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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Paints and Patinas – November’s Featured Artists at Amapola

“Paints and Patinas” highlight Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s November Featured Artists display. Vera Russell supplies the paints and Jeannette Easley, the patinas.

Vera Russell, an artist since her childhood, has lived and painted throughout much of the world, using pastels, acrylics, watercolors, and her favorite, oils. She even operated a well-regarded ceramics business for several years. Ms. Russell says she paints “whatever is in sight,” with southwest landscapes her favorite subject. I myself recall a dandy portrait of an onion so realistic it nearly brought me to tears.

Jeanette Easley’s patinas appear on her silver, copper, and repurposed silver plate jewelry. In time for the holidays, she will have a line of Christmas tree earrings and other seasonal wearable art, delicate and refined beadwork and beadwork spirit dolls. Jeanette’s exhibit also includes mixed media collage on small canvases, generally in a rustic, southwestern style.

Meet the artists at their reception Friday, November 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town.

“Paints and Patinas” will run through November, daily 10 to 5, except Thanksgiving Day. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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What Do During Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque

My mom used to liken the experience of walking the balloon launch field during Albuquerque’s annual Balloon Fiesta to wandering among brightly colored elephants. Watching a launch is an unforgettable experience.

But we all know what goes up must come down. And even if balloons floated forever, your neck would never hold out. In the down time, raise your spirits with a visit to Old Town, another unique Albuquerque experience. While here, come to Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, right on the Plaza.

Amapola Gallery is all New Mexican all the time, 40 local artists strong, and filled with memorable art and fine crafts, from unique souvenirs NOT made in China to superb collectibles.

While the balloons are down come to Old Town and look us up! Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. Open daily 10 to 5.

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Greetings Balloon Fans!

We all know balloons must be inflated. Not so our prices! One big benefit of shopping at Amapola co-op Gallery for souvenirs, gifts, decor, inspiration and adornment–our prices are NOT inflated.

When the balloons have landed and the day stretches ahead, come meet the artists–all New Mexican all the time–, marvel at the variety of work produced by our forty artist-members and experience the very best of Old Town.

Amapola Gallery at 205 Romero N.W., right on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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“Earth and Sky,” Amapola Gallery’s October Featured Artists

“Earth and Sky,” Amapola Gallery’s October Featured Artists exhibit, is an exciting blend of natural-object assemblages, and paper cuts and photographs.

Art Rosenberg’s constructions incorporate stone, bamboo, wood, sea urchin quills and other natural objects, all secured to slabs of slate. They are meditative, minimalist and explosively quiet, and reflect Art’s interest in, and admiration for, Asian art.

Elzbieta Kaleta initially gained an enthusiastic following with her traditional Polish paper cuts, cleverly incorporating Southwest themes. She is also a photographer, whose light– and color–filled images reflect her love for birds,cats, horses, and the human landscape.

As always, you will meet the artists at their reception, 4 to 7 Friday, October 5, but they are featured through October and their work may be seen daily from 10 to 5 all year.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, all New Mexican all the time, at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Some Of The Amazing Things You Can Find At Amapola Gallery

Amapola Gallery is an artists’ cooperative. Forty of us, New Mexicans all, contribute time, talent and monthly dues to keep our gallery going. And going we have been, since 1980–38 years of artistic excellence over four locations, all in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Our members enter the gallery through an application and jury process, and by no means do all make the grade. Those that do may display the full range of their creativity, many working in a variety of mediums. Most of us are award winners, many impressively so.

Recently, jewelry artist Jack Boglioli won “United States Jewelry Designer of the Year” from London-based magazine LUX. This same review and research magazine also awarded him a Global Excellence award for “Best Luxury and Bespoke Online Jeweler.” Like many of us he accepts custom orders, and he maintains his own website.

But don’t think Jack Boglioli is Amapola Gallery’s only jeweler. Far from it. We showcase eleven jewellers, whose varied and imaginative work ranges from classic simplicity to everyday elegance, using precious metals, gemstones, copper, glass and gourds, and beadwork with and without elements handcrafted by the various artists.

As with our painters, glass, metal, wood, ceramic and fiber artists, we have enormous variety in the work of our jewellers. International pizzazz to local turquoise flair, we have it, and so can you!

Enjoy the works of jewellers Jack Boglioli, Brenda Bowman, Jeanette Easley, Joyance, Diana Kirkpatrick, Barbara Lewis, Carol Lutz, Michele McMillan, Debra Montoya, Sally Rugala and Pam Troutman.

At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery we welcome you from 10 to 5, seven days a week, in historic Romero House, right on the Plaza in Old Town. We are all New Mexican, all the time. Come meet the artists and experience our creative expertise.

Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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