Mesdames Carton

271 Vallecitos Rd Chamisal Taos County

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Mesdames Carton Virtual Studio Tour (large) from Clodie Francois on Vimeo.

Mesdames Carton's Studio will be CLOSED DURING THE HIGH ROAD TOUR! 

From Clodie's Daughter  Quetzal: "My beloved mama Clodie Francois, Mesdames Carton, passed away last Sunday at home in the arms of my brother and me. We are heartbroken at the loss of our beautiful mother, who was such an incredible presence and source of light in our lives. We also know that the art world also lost an incredible artist. If you own one of her magical lamps, I invite you to light it in her memory."


Sadly, Mesdames Carton is currently closed.  Our dear friend Clodie Francois has passed on to the other side. Her tireless support for the High Road Artisan organization has earned her this perpetual memorial. Dearest Clodie, without you, there wouldn't be a High Road Art Trail or our App. RIP, our dear friend. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.  

Clôdie François was a French native born in Paris and graduated in Literature & Psychology from Sorbonne University. Clôdie began her artistic path by teaching painting & literature classes in french high schools. These roots were just the beginning of a rich and beautiful life, embracing new experiences and challenges with creativity and inspiration.

Throughout her life, Clôdie had always found an "inner temptation" to follow multiple paths of creativity, each medium a new love.

Clôdie worked for 15 years as a journalist for the daily newspaper "Liberation." Meanwhile, as a director, actor, and singer, she was involved in theater arts, her first passion, both on stage and backstage. She is the co-creator and singer of a band called BB Opera.

Clôdie crossed the Atlantic from France for the first time in the nineties bringing along her two young children to discover the "Land of Enchantment" in Ojo Sarco, New Mexico. It was a “coup de foudre”.

Living in the wonders of Northern New Mexico profoundly affected Clôdie as an artist. Until the end of her life, she continued to find inspiration for her works in the faces of mountains and the iridescent sunsets.