Art Organization Honors Local Treasures 2016

Amapola’s Carol Maestas one of Local Treasures 2016

This is a picture of Carol Maestas of Amapola Gallery, one of nine Local Treasures 2016.

Carol Maestas, whose stunning watercolors are a treasure to Amapola Gallery, has been acknowledged as a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association (AABA), in recognition of her tireless work in promoting research toward treatment and cure of Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome traps its victim in a body that has stopped working properly. Learn, think, understand–you cannot walk, speak, feed yourself, swallow. Carol is a vocal advocate for these speechless ones and donates 100% of the profits of her art sales to the cause.

She will be recognized by AABA at a reception at Albuquerque Museum, Saturday, September 3, from 1-3p.m.

We at Amapola Gallery will honor Carol with our own reception on Sunday, September 18th from 2 until 4.

This paper maiche heart is from the I Will Love You Forever Collection, by Amapola Gallery's Local TReasure 2016, Carol Maestas.

For her Amapola Gallery reception Carol is producing a special new collection to honor her brother, who succumbed to cancer in January, 2016. The title of the collection is “I’ll Love You Forever,” and includes painted wooden crosses, papier mache hearts and memory books/journals in mixed media.

Though the collection grows out of a sad event, Carol Maestas’ work itself is joy-filled, inspiring and just plain beautiful. In Carol’s words,

“All the parts and findings are items donated by friends. It all feels so special because I feel so respectful of the memories attached to all these findings. Some of my parts are handmade using clay.”

This heart is from the I Will Love You Forever collection by Carol Maestas of Amapola Gallery, one of nine Local Treasures 2016.

 

Help us honor our very own Local Treasure, Carol Maestas.

Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town. Special reception 2-4 September 18, or daily 10-5.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Spend Artful Saturday in Old Town Albuquerque

The joint will be jumpin’ Saturday August 20 from 1 – 4, as Old Town celebrates Artful Saturday.

The artists at Amapola Gallery are doing our part (would you expect any less??!) with our own jewelry with copper make and take event. Our Jewelers provide the materials and guidance, you provide a little elbow grease and hey! presto! a fun, wearable souvenir you make yourself.

Explore our air conditioned, art-filled wonderland before or after, while you savor a treat from Yay! Yogurt, our downstairs neighbor. Now there’s a fun Saturday afternoon!

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10-5 daily.

Artful Saturday is sponsored by the Albuquerque Art Business Association. Look for special happenings at galleries all over the Old Town area on this third Saturday in August. Join us as we’re artful with Artful Saturday!

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Jeweler Diana Kirkpatrick Rejoins Amapola Gallery

Good news, you jewelry-loving thrill seekers! Diana Kirkpatrick is back and Amapola Gallery has her!

This necklace is the work of Jeweler Diana Kirkpatrick at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Fresh from a stint with her husband as full-time RVers, the sadder but wiser ex-road warrior has returned to New Mexico. In her home without wheels she is again creating her sophisticated sterling, stone and glass wearable art.

This textured bracelet is the work of jeweler Diana Kirkpatrick and can be seen at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Texture is a fundamental element in Diana’s work. A silversmith, many of Diana’s designs are done in silver or gold with pearls or other gemstone elements added in. Each piece is hand-constructed, a work of art designed to bring enjoyment to the wearer. Diana says she views creativity as a lifelong journey.

Diana rejoins Jack Boglioli, Brenda Bowman, Michele McMillan, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Joyance, and new guest member Sally Rugala in a seven jeweler splash. What a lineup! Read more Amapola’s jeweler’s here.

Come look us over at our all-New Mexico artists’ stunning co-op gallery in historic Romero House, on the Plaza at 205 Romero, NW, in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Open 10 to 5 daily.

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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Three ways to beat the heat in Old Town Albuquerque

Be Cool in Old Town Albuquerque!

 Think Cool in Old Town Albuquerque with this photo by Patrick-O'Brien entitled CORRALES-SNOW-2

1)  Drive to Old Town Albuquerque, park the jalopy and find historic Romero House. It’s easy! We’re right on the Plaza, directly across from the two big restaurants, La Placita and La Hacienda del Rio. By now, this blistering summer, you’ll be working up a sweat, so

2)  Enter Romero House. We’re air conditioned! Buy a delicious frozen yogurt or icy drink at Yay! Yogurt. Enjoy the stunning sights of the R.C. Gorman Gallery, our new housemate, and now

3) Come upstairs to Amapola Gallery! We are a true co-operative, run by and for the artists ourselves. We take turns manning (and womaning) our store, so not only is all our work absolutely local but you’ll be talking to the artists themselves. Painting, cut paper, glass, fabric, photography, jewelry, printmaking, wood both turned and constructed, ceramics, stone carving … Whoosh! That’s cool all by itself — but don’t forget the a/c!

To review : 

Old Town Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque
Romero House at 205 Romero NW
Amapola Gallery — open daily 10-5 — where you always meet two of the artists.

Be cool, baby!

 

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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August Featured Artists Tap Color and Light

Watercolorist Carol Sparks and glass maven Diana Swanson team up for Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artist exhibit “Expressions with Living Color and Light.”

This watercolor is the work of August Featured Artist Carol Sparks at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Sparks, an Albuquerque native, captures our stunning New Mexico light through her use of color, sharing her sense of awe at the landscapes and cultural traditions that surround us.

This glass is the work of August Featured Artist Diana Swanson and is showing at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Swanson is a relative newcomer, in New Mexico since 2008. She declares herself a “glassaholic,” hooked on glass fusion. This process combines pieces of glass with heat to meld one of a kind ornamental and functional art pieces.

Each woman conveys her enjoyment of color and the play of light in each distinctive piece of her art.

Meet the artists at our reception, 4-7pm on Friday August 5. The show is open daily 10-5 through August at Amapola Gallery, an artists’ co-operative, on the Plaza in Albuquerque’s Historic Old Town.

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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Guest Member Artist Anita Caress Loves Glass

Glass artist Anita Caress is a shining addition to Amapola co-op Gallery. A resident of Albuquerque for 58 years and counting, she was introduced to the process of glass fusion while volunteering at her son’s middle school. Virtue got its reward that time!

Guest Member Artist Anita Caress shows her glass at Amapola Gallery.

Anita has continued to create with fused glass, but she really loves glass blowing (think Dale Chihuly), which, she says, is an adrenaline rush, all go! go! go! (My mind thinks, what if you forget — and inhale?) It is an expensive process, requiring special equipment, ovens, etc. So while she has studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state, (founded by Chihuly), Anita rents time at a Santa Fe studio where she studies with her mentor, internationally -known glass artist Elodie Holmes.

Guest member artist Anita Caress loves to make glass flower blossoms for Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

A wonderful product of Anita’s creativity are her glorious glass flowers, which are “gathered, stretched and shaped –but not blown. ” These bright colored blooms can even be placed outside, where they provide a spot of color all year ’round and need never be watered. Along with these Anita shows plates, vases, serving pieces and more. Come see what’s new at Amapola Gallery!

Here are some chiles of glass from Guest Member Artist Anita Caress at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Open 10-5 daily — where you’ll always meet the artists!

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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Historic Old Town Offers Variety

Albuquerque’s historic Old Town is a destination delight

In an Albuquerque Journal article of June 14, 2016, we are told that today’s shopper wants more, authenticity, community, park-like seating areas, more local artisan vendors and merchants …

Does this sound like you? If so you’re in luck, because it describes historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico to a tee!

This is one of the sights in Old Town Albuquerque, just across from Amapola Gallery.

Throw in shady Tiguex Park beside our three world-class museums and Old Town offers an experience like no other.

Restaurants and snack bars, a post office that welcomes dogs (woof!), jewelry and clothing, souvenirs and fabulous art galleries — it’s a perfect little gem of an experience.

How do I know? Aside from having worked here and there in Old Town since 1973 (gulp) I am an original member of Amapola Gallery, an all-local artists’ co-operative founded in 1980 and still going strong.

Old Town is a unique and perfect place to spend a day — or three! — with several fine hotels and motels within a block or two. Think of us as a theme park without lines!

While you’re enjoying the experience don’t forget to look us up: Amapola co-op Gallery, 205 Romero, NW, on The Plaza in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Open daily 10-5.

See you there!

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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Guest Artist Diana Corbin Introduces Candle Carving

Welcome candle maker Diana Corbin to Amapola co-op Gallery’s diverse group of talented local artists. We’ve never had a candle carver before!

Diana has lived in New Mexico now for six years. Her art background is as a drama teacher, and she currently teaches dance to fifth graders.

Drama and movement animate Diana’s hand -dipped, hand-carved candles. Temperature is critical in their construction. There is a limited time while the wax is soft enough to accept a design yet hard enough to retain it.

 Guest Artist Diana Corbin introduces candle carving to Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

The lighted wick illuminates the candle’s core, creating a beautiful translucent glow. Each piece has a dominant color, with 2-3 others adding even more interest to the varying exterior designs. Candles can be burned straight down, refilled with tea candles so they never burn down, and there are candles with oil lamp inserts. The candles are unscented.

Guest Artist Diana Corbin Introduces candle carving to Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

To satisfy that burning desire to enjoy this Fresh-to-Amapola Gallery art form, come visit us 10-5 daily, in historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza Albuquerque.

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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July Featured Artists Capture Earth and Sky

The July Featured Artists Show, “Down to Earth, Flying High” at Amapola Gallery opens July 1 and runs through the month.

The First Friday Featured Artists reception at Amapola Gallery gives you the opportunity to meet and mingle with two or three of our all-local all-the-time artist -members. The reception is held in conjunction with City-wide First Friday ARTscrawl.

July’s Featured Artists are Rebecca Olesen and Sandra Moench with the theme “Down to Earth, Flying High.”

This sky-scape is the work of acrylic painter and July featured artist Rebecca Oleson at Amapola Gallery.

Rebecca’s acrylic land- and skyscapes fly high with the subtle but distinctive colors and energy of the Southwest. Sandra’s functional ceramics — pitchers, bowls, mugs, casseroles and more — combine iron, copper, cobalt, a feel for form and various painted designs to elevate her shaped earth creations.

These functional pottery pieces are the work of July Featured artist Sandra Moench at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Earth meets sky Friday, July 1, from 4-7, (our ARTscrawl July Featured Artist Reception) and in a special display throughout the month.

Amapola co-op Gallery, daily from 10-5.

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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Guest Member Artist Sally Rugala Joins Amapola

Like many members of Amapola artists’ co-op, guest member artist Sally Rugala was born and raised elsewhere, but she’s been a New Mexican since she was a teen. She’s pursued an interest in art and craft all her life but her degree is in computer science and her “day job ” was in computer software.

Sally carries a meticulous attention to detail into her distinctive jewelry. Though she’s a veteran of many metal -smithing classes in Santa Fe, her work in Amapola combines photographic images into earrings and pendants.

This flower collage art is the work of guest member artist Sally Rugala of Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

 

The photographs are her own, some of her paintings (great dogs, cats and more) and some not. These she mounts in silverplate settings for a fresh, clean, different –readily affordable — look in jewelry. The technique easily lends itself to special orders, including memorial work.

These earrings and pendants are the work of guest member artist Sally Rugala of Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Come see Sally Rugala’s work, and how it contrasts with and complements the range of treasures by our other five jewelers!

Guest-Member-Artist-Sally-Rugala-Amapola-Gallery-Albuquerque

 

Amapola Gallery is open daily, 10am – 5pm. It is home to Guest Member Sally Rugala as well as 39 other artists. The artists’ cooperative is located on historic Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque.

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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