“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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February Featured Artists

Amapola Gallery presents “Glass/PaperScissors,” an intriguing exhibit of glasswork by Carol Lutz and cut paper by Sara Carley.

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Carol Lutz, by day a mild-mannered art teacher, dons her Super cape in her morsels of spare time to cut/fuse/slump brightly-colored glass. She creates striking crosses, dishes, lazy susans and what she calls “stripes of glass” or “faceless totems.” Tall and narrow, these are formed from a series of glass pieces strung together vertically.

Sara Carley is a musical marvel. If she can’t play an instrument–she is master of many–she probably never tried. She turns this same combination of creativity, precision, lyricism and line to her paper cuts. Her pieces range from portraits of bumblebees (Italian bees, please!) and owls to dragons aloft, musicians at play, silhouettes of children and a series of the four seasons depicted through the actions of whimsical bears.

These charming and unusual works are at Amapola artists’ co-operative Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Meet the artists at the First Friday ArtsCrawl, February first, from 4 to 7. Or come down any day through February. The gallery is open 10 to 5 daily.

Amapola Gallery, all New Mexican all the time, where you always deal with the artists themselves!

(505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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January All Member Show

Setting up a new show at Amapola artist’s co-op Gallery takes real effort. And like you, our artist/members, including our stalwart curators, are engaged with hearth, home and holiday whatever.

As a gift to ourselves and an opportunity for you, our supportive public, this year we are extending our all-member holiday show through January. This gives us a little rest and you the opportunity to buy the pottery you asked for but didn’t get, to spend your Christmas money on that painting that you never knew you always wanted, or to find the perfect thank you gift for the neighbor watering your houseplants while you’re away.

Our all-member show is a little busier and a little more varied, as each of us can display work in mediums other than our usual. It’s festive, it’s fun, it’s fertile ground for your feverish shopping and there’s no entry fee!

And remember, it’s local–all New Mexican all the time– and you buy direct from the artists.

See you there! At 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Open daily from 10 to 5. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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December – All Members Featured at Amapola

Trade that holiday rush
For the modified hush
(You won’t be ALONE
But we have a calm tone)
At the place Heaven sent
To find a present
To give to a loved one
Or keep for your own.

Okay, it’s doggerel, but it’s true too. At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery we have an exciting and 40-member varied array of art and fine crafts that’s all New Mexican all the time. Come meet the artists and enjoy the gift-giving possibilities every day from 10 to 5, except Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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

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Small Business Saturday

November 24 is more than just the day after the day after Thanksgiving. It’s Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local in support of the city’s little guys. And I’ve got the small business where you’ll experience shopping at a whole new level.

Amapola Gallery is a 40-member art and crafts co-operative, your own all-local all the time arts and crafts fair–and with no entry fee!

Our work includes wall art in watercolor, oils, collage and cut paper, mosaics, ink, glass and resin; assemblages; wooden boxes and turned wood vessels; fabric wearables and fabulous quilts both punch and traditional; painted gourds; functional glass and ceramics; photography and printmaking; stone and metal sculpture; and a delicious assortment of jewelry in pewter and precious metals and a variety of prices.

We are the go to, all in one location for handmade gifts.

Visit us on Small Business Saturday and then make it a habit. We are open 10 to 5 every day except Christmas and New Year’s.

Amapola Gallery, where you always meet the artists, is on the Plaza in Old Town, at 205 Romero N.W., above Yay! Yogurt in historic Romero House. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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