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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Have Fun and Beat The Heat!

Looking for a great way to beat the heat and have a fun experience at the same time? Slide in to Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery in historic Old Town!

 

At Amapola we have the coolest collection of art in the Southwest, both functional and not, in our air conditioned gallery, and Yay Yogurt, with killer yogurt and an array of icy drinks, is our downstairs neighbor. It’s a terrific combo and a certain heat beater!

 

Amapola Gallery, in historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza at 205 Romero N.W. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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Lynda Burch and Gwen Peterson are Featured Artists in July

“Two Visions:  Abstracts and Landscapes” is the theme for Lynda Burch and Gwen Peterson’s Featured Artist display for July at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. It’s a great title for the works of these two award-winning artists.

Lynda Burch and Gwen Peterson July Featured Artists
Lynda Burch, widely admired for her unique postage stamp collages, brings a new collection of acrylic abstracts titled “Freedom.” These are works of many layers of both paint and embedded collage elements, providing a depth of appeal, both textural and visual.

 

Gwen Peterson, popular for her serigraphs of cats, other critters and stunning landscapes, approaches abstraction from a nearly opposite direction. Always spare in her approach to design, she is intrigued by minimalism. She provides a colorful and eye- catching simplicity in her acrylics on canvas.

 

Check out “Two Visions ” at Amapola Gallery through July. Meet the artists and partake of the lavish supply of homemade goodies at the reception on Friday, July 7, from 4:00 to 7:00.

 

Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town, where it’s all New Mexican all the time. Open 10 to 5 daily. (505-) 242- 4311 or at amapolagallery.com.

 

 

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Two New Artists Welcomed to Amapola Gallery

Join us at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery in welcoming two terrific Guest Members, Carol Lutz and Cynthia Mulvaney.

 

Carol Lutz  (rhymes with roots) displays her beautiful fused and slumped glass. She features standing glass “paintings,” plates, nifty lazy susans and more, much of it functional as well as decorative. Glass, she says, “takes on a personality all its own. ” A project may work as intended – – or it may not. Carol enjoys the great variety of glass colors and types and finds the experimentation and endless possibilities exciting. You will, too!

 

Cynthia Mulvaney is a wonderfully self- taught oil painter, whose desire for a fun mural for her kids’ room years ago led her to eventually open her own mural business. Yup. She’s that good! Cynthia is currently showing work on a much smaller but equally fun and quirky scale. Enjoy a bit of nostalgia with a skilled rendering of a favorite childhood toy or cartoon character, or a piece of chocolate cake to make your mouth water. She even slips in a landscape or two, painted in her crisp individual style.

 

Amapola Gallery, all New Mexican all the time, where great plus two equals even better! Staffed by the artists and open 10 to 5 daily at 205 Romero N.W, right on the Plaza in Old Town.

 

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June Featured Artist Reception

“Nature’s Gifts:  Wood and Color ” is the theme of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s June Featured Artist event. Wood turner Mark McAllaster and watercolorist B.J. Briscoe join artistic forces to bring you a joyful visual treat.

After more than 40 years working with wood, Mark masterfully enhances grain, color and the natural characteristics of each piece he makes. Using local as well as exotic woods he turns rustic into smooth sophistication.

 

B.J. doesn’t say much about her work. She lets her charming florals and southwestern vignettes do the talking for her. Her goal is to always have her paintings reflect the special light unique to New Mexico’s high desert.

 

Meet the artists Friday June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.. The show runs through June at Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W. Open daily 10 to 5.
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Distinctive New Mexico Experience

If you haven’t been to Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery lately, you’re missing out on a delightful and distinctive New Mexico experience. In historic Romero House on Old Town’s Plaza, we are filled with fantastic fulfillments of artistic impulse with works by our 40 artist members. We are awash in ambiance from our festive balcony to the shaded and welcoming tables on the spacious downstairs patio.

Come upstairs for the art – – all New Mexican all the time – – and stay for the cool drinks, coffee and frozen yogurt downstairs. Refresh both Soul and Body!
And don’t forget Mother’s Day. We have unique handmade gifts in every price range.
See you there! Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W.  Open daily from 10 to 5.
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May Featured Artists

The original title of Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artist exhibition for May was “A Blast of Color. ” That’s wonderfully descriptive of Ann Tidrow Connely’s acrylic landscapes. These glorious southwestern vignettes are all about light – – mountains, foothills, our triumphant desert plants and over all our color – blasting sunset skies. Stunning’s the word.

May’s second Featured Artist is Kristin Parrott, yours truly. I, too paint sunset skies but they form a backdrop for serene, barren trees and quiet pathways, both beckoning with potential. Then there are the hollyhocks, my latest obsession. Lots of color but also solitude, which is our second title.
Ann will also exhibit her charming handbuilt ceramics which incorporate 3D pueblo walls and Native children in their designs.
No exhibit of mine is complete without an array of my soapstone and alabaster carvings. Hands, critters and more hands, some inlaid with turquoise.
Meet Ann and me at our First Friday reception 4 to 7 on May 5.
Enjoy a blast of “Color and Solitude ” at Amapola artists co-op Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town, 205 Romero N.W. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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Two New Artists At Amapola Gallery

Come catch our double play at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. Tom Roche and Chris Maes bring their exciting work to Amapola as our newest Guest Members and they’re quite a duo.

Chris Maes, an Albuquerque native who recently returned after eleven years away, says he has “been making things forever. ” What he makes for Amapola  (and you, our precious public) are steel sculptures, a little hard to describe in a few words and with a faint whiff of Modigliani in feel. He begins with a general wire substrate and then builds his pieces drop by drop using a torch to melt the steel, almost, he says, like 3- D manual printing. Chris has a background as a machinist and dental lab tech, and his art allows him to cut loose. “The pieces make themselves with minimal guidance from me – – and they don’t need to make sense. “
Tom Roche, raised in Los Alamos, returned in 1975 after ten years away. (Obviously both men came to their senses! ) Tom makes mixed media crosses, using exotic woods, glass and metals, which he heats to alter their color. His background in mechanical engineering  (multiple degrees) and construction is embodied in his meticulous work. Tom’s cross motif was his wife Ann’s idea, and it’s a great one. He feels his inspiration is God given and he does his best to fulfill it. His first entry in the State Fair professional art exhibition took both First Place and Best in Show. Whew!
We hope these two skilled, gifted New Mexicans will be with us for a long time. See their works at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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Knots on the Cutting Edge.

“Knots on the Cutting Edge. ” That’s the theme for Amapola artists co-op Gallery ‘s March Featured Artist exhibition. I say we could call it “Runs with Scissors. ” Quilter and macrame knotter Marge Farmer Page, and paper cutter Sara Carley, employ knots and scissors in their artwork and cut quite a swath doing it.

Marge’s quilts range from crib- sized with charming baby – themed fabric to queen – bed sized artistic statements like the traditional “log cabin. ” They are meticulously designed and realized, suitable for bed, couch or wall. She even has a line of pillow cases, place mats and napkins, and pot holders for you bakers. Her charming macrame creations hold plants, wine bottles or simply your eye.
Sara Carley studied the art of paper cutting with acclaimed artist Elzbieta Kaleta  (also in our gallery) and it’s fun to see how different their work is. Sara comes from a music background  (with a double major in voice and oboe) and her subject matter is often musicians.
Between her years as a band teacher and her mastery of many instruments, Sara gets the details correct every time.
In addition to music, Sara derives ideas from written descriptions in the many books she reads. Combined with her tongue in cheek humor this results in a nifty line of fantastical birds, bumptious bears and dramatic dragons.
So if you enjoy knots and scissors, quilts and cut paper, come meet the artists Friday, March 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. “Knots on the Cutting Edge ” runs through March at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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