MA, and many loving family members and close friends. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in Carol's name to breast cancer research.

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 17, 2013