May Featured Artists

The original title of Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artist exhibition for May was “A Blast of Color. ” That’s wonderfully descriptive of Ann Tidrow Connely’s acrylic landscapes. These glorious southwestern vignettes are all about light – – mountains, foothills, our triumphant desert plants and over all our color – blasting sunset skies. Stunning’s the word.

May’s second Featured Artist is Kristin Parrott, yours truly. I, too paint sunset skies but they form a backdrop for serene, barren trees and quiet pathways, both beckoning with potential. Then there are the hollyhocks, my latest obsession. Lots of color but also solitude, which is our second title.
Ann will also exhibit her charming handbuilt ceramics which incorporate 3D pueblo walls and Native children in their designs.
No exhibit of mine is complete without an array of my soapstone and alabaster carvings. Hands, critters and more hands, some inlaid with turquoise.
Meet Ann and me at our First Friday reception 4 to 7 on May 5.
Enjoy a blast of “Color and Solitude ” at Amapola artists co-op Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town, 205 Romero N.W. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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Two New Artists At Amapola Gallery

Come catch our double play at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. Tom Roche and Chris Maes bring their exciting work to Amapola as our newest Guest Members and they’re quite a duo.

Chris Maes, an Albuquerque native who recently returned after eleven years away, says he has “been making things forever. ” What he makes for Amapola  (and you, our precious public) are steel sculptures, a little hard to describe in a few words and with a faint whiff of Modigliani in feel. He begins with a general wire substrate and then builds his pieces drop by drop using a torch to melt the steel, almost, he says, like 3- D manual printing. Chris has a background as a machinist and dental lab tech, and his art allows him to cut loose. “The pieces make themselves with minimal guidance from me – – and they don’t need to make sense. “
Tom Roche, raised in Los Alamos, returned in 1975 after ten years away. (Obviously both men came to their senses! ) Tom makes mixed media crosses, using exotic woods, glass and metals, which he heats to alter their color. His background in mechanical engineering  (multiple degrees) and construction is embodied in his meticulous work. Tom’s cross motif was his wife Ann’s idea, and it’s a great one. He feels his inspiration is God given and he does his best to fulfill it. His first entry in the State Fair professional art exhibition took both First Place and Best in Show. Whew!
We hope these two skilled, gifted New Mexicans will be with us for a long time. See their works at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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Knots on the Cutting Edge.

“Knots on the Cutting Edge. ” That’s the theme for Amapola artists co-op Gallery ‘s March Featured Artist exhibition. I say we could call it “Runs with Scissors. ” Quilter and macrame knotter Marge Farmer Page, and paper cutter Sara Carley, employ knots and scissors in their artwork and cut quite a swath doing it.

Marge’s quilts range from crib- sized with charming baby – themed fabric to queen – bed sized artistic statements like the traditional “log cabin. ” They are meticulously designed and realized, suitable for bed, couch or wall. She even has a line of pillow cases, place mats and napkins, and pot holders for you bakers. Her charming macrame creations hold plants, wine bottles or simply your eye.
Sara Carley studied the art of paper cutting with acclaimed artist Elzbieta Kaleta  (also in our gallery) and it’s fun to see how different their work is. Sara comes from a music background  (with a double major in voice and oboe) and her subject matter is often musicians.
Between her years as a band teacher and her mastery of many instruments, Sara gets the details correct every time.
In addition to music, Sara derives ideas from written descriptions in the many books she reads. Combined with her tongue in cheek humor this results in a nifty line of fantastical birds, bumptious bears and dramatic dragons.
So if you enjoy knots and scissors, quilts and cut paper, come meet the artists Friday, March 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. “Knots on the Cutting Edge ” runs through March at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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Welcoming Guest Artist Iris McDowell

Join the members of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery in welcoming Guest Artist Iris McDowell, a gifted artist whose functional ceramics enhance everyday tasks. Iris’ s background includes more than three decades as symphony violinist and violist.

Iris imparts a lyric quality to her clay work, elegant shapes enhanced by the application of copper leaf. Her initial training in ceramics decades ago included work with a Chinese master potter in San Diego. Her pieces combine form, rhythm and rich glazes into a striking organic elegance. The final touch is torchwork, as she carefully applies sheets of copper foil.
Ceramic enthusiasts have enjoyed Iris McDowell’s work for many years in juried shows and exhibitions. Now we have it! Come experience for yourselves at Amapola Gallery in Old Town ‘s historic Plaza at 205 Romero N.W. Gallery open daily, 10 to 5.
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Come celebrate the new at Amapola Gallery as we welcome Kelly McIntyre.

Come embrace the new at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery! New desk, new carpet, glorious new fountains in our patio and an exciting Guest Member who is new to Amapola and to the professional art world.

Kelly McIntyre, Albuquerque born and bred, is from a family of artists, ceramists, watercolorists and oil painters. Kelly’s work in Amapola is ink on paper. She contrasts backgrounds of white paper dyed with flowing colored inks with intricate nature designs using tightly controlled black ink. Smaller pieces focus on insects:  she admires their strong design qualities and transmits this beautifully. The results are meditative pieces, both centering and relaxing.
Amapola Gallery on the Plaza in Old Town. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..
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New Colors and Textures at Amapola Gallery

More new stuff at Amapola artist’s co-op Gallery in Old Town! I’m talkin’ color and texture and an elegant new look.

Amy Jane Johnson is our new fiber artist and she’s a dandy. In New Mexico for forty plus years, and sewing longer than that, Amy Jane creates scarves, unstructured jackets and even a line of bamboo socks! Her “shrugs ” add a dressy but comfy touch of easy- to- wear warmth to any outfit. She enjoys the “hand ” of silks, raw silks and velvets, and she dyes her own to achieve rich, eye- popping colors. Like many of our all- local artist members, Amy Jane is multi- talented: a beader, singer with Sweet Adelines and functional potter. For now, come enjoy the design, color and texture of her very wearable garments.

Speaking of color, texture – – and music – – our home, historic Romero House, now boasts two gorgeous fountains in our patio. Made with natural stone, they also feature color – changing spotlights. There’s just something irresistible about gaily dancing water, especially here in the high desert.

Come enjoy a great experience! Amy Jane Johnson and 35 other award winning artists and our fantastic fountains! Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza at 205 Romero N.W in Albuquerque. Open daily from 10 to 5.

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Amapola Welcomes Two New Artists

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, with a new year, new carpeting, new desk and new members, creates a refreshing experience for first- time and repeat visitors alike.

Featured artists through February are jeweler Brenda Bowman, whose creations embody everyday elegance, and Pat Oliver, with powerful pastels of peaceful southwestern panoramas. Good stuff for you – – and your walls- – to wear!


Help us welcome new artist Herman Tafoya. Herman’s photography will add a touch of color- saturated interpretive realism to your decor.


Rejoice with us in the return of Jeannette Easley, whose rustic, patinaed copper jewelry contrasts with her highly- detailed, intricately – designed beadwork, combining to add a further dimension to Amapola’s already awesome assortment of wearable art.


There you have us! All New Mexican all the time.


Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-op since 1980. On Old Town’s historic Plaza at 205 Romero N.W. Open daily from 10 to 5.


(505)242- 4311 or at amapolagallery.com.
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All New Carpet in Amapola Gallery

Wanta get a boost for spring? Come see our refreshed artists co-op, Amapola Gallery. We have new carpet. Sound simple? Think again. January 8 we cleared the whole spacious area, all art work, new desk, old desk, jewelry towers, display furniture – – the whole blessed thing.

Your reward, and ours, with our antique floor repaired, new carpet laid and all displays restored  (whew!) is a wonderful new look for spring and for years to come, as we work toward another 37 years in business.

Amapola artists co-op Gallery, owned and run by a community of New Mexico artists, in Old Town since 1980.

Open daily from 10 to 5 on the Plaza at 205 Romero N.W. 242- 4311 and amapolagallery.com.

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Amapola Gallery Your Destination Shop for Cards

Amapola Gallery is your destination shop for cards of all kinds.  You gotta know by now that Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery is a great source for gifts. Haven’t you been reading my splendid blogs? We overflow with handmade original art and crafts, from paintings to purses, photography to stone carvings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, wood, fabric – – you get my drift – – for every price range, from favorite teacher to hard to impress boss and in-law.

But you may not be aware of our wealth of note cards, perfect for your holiday greetings. Our artist members create this enormous variety – each in their own individual style.  Nearly every co-op member crafts clever cards. We have an entire wall space devoted to dozens of cards, and freestanding racks and individual displays throughout the gallery.

This year don’t limit your self expression to cards- by- the- million from the mall.  Free your inner creativity!  Let your cards be little gifts of their own!  Shop Amapola Gallery for all your holiday greeting needs.

While you’re at it how ’bout a handmade ornament or stocking stuffer?    Need a few ideas for stocking stuffers to round out your holiday shopping?   Stuff this in your stocking and hang it! Amapola is also a destination shop for unique stocking stuffers of all types from fun to fashionable, art to aw shucks. Come see for yourself!
Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10 to 5 daily, later on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

I draw.I paint. I draw with paint. I carve. I assemble found objects. I blog. See the art at Amapola Gallery. Read my blogs here! -Kristin Parrott

 

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For Christmas Gifting Choose Amapola Gallery!

This photo of Old Corrales in the snow is by Patrick O'Brien and available at Amapola Gallery.

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

And a Happy New Year!

Christmas gifting on your mind?

Are you doing the last minute shopping thing? Need a few stocking stuffers to round out your holiday shopping?

Stuff this in your stocking and hang it!

Amapola artists co-op Gallery overflows with succulent stuffers for discerning adults, from fun to fashionable, art to aw shucks. Come see for yourself!

Hours, including Holiday Hours:

Amapola Gallery at 205 Romero N.W in Old Town. Open 10 to 5 daily, including on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

I draw.I paint. I draw with paint. I carve. I assemble found objects. I blog. See the art at Amapola Gallery. Read my blogs here! -Kristin Parrott

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