Fine art? Fine Craft?

My dictionary defines fine art as “usually restricted to the graphic arts, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and sometimes, architecture.”

Art is “the making or doing of things that have form and beauty,” while craft is “manual art…dexterity in a particular manual occupation.”

Amapola Gallery offers fine art and fine craft form 40 local artisans.

Confusing, no? However, on the basis of this information, Amapola does not exhibit “arts and crafts.” Rather, we show fine art, including sculpture, ceramics and our variety of wall art.

A better differentiation is “wall art” and “cube art,” objects shown on display cubes and shelves.

No matter how and where displayed, our painting, ceramics, jewelry, wood working, stone carving and fabric works all exemplify form and beauty.

Wickipedia publishes a page on fine art, and adds this paragraph:

This definition originally excluded the applied or decorative arts, and the products of what were regarded as crafts. In contemporary practice these distinctions and restrictions have become essentially meaningless, as the concept or intention of the artist is given primacy, regardless of the means through which this is expressed.

American Craft Magazine, a publication of the American Craft Council, summarizes in their Twitter bio this way:

American Craft celebrates the age-old human impulse to make things by hand, in order to communicate, learn, heal and connect.

At Amapola Gallery, we take everything into consideration and then we make the following decision: we like to think, we believe, that all our art is very fine indeed.

So, whether you consider yourself an artisan or a craftsman, bring the fine art, fine craft debate to Old Town Albuquerque and visit Amapola Gallery.

(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, acorn stuffer)

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Tour our Cooperative Art Gallery – Virtually!

A tour of Amapola Gallery, a cooperative art gallery, begins with the cheerful courtyard. This, or the lounge or the lounge downstairs, complete with free wi-fi, are restful places to enjoy your frozen yogurt, coffee and soft drinks from Yay Yogurt, our downstairs neighbor.

While downstairs, you can tour the eight-piece display of wall art and the selection of smaller pieces in the display case in the downstairs hallway.

Fortified and rested, you climb our stairs. At the landing, you may go straight ahead, right or left.We have the whole second story. See why you needed to be fed, watered and rested? With works by 40 local artists, this will take some time.

Amapola is laid out in a circle, with the stairs in the center and one large room sticking out to the west. The west room is the straight-ahead one when you’re poised on the landing.

Amapola Gallery, a Co-op Art Gallery offers a huge variety of fine art and fine craft items.

The work of 16 artists is here and it is a co-op of art choices: on walls, in windows, on raised display areas, in glass towers. We also have an area for miniature paintings and two mat bins with unframed originals and reproductions – easy to travel home with on the plane for you travelers.

Moving counter clockwise, you enter the room with our sales desk. Come say hi. There are always two local artists working. In this room are 10 display areas and a mat bin, plus our “Featured Artist” display and a section devoted to an enormous variety of notecards, many individually handmade. The Featured Artist display showcases special works by three or four artists each month. It’s well worth a look.

The little room that comes next has two wall displays and a mug rack as well as the doorway to our balcony. You can get a wonderful photo of San Felipe de Neri Church from here, and of the Old Town Plaza itself.

Next, Room D, with eight displays plus a bin for matted work, followed by a single display area currently showing fabulous hand-knit and felted wood hats, handbags and wall pieces.

A Cooperative Art Gallery, Amapola Gallery offers variety in fine wall art, craft items and wearables.

Our last room has four displays plus a permanent display of quilts and quilted potholders, placemats, pillowslips and macrame plant and wine holders.

You’ve now come full circle, back to our stairs. If you’ve climbed them once, we hope you’ll come again and again. Our artists are always changing out pieces, and every three months all our artists’ displays rotate to a different part of Amapola. That’s part of our cooperative art gallery system.

We offer a co-op of art choices: clay, cut paper, fabric arts, glass, jewelry, macrame, paintings, photography, paper & botanicals, wearable art, wood. There is always something new to admire at Amapola Gallery.

(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, acorn stuffer)

 

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About Jewelry

Webster’s online dictionary defines jewel as an ornament of precious metal often set with stones or decorated with enamel and worn as an accessory of dress. Amapola is resplendent with many varied jewels and they come with a wide variety of prices, from trinket to “Darling, you shouldn’t have!”

jewelry_jack boglioli

Jack Boglioli is a weaver of wire and wonders. Think of a weaver of miniatures using not straw or grass, but precious metal as his material. Jack shifts back and forth between faceted and uncut semi-previous and precious stones, and enjoys the challenge of setting stones in different ways, all using woven wire. Like all Amapola jewelers, Jack welcomes custom work and each piece is as unique as the stones themselves.

jewelry - Brenda Bowman

Brenda Bowman of Brenda’s Jewels creates fun, classy, everyday wearable pieces. For her work, her “heart is not into glass,” so she focuses on semi-precious stone and metal beads, with a nifty sideline in pearls. She loves peoples’ responses to her work, including her “word” bracelets with letter beads. She makes these using any colors and letters, including commissions of names, team names, causes and endearments, and even dogs’ names!

jewelry-joyance at Amapola Gallery

Joyce of Joyance began her beading career in 1982 when she bought a jade necklace on a visit to Hong Kong. Back home in Zurich it broke and the jeweler who restrung it charged her double the price of the whole necklace! When it broke again in a few weeks, she taught herself a variety of beading techniques and never looked back. Joyce’s designs are marvels of understated elegance.

jewelry_diana kirkpatrick

Diana Kirkpatrick considers her work “wearable art.” In addition to beadweaving she fabricates a variety of earrings, necklaces and bracelets. She enjoys watching the design develop, with “suggestions” from the materials themselves. While she loves the colors and qualities of gemstones, use of Swarovski crystals in some pieces allows her to broaden her customer base.

jewelry - Mary Ellen Merrigan

Mary Ellen Merrigan employs an enormous variety of materials in her beading. She loves to use sterling, gemstones and vintage African trade beads, but since folks need affordable options, she also chooses to mix copper beads into some pieces. Words to describe her work are inventive, imaginative and whimsical. She especially enjoys commissions for treasure necklaces, combining her beads and artistry with customers’ old charms, too-small-to-wear-now-rings and other precious bits for truly personal, wearable art.

jewelry_Michele McMillan

Michele McMillan is a gifted silversmith who both casts and fabricates her pieces. After only five years as a designer/silversmith, she creates a variety of organic and contemporary unique pieces. Michele is attracted to the unusual and different in the stones she uses and overall designs often grow out of the stones themselves. She enjoys award-winning outcomes, but loves the process.

Come see our jewelry and meet our jewelers! Compare and contrast for yourselves, but be prepared to find an ornament you cannot live without.

(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, acorn stuffer)

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Featured Artists for May Offer Green Glimpses

May’s featured artist theme is “Green Glimpses” as suggested by the emerald, a stone to bring harmony in all areas of one’s life. Read more about The Patrician Emerald, one of the great emeralds in the world.

May’s featured artists include:

  • David Linden, oil painter
  • Carol Sparks, watercolorist
  • Mary Ellen Merrigan, bead jewelry artist
  • Leroy Velasquez, pencil drawings

David produces vivid impasto vignettes of Sandia meadows and California beaches.

Featured Artists May David Linden

Carol’s landscapes pulse with the seasons and traditions of New Mexico.

Featured Artists May Carol Sparks

Mary Ellen employs unusual beads and bead combinations that will romance your soul.

Featured Artist May - Mary Ellen Merrigan

Leroy produces painstaking pencil summaries of ghost towns and country barns in his views of the southwest.

Featured Artists May Leroy Velasquez

The Gallery celebrates Green Glimpses and these artists with an opening reception 1pm – 3om on Sunday May 3, 2015. The show remains on display through May 31, 2015.

Learn more about Amapola Gallery’s system of featured artists in this post. 

Join Amapola Gallery as we celebrate “Green Glimpses” with featured artists Linden, Merrigan, Sparks and Velasquez this May.

 

 

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Featured Artists Offer a Show Theme Monthly

How does a co-op of art choices make use of featured artists?Wall area showing oil paintings and ceramic mosaic art for featured artist show April '15

When asked, “What’s happening at Amapola Gallery this month?” it is advisable for promotional purposes to be able to say more than, “just our usual fabulousness.” Which, while true, is a trifle vague.

A cooperative art gallery, we have developed the featured artist system. Each month three or four pre-selected members exhibit examples of their work, a  mix of wall art and fine crafts, in a special area. Each featured artist show opens on the first of the month, runs through the entire month, and includes a reception for the public on the first Sunday each month.

Every late autumn our special displays maven racks her brain, pairing up various artists and devising themes for the following year’s displays. After 35 years of this effort, coming up with new ideas is a real challenge: how to keep you interested and coming back for more?

The 2015 theme is “Gems for the Year.” April’s gem, for example, is the diamond, and ‘Crystal Clouds,’ the show title. It features raku ‘(ceramic clocks, oil paintings and art glass.

Raku clocks and glass display for featured artist april 2015

 

May’s emerald gem suggests ‘Green Glimpses,” and features oil and watercolor paintings, bead jewelry and pencil drawings.

These two themes will be followed by pearl, ruby, peridot, sapphire, opal and citrine. December is always reserved for our ‘Celebrate Amapola’ all-member show.

For those of you interested in the metaphysical properties of stones, check out our crystal-stuffed acorns, or the wonderful and varied stonework of our six gifted jewelers.

To receive timely reminders of all our gallery events, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our email list. Will you follow the happenings of our cooperative art gallery and learn more about each of our featured artists?

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Artists Across the World Celebrate Leonardo da Vinci

As an artist, there are two ways to look at Leonardo do Vinci (Leo from the ‘hood.) Happy Birthday First, why bother? He did it all, only better. Why do I think I can be an artist? Second, looking at the vast expanse of artistic possibility showcased by him, let’s say we want to be a part of that! Leonardo had passion and drive. He absorbed technique like a sponge. He showed us how much is possible if we will actualize and validate our own inspirations. Centuries later, we remember his name, value his work, and aspire to be worthy of the dream of being an artist. Wow! Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci! It’s an honor to stumble in your footsteps!

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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A Word About Our Co-op…

Kay Richards (mixed media), Elzbieta Kaleta (paper cutouts, photography), Art Rosenberg (natural object assemblage), and Sandra Moench (functional pottery)

©2015, Kay Richards (mixed media), Elzbieta Kaleta (paper cutouts, photography), Art Rosenberg (natural object assemblage), and Sandra Moench (functional pottery) in Room A

Amapola Gallery is a cooperative. This means we all split the rent, pay a small percentage of our sales (as opposed to the 50-60% commission from a regular gallery) and take turns manning – and womanning – the store.

But the whole purpose of the exercise, and with our stairs I use that term advisedly, is to to please you. (NOTE: See About Those Stairs.)

Without you we would gradually wither away. We need your enthusiasm and appreciation, and we need your disposable income!

In return we provide: a one-of-a-kind souvenir of your trip to Albuquerque or New Mexico; the perfect piece of art for your home of office; an assortment of gifts for any occasion, large or small, from a handmade note-card to a designer pendant for your sweetie; or a divine indulgence for you alone, just because.*

*(You know you deserve it!)

Pictures of display in room a with these artists: Debra Montoya (mosaic art), Katherine Gauntt (watercolor, oils) and Anita Daniels (glassworks)

©2015, Debra Montoya (mosaic art), Katherine Gauntt (watercolor, oils) and Anita Daniels (glassworks) on display in Room A

We provide you with items you can find nowhere else and which will be loved for a lifetime, and you give us hardworking local folks with a variety of songs the means to keep singing. What an opportunity!

Come on up and visit! We’re here 10am to 5pm each day of the year except Christmas, New Year’s, Easter and Thanksgiving.

As you might imagine, we can’t begin to show the work of each artist. These pictures don’t even get through the exhibits in one complete room. Our displays include the entire second floor at historic Romero House. We rotate displays regularly, so if you’ve been to the gallery before, you’ll likely be surprised with new artists and fresh products from old favorites.

Will you visit Amapola Gallery today?

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About April and Featured Artists at Amapola

April’s featured artist theme is “Crystal Clouds,” inferred from April’s birth stone, the diamond. Diamond, the king of crystals, can help to manifest abundance in all areas of one’s life.

Our April artists are Gloria Casale with stained, fused and slumped glass; Philip Green with ceramic raku clocks; oil painter Denise Ballou and Debra Montoya, mosaics.

What Gloria can’t do to glass doesn’t need doing.

Gloria Casale, Glass, "Ellie the Elephant"

©2015, Gloria Casale, Glass Artist, “Ellie the Elephant”

Not only do Phil’s clocks tell time, they also bring a smile to your face.

Artist Phil Green, Raku Clocks

©2015, Phil Green, Raku Clocks

Denise’s critters will charm you as they fly, sing, gallop or lounge across the canvas.

Denise Ballou, oil paintings

©2015, Denise Ballou, oil paintings

Debra creates colorful, fun and funky mixed media mosaic wall pieces.

Debra Montoya, mosaic art, "Happy"

©2015, Debra Montoya, mosaic art, “Happy”

Greet all four featured artists at our April Featured Artists’ Reception, 1 – 3pm on Sunday, April 12.

Crystal Clouds will be on display through April 30, 2015.

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About those Stairs…

Amapola Gallery is an oasis of artfulness but you have to earn your access by ascending our stairs. (It’s a disadvantage to being in an historic building, the Romero House, currently in its hundredth year.) Read more about the Romero House.

©2015, stairs to Amapola Gallery

©2015, stairs to Amapola Gallery

You can get a good glimpse of what we have to offer in the display case at the bottom of the stairs, along with an assortment of paintings and drawings in the hallway there.

But, for more fun, you must climb.

©2015, stairway to Amapola Gallery in holiday mode

©2015, stairway to Amapola Gallery in holiday mode

For those with an appreciation of the lovely, useful and whimsical, Amapola is a treasure trove of delights produced by some 40 local artists.

©2015, the up and down of stairs

©2015, the up and down of stairs at historic Romero House for Amapola Gallery

If your companions lack your enthusiasm, or your stair-climbing ability, there is a solution. The earthbound can enjoy the amenities of our downstairs neighbor, Yay Yogurt, along with comfy chairs, free wi-fi and an assortment of refreshments.

Romero House offers the best of both!

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Stairway to Art!

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Stairway to Art!

Will you climb the stairs to Amapola?

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Amapola Gallery Announces Three New Guest Members

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Three New Guest Artists

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Three New Guest Artists

Amapola is pleased to welcome three new guest members to the gallery.

©2015, Debra Montoya Mosaic Art

©2015, Debra Montoya Mosaic Art

Debra Montoya’s family has lived in the Dixon Area for generations. She combines traditional New Mexican motifs and color palette with her love of nature.

Debra incorporates found objects, glass and her own ceramic roses into color-intense mosaic wall pieces. How did she start?

“I was always gluing,” she says. She won her first award for a mosaic in fifth grade, and her work will be familiar to many from Contemporary Hispanic Market.

©2015, Mary Sharp-Davis, potter

©2015, Mary Sharp-Davis, potter

Mary Sharp-Davis throws and hand-builds complex sculptural ceramics, both ornamental and functional. She takes her inspiration from ancient art forms.

“Clay,” she says, “offers me in one medium the alchemical use of earth, air, fire and water.”

Her pieces include shrines, urns, jewelry, assemblages and functional tableware.

©2015, Sandra Moeneh, potter

©2015, Sandra Moeneh, potter

Sandra Moeneh (rhymes with ‘lunch’) began working with ceramics in 1975. While pursuing a career as a medical technician at Ft. Defiance and Santa Fe’s Indian Hospital, she absorbed, and adopted as her own, the symbolism and feeling of Native American ceramics.

For the last 20 years, Sandra has been able to focus on ceramics, producing platters, pitchers, mugs and bowls, and a variety of decorative tableware. Works with her cream glaze employ dragonfly and butterfly symbolism.

Other glazes are used with her geometric designs. All her work is microwave and dishwasher safe.

With three such talented and assorted artists as new guest members at Amapola, everything old – 35 years in business – is fresh for Spring. Come see!

Amapola Gallery is a “Don’t Miss Destination” in Albuquerque. The cooperative, home to more than 40 local artists, is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

What do you notice when you visit Amapola?

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