Back To School Rewards

Unbelievably, the school year has begun. For those of you wiping your brows, delighted with every kidless hour, as well as those wiping your eyes, missing your little darlin’s, a thought. You all deserve a reward!

Come experience Amapola Gallery, your own admission-free daily arts and crafts fair.

How about an abstract, floral or western landscape painting for the man cave, she-shed or the space in the living room that’s looking empty? New ceramic coffee mugs or a tiny, hand-carved stone hand in appreciation of the new teacher? Whimsical carved wood cowboys. Turned wood bowls with turquoise inlay. Fused and slumped glass or tie-dye onesies, jewelry in every style and price range and, with forty of us, much more as well.

All in all it’s an awesome array of artistry in historic Romero House on the Plaza.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery awaits you at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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“Weaving Metal and Memories” – August Featured Artists

Jack Boglioli and Carol Sparks will dazzle your eyes with their show, “Weaving Metal and Memories,” the Amapola Gallery Featured Artists exhibit for August.

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Jack Boglioli is defining his jewelry career by developing completely new methods of setting stones. He meticulously weaves thin strands of gold and silver into unique and graceful settings for a variety of precious and semi-precious stones. Continually expanding his skills and interests, Jack now uses a full range of traditional metal-smithing techniques. An exciting new technique involves stone on stone work. Boglioli’s designs are more contemporary than southwestern, but in what he calls a “tribute to New Mexico” he has created a line of silver and turquoise jewelry incorporating the New Mexico Zia symbol.

Carol Sparks

Carol Sparks’ masterful watercolors bring to life traditional New Mexican culture. She weaves autumnal aspens, adobe walls and buildings, peaceful flocks of sheep, dusty pathways and distant mesas into scenes so evocative you can smell piñon fires burning. A New Mexico native, Carol celebrates all the best of New Mexico.

You can meet these talented artists at their reception August 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery at 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town. Their exhibit runs through August.

Amapola Gallery is open 10 to 5 daily. Contact us at (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com

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“NECTERE” – July Featured Artists at Amapola Gallery

“Nectere”, from the Latin, meaning to bind or tie. Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for July choose this as the title of their exhibit. What ties the works of Debra Montoya and Catalina Salinas together? Color, texture and control of medium.

©2015, Debra Montoya Mosaic Art

Debra Montoya constructs brilliantly-colored, thoroughly original wall and wearable mosaics using glass, pottery, found objects, stones, bottle caps… Sound random? Ms. Montoya knows precisely what she’s doing. These are beautiful interpretations of the land and culture of New Mexico.

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Catalina Salinas’s medium is oil paint. Her images are sensuous, glowing, informed by her architectural background, abstract and geometric. Using an impasto technique, Ms. Salinas carefully builds texture onto her canvases, as she creates fiercely-controlled maelstroms of color.

Meet Debra Montoya and Catalina Salinas and experience their exciting works at the artists’ reception Friday, July 5, 4-7 p.m. at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. on the Plaza in Old Town.

Amapola Gallery, where it’s all New Mexican all the time. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com

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“Earth and Water” – June Featured Artists

“Earth and Water” –fertile areas of inspiration for Amapola Gallery’s June Featured Artists, Kelly McIntyre and Alan Tillery.

Kelly is the Earth side, with intensely-colored ink portraits of beetles, butterflies and other design-rich creepy-crawlies. Her meticulous images also include crosses and hearts entwined in sinuous ink work.

Alan Tillery, meticulous in his own watery way, is schooled in fish. Little fish, big fish, skinny and broad, vividly colored and particularly striking when displayed in groups. These are the trophies fish that got away–without the work!

This talented duo provides visual fireworks for your viewing pleasure. Meet them at our reception Friday, June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, all New Mexican all the time. Open daily from 10 to 5 at 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311

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“Cultures Across the Globe Bring Inspiration” – May Featured Artists

Cultures across the globe bring inspiration, especially to Amapola Gallery’s much-traveled Katherine Gauntt and Michele McMillan, Amapola’s Featured Artists for May.

Katherine’s latest trips took her to Paris and Japan. The graceful shapes of Parisian bridges and the many-layered pagodas of Japan, as well as the splendid gardens of both locales, are reflected in these masterful watercolors, many plein air. Katherine’s many fans have long enjoyed her plein air renderings of nature that capture the spirit of New Mexico. These landscapes are also presented here.

How jeweler Michele McMillan creates her many award-winning designs is a mystery, since she seems to be more often in Scotland, Singapore or South Africa than home here in Albuquerque.

Still, create she does. Wherever she travels, she hikes, and a myriad of nature shapes appear in her silver and stone work. Folk arts, old coins and more are reflected in her variety of crosses, coins, castings and fabrications, some set with Icelandic stones and semiprecious gems.

Though this exciting exhibit will be at Amapola Gallery through May, you can meet the artists at their reception, Friday, May 3, from 4 to 7p.m.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W. Open 10 to 5 daily. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Easter at Ampola Gallery

Easter is a time of promise, rejoicing, renewal. Along with religious celebration, bunnies, eggs and candy, many folks give gifts to their loved ones. For one of a kind, handmade–local–gifts, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery can’t be beat.

From distinctive notecards and mixed-media crosses, floral paintings and hand-thrown mugs to graceful Sterling and gem jewelry, we have a myriad of choices waiting to become your thoughtful, cherished gifts.

See for yourselves at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. Experience creativity at its finest.

Amapola Gallery is open 10 to 5 every day at 205 Romero N.W., on The Plaza in Old Town. Closed on Easter. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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“Elephants, Landscapes and Bowls” – April Featured Artists

“Elephants, Landscapes and Bowls.” Oh my! Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists exhibit for April can barely contain the works of carver/painter Kristin Parrott and wood turner Mark McAllaster.

Kristin Parrott, an artist/member at Amapola since our founding in 1980, has over the years been juried to exhibit more than ten mediums. Here she focuses on hand-carved stone animals and hands, and gracefully serene watercolors of trees and flowers. It’s a range of work celebrating the natural world.

Rounding out the exhibit are Mark McAllaster’s beautiful turned wood bowls, platters and candleholders. Mark highlights not only the graceful grain of the various woods, but also the rough outer layers of bark and the “faults” formed as the tree grew. Though known for the use of turquoise inlay in his finished pieces, Mark occasionally also includes pyrite and mother-of-pearl to enhance and enrich his designs.

Meet the artists at their First Friday reception, April 5, from 4 to 7p.m. at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. on Old Town Plaza. The exhibit runs through the month of April.

Amapola artists co-op Gallery. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Amapola Gallery’s Newest Member – Allen Tillery

There’s something fishy about Allen Tillery, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s newest member. Fins, tails, scales, buggy eyes and all. Everything but the smell and four times the color.

Allen’s background is tech school and a degree in offset lithography, years as a tech working on base for (but not in)the Air Force and as a wood carver and cabinet maker. His current line of work is mixed media paintings and wall hangings. At Amapola we have the wall hangings.

These begin when he makes his own molds of platinum silicon, into which he pours a mix of urethane resin with ceramic filler. The various pieces are then hand painted using a variety of air brush and dry brush techniques and eye-popping colors. As a dandy finish, the pieces ate UV protected for outdoor use. Such a deal!

Not into fish? Allen’s images include shamans, ponies and more, and he continues to create new molds.

See the entire collection at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10 to5 daily.

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March Featured Artists

Tom Roche and Pam Troutman, Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for March, are united by seeds. Both are inspired by the color, texture and feel of what seeds can bring forth.

For Tom Roche, seeds produced the trees whose wood he shapes. Tom creates dynamic crosses whose physical inspiration is the grain, flow and color of exotic woods: purple heart, redheart, bloodwood. He combines these with copper heated to produce color and pattern, and with brass for the rich effect of gold without the prohibitive expense. Though a few crosses are free-standing most are wall pieces. Ideas for the designs combine life experience and pure inspiration.

Pam Troutman creates wearable art by working with tiny glass seed beads. Using intricate bead embroidery and bead weaving techniques, Pam combines seed beads with stone, pearl, polymer clay and larger glass beads in stunning necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. A cuff bracelet features carnelian fish swimming in a seed bead sea. Several pieces incorporate unique uranium-enhanced neon green glass beads, even more exciting viewed under a black light. Wow!

Come experience “Seeds to Inspiration ” 10 to 5 daily through March, and meet the artists at their reception, Friday, March 1 from 4 to 7p.m. at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 and amapolagallery.com.

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Valentines Day

The holiday dust has hardly settled and here comes Valentine’s Day!

Tired of the same old candy, card and flowers? Experience Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. Our wide range of art and craft are sure to include items meaningful and attractive to you and your loved ones. You can even get a unique and photo-worthy view of Old Town from our cosy balcony.

Enjoy a tour of an all-new Mexican arts and crafts fair any day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.–with no entry fee! Combined with a tasty lunch or delightful dinner it makes for a memorable “Be Mine” experience.

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

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