The two paintings likely didn’t cost any more than $20 at a local thrift store, but for one Albuquerque family, the missing paintings are priceless.
“Those were some of the last painting she did,” said Lew Campbell, talking about his mother, the late Consuelo Reed Campbell.
Campbell wasn’t a famous artist. She wasn’t ever commissioned to paint, but she did love painting landscapes and birds to give to her children and grandchildren.
Now, two winter landscapes are missing.
“Through a series of seemingly irreversible errors, they ended up being given to the Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Campbell.
Campbell says the paintings accidentally ended up in a donation box and ultimately landed at a metro Savers.
By the time the family realized, someone had already bought the paintings from the store.
“It was both my grandmother’s paintings and they were favorites of our mother,” said Scott Moore, Reed Campbell’s grandson.
Moore is leading the family’s desperate search. He started by visiting all 66 thrift, consignment and antique stores in Albuquerque.
“I’ve probably talked to more than 100 people,” said Moore.
Moore left behind flyers, created YouTube videos, Craiglist posts, and is now working on a website in hopes of finding these paintings.
“Every one of these incremental steps increases the likelihood of at least putting this message in front of whoever possesses them right now,” said Moore.
The family is willing to give a sizable reward to whoever can return the paintings for them.
If you have the paintings or have seen them, contact the Campbell, Moore family at CRCgrandkids@gmail.com.