Old Town Sweetheart Stroll Showcases Jewelry at Amapola Gallery

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Three of the featured artists for February at Amapola Gallery. (L to R: Boglioli, Joyance, Merrigan)

Celebrate Sweetheart Stroll in historic Old Town! You’ll find live music, artist demonstrations, workshops, poetry readings and more, courtesy of the Albuquerque Arts Business Association.

Dazzle your eyes with fascinating and beautiful wearable art from Amapola ‘s five fierce jewelers, February’s Featured Artists: Jack Boglioli’s wire wrap designer jewelry; Brenda Bowman’s contemporary jewelry; Michele McMillan’s sterling jewelry; Mary Ellen Merrigan’s beaded creations; as well as the crystal elements from Joyance.

Amapola Gallery will offer poetry and jewelry demonstrations from noon to 2pm. Plus, you always meet two of the 40-member artists when you visit the Gallery.

These Old Town Sweetheart Stroll pieces are from featured artists McMillan and Bowman.

Two of February’s Featured Artist Jewelers – McMillan and Bowman

Wander the participating galleries and shops that celebrate Valentine’s Day with heartfelt receptions, and make Amapola Co -operative Gallery your starting point.

The annual Sweetheart Stroll provides a perfect occasion to celebrate love and commitment with some special adornment for that special someone.

Our reception is Sunday, February 14, from 1-5p.m., at Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town.

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Curators Bring Order, Laughter and Display to Co-op Gallery

5 Curators Serve Amapola Co-op Gallery

This picture shows the five women who serve as curators for Amapola Co-op Gallery Albuquerque.

Amapola Gallery Curators 2016: KD Fullerton, Vicki Bolen, Lynda Burch, Katherine Gauntt, Vera Russell

Amapola Gallery, an artists co-op, occupies the entire top floor of the historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza. To help bring a semblance of order to the displays of some forty artist – members, we elect five curators, two each for wall displays and cube displays and one for our Featured Artist area.

Sounds benign, doesn’t it?

Keep in mind that all forty of us tend to be jealous as cats of our own space, which shifts throughout the gallery every three months, and you can perhaps visualize the hissing that can and sometimes does ensue.

Our courageous curators for 2016 include K.D. Fullerton, who has worked her display magic as Featured Artist curator for many years.

Vicki Bolen brings new eyes and new ideas to her job of cube display curating. Lynda Burch, her partner in crime, has masterfully kept our downstairs display case in seductive order since its inception.

Vera Russell and Katherine Gauntt have both been wall curators before, which hints at masochistic tendencies. Katherine speaks for all curators when she says curators should “improve the appearance of the gallery with all the good material there is to work with. ”

Smacks of change to me! Our first curating of 2016 is on January 29, when some new display ideas will be put into play. While all us cats are deciding whether to hiss or purr, why not draw your own conclusions?

Can’t compare because you haven’t been to Amapola before? There’s still time! Hours are 10-5, seven days a week.

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Amapola Gallery Honors Jewelers as Featured Artists February

Five Jewelers Are Featured Artists for February 2016

The first archaeological evidence of personal adornment dates back some 75,000 years, a full 30,000 years before those beautiful cave paintings. (You know — here I am and here’s my handprint to prove it!) Very early finds include drilled shells and soapstone beads. This urge to adorn continues throughout the archaeological record, to include gloriously – crafted gold and silver necklaces, rings and bracelets from sites around the world. Adornment is a human drive, ambition and tradition!

If that isn’t motivation enough, remember February is a time to celebrate hearts ‘ connections to sweethearts, parents and other loved ones. (Don’t forget yourself!) What better way to express commitment than with some artistic adornment for Valentine’s Day? Amapola ‘s Featured Artists for February are our jubilicious jewelers: Jack Boglioli, Brenda Bowman, Joyance, Michele McMillan and Mary Ellen Merrigan.

Because we’re an artists’ cooperative, it should be noted each artist performs job duty at the Gallery.

This woven pendant is by jeweler Jack Boglioli, a Featured Artist February for Amapola Gallery.

Jack Boglioli, our Web Master, transforms “wire wrapping ” into wire weaving, incorporating precious and semi -precious stones into intricate and clever precious metal fantasies. He’s a cross between a magician and a spider, with some pendants that are reversible and can be worn upside down, too. Four looks in one. Really!

Jeweler Brenda Bowman is one of Amapola Gallery's Featured artists for the month of February.

Brenda Bowman, clearly a masochist, is gallery Director for the second consecutive year. Brenda creates fun, classy, everyday -wearable necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She focuses on semi -precious stone and metal beads, with a nifty sideline in pearls.

This necklace is by Joyance, a jeweler from Amapola Gallery and featured artist for February.

Joyce of Joyance, our calendar keeper and lighting maven, emphasizes Swarovski crystal in her designs, necklaces and earrings, marvels of understated elegance.

This is the work of Michele McMillan, featured artist for February at Amapola Gallery.

Michele McMillan, our roster ranger, a gifted silversmith, both casts and fabricates a variety of organic and contemporary, unique pieces. Her overall designs often grow out of the unusual stones she uses. It’s all about the process!

This necklace presentation is by Mary Ellen Merrigan, featured artist February at Amapola Gallery.

Mary Ellen Merrigan, our master of social media, publicity wrangler, two -sentence bio enforcer and communications coordinator employs an enormous variety of materials and techniques in her beading. Words to describe her necklaces, bracelets and earrings, which incorporate African trade beads, Sterling, gemstones and vintage glass, are inventive, imaginative and whimsical.

Remember: February is a month to celebrate hearts ‘ connections. What better way to express commitment than with a gift of jewelry? A bauble. A bangle. A beady bibelot. A Sterling heart or crystal drop. A ring for the ear and one for the finger.

So come enjoy the vast variety of our gallery’s adornment opportunities in this month’s featured artist show. From the heady “I really LIKE you ” stage to the appreciation of years spent together, February’s featured artists have a gift for all levels of commitment and connection. Including that well -deserved gift to yourself!

Special Note: Amapola Gallery will join ArtsCrawl on the first Friday in February (February 5, 2016) with hours extended till 6pm. Come by the Gallery and meet some of our jewelers, our featured artists for February.

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Community is Key to New Mexico’s Largest Co-op Gallery

Community and co-op blend into Amapola Gallery Albuquerque

Artisans plus Albuquerque equals Amapola Gallery.

Albuquerque + Artisans = Amapola

It was our theme song last year, our 35th, and it remains true. We are a fellowship of forty artists (more or less) united by our common interest in maintaining our gallery, which provides display space for our work and collegiality with a creative group of like -minded folks. Alone, we might not get too far. United, we form a sustaining community.

One reason we have survived is the historic community of Old Town, with its many galleries and art -appreciating tourists. It’s a wonderful location to be a part of.

Amapola Gallery a co-op gallery is located in historic Old Town Albuquerque.

We appreciate the internet community as well, unlimited by physical boundaries but sympathetic to our blogs, notices of events, and our website with lots of photos and wonders to be purchased. Even better is when the internet persuades folks to come visit the mother ship in person!

Lastly, we are part of the community of Albuquerque, full of lovers of the original and hand -crafted, who have followed and supported us through four Old Town locations and more than 35 years.

This is the poster contest entry from Lynda Burch a member of Amapola Co-op Gallery.

©2015, Lynda Burch, “New Mexico Rising”

Artist /Gallery /Old Town /Albuquerque — wonderful building blocks which together make Amapola a success.

Come see for yourself. We’re COUNTING on you!

Amapola Gallery, the largest co-op gallery in New Mexico, is located on the west side of the square in Old Town Albuquerque, and open 10am – 5pm daily.

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Artists Cooperative Gallery Adds Guest Member Artists

An artists cooperative art gallery, Amapola Gallery is home to 40 artists. Most are from the greater Albuquerque area. The diverse membership gives the gallery an incredible foundation and a large and ever-changing presentation. Guest member artists are juried in quarterly and as situations change, new guests join the members. 

Amapola Gallery is pleased to welcome guest member Ann Tidrow-Connely, a painter of luscious landscapes.

Ann Connely is a guest member at Amapola Gallery, an artists cooperative gallery in Albuquerque.

Ann has both a BA and MA in K-12 education with a focus on painting, drawing and ceramics. Her focus in Amapola, however, is acrylic painting. Her twenty years in Albuquerque, and background in Texas and Oklahoma, have left her continually inspired by the colors, scenery and unrivaled sunsets of the area. This inspiration is beautifully visible now at Amapola. The Sandias have never looked so good. Come see for yourself!

See this picture of the Sandias by Guest member Ann Connely at Amapola Gallery an artists cooperative gallery in Old Town.

Gourds! Amapola once again has painted gourds! Come see for yourself as we welcome new guest member Barbara Lewis to the Amapola family.

Barbara Lewis is a guest member of Amapola Gallery Albuquerque, an artists cooperative gallery.

 

With a B.S. in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Barbara has an extensive art background, including pottery and beadwork. A visit to friends in Arizona some eight years ago introduced her to the discipline of gourd painting. Though her major influence is the various SW native cultures, she loves the naturalness of gourds. Their 3-D surface never exactly repeats, and generally dictates much of the finished design. Although Barbara says, “I’m just a color person, ” her major interest is always design.

This gourd shows the work of Barbara Lewis, a guest member of the artists cooperative gallery, Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Lady gourds, table gourds, wall gourds, all with Barbara Lewis’s distinctive, colorful designs — come see!

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Upcoming Renovation at Historic Romero House

Notice about renovation at Historic Romero House where you climb the stairway to art.Amapola Gallery is located in historic Romero House(Read more in last year’s post about how perfect this historic location is for our Gallery.) right on the Plaza in Old Town. We’ve been here for well over a decade and pleased we are, too. (Sounds a little Yoda -ish; must be the influence of Star Wars!)

One inevitability of a long -term residency, business or residential, especially in an old building, is wear and tear. Age. Worn out edges. Once in a while you just got to spruce up. Which is where we find ourselves.

This late winter Amapola ‘s floors will be transformed. Underneath the old carpets is wood of some sort, along with some sort of something else of the flooring persuasion. We’ll either get new carpet, refinished wood, or a bit o’ each.

While the carpet’s away, the painters will play. Newly painted walls and display cubes, cleaned and reassembled glass towers for our jewelers, AND new flooring! We’ll enter spring refreshed, sparkling and ready to dazzle you.

We’ll keep you posted on dates of our unveiling. Meantime, our historic self is open as usual, 10-5, seven days a week. It’s how we got so grubby to begin with!

For more information on the upcoming renovation at historic Romero House, call the Gallery at 505-242-4311 and speak with one of our members. Two of our member artists work each day. Meanwhile, feel free to browse some of the other reasons we love our location in this post, 35 Things We Love About Old Town Albuquerque.

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Giving Credit, Giving Thanks, Giving up the Year

Thank YOU 2015!

Amapola Gallery has been in business as an artists co-operative since 1980, and we have reached the moment to give credit where it’s due: Thank YOU 2015!Amapola-Gallery-Albuquerque issues a blanket Thank You 2015.

We couldn’t have done it without YOU. Yup–you.

The travelers who stop in every time you come through Albuquerque to see what’s new with us, and to follow us to each new Old Town location.

The local folks who “never get to Old Town” but wander in one day, maybe with out of town company, and are hooked, coming in again and again.

Or, the folks who come in once only but just have to buy that perfect painting, ceramic pot, art glass window or coaster set, wooden box or bowl, the perfect necklace/bracelet/earrings for self or as a gift.

Each of you is a valuable contributor to our continuing success. Thank you! Thank you every one!

Because of your contributions, this has been a phenomenal year. We thank you to our very own member artists as well and salute their contributions.

During 2015, we re-did our website and began this weekly blog.

Early this year, we elected to join Albuquerque ArtsCrawl and since then we have benefited from the monthly events. We look forward to continuing and augmenting our participation in 2016.

We appreciate and salute all the partners who helped with our visibility and publicity this year, especially to historic Old Town Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for your support and consideration  during this past year!

Farewell, 2015! We’re giving credit, giving thanks, and giving up the year!

Welcome 2016! Here’s to a prosperous and art-filled year for each and every one!

 

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Board of Directors 2016

Amapola Gallery Albuquerque introduces its 2016 Board of Directors

Like any large group, Amapola Gallery, an artists cooperative, requires a set o ‘ rules and a chain of command to keep things running smoothly. Okay — as smoothly as possible. We’re talkin ‘ herding cats here.

The first group of offices are pretty generic : Director and Co – Director, Secretary and Treasurer. Or Head Cat Wrangler and Cat Wrangler in Training, Say What? and Oh Please Have Mercy.

This is a democratic organization. You know, one cat one vote. But the HCW gets to make a certain number of independent decisions when these are not crucial or wide – reaching enough to involve the whole clowder. This usually involves consultation with the rest of the Board, who are generally NOT inclined to hiss and spit around one another. Even with both bylaws and policies and procedures, all honed over our 35 years (and counting) there arise a good many grey areas. Then there’s the need to keep things rolling as bloodlessly as possible at meetings.

Secretary, or Say What? has a more limited task, of taking minutes at general meetings, usually only five a year. If you’ll think of 40 cats yowling, or even purring, you’ll realize SW? has to listen quickly and write even faster. And then, of course, strain his little paws to type up an email and also print 3 hard copies for those of us who dwell contentedly on the 1980s. (And why not? I ask, speaking only for myself.)

Our Treasurer, or Oh Please Have Mercy, has to correlate receipts with summary sheets with deposits while wringing her paws over records with no date, no artist’s name, arithmetic errors despite a desk calculator — Frankly it is she who has mercy on US, by filling this position year after year, all without resort to extraordinary violence. Amazing. This transcendent gem is Marge Page, who doubles as our macrame knotter AND quilt constructor.

Say What? for 2015 and 2016 is Art Rosenberg, who produces striking natural – object assemblages on sheets of slate.

Mark McCallaster is the Head Cat Wrangler in Training at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Our current Cat Wrangler in Training is Vera Russell, whose oil landscapes and stilllifes record vignettes of New Mexico and beyond. For 2016, our CWiT will be Mark McAllaster, he of the turned wood bowls, many boasting turquoise inlay.

The Amapola Gallery Albuquerque Director for 2016 is Brenda Bowman.

Amazingly, our current Cat Wrangler, Director if you prefer, has agreed to serve another year. Brenda Bowman says, “well, there’s a learning curve …” (I think she’s just fond of cats!) Brenda produces unique contemporary jewelry in metal,stone and glass.

That’s half our Board. Stop by our gallery where you’ll always meet the artists. If these folks aren’t working, say hello to the cats!

Amapola Gallery Albuquerque is the largest artists cooperative in New Mexico. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, you always meet two of the member artists when you shop at Amapola.

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Last minute gifts in Albuquerque

Shop Amapola for Last Minute Gifts in Albuquerque

We all know folks who have their holiday shopping nicely wrapped up by March. So organized! So disgusting! Then there are those who buy thoughtfully throughout the year and finish by first frost. (Shifting their energy into holiday get – togethers and — cooking. In my home the less said about cooking the better …)

My favorite shopping experience took place on a Christmas Eve, no less. I had a short list of mall – available items and a small window of time. It was great! I found everything I needed and the various clerks and I were virtually alone.

You won’t be alone when you come to Amapola Gallery for your gift shopping. More importantly, what you’ll see will absolutely NOT be available at any mall!

For Last minute gifts Albuquerque look no further than Amapola Gallery.

We have unique, locally -made wonders, from the perfect card, jewelry piece, painting, wooden box or bowl, stone sculpture, woolen wearables, print, quilt for wall or bed, ceramics and glass both useful or “merely ” ornamental … It’s a huge list because our forty artist – members are hugely and endlessly creative.

This year we’re even open late on Christmas Eve for those truly last -minute impulses. Marvel at Old Town ‘s luminarias, get a bowl of steaming posole at Yay! Yogurt downstairs and come upstairs. You’ll be glad you did.

Open every day 10-5 (except Christmas and New Year ‘s Day) and eight pm on Christmas Eve.

 

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Cooperation in an Artists Cooperative

New Mexico’s Largest Artists Cooperative

This is the artists cooperative tree with ornaments from all the artists at Amapola Gallery.

Many times folks come up our stairs into Amapola and find the two artist/attendants deep in conversation. I often make the joke, “You have witnessed two members of an artists’ co-op actually cooperating!” As an ice breaker it may be lame, but it’s part of a larger truth.

There are always around 40 members of Amapola Gallery. We range in age from 22 up into the eighties. Our backgrounds, politics and frames of reference may differ radically. What unites us is our love of art, our drive to create, with our eyes, perceptions and hands, something beautiful and interesting, useful and lasting. We love what we do and we admire each other’s creations,too.

We also put our money where my words are–we are sometimes each other’s best customers.

This is the reality you enter when you come to Amapola Gallery. We are artists co-operating to make a place for own work and the work of other local artists. Come see the magical result–you may even catch us co-operating!

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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