August Featured Artists Tap Color and Light

Watercolorist Carol Sparks and glass maven Diana Swanson team up for Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artist exhibit “Expressions with Living Color and Light.”

This watercolor is the work of August Featured Artist Carol Sparks at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Sparks, an Albuquerque native, captures our stunning New Mexico light through her use of color, sharing her sense of awe at the landscapes and cultural traditions that surround us.

This glass is the work of August Featured Artist Diana Swanson and is showing at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Swanson is a relative newcomer, in New Mexico since 2008. She declares herself a “glassaholic,” hooked on glass fusion. This process combines pieces of glass with heat to meld one of a kind ornamental and functional art pieces.

Each woman conveys her enjoyment of color and the play of light in each distinctive piece of her art.

Meet the artists at our reception, 4-7pm on Friday August 5. The show is open daily 10-5 through August at Amapola Gallery, an artists’ co-operative, on the Plaza in Albuquerque’s Historic 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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Guest Member Artist Anita Caress Loves Glass

Glass artist Anita Caress is a shining addition to Amapola co-op Gallery. A resident of Albuquerque for 58 years and counting, she was introduced to the process of glass fusion while volunteering at her son’s middle school. Virtue got its reward that time!

Guest Member Artist Anita Caress shows her glass at Amapola Gallery.

Anita has continued to create with fused glass, but she really loves glass blowing (think Dale Chihuly), which, she says, is an adrenaline rush, all go! go! go! (My mind thinks, what if you forget — and inhale?) It is an expensive process, requiring special equipment, ovens, etc. So while she has studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state, (founded by Chihuly), Anita rents time at a Santa Fe studio where she studies with her mentor, internationally -known glass artist Elodie Holmes.

Guest member artist Anita Caress loves to make glass flower blossoms for Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

A wonderful product of Anita’s creativity are her glorious glass flowers, which are “gathered, stretched and shaped –but not blown. ” These bright colored blooms can even be placed outside, where they provide a spot of color all year ’round and need never be watered. Along with these Anita shows plates, vases, serving pieces and more. Come see what’s new at Amapola Gallery!

Here are some chiles of glass from Guest Member Artist Anita Caress at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Open 10-5 daily — where you’ll always meet the artists!

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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Historic Old Town Offers Variety

Albuquerque’s historic Old Town is a destination delight

In an Albuquerque Journal article of June 14, 2016, we are told that today’s shopper wants more, authenticity, community, park-like seating areas, more local artisan vendors and merchants …

Does this sound like you? If so you’re in luck, because it describes historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico to a tee!

This is one of the sights in Old Town Albuquerque, just across from Amapola Gallery.

Throw in shady Tiguex Park beside our three world-class museums and Old Town offers an experience like no other.

Restaurants and snack bars, a post office that welcomes dogs (woof!), jewelry and clothing, souvenirs and fabulous art galleries — it’s a perfect little gem of an experience.

How do I know? Aside from having worked here and there in Old Town since 1973 (gulp) I am an original member of Amapola Gallery, an all-local artists’ co-operative founded in 1980 and still going strong.

Old Town is a unique and perfect place to spend a day — or three! — with several fine hotels and motels within a block or two. Think of us as a theme park without lines!

While you’re enjoying the experience don’t forget to look us up: Amapola co-op Gallery, 205 Romero, NW, on The Plaza in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Open daily 10-5.

See you there!

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 Artist Diana Corbin Introduces Candle Carving

Welcome candle maker Diana Corbin to Amapola co-op Gallery’s diverse group of talented local artists. We’ve never had a candle carver before!

Diana has lived in New Mexico now for six years. Her art background is as a drama teacher, and she currently teaches dance to fifth graders.

Drama and movement animate Diana’s hand -dipped, hand-carved candles. Temperature is critical in their construction. There is a limited time while the wax is soft enough to accept a design yet hard enough to retain it.

 Guest Artist Diana Corbin introduces candle carving to Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

The lighted wick illuminates the candle’s core, creating a beautiful translucent glow. Each piece has a dominant color, with 2-3 others adding even more interest to the varying exterior designs. Candles can be burned straight down, refilled with tea candles so they never burn down, and there are candles with oil lamp inserts. The candles are unscented.

Guest Artist Diana Corbin Introduces candle carving to Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

To satisfy that burning desire to enjoy this Fresh-to-Amapola Gallery art form, come visit us 10-5 daily, in historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza 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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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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