Paints and Patinas – November’s Featured Artists at Amapola

“Paints and Patinas” highlight Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s November Featured Artists display. Vera Russell supplies the paints and Jeannette Easley, the patinas.

Vera Russell, an artist since her childhood, has lived and painted throughout much of the world, using pastels, acrylics, watercolors, and her favorite, oils. She even operated a well-regarded ceramics business for several years. Ms. Russell says she paints “whatever is in sight,” with southwest landscapes her favorite subject. I myself recall a dandy portrait of an onion so realistic it nearly brought me to tears.

Jeanette Easley’s patinas appear on her silver, copper, and repurposed silver plate jewelry. In time for the holidays, she will have a line of Christmas tree earrings and other seasonal wearable art, delicate and refined beadwork and beadwork spirit dolls. Jeanette’s exhibit also includes mixed media collage on small canvases, generally in a rustic, southwestern style.

Meet the artists at their reception Friday, November 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town.

“Paints and Patinas” will run through November, daily 10 to 5, except Thanksgiving Day. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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What Do During Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque

My mom used to liken the experience of walking the balloon launch field during Albuquerque’s annual Balloon Fiesta to wandering among brightly colored elephants. Watching a launch is an unforgettable experience.

But we all know what goes up must come down. And even if balloons floated forever, your neck would never hold out. In the down time, raise your spirits with a visit to Old Town, another unique Albuquerque experience. While here, come to Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, right on the Plaza.

Amapola Gallery is all New Mexican all the time, 40 local artists strong, and filled with memorable art and fine crafts, from unique souvenirs NOT made in China to superb collectibles.

While the balloons are down come to Old Town and look us up! Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. Open daily 10 to 5.

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Greetings Balloon Fans!

We all know balloons must be inflated. Not so our prices! One big benefit of shopping at Amapola co-op Gallery for souvenirs, gifts, decor, inspiration and adornment–our prices are NOT inflated.

When the balloons have landed and the day stretches ahead, come meet the artists–all New Mexican all the time–, marvel at the variety of work produced by our forty artist-members and experience the very best of Old Town.

Amapola Gallery at 205 Romero N.W., right on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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“Earth and Sky,” Amapola Gallery’s October Featured Artists

“Earth and Sky,” Amapola Gallery’s October Featured Artists exhibit, is an exciting blend of natural-object assemblages, and paper cuts and photographs.

Art Rosenberg’s constructions incorporate stone, bamboo, wood, sea urchin quills and other natural objects, all secured to slabs of slate. They are meditative, minimalist and explosively quiet, and reflect Art’s interest in, and admiration for, Asian art.

Elzbieta Kaleta initially gained an enthusiastic following with her traditional Polish paper cuts, cleverly incorporating Southwest themes. She is also a photographer, whose light– and color–filled images reflect her love for birds,cats, horses, and the human landscape.

As always, you will meet the artists at their reception, 4 to 7 Friday, October 5, but they are featured through October and their work may be seen daily from 10 to 5 all year.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, all New Mexican all the time, at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Some Of The Amazing Things You Can Find At Amapola Gallery

Amapola Gallery is an artists’ cooperative. Forty of us, New Mexicans all, contribute time, talent and monthly dues to keep our gallery going. And going we have been, since 1980–38 years of artistic excellence over four locations, all in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Our members enter the gallery through an application and jury process, and by no means do all make the grade. Those that do may display the full range of their creativity, many working in a variety of mediums. Most of us are award winners, many impressively so.

Recently, jewelry artist Jack Boglioli won “United States Jewelry Designer of the Year” from London-based magazine LUX. This same review and research magazine also awarded him a Global Excellence award for “Best Luxury and Bespoke Online Jeweler.” Like many of us he accepts custom orders, and he maintains his own website.

But don’t think Jack Boglioli is Amapola Gallery’s only jeweler. Far from it. We showcase eleven jewellers, whose varied and imaginative work ranges from classic simplicity to everyday elegance, using precious metals, gemstones, copper, glass and gourds, and beadwork with and without elements handcrafted by the various artists.

As with our painters, glass, metal, wood, ceramic and fiber artists, we have enormous variety in the work of our jewellers. International pizzazz to local turquoise flair, we have it, and so can you!

Enjoy the works of jewellers Jack Boglioli, Brenda Bowman, Jeanette Easley, Joyance, Diana Kirkpatrick, Barbara Lewis, Carol Lutz, Michele McMillan, Debra Montoya, Sally Rugala and Pam Troutman.

At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery we welcome you from 10 to 5, seven days a week, in historic Romero House, right on the Plaza in Old Town. We are all New Mexican, all the time. Come meet the artists and experience our creative expertise.

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

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Amapola Gallery Reader’s Choice Award

Amapola Gallery Reader's Choice Award

Amapola Gallery is the runner up for the Albuquerque Journal’s Reader’s Choice Award for Art Gallery. We want to thank everyone for voting! We realize that there are many art galleries in the city and we are thrilled to be so highly rated.

We couldn’t have done it without all of YOU!

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“Hard Time and Liquid Assets” – September Featured Artists

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No, not prison whiskey, it’s the theme of Amapola Gallery’s September Featured Artist exhibit, with the colorful Raku clocks of Phil Green and the dramatic acrylic “pours” of Sally Rugala.

Phil Green crafts Raku timepieces for desk or wall, in different sizes and myriad shapes including sunflowers, balloons and bird houses. Of special interest is the way he pushes the use of color. His skill and knowledge of process, combined with the Raku process itself, produce chromatic surprises which make each clock unique. You will walk away with a new view of time.

Sally Rugala’s acrylic pours onto canvas, with her bold but subtle use of color, create intriguing, fluid abstract shapes. These even appear fashioned into earrings and pendants. Really different, truly fun wearables. Her exhibit will include charming dog and cat miniature paintings and jewelry. Sally’s photography, a new direction for her display at Amapola, includes images of balloons, landscapes and flowers, even some mirror images to tease the eye.

Meet the artists at their reception, 4-7 p.m. on Friday, September 7, at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town.

(505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Amapola Artists Cooperate

We had a meeting this morning (8/28). Just in case we forget the co-op part of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, we get together 5 or 6 times a year, when we HAVE to cooperate. Every three months everyone’s display space shifts so each of us gets a chance at the “best” spots. Since we began in 1980 the elected board has learned to conduct business on curating days. Gathering forty disparate artists bears a shocking resemblance to herding cats. Every advantage helps.

So–a meeting this morning to vote in 3 new permanent members off our list of Guests–Catalina Salinas, Matthew Snyder and Pam Troutman. Come check ’em out!–make some business decisions, move our work and restock.

This roiling mass o’ cats produces the rich and varied array of art and fine crafts that our visitors find so appealing. It’s like your personal arts and crafts fair but with no entry fee! And while you won’t meet all 40 of us, you will meet at least two every time you visit. Make the Amapola experience a habit and you can collect us all–each one better than the last.

Amapola Gallery is a repeatable treat which is neither illegal, immoral nor fattening. Cooperate with us and enjoy the Amapola experience.

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

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Go Souvenir Hunting at Amapola Gallery

Souvenir hunting?

You can’t do better than Amapola Gallery, located smack-dab on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Why?

Because we’re an artist’s co-op! And that means:

1) we are all local all the time 2) no middleman (or woman) stands between you and us, so we can keep our prices affordable 3) with 40 widely assorted artist-members you can enjoy an arts and crafts fair 7 days a week–with no entrance fee 4) you always meet 2 or more of our artists.

Besides, we are blessed with refrigerated air and a frozen yogurt shop downstairs! Oh, baby.

From simple note cards and coffee mugs to ornate glass mosaics, wearables to wooden bowls and jewelry galore, we have perfect, distinctive, handmade NEW MEXICO souvenirs.

Check us out. It won’t cost you a thing but some air-cooled time.

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

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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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