August Featured Artists at Amapola

“Southwest Textures: Fabric and Earth” is the title of the combined works of punch quilt creator Cristina Diaz-Arntzen and potter Sandra Moench. These are Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for August.

Diaz-Arntzen, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, emigrated to the United States with her family when she was 16. After 28 years as a bilingual educator in Wisconsin, she moved with her husband to Albuquerque. Her passionate love for the Southwest, Native American cultures and her wide-ranging interest in the arts, led her to punch quilts, a method of creating fabric wall hangings without stitching. Cristina combines her drawing and design skills, Southwest designs and diverse fabric colors and textures to create distinctive works of wall art.

Sandra Moench is the potter of “big enough” coffee mugs. They hold enough! The handles don’t cramp your fingers! It’s a miracle! But Moench, with a med. tech background working on several Navajo homelands, doesn’t stop there. Her bowls, pitchers, mugs, platters and vases evoke the texture and “feel” of sand paintings. Moench is awed by the shapes and contrasts of our Southwest landscapes. Her subtly colored glazes of rose, blue, sage and off-white, contrasting with unglazed areas of the clay body, reflect the sun-scorched desert. The borders of her pieces are inscribed with various organic designs. A series of new large vases are ornamented with tree shapes inspired by a recent trip down the Grand Canyon.

“Southwest Textures : Fabric and Earth ” is available through August at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. Meet the artists and learn more about their techniques Friday, August 3 from 4 to 7p.m.

Amapola Gallery, all local all the time, at 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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“Of Earth And Sky” – July Featured Artists

July featured artists

“Of Earth and Sky”– an expansive title for the expansive range of work presented by Ann Tidrow Connely and Barbara Lewis, Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for July.

Ann Connely brings earth to life with her ceramics, little “friendship ” bowls with tiny human figures, and charmingly detailed, flowering cactuses which can be used as vases or decorative sculptures. For July she will present large (to 2′ tall) cactus sculptures based primarily on cholla. As for “sky,” Ann is rightly admired for the beauty of her acrylic landscapes. Like New Mexico herself these emphasize sky–sunsets, sunrises, storm clouds–every one color-intensive and captivating.

Barbara Lewis does for her earthy material–gourds–what Connely does for skies and cacti. Using an enormous variety of gourd sizes and shapes, Barbara paints using earth tones, white, and deep, luscious colors: blues, purples, greens. She carries in her head, she says, the essence of southwest Native designs, but follows her own path to create masks, female figures, vases and even “pottery. ” Many of her figures seem to dance, so graceful and curving are the gourds themselves. Lewis will also display her delicate, hand-painted gourd earrings and pendants.

It’s a beautiful and wide-ranging exhibit, and you can meet the talented artists on Friday, July 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W. Open daily from 10 to 5.

This exhibit will run through July, but Connely and Lewis are two of our 40 local artists. At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery it’s all New Mexican all the time. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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“Color Bold” – June Featured Artists at Amapola

A bold use of color is shared by the work of artists Amy Jane Johnson and Kelly McIntyre, June’s Featured Artists at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery.

Amy Jane’s rainbow colors adorn not only wearables but also delicate and joyous ceramic cups, plates and bowls. Her clothing ranges from cotton socks and onesies through silk scarves and sophisticated evening shrugs, all hand dyed by Amy Jane.

Kelly McIntyre colors white paper with flowing colored inks. Over this she applies meticulous designs from nature, drawn in India ink. Her smaller pieces focus on insects–she admires their strong design quality.

All in all this is a varied, interesting and colorful show.

Meet the artists Friday, June 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy their work and that of 38 equally talented New Mexico artists daily from 10 to 5 at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. On the Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Old Town, The Jewel Of Albuquerque

Old Town is a jewel set alluringly in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Founded by the Conquistadors, Old Town is bursting with galleries, shops, world-class museums, restaurants and much more. Here’s another reason to visit and celebrate this unique cultural gem.

Treasure House Books and Gifts, open since 1974, has been voted one of the “world’s best independent bookstores.” (Albuquerque Journal, May 21, 2018.) That’s “world’s” best, not city, state or even country. Like Old Town itself, Treasure House Books and Gifts is a local treasure with wide appeal.

Speaking of treasures, after book browsing, head for Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-op, only a step away in historic Romero House on the Plaza. We feature works of 40 New Mexico artists and are always staffed by two of our members. Work ranges from wall art (acrylic to mosaics, paper-cuts and photographs to wood), turned wood bowls and wood boxes, to wearables, jewelry, pottery, glass both functional and ornamental, to notecards, quilts and more.

No tour of Old Town is complete without the experience of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, at the sign of the red poppy. Open 10 to 5 daily at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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New Guest Member – Pamela Troutman

Amapola Gallery newcomer Pamela Troutman, an emigre from Fairfax, Virginia, brings her take on bead weaving and bead embroidery to our already fabulous space. Pam also works with polymer clays, and includes this in some of her finished jewelry pieces.

Pam was a “really creative kid,” at one time charging neighbor kids a quarter to view saloon scenes Pam had crafted in her basement. Her college degree is a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Cartography. It was the latter expertise she used in her “day job,” basement exhibitions proving insufficiently profitable.

Pam retired from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, with a passion for beading that burst into her life about 2000. She began by adorning a work lanyard and quickly moved on to juried shows in Virginia and representation in Washington, D.C.’s Bead Museum. And now Amapola has her!

Enjoy Pam Troutman’s bead jewelry at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery daily from 10 to 5. 205 Romero N.W. in Old Town’s historic Romero House. Call (505) 242-4311 or check us out at amapolagallery.com.

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“Thrown and Sewn” Pottery, Quilts and Macrame – May Featured Artists

“Thrown and Sewn: Pottery/Quilts/Macrame” is the title of Amapola Gallery’s May Featured Artist celebration. Ceramist Iris McDowell and fabric artist Marge Farmer-Page provide an exciting, contrasting display.

“Throw” — to form ceramic objects on a potter’s wheel is an odd word to describe the way Iris McDowell creates her lyrically finished bowls, mugs and pie plates. They are a perfect fusion of art and utility, in elegant shapes, rich color and bands of copper leaf.

Marge Farmer-Page’s meticulous approach also results in practical art. Bed coverings, table linens and even pot holders benefit from her artist’s eye. She puts her imprint on quilts in free hand, bargello and log cabin designs, and more. Her macrame wall hangings and plant and wine holders evoke the 1960s and 70s, with a modern twist.

Experience this utilitarian artistry at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, 205 Romero, N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, through May. Open daily from 10 to 5.

Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-op of forty New Mexican artists. All New Mexican all the time. 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Welcoming Guest Member Matthew Snyder To The Gallery

Matthew Snyder, a California native now living in Socorro, earned a BFA from prestigious California College of the Arts. His clean, minimalist metal sculpture is now available at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, where he is our newest guest member.

Matt tells us that his newer works will offer a “more realistic interpretation ” of botanical influences, but his current work is delightful, riffs on kelp, corals, bare trees, transformed into candle stands and more. He forms images of marine life into artistic statements that retain their beauty on land. Kelp at the mercy of gravity becomes a blob, but under Snyder’s artistry it is linear, elegant and graceful.

Snyder works primarily in steel, using “cold form” methods, hand bending the metal through a variety of jigs and fixtures, utilizing different welding techniques.

This is a new adventure for Amapola Gallery. Come experience it.

Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque, where we are all New Mexican all the time. Open 10 to 5 daily. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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The Historic Romero House

Romero House is an historic building–it has a brass plaque to say so. One period in its past is intriguing. It served for years as a home for unwed mothers! The ladies were cared for until the babies were born and adopted (usually). This when the whole business of pregnancy outside marriage brought societal judgement down on the whole family. Times do change!

At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery in Romero House, we are now a stop on memory lane for folks who proudly announce, “I was born here!”

Well– we no longer shelter mothers and babies, but we display children of a different kind, pieces of art created by our forty artist-members. Our all New Mexican all the time gallery is an experience in creativity, with paintings, prints, collages, cut paper, pastels, turned bowls and wooden boxes, fabric wearables, ceramics, mixed-media crosses, photography, glass lovelies, painted gourds, quilts and punch quilts, macrame, clocks, mosaics, assemblages and jewelry jewelry jewelry.

Experience a beguiling blast of creativity in an historic setting, on the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Amapola Gallery, open daily at 205 Romero, N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Visit Amapola Gallery This Spring!

Make these endless spring winds useful. Let them blow you into Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery! With our many rooms–we occupy the entire top floor of historic Romero House–our forty New Mexico artists–all local all the time–and nifty Navajo Gallery downstairs, we’re a treat for the eye and soul unlike any other in Old Town.

So blow away those cobwebs! Sail on down to Amapola Gallery at 205 Romero N.W. right on the Plaza in Old Town. A unique experience awaits!

Open 10 to 5 daily. (505) 242-4311 and amapolagallery.com.

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April Featured Artists – “Bold and Beautiful”

“Bold and Beautiful–Dynamic Paintings by Lynda Burch and Exquisite Jewelry by Jack Boglioli.” Whew! Quite a mouthful to announce Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s Featured Artists for April. In fairness, this show is quite an eyeful!

Lynda Burch creates mixed media art with postage stamps, wine labels and antique maps. Her use of bold and colorful designs enlivens her impressionistic acrylics on canvas.

Lynda Burch Featured Artist April Amapola Gallery

Mr. Boglioli is a Jack of all jewelry, so to speak, though he’s a master as well. Fabricating, casting, gem setting, wire weaving–he can do it all, with meticulous and distinctive results.

Jack Boglioli Featured Artist April Amapola Gallery

Two artists, enormous variety.

Meet Lynda and Jack at their reception Friday, April 6, from 4-7. Their work can be viewed daily from 10 to 5 at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero, N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town’s historic Romero House. 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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