We met JPT by chance when he was among the few, maybe the first, that wandered in our newly opened art gallery in Mesilla on April 3rd 2011. We did not announce our opening, we just put out an “Open” sign and said “Let’s just see who comes in”. How befitting that JPT, the virtual “Mayor” of Mesilla, appeared out of the blue like the “Chosen One” to consecrated our new space and our venture into the community of Mesilla. He continued to visit, support us and attend our events and we came to know him as the kind soul he is. One fond memory that stands out is an impromptu art session where he put paint to paper and expressed his artistic side.
Happy 100th birthday JPT!!!!
– Mitch and Ame Alamag