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 amapolagallery.com.

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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 amapolagallery.com.

 

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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.

 

Amapola Gallery, (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.
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Words from Margaret Parrott

I’d like to share something my mother wrote years ago. Margaret Parrott was a gifted artist and original member of Amapola Gallery.

“I understand all over again that being awake for the religious experience is the realm of the artist in each of us. The ordinary, when truly noticed, becomes wonderful. Practicality threatens to be the enemy of the metaphysical for the marvelous vision lies just beyond the practical. The humdrum and the fabulous are joined when we can share that vision. The religious experience is the attachment, the connection, between the homely and the fantastic. “

She could cook, too!

At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, you can experience forty New Mexico artists’ work as we strive to make the ordinary wonderful. Come notice for yourselves- -connect with our creations.

Amapola Gallery, where you’ll always meet the artists. On the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque, at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amaploagallery.com. Open daily from 10 to 5.

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September Featured Artists

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery is pleased to present photographer Patrick O’Brien and glass maven Diana Swanson as our September Featured Artists.

 

Pat O’Brien calls himself, “Just another photographer. ” Don’t you believe it. His images of buffalo, eagles and other southwestern creatures are so full of life they almost radiate body heat. Views of lonesome churches and homesteads impart a strong sense of the stark, serene beauty of New Mexico. Light, angle, subject- -Pat gets it right.

 

Diana Swanson is a self-proclaimed “glassaholic. ” Her work is joyfully colorful and intense and encompasses a wide variety of both ornamental and functional pieces. These will brighten your home and lighten your day.

 

O’Brien and Swanson, together at Amapola Gallery for September. Meet them at the artists’ reception Friday, September 1, from 4-7 p.m.

 

The gallery is open daily 10 to 5 at 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in historic Old Town. 242-4311 and amapolagallery.com.

 

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Why Is It Called A “Co-op” ?

I write “Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery ” for a specific reason, even though our actual name is Amapola Gallery. That’s to emphasize that we are a cooperative. Each of us contributes rent, time and our various strengths to keep our lovely gallery open and staffed.

A local co-op is also a virtual poster child for the Buy American movement. We are Local. We are New Mexican. Everything in our store is made by us in the good old USA. Come see and experience the wide variety of paintings, ceramics, wood, jewelry, glass, fiber arts both wearable and decorative, and more, produced by forty local artists each more wondrous than the last.

 

Amapola Gallery, where you’ll always meet the artists. On historic Old Town Plaza at 205 Romero N.W. Open 10 to 5 daily. Amapolagallery.com or  (505) 242- 4311.

 

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Featured Artists of August 2017

At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery we are pleased to introduce Rebecca Olesen and jeweler Joyance as our Featured Artists for August.

Rebecca’s acrylic landscapes are New Mexico all the way. She not only has a native’s appreciation of our vast evocative space but a graceful interpretation honed by near- daily painting. And the lady can paint! From shade dappled adobe courtyards to distant mountains, this is our part of Paradise.

 

Joyance provides refined elegance with her crystal and stone earrings, necklaces and sets. The designs are classic and classy, easy to wear and full of subtle color. Lovely!

 

Meet the artists at our reception, Friday, August 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.  The gallery is open 10 to 5 daily and the Olesen/ Joyance exhibit is up through August.

 

Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W on The Plaza in Old Town. Amapolagallery.com or 242- 4311.

 

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