Holiday Stroll Old Town 2016 starts with Amapola

This tree is only a part of the decor during Holiday Stroll Old Town at Amapola Gallery.

If you’ve never experienced Holiday Stroll Old Town style, you’re in for a treat! All of Old Town puts on its party clothes and starts celebrating the holiday season. Evergreen boughs, festive lights, lumenarias – – it’s a magical time to stroll where the Conquistadors walked.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery is no exception.

Friday, December 2, is your opportunity to meet the artists – – all of us local – – and our works that I guarantee will make the day and evening enjoyable and holiday gift- giving easy.

For those of you who value “unique, local, handcrafted ” for the folks on your gift list, we are truly The Place.

Hadn’t you heard? Since 1980 we’ve supplied glass wonders and wool hats, paintings, photography and wall hangings, worked wood and ceramics, gorgeous gourds and stone carvings, quilts, macrame, mosaics, silk screen prints, cut paper “paintings” and jewelry jewelry jewelry.

Holiday Stroll Old Town Details:

Come see for yourself! Holiday Stroll Old Town style, December 2nd from 10 to 9.

This map shows detail of road closures during Holiday Stroll Old Town as shared by Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

This map shows detail of road closures during Holiday Stroll Old Town.

Daily 10 to 5. Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. above Yay! Yogurt in historic Romero House.

I draw.I paint. I draw with paint. I carve. I assemble found objects. I blog. See the art at Amapola Gallery. Read my blogs here! -Kristin Parrott

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Amapola Artists Co-Op Gallery Welcomes You!

This is the artwork of Katherine Gauntt available at Amapola Artists Co-op Gallery Albuquerque.Days I work at Amapola Artists Co-op Gallery  I greet explorers to our gallery with “Welcome to our co- op! ”

But you, our precious public, often don’t realize what an artists’ co-op gallery really is. I’m here to ‘splain.

It’s expensive to run any business. Our fixed costs include rent, of course, phone, insurance and several other unavoidables of which I wish to remain blissfully ignorant. (SO glad I’m the blogger, not the bookkeeper! ) Each artist member at Amapola pays dues which cover these costs.

We each take turns staffing the gallery. You always meet two of us when you come, not paid employees. We’re all local all the time.

To cover variable costs, like bubble wrap and light bulbs, we pay a very small percentage of our sales to the gallery. (And because it’s so small we can keep our prices low! )

To re- cap:

Thirty-odd New Mexico artists (some odder than others)

Plus

Historic Romero House at 205 Romero, NW, for our stunning setting (right on Old Town Plaza! )

Plus

You! the intrepid stair climbing experience- and hand made wonders seekers

Equals

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery!

Open 10 to 5, 361 days a year.

I draw. I paint. I draw with paint. I carve. I assemble found objects. I blog. See the art at Amapola Gallery. Read my blogs here! -Kristin Parrott

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Begin Gift-Giving Season at Amapola Gallery

Choose Amapola Co-op Gallery for Gift Giving Season

Visit Amapola Gallery in historic Old Town and begin this gift-giving season on a high note.

What with our endless warm autumn, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly holiday time. But Thanksgiving rolls around in a few short weeks!

Where to go for the perfect hostess gift? Locally-made unique Christmas/Hannukkah/Kwanzaa gifts? Or the perfect congrats-on-a-year-well-lived gift to yourself?

Amapola Gallery, your one-stop gift, design, fine art gallery, a true co-op, run by and for the artists ourselves. Hooray for us and for your great taste in selecting us! Paintings, stone carvings, turned and constructed wood, mosaics and ceramics, glass, fiber arts and gourds, photography, assemblages, serigraphy, cut paper, tons of greeting cards and jewelry both classy and jazzy for every taste and budget.

We’ve got all your gift needs covered, and all in the historic heart of beautiful Old Town at 205 Robero, NW.

Amapola Gallery, open 10a-5p daily. Do it Start your gift-giving season now!

I draw.I paint. I draw with paint. I carve. I assemble found objects. I blog. See the art at Amapola Gallery. Read my blogs here! -Kristin Parrott

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November Featured Artists Theme Metamorphosis

Diaz-Arntzen and Kaleta November Featured Artists

We at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery are an accomplished group of oddballs, none more so than our Featured Artists for November, Cristina Diaz-Arntzen and Elzbieta Kaleta. Each comes to us from elsewhere: Cristina from Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and Elzbieta from Cracow, Poland. Each is an American citizen, New Mexican by choice, ridiculously bilingual, talented, and ours!

Punch Quilt Artist Cristina Diaz-Arntzen

This is the work of November featured artist Cristina Diaz-Arnzten at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

After a long career in bilingual education that includes an award from the NEA, Cristina turned to the creation of colorful punch quilts. These lightweight, vibrant and durable wall hangings incorporate many images of the Southwest : Kokopelli and Native pottery, hot-air balloons and the Rail Runner, lizards and bears, Navajo ladies in traditional dress, and more. Including some hovering hummingbirds — which brings us to Elzbieta Kaleta, a photographer and paper artist with an eye for hummers and much else.

Photographer and Paper Artist Elzbieta Kaleta

This rooster is the work of November Featured Artists, paper artist Elzbieta Kaleta at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Elzbieta also has a teaching background, having taught animal genetics at the graduate level at Jagiellonian University in Cracow before moving to the US. (and completing her own post-doc research at Harvard Med School!) Using southwestern and animal designs, paint, calligraphy and photography, and her own admiration and respect for nature, Elzbieta turns the traditional Polish art of paper cutting on its head, in a most delightful way. Her photographs celebrate the beauty of nature and our shared place in this world — with basking cats, chattering crows, hummers, and the historic architecture of New Mexico.

Both Cristina and Elzbieta still teach but now their subject matter is art.

Come see this exhibit of their work, “Metamorphosis : Fabric and Paper in the Art Works of Cristina Diaz-Arntzen and Elzbieta Kaleta.” Reception in conjunction with Citywide First Friday ARTScrawl, 4pm – 7pm Friday November 4, 2016.

The show runs through November at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero, NW, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10-5 daily.

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Old Town Co-op Art Gallery Enters 36th Year

Amapola Co-op Art Gallery Turns 36

The business headline of the day is the closing of many department store outlets : Macy’s, Sears, K-mart, even Walmart. Potential customers are shopping online, but are also more interested in spending money on experiences rather than material goods. A co-op art gallery such as Amapola Gallery offers the ultimate in experiential value.

This flower picture is the work of photographer Pat O'Brien and is on display at Amapola Gallery Albuqueruqe.

This flower photographed at the Albuquerque BioPark by Member Photographer Pat O’Brien.

With luck and our own talented output, Amapola co-op Gallery won’t close our outlet for a long, long time. For starters we’re a one-off. Our location on the Plaza in Albuquerque’s Old Town is a One and Only. We do have an online presence at AmapolaGallery.com, but the whole point of You and Us is the Experience.

Old Town (don’t be blase, Albuquerqueans, it’s a wonderful place!) where the Conquistadors walked. The Plaza, with beautiful San Felipe de Neri church, a very active and cherished part of the community. Historic Romero House, with delicious treats from Yay! Yogurt downstairs. And upstairs?

Upstairs five and a half rooms filled with all sorts of eye candy: oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media painting, photography, turned wood bowls and wooden boxes, felted wool, painted gourds and cut paper images, assemblages and wall mosaics, ceramic clocks, bowls, teapots and wall sculptures, glass in wondrous assortment, quilts for bed or wall, stone carvings, serigraphs, gorgeous decorative candles and jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. You can revel in the creativity — all local –and find a perfect gift or memento.

Yes, Amapola Gallery is a brick and mortar storefront but it’s also a fun and unique ‘Experience!’ Come see for yourselves!

I draw.I paint. I draw with paint. I carve. I assemble found objects. I blog. See the art at Amapola Gallery. Read my blogs here! -Kristin Parrott

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An Artists Cooperative Gallery – Amapola

Enjoy an Artists Cooperative Gallery in Old Town ABQ

This historic building houses an artists cooperative gallery - amapola Gallery on the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque.

Perhaps you saw the delightful profile of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on CBS’s Sunday Morning on September fourth this year. The biggest, the brightest, the most magical … that’s the one. You’re hooked! Or you were hooked years ago and we have you back.

Welcome!

Now, the balloons are up and away, you’ve gotten your breakfast burrito and coffee, perhaps browsed the various vendor booths lining the field, and …

…it’s only 9 or 10 in the morning.

Time to enjoy another unique and colorful New Mexico treasure, Old Town!

If you’re driving it’s an easy hop : I-25 south to I-40 west to the Rio Grande exit. Or turn west (right) onto Alameda, south (left) onto 2nd street to Mountain Road and west on Mountain to Old Town. It’ll take you longer but you’ll experience part of our South Valley.

Now you’re in historic Old Town, with our shady Plaza, beautiful, serene church, museums (art, natural history, science) and — Amapola Gallery!

Amapola is a true artists’ co-operative, run by and for the artists ourselves, with no middleman (or -woman) between you and us. During Fiesta we are staffed by three or four member artists, so you will meet a bunch of creative, occasionally eccentric, New Mexican artists every visit.

Like Balloon Fiesta we are a great and entertaining experience, a visual souvenir that, who knows, may result in a 3-D souvenir as well. Our works are as tempting and affordable as they are absolutely local. The quality is inflated, not the prices! (And tht ain’t hot air!)

So there you have it : Balloon Fiesta to Old Town to Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in historic Romero House. 205 Romero, N.W.
Open 10-5 daily.

Float on in!

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. -Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Featured Artists October Play With Time and Texture

Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for October are Phil Green and Annette Galvano, with the theme “Time and Texture.”

Time is what Phil had on his hands when he retired some fifteen years ago. He combined the two –time and hands! — and began creating Raku clocks. Raku’s unpredictable and brilliant colors combine with Phil’s clever designs to result in unique time pieces.

Featured Artists October 16 include Phil Green, maker of this ceramic raku clock. by Phi

Phil’s designs include hot air balloons, sunflowers, fish, bird houses and more, and small table clocks as well as splendid wall clocks.

Variety is also a pleasing feature of Annette Galvano’s fiber art.

Annette works mainly with knitted, wet and needle felt, and incorporates lace, beads and other charming and clever accents into hats, purses, scarves, table runners, even framed pieces for the wall. Her color palette is vivid and her work (like Phil’s clocks!) most unusual.

This felted bag is the work of Annette Galvano, one of two featured artists October at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Annette’s designs include birds, butterflies, cats and dogs, flowers, horses … Think you can draw? Try doing it with a wisp of wool, directly on a wears-like-iron piece of felted wool, applied by pounding with needles. Confused? Come see!

With an artists’ reception October 7 from 4-7, and artwork on display daily from 10-5, you’ll have lots of time to enjoy the textures of Phil Green’s clocks and Annette Galvano’s fiber art.

Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-operative, on the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque. 205 Romero, N.W. Open 10-5 daily.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. -Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Guest Artist Gwen Peterson Returns to Amapola Gallery

This painting entitled "Tansy Aster" is by Guest Member Artist Gwen Peterson and is on display at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.Join the artists at Amapola co-op Gallery in welcoming back one of our own, award-winning serigrapher Gwen Entz Peterson. Gwen was an original member in 1980, working to get us off the ground. After three years she moved on to other pastures. Now she’s back! Her silkscreen prints range from a tiny Siamese cat to full-sheet Southwest landscapes.

“Serigraph “is the Latin term for “silkscreen print.” Gwen’s pieces exhibit the clean lines typical of silkscreen work, and her use of an oil-based medium results in particularly intense colors. The large size of many of her pieces is unusual for the technique. They would be a design focus for any room of your home or office.

Come check out our newest artist at Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza at 205 Romero, N.W., in Old Town. Open 10-5 daily.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. -Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin

This photograph, "The Pathway to Heaven" is the work of Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin and can be viewed at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

The Pathway to Heaven

Meet Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin

Our new Amapola guest artist started life as just plain Robert Crespin. The “o” was bestowed on this gifted photographer to distinguish him from another Robert. Roberto or Robert, Amapola has him and we’re delighted.

Roberto Crespin comes to our nifty artists’ co-op gallery through the urging of another photographer par excellance, and Crespin’ s friend and mentor, our own Patrick O’Brien.

Roberto’s mother painted and he reckons he “got the art bug from her ” as he grew up in Clovis, New Mexico. Retiring from Los Alamos Labs’ Science Museum after thirty years, Roberto turned to photography full time. That’s seven years (so far) to capture the light and color of New Mexico, the cowboy life Roberto grew up around, the Pueblos and all the varied cultures of our state.

Roberto enhances these images with the use of his computer, effecting transformations that photographic artists in the past used to create in a darkroom. He asks himself, “How does the photo itself look best?”

 

This is a photograph entitled "El Cuervo" by Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin at Amapola Gallery Old Town Albuquerque.

El Cuervo

Come see the answer, revealed in these splendid images.

Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-operative, on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. 10 to 5 daily.

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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Art Gallery Houses Diverse Offerings

Mark Parnell, a legislator from Australia, poses with art gallery member Cristina Diaz-Arntzen, maker of "Mimbres Lizard" and other punch quilts.

Mark Parnell, a legislator from Australia poses with member Cristina Diaz-Arntzen, maker of “Mimbres Lizard” and other punch quilts.

As an art gallery, Amapola Gallery is the largest artists cooperative in the state of New Mexico.

When writing about Amapola co-op Gallery, I often emphasize our combination of “locally handmade “with “affordable. ” It’s true. For unique birthday/sweetheart/promotion/holiday/hostess gifts we are unbeatable.

But “Gallery ” is in our name for a reason, and it’s worth mentioning.

Our artists also provide a great selection of high-end designer pieces for your walls, art pieces to complete the decor of any room in your home. Modern, Southwestern and everything in between.

Remember us when you’re redecorating and need that one stunning wall piece or a suite of art for your office. You can’t go wrong at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Open daily 10-5.

Check our Facebook page where you will see a running connection of #artoftheday. We realized if we published only one piece of art each day we’d have material in the Gallery for years! Our #artoftheday theme honors one of our members each day.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. -Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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