“Juxtaposition” – March Featured Artists

“Juxtaposition,” a celebration of works by Ann Tidrow Connely and Sally Rugala, is on display at Amapola Gallery for the month of March.

Connely’s work is grounded in the earth. With dramatic colors and dynamic brushwork she embraces the reality of New Mexico’s sunset skies, storm clouds, sprawling hills, caught in the moment. Her ceramic vessels disguised as cactus, and “friendship” bowls add a charming texture to the exhibit.

Where Ann Connely embraces realism, Sally Rugala presents pure abstraction. Rugala is master of the pour. Her acrylic images flow across canvas, robust rivers or dancing galaxies, liquid-seeming abstract fantasizes. These designs are also incorporated into her unique earrings and pendants.

These diverse artists are united in their love of intense saturated color.

Come experience for yourselves. Meet the artists Friday, March 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. The show runs through March and the gallery is open daily from 10 to 5.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, in the heart of Old Town at 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

Join us as we celebrate forty years of presenting New Mexican made art and fine crafts.

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Come to the Heart of Old Town for Your Valentine

Need a token of affection for one or several as Valentine’s Day nears? Come to Old Town, the heart of Albuquerque, and Amapola Gallery, in the heart of Old Town.

At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery we get to the heart of the matter with unique, locally-made art and fine crafts perfect for gifting. Whether your budget is small or spectacular, from a heart-felt one of a kind card to pottery, wooden boxes or a magnificent painting, we have it. We’ve been supplying glorious gifts for forty years thanks to grateful, satisfied customers.

Come experience for yourself what 39 award-winning artistic New Mexicans can create. Your loved one will be delighted!

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“Earth and Sky” – Our February Featured Artist Exhibition

“Earth and Sky,” an exciting new exhibit at Amapola Gallery beginning February 1, features works by potter Iris McDowell and painter Kay Richards.

Iris McDowell creates elegant yet functional pottery with lyrical lines and intense colors. Her glazes of burgundy, turquoise, green, purple, deep blue, brown and metallic black combine with selective applications of copper leaf and wire as well as the claybody itself to transform into unique pieces, each high fired and food safe. For the wall, she manipulates clay slabs into what she calls “wall blankets,” pretty as a picture and using the same intense colors.

Color is what painter Kay Richards is all about. She works with watercolors, acrylics and oils to create skies, florals and landscapes, each gleaming with the strong light and saturated hues of New Mexico. The pieces radiate life and joy, instantly brightening and cheering any room in which they are hung. Viewers add their own interpretations as they explore the images, discovering serendipitous details hidden to the casual eye.

Earth and Sky meet at Amapola Gallery in February. You can meet the artists on Friday, February 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. That’s right, Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for February are holding their First Friday ArtsCrawl reception ALL DAY February 7. The hours from 4 to 7 are too few to contain the excitement!

Amapola artists’co-op Gallery, where we’re all New Mexican all the time. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.
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The History of Amapola Gallery

Happy Birthday, Amapola Gallery! That’s right, Amapola is forty years old in 2020.

Our gallery began in January, 1980, the brainchild of several artists, of whom Jan Hayes was the driving force. (Ms Hayes, a fierce advocate, went on to spearhead Sandia Bear Watch.) Conceived as a springboard for artists not yet fully established, to help grow their art careers, Amapola Gallery is now home to a core of more permanent members. Two even remain from the original thirty, but more than 235 artists have been members over the years.

Currently, Amapola co-op Gallery boasts 40 award-winning artist-members at our fourth (and best!) location in Old Town, 205 Romero N.W., in historic Romero House. It is Jan Hayes who named the gallery Amapola, Spanish for poppy, after her parents’ courting song, and the cheerful red poppy logo has served us well.

On an average day we have some 1500 pieces of New Mexico creativity on display, from contemporary to Southwestern, abstract to traditional, functional and decorative, in mediums including cut paper, clay, fabrics, (both quilts and clothing), glass, jewelry, photography, wood, stone and mixed media. And never forget our vast array of notecards.

Amapola Gallery has delighted serious collectors, gift buyer’s and hand-made-in-New-Mexico souvenir seekers for forty years and counting.

Come to Old Town, Albuquerque’s heart, wish us Many Happy Returns and experience this dynamic, artist-run gallery for yourselves. We are open 10 to 5 daily.

Amapola Gallery, (505) 242-4311 and amapolagallery.com.

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40 Year Anniversary!

Happy Birthday to Us!

That’s right. In January, 2020, Amapola Gallery turns forty years old. For any gallery this is a triumph. For a superb, artists’ co-op gallery, it is remarkable. I remark it!

Think of it. Forty years of actual cooperating among a shifting cast of creative folks accustomed to working alone!

With so many artist-members, we present an astonishing variety of art and fine crafts at a gratifying range of prices. Experience Amapola Gallery for yourself. Come wish us happy birthday!

Watch for special events throughout our birthday year, including artist demos and a two-day hoorah in May. All at Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town, 205 Romero N.W. We are open 10 to 5 daily.

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January All Member Exhibition At Amapola Gallery

New Year’s Greetings from Amapola Gallery! Help us celebrate our forty years –¡ forty! ¡ I’m exhausted!–with a reception Friday, January 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Featured is our whole gallery, all forty award-winning artisan-members.

We present local, affordable variety, like a permanent arts and crafts fair with all New Mexican entries.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery has been in business since 1980, so you know we’re doing something right. Come experience for yourselves.

Amapola Gallery in historic Romero House, on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W. We are open 10 to 5 daily.

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Holiday Shopping At Amapola Gallery

Don’t settle for ordinary, mass-produced gifts and cards this holiday season. Explore Old Town, Albuquerque’s beginning, and discover Amapola Gallery! In business since 1980, Amapola is an artists’ co-operative with forty award-winning local members.

We have it all from wall art in oils, watercolor, wood and paper cuts, acrylics and ceramic, to wearables, quilts, glass, wood and masses of distinctive jewelry. Don’t forget our copious cornucopia of cards, sure to supply you for any occasion.

To this add the holiday ambience of Old Town and you have a unique and enjoyable shopping experience.

Come see!

Amapola Gallery, open 10 to 5 on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W.

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Experience Our Budget Friendly Prices

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery demonstrates New Mexico-made creativity at its finest. The range of works by our forty award-winning artisans is matched by our budget friendly range of prices.

Explore historic Romero House. View San Felipe we Neri church and the Plaza from our camera-friendly balcony. Experience Old Town at its finest!

Amapola Gallery, open 10 to 5 daily on the Plaza in Romero House at 205 Romero, N.W.

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Artists Stray From Their Usual Mediums This December!

If you’ve ever been to Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery you know it’s an awesome experience. We produce an amazing variety of art and fine craft in almost every medium, at a price range to match any budget.

If you’ve never been, now is the perfect time. For the holidays we outdo even ourselves! Really! Our vast collection of notecards expands, with even more unique greeting cards. Our artists are permitted to stray from their usual mediums, so a painter may display ceramics, or a potter show metalwork. For December and January we are even bigger and better than ever. (Hard to believe, but true.)

Truly, if you can’t find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone on your list, you’re browsing with your eyes closed. And that would be a pity!

Come meet us Friday, December 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza at 205 Romero N.W., in historic Romero House.

Experience it!

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