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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Twelve Days of Christmas at Amapola Gallery

This tree is only a part of the decor during Holiday Stroll Old Town at Amapola Gallery.

With just over twelve days to Christmas, the holidays are a busy time of year with everyone shopping for the perfect gift for those special friends and family members. The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas Song starts with the gift of a partridge in a pear tree and each verse adds another item until reaching twelve drummers drumming. The last verse goes:

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Twelve Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, Five Golden Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

We’ve revisited the Twelve Days of Christmas to make the song more relevant to our many artist created paintings, jewelry, ceramic items, wooden boxes and much more.   Our Twelve Days of Christmas at Amapola Gallery goes

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve hanging punch quilts
Eleven beaded bracelets
Ten gorgeous photos
Nine southwest landscapes
Eight wooden vessels
Seven felted handbags
Six quilted placemats
Five sterling rings
Four raku clocks
Three small gourds
Two coffee mugs
And an ornament to dress up our tree.

 

Go on. Sing it!  Now get down to Amapola artists co-op Gallery and make it come true. Much easier than geese and leaping lords and such.

Amapola Gallery at 205 Romero N.W in Old Town. Open 10 to 5 daily. 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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Holiday Gift Shopping at Amapola Gallery

 

This tree is only a part of the decor during Holiday Stroll Old Town at Amapola Gallery.Consider doing your Holiday gift shopping at Amapola Gallery.   Perhaps you’re feeling holiday burnout, stressed from looking for gifts that are special enough for the dear ones on your list. Why must Christmas be so commercial?

Perhaps it will be helpful to look at gift-buying from the perspective of the Amapola artists who create wonderful gifts for your lucky list.    At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery I and my fellow gallery members create what we sell. We are all local and we depend on you, our fellow New Mexicans, to help make OUR holidays bright by doing your holiday gift shopping at Amapola Gallery and selecting our unique, handcrafted items as your gifts to buy.

We offer an enormous range of mediums and prices. And nothing in our shop from China – – or even Arizona!   Watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media paintings, assemblages, quilts and punch quilts, painted and decorated gourds, cut paper and photography, felted wool hats and handbags, stone carvings, wooden vessels both turned and handbuilt, glass and ceramics ornamental and functional, raku clocks, mosaics, serigraphs and a profusion of jewelry in a vast array of styles.   Simplify your holiday shopping with little, local, handcrafted. Make the recipients and the artists equally merry!

Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W in Old Town. Right on the Plaza in the historic Romero House.
Open 10 to 5 daily, open late Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Amapola Artists’ Co-op Gallery December Featured Artists

Two member artists hand the garland decorating for the holidays and the December Featured artist show at Amapola Gallery Albuqeruque.

 

Each month at Amapola Artists’ Co-op Gallery we generally showcase two of our member artists. They have an expanded display area and provide exciting new work to share with you, our Without – Which – No – Gallery public.   Every December brings an expanded showcase – not just two Featured Artists, but our annual All – Member artists show. You’ll see a dizzying array of gift giving must-haves from exciting hand produced glass art to felted purses and hats to fabulous artisan jewelry and much more – all of which will please you and your giftee throughout the year and for the years to come.    Also –  don’t forget our charming handmade tree ornaments, another fun Amapola tradition.  Our Amapola tree is already decorated with lots of intriguing member-made holiday ornaments of all kinds.  You can see it all during the Holiday Stroll  in Old Town on Friday evening, December 2.

Don’t forget the rest of our gallery! Wondrous works by our all- local- all- the- time cast of creators. We can say (apologies to Sally Field) “You’ll like us! You’ll really like us!”

Come to Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. On the Plaza in Old Town and open 10 to 5 daily. Closed Christmas day and New Year’s Day but open late on Christmas Eve.
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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Holiday Stroll Old Town 2016 starts with Amapola

This tree is only a part of the decor during Holiday Stroll Old Town at Amapola Gallery.

If you’ve never experienced Holiday Stroll Old Town style, you’re in for a treat! All of Old Town puts on its party clothes and starts celebrating the holiday season. Evergreen boughs, festive lights, lumenarias – – it’s a magical time to stroll where the Conquistadors walked.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery is no exception.

Friday, December 2, is your opportunity to meet the artists – – all of us local – – and our works that I guarantee will make the day and evening enjoyable and holiday gift- giving easy.

For those of you who value “unique, local, handcrafted ” for the folks on your gift list, we are truly The Place.

Hadn’t you heard? Since 1980 we’ve supplied glass wonders and wool hats, paintings, photography and wall hangings, worked wood and ceramics, gorgeous gourds and stone carvings, quilts, macrame, mosaics, silk screen prints, cut paper “paintings” and jewelry jewelry jewelry.

Holiday Stroll Old Town Details:

Come see for yourself! Holiday Stroll Old Town style, December 2nd from 10 to 9.

This map shows detail of road closures during Holiday Stroll Old Town as shared by Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

This map shows detail of road closures during Holiday Stroll Old Town.

Daily 10 to 5. Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. above Yay! Yogurt in historic Romero House.

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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Amapola Artists Co-Op Gallery Welcomes You!

This is the artwork of Katherine Gauntt available at Amapola Artists Co-op Gallery Albuquerque.Days I work at Amapola Artists Co-op Gallery  I greet explorers to our gallery with “Welcome to our co- op! ”

But you, our precious public, often don’t realize what an artists’ co-op gallery really is. I’m here to ‘splain.

It’s expensive to run any business. Our fixed costs include rent, of course, phone, insurance and several other unavoidables of which I wish to remain blissfully ignorant. (SO glad I’m the blogger, not the bookkeeper! ) Each artist member at Amapola pays dues which cover these costs.

We each take turns staffing the gallery. You always meet two of us when you come, not paid employees. We’re all local all the time.

To cover variable costs, like bubble wrap and light bulbs, we pay a very small percentage of our sales to the gallery. (And because it’s so small we can keep our prices low! )

To re- cap:

Thirty-odd New Mexico artists (some odder than others)

Plus

Historic Romero House at 205 Romero, NW, for our stunning setting (right on Old Town Plaza! )

Plus

You! the intrepid stair climbing experience- and hand made wonders seekers

Equals

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery!

Open 10 to 5, 361 days a year.

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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Begin Gift-Giving Season at Amapola Gallery

Choose Amapola Co-op Gallery for Gift Giving Season

Visit Amapola Gallery in historic Old Town and begin this gift-giving season on a high note.

What with our endless warm autumn, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly holiday time. But Thanksgiving rolls around in a few short weeks!

Where to go for the perfect hostess gift? Locally-made unique Christmas/Hannukkah/Kwanzaa gifts? Or the perfect congrats-on-a-year-well-lived gift to yourself?

Amapola Gallery, your one-stop gift, design, fine art gallery, a true co-op, run by and for the artists ourselves. Hooray for us and for your great taste in selecting us! Paintings, stone carvings, turned and constructed wood, mosaics and ceramics, glass, fiber arts and gourds, photography, assemblages, serigraphy, cut paper, tons of greeting cards and jewelry both classy and jazzy for every taste and budget.

We’ve got all your gift needs covered, and all in the historic heart of beautiful Old Town at 205 Robero, NW.

Amapola Gallery, open 10a-5p daily. Do it Start your gift-giving season now!

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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November Featured Artists Theme Metamorphosis

Diaz-Arntzen and Kaleta November Featured Artists

We at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery are an accomplished group of oddballs, none more so than our Featured Artists for November, Cristina Diaz-Arntzen and Elzbieta Kaleta. Each comes to us from elsewhere: Cristina from Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and Elzbieta from Cracow, Poland. Each is an American citizen, New Mexican by choice, ridiculously bilingual, talented, and ours!

Punch Quilt Artist Cristina Diaz-Arntzen

This is the work of November featured artist Cristina Diaz-Arnzten at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

After a long career in bilingual education that includes an award from the NEA, Cristina turned to the creation of colorful punch quilts. These lightweight, vibrant and durable wall hangings incorporate many images of the Southwest : Kokopelli and Native pottery, hot-air balloons and the Rail Runner, lizards and bears, Navajo ladies in traditional dress, and more. Including some hovering hummingbirds — which brings us to Elzbieta Kaleta, a photographer and paper artist with an eye for hummers and much else.

Photographer and Paper Artist Elzbieta Kaleta

This rooster is the work of November Featured Artists, paper artist Elzbieta Kaleta at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Elzbieta also has a teaching background, having taught animal genetics at the graduate level at Jagiellonian University in Cracow before moving to the US. (and completing her own post-doc research at Harvard Med School!) Using southwestern and animal designs, paint, calligraphy and photography, and her own admiration and respect for nature, Elzbieta turns the traditional Polish art of paper cutting on its head, in a most delightful way. Her photographs celebrate the beauty of nature and our shared place in this world — with basking cats, chattering crows, hummers, and the historic architecture of New Mexico.

Both Cristina and Elzbieta still teach but now their subject matter is art.

Come see this exhibit of their work, “Metamorphosis : Fabric and Paper in the Art Works of Cristina Diaz-Arntzen and Elzbieta Kaleta.” Reception in conjunction with Citywide First Friday ARTScrawl, 4pm – 7pm Friday November 4, 2016.

The show runs through November at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero, NW, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10-5 daily.

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