Bring Your Sweetheart To Amapola Gallery

Got a Sweetie who deserves a treat for Valentine’s Day? This year think outside the box- -of chocolates, that is.

Instead of a fleeting gift make a lasting memory. Spend a few hours in beautiful, historic Old Town, a treasure that helps make Albuquerque unique. Stroll the museums, enjoy a meal, absorb the sacred peace of San Felipe de Neri church, savor coffee and cheesecake at Yay! Yogurt.

But don’t forget Amapola Gallery, above Yay! in the historic Romero House. And to commemorate the day’s experiences how about a wooden box or turned bowl, small painting or special coffee mug, even the tried and true, a lovely piece of jewelry. Or two. They’re small! Best of all each item is individually hand crafted by a true New Mexico artist.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery is run by and for forty of us. In business since 1980, we provide a delightful variety of locally made wonders by award-winning artists, perfect for commemorating any occasion. And we’re open seven days a week for your convenience.

Amapola Gallery. 205 Romero N.W. right on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10 to 5 daily. You can’t beat us- -so join us!

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February Featured Artists

“A Story in Silver/ Nature’s Way ” are the themes of Amapola Gallery’s February Featured Artist event.

Diana Kirkpatrick tells stories in sterling silver, with set stones and wire work. The designs flow organically from the stones she selects. Textures reflecting the natural world complete the design, or may comprise the entire design in and of themselves. An easterner by background, Diana finds herself endlessly inspired by New Mexico’s rocks, plants and vistas.

The same can be said for native New Mexican Carol Sparks, a biographer in watercolor of traditional New Mexico. With her light-filled paintings she shares her sense of awe at this beautiful world which surrounds us. You can almost smell the pinon smoke and taste the chili.

Enjoy new sterling creations and landscapes from these talented artists through February. Meet the artists Friday, February 2nd from 4 to 7 p.m. at our First Friday reception.

Amapola Gallery is a true co-op run by and for the artists ourselves. Come experience all New Mexico all the time! Open daily from 10 to 5 p.m. at 205 Romero N.W on The Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or

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Why Visit Old Town Albuquerque?

Been to Old Town lately, Albuquerque?

Bet you haven’t.

I’ve heard the arguments. To me they seem almost self fulfilling. “There’s never any parking. ” Really? It’s free at the park- -a short walk. Free around the Plaza and on Romero and San Felipe Streets, up to two hours. There are no fewer than six! paid lots, most of which charge only $5 for the whole day.

“It’s too touristy! ” There are a lot of trinkets, knockoffs and imports, yes. But there are so many stores carrying authentic Native American goods, if that is your preference. Do a little exploring and find them! And while you’re exploring look for Old Town’s two artist co-op galleries, Amapola and Yucca. That’s right. Stores filled with works by New Mexico artists ONLY. We even share the shop keeping duties, so you’ll always meet an artist or two.

At Amapola Gallery we are forty strong, painters, wood workers, jewelers and printmakers, glass, ceramic and fiber artists, cut paper artists, photographers, a mosaic artist whose family has been in New Mexico for centuries…

Let’s review: There is always a place to park, if you’re able to walk a block or two. And, there is an enormous variety of local New Mexican hand-crafted wonderfulness, never better represented than by Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery.

Remember, what we offer you can’t find in a big box store or on Amazon. We offer a unique experience in an historic and beautiful setting. Come rediscover Old Town and see for yourself.

Amapola Gallery, open daily from 10 to 5 at 205 Romero N.W., right on the Plaza. (505) 242-4311 or

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“Stitched Witchery and Mud Magic”

“Stitched Witchery and Mud Magic. ” This is the beguiling theme of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s January Featured Artist exhibit, with works by fiber artist Annette Galvano and ceramic sculptor K.D. Fullerton. Together, these two conjure up an enchanting display.

Annette Galvano casts a spell with felted wool handbags, hats, scarves and wall and table runners. She embellishes with clever and creative felted birds, flowers, animals and beading, in colors ranging from subtle to intense. Fire engine red, anyone? Of special interest are stunning “paintings ” framed landscapes of felted wool inspired by her love of, and eye for, nature. Bewitching indeed.

K. D. Fullerton magically forms her mountain mud and found metal objects into both standing and wall sculptures. Her earth-tone pieces reflect a strong Native American influence filtered through an amused, slightly off-kilter sensibility. Longtime fans will recognize her ponies, masks and “flatheads,” fantastical petroglyphy figures come to life. K.D.’s display will also include a triptych of dancers in black and a stunning and unique Nativity.

Fall under the spell of these two gifted artists. Their display at Amapola Gallery is on view through January, but you can meet the artists Friday, January 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Amapola Gallery is open daily from 10 to 5 at 205 Romero, N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or

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December All Member Show

December is always a fun month at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery because we roll out our annual all-member show.

Come see our best and most festive gifts for your list or yourself. Wonders of painting (acrylics, oils, collage, watercolors, inks and mixed media), wooden boxes and bowls, photography, glass and painted gourds, pastels and ceramics, assemblages, mosaics and mixed media crosses, stone carvings, fabric art both wearable and decorative (quilts! table runners! tie-dyed onesies! ), an awesome range of jewelry, cut paper, punch quilts, prints and more! All gussied up for the holidays and suitable for every pocketbook large or small. Best of all, the 40 of us are all New Mexican all the time.

Join us for Holiday Stroll, Friday December 1 and all December for our all- member extravaganza.

Amapola Gallery is open 10 to 5 daily on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or

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Amapola Christmas Carol

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
12 tie-dyed onesies
11 gourds and punch quilts
10 wooden boxes
9 perfect photos
8 painted landscapes
7 carved stone critters
6 prints and silkscreens
5 sterling rings
4 pastels framed
3 plates of glass
2 wooden bowls
And a handmade ornament for the tree.

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New Guest Member at Amapola Gallery

Debra King imparts a psychedelic quality to the photography she exhibits as Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s newest guest member.

A relative newcomer to New Mexico, Debra has a solid and long- term background in art in most of its forms. So impressed with her talent was her sixth grade teacher that she arranged for Debra to study art at the high school level. Debra continued this study through her A.A. degree and beyond.

Though experienced in many different art mediums, Debra always returned to painting as her first love. Indeed, she infuses her painting sensibility into her photography, through the use of Photoshop and other applications. She calls her style “contemporary abstract-expressionist photography. ” The images themselves are fused into aluminum or printed on Kodak Endura metallic paper, which light does not fade or effect in any way and is rated good for over 200 years.

For a lasting impression come see the works of Debra King at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza above Yay! Yogurt in Old Town. We are open daily from 10 to 5.

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November Featured Artists

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery presents a triple threat as our November Featured Artists. Between them, they cover a lot of ground, too. With the intriguing theme of “Wood and Water, ” they include Martie Anspach, printmaker, Neal Drago, boxmaker, and watercolorist Katherine Gauntt.

Martie Anspach is a master printmaker. In keeping with the show’s theme, her images will include serene waterlilies and the Pacific Ocean below the Sea of Cortez, an area explored on one of her many travels. Martie will include wood and lino cuts, and she may even sneak in an etching or two.

Neal Drago, bodacious boxmaker, is excited by the direction his new work is taking. Collectors know his cunningly shaped boxes display flawless finishes. His new work leaves the wood in a more natural state, while still displaying the craftsmanship and lyric forms he is known for. Expect at least ten new boxes for this exhibit. Wow!

Katherine Gauntt’s masterful watercolors will present an exploration of water in many forms, clouds, rain, snow, lakes, each a marvel in our desert climate. Her stormy paintings reflect our unsettled late summer and early autumn.

There you have it- -three superb artists exploring “Wood and Water. ” Meet them Friday, November 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W on The Plaza in Old Town. We are open daily from 10 to 5 and “Wood and Water ” runs through the month of November.

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Visit Amapola Gallery During Balloon Fiesta 2017

Balloonists! Balloon chasers, riders and admirers! Even during the magical week of Fiesta, what goes up must come down. Don’t let the hours after ascensions get YOU down. Come experience Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery on the Plaza in historic Old Town.

What is Amapola Gallery? you ask. We are an artists’ co-operative, run by and for forty fabulous New Mexico artists. We have paintings, glass, wood, fiber arts, jewelry, stone carvings, photography and more, all produced locally and truly New Mexican. 


We are what you could call off the ground ourselves, perched atop a wonderfully tasty coffee- -frozen yogurt- -Frito pie palace called Yay! Yogurt.


When the balloons are down keep looking up at Amapola Gallery, all New Mexican all the time.


Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, open daily 10 to 5. (505) 242-4311 or


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October Featured Artists

Constructors of beauty- -both Michele McMillan and Debra Montoya earn that title with each piece of their work. Michele and Debra are Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists in October and they’re quite a pair.

Michele McMillan is an award-winning silversmith with her own distinctive style. Her cast (lost-wax) creations utilize such natural objects as bits of cholla, grapevine and wisteria. Other pieces are fabricated using silver sheet and wire. Michele combines products of both with glorious natural gemstones in her very wearable jewelry.


Debra Montoya constructs her equally distinctive and striking wall and wearable pieces of found- object mosaics. Rock-hounded stones, dried cactus and bits of wood are from her land in the Jemez. She sculpts roses, stars and more from various clays. Intriguing bits of glass, broken pottery and Debra’s own photographs and painted vignettes are cleverly combined into brilliantly colored and thoroughly original pieces. You may have seen her work at Contemporary Spanish Market in Santa Fe.


Each of these artists constructs unique, nature-inspired art. Come meet the artists at their reception October 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Their display may be enjoyed daily 10 to 5 at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, in historic Romero House on the Plaza in Old Town.


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