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!

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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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Amapola Gallery Frames Enchanted Gardens Third Saturday June

Just in time for summer it’s “Enchanted Gardens ” Third Saturday June on Amapola Gallery’s enchanting patio.

Debra Montoya frames up Enchanted Gardens Third Saturday June at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Fused glass artist Diana Swanson, ceramist Sandra Moench, mosaic artist Debra Montoya and photographer Joy Kelley will demonstrate their mediums or assist you in creating your own “make and take ” treasure. Think: play with glass or mixed media flower pots.

The focus (pardon the pun, Joy) is on gardens and flowers, and as always at our Third Saturday events, we know you’ll have a blooming good time. Look for the umbrellas, music and flowers!

Saturday June 18 from 10:30-2, on the Romero House patio, on the Plaza in Old Town. You can’t miss it — and you won’t want to!
Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-operative, open 10-5 every day.

NOTE: See some of our other Third Saturday events here.

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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Romero House Old Town home to R.C. Gorman Gallery

If you haven’t been to Amapola co-op Gallery lately (why ever not?!) you’ve missed some big changes.

Our landladies continue to transform the patio of Romero House, bricking over the entire area and adding ever more welcome and welcoming shaded seating.

And–drumroll, please– we have a gorgeous new downstairs neighbor!

These images are from the R.C. Gorman Gallery located in Romero House, Old Town Albuquerque along with Amapola Gallery.

 

The R.C. Gorman Gallery has moved in, with wonderful images by that iconic, internationally -valued artist. Treat your eyes to a visual feast and greet gallery attendants Briana, Ynez and Tantalayo.

The R.C. Gorman Gallery in the Romero House Old Town Albuquerque with Amapola Gallery offers this opening special.

Then come on up to Amapola Gallery! We are forty local artists strong, we are artist owned and run, we’re a treasure trove of New Mexico art, with paintings, wood, ceramic and glass, wearables including a vast array of jewelry, stone carving, mosaics, gourds, quilts and more.

Yum! Yogurt on the shaded patio, R.C. Gorman Gallery and Amapola! Come experience us – Romero House Old Town!

Amapola Gallery, daily 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 Carol Maestas Joins Amapola Gallery

Carol Maestas, whose family descends from the Conquistadors, is a native Albuquerquean and proud of it! She is also the newest watercolorist to become a guest member of Amapola Gallery, an artists’ co-operative gallery on the Plaza in Old Town.

This is a picture of guest member artist Carol Maestas of Amapola Gallery.

Carol’s works offer the soft beauty of watercolor without the shiny distraction of glass. Largely self taught but with several artist -mentors, she is extremely clever about archival protection for her work, something some might overlook. The paper mounted on wood has several layers of gesso or other barrier between the materials. Finished pieces meant to be displayed without glass Carol varnishes with 5-7 coats of UV – protective mat varnish.

This pear is the work of Guest Member Artist Carol Maestas at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

When I asked what one thing we should know about her art career, she told me this. Carol had always painted for fun, with no intention to sell her beautiful works. Then her beloved granddaughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, in which the body cannot work but the mind remains active. Awful. Now Carol donates all profits from the sale of her paintings to finding a cure for this miserable disease. (See RettSyndrome.org and  GirlPower2Cure.org for more information.)

This fun painting is the work of guest member artist Carol Maestas at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Carol Maestas creates luscious fruit portraits (including a stunning giant pear–yum!) as well as New Mexico scenes (some behind glass.) They are distinctive, masterful and lovely. Come welcome her, and them, to Amapola Gallery.

 

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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Ancient Cultures a highlight for Featured Artists June ’16 at Amapola

Ceramic wall artist K.D. Fullerton and bead artist Mary Ellen Merrigan share a love of the art of ancient cultures. They offer distinctive interpretations in their outstandingly original pieces as Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for June.

This wall sculpture is from K.D. Fullerton, one of the featured artists October at Amapola Gallery.

K.D.’s ponies, people, masks and fantastical figures, in black, white and earth tones, show a strong Native American influence. She incorporates metal found objects, cross -hatching, geometrics in surface finish and in form. The pieces almost resemble three -dimensional petroglyphs created by someone with a wild but respectful sense of humor.

This colorful necklace represents one of the offerings of Mary Ellen Merrigan, Featured Artists June and Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Mary Ellen Merrigan ‘s creations evoke tribal art from around the world : Here a breath of the Orient, there ancient Egypt or the South Seas — as well as Native America. She constantly expands her artistic vocabulary with new techniques, unusual bead “finds ” and endless sophisticated combinations. Wearable ART, indeed.

Both K.D. Fullerton and Mary Ellen Merrigan mix native cultural influences, great artistry, respect for ancestry and impressive expertise in their chosen mediums. The results are some of the most distinctive work at Amapola.

Come meet the artists and enjoy the artists’ reception Friday, June 3 from 4-7 p.m as a part of First Friday ARTScrawl. “Ancient Cultures Distinctive Interpretations” is on display through June 30 at the Gallery. Visit Amapola co-op Gallery any day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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Third Saturday May Event at Amapola Gallery

If you missed our first “Third Saturday Celebration” you missed a good one, with Joy Kelley supplying scads of Southwestern props and photographing folks who donned them, with San Felipe de Neri church as backdrop. Wonderful souvenirs.

During our Third Saturday celebration in April, Photographer Joy Kelley captured the Yay Yogurt crew.

This Third Saturday May 21 from to 10:30am – 1:30pm features Kay Richards, one of this month’s Featured Artists, demonstrating her painting skills. In addition, Ann Tidrow-Connoly, whose acrylic landscapes and critters grace our gallery walls, will preside over a “make and take ” bookmark event. What’s more…there may be other surprise appearances in store.

This photo captures the fun you're sure to have when you participate in Perfect Palette, Amapola Gallery's third Saturday May promotion.

Don’t miss this one! Introduce your kids to some of the exciting possibilities of art, or come and enjoy this fun opportunity yourself. In Amapola Gallery’s beautiful patio, on the Plaza in 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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Local Albuquerque Art Gallery

See Andalucia Rooftops from Pat Oliver, watercolorist at Amapola Gallery is a local Albuquerque art gallery.“Shop local ” and “shop small ” are hot philosophies just now, pushbacks against big box stores and cookie -cutter merchandise. What do they mean in relation to local Albuquerque art gallery, Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town?

1) You can’t GET more local. ALL our artwork is local : Ceramics, beads and silver work, clocks; contemporary and traditional artwork of all kinds including fabric, mosaics, paintings in an array of mediums; woodworking, printmaking, stone carving — you get the idea. Local does not mean limited. We all live in the Albuquerque area because we man (and woman) the gallery ourselves. Local is Us. In short, Amapola is a local Albuqurque art gallery.

2) We are small though as I mentioned reasonably unlimited. We are thirty – odd (some odder than others…) artists banded together in one location (205 Romero, N.W., Albq., 87104) to display and sell some of the finest creations in the Southwest –our own.

So, shop local AND small in our beautiful co-op gallery. Be a hot philosopher!

Amapola Gallery is an artists’ co-op, a local Albuquerque art gallery located on historic Old Town Plaza. You always meet two of our 40 member artists when you visit the gallery. We’re open daily, 10am – 5pm.

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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Jury Process for Amapola Gallery

Visitors sometimes ask how we accept new members into Amapola Gallery. Sometimes likely prospects find us, in person or online. Sometimes members see works at art shows and ask the artists to jury or, they may be friends of members. (Which is no guarantee of acceptance!)

Anita Caress installs her work following the jury process for Amapola Gallery.

The artist fills out our application form and brings in five or more pieces of work in each medium to be considered. At a meeting of the full gallery, we discuss the quality of the work itself, how professionally it is presented (do the frames have tight, tidy corners? does the ceramic mug have a smooth lip so it won’t cut when used? does wood still have saw marks?) and what we may know of the artist’s background and personality.

To make our cooperative work we each have to play a part and pull together. Bow to the wishes of the majority. Try not to ruffle too many feathers. Deal in a helpful and pleasant way with gallery visitors. Get along!

Then we vote and the majority rules. If we have an immediate opening for an artist’s medium he or she is accepted immediately. If not, the artist is placed on a waiting list. Our new photographer, Joy Kelley, was on the list for a couple of years. For us, and for your viewing pleasure, it was worth the wait.

An earlier jury process for Amapola Gallery Albuquerque featured this photo from Joy Kelley of the side view, red pickup truck.

It was worth waiting for our downstairs neighbor Yay! Yogurt to start carrying food to go along with their superb frozen yogurt and coffee, too. Yay! now serves Frito Pie with a variety of yummy toppings. Vegetarian. Gluten free. You might even try it without the Fritos!
That’s how we jury prospective members. We’ve also juried the Frito Pie. Our verdict? Unanimous : Delicious!
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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Featured Artists May Mean Flowers and Skies

Amapola Gallery Opens Featured Artists May Exhibit

Sometimes even two artists can be nearly too much! Amapola Gallery’s featured artists for May will take you there.

Debra Montoya and Kay Richards share a love of color that will knock your socks off — eye candy of the jazziest kind.

This mosaic by Debra Montaya is from featured artists May exhibit at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Debra’s family has lived in New Mexico since the 1500s and her mosaics vibrate with the intensity of a Spanish garden. She meticulously combines glass, her own ceramics, charms and found objects into an art form distinctly her own, to hang on the wall or to wear.

This painting is by Kay Richards and is in the featured artists May exhibit at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Kay Richards, mixed media maven, is a relative newcomer (most of us are!) arriving in New Mexico in 1965 from Michigan. She transforms the light and color dance of her beloved Southwest into triumphant paintings and collage on paper, canvas and board.Kay’s works for this exhibit will showcase our endless, restless skies.

Bright colors, Southwestern motifs and new ideas and techniques are delightful constants in the works of both Debra Montoya and Kay Richards.

Not too much, really. Bursts of color and joy to bring happiness to the lucky viewer.

See this exciting work at two special events: the artists reception May 6 from 4pm – 7pm; and, during the Old Town Stroll May 21st. Or course, we invite you to view our featured artists exhibit (as well as the works of 38 other artists) daily from 10-5. Think that perfect gift for Mom, for the graduate or just for fun.

Amapola Artists’ Co-operative Gallery, on The Plaza above Yay! Yogurt, the best gallery above the best treats in Old Town. Really!

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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