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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Artists Cooperative Enjoys Spring Makeover

Amapola Gallery, an artists cooperative on Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque received a Spring Makeover.

If you haven’t been to Old Town lately, you have yet to see the changes which are transforming both Amapola Gallery and the environs of our home, historic Romero House. (Read more about Historic Romero House in this earlier post.)

Upstairs our jewelry “tower ” showcases have been raised onto stands, the better to tempt you with. Our extensive greeting card display now occupies a wall space more accessible for you as you make your selections. Windows which once displayed glass art on grid systems are now open and airy. All in all we have a great new look for spring.

The Yogurt Girls - Yay Yogurt - downstairs from Amapola Gallery

The Yogurt Girls – Yay Yogurt – downstairs from Amapola Gallery

Downstairs on our patio the scrubby plants have been replaced by lovely brick work, resulting in even more seating space, where you can enjoy your delicious Yay! yogurt and review your art purchases. The front wall on the sidewalk has been lowered and two big shrubs have been removed from the sidewalk, too.

It’s all clean, fresh and inviting for spring. Come see for yourselves. Amapola Gallery and the works of our 40 local artists are always worth a look.

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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April Saturday Amapola Gallery Event

Family Photo Reality at Amapola Gallery Event

Family photos at April's Saturday Event at Amapola Gallery.

Need a professionally – provided family photo? You know you do!

One of Amapola Gallery’s fabulous photographers, Joy Kelley, has the skill, the camera, the location and the props to provide a unique and lasting memory for you and your family.

Location : The patio of historic Romero House on the Plaza in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Backdrops : Our beautiful and historic Plaza and San Felipe de Neri church.

Props : Western duds and our very own token cowboy, bearded Nathan aka Grizzly Simmons.

Time : 10am to high noon (or longer?) on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Yup, pardner, soon!

Cost : $2 for the photo and .50 for mailing if you can’t pick it up at the gallery. Such a deal!

The April Saturday Amapola Gallery Event will help you make a family photo reality. Come to Old Town Albuquerque and see for yourself.

Stay tuned to this space for news of our next Special Event. There’s one coming your way the third Saturday of each month.

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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Welcome Guest Member Artist Joy Kelley

Meet Photographer and Guest Member Artist Joy Kelley

This Red Truck #1 is the photography of Guest Member Artist Joy Kelley at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Join us in welcoming Joy Kelley to the diverse gang of Amapola Gallery photographers.Farmgirl Joy once raised and raced Thoroughbred horses, at one time owning twenty -two. She taught English at the federal juvenile prison in Santa Fe for four years.

The boots and flowers photography is from Guest member artist Joy Kelley at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Intrigued by the Native Americans among her students, she then moved to the Navajo Big Rez in Arizona, where she taught high school English and photography for five years. Joy ‘s photographs of race horses illustrated an article published in New Mexico Magazine, but “I shoot everything! ” she says — landscapes, adobe buildings, old trucks and ancient cowboy boots.

This Image of Native American Dancers is from Guest Member Artist Joy Kelley at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Her images of dancers at The Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque will amaze you. Joy says, modestly, “I like to catch a memory. ” Come welcome her, revel in her photos and make a memory of your own!

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 April at Amapola Gallery

Amapola ‘s featured artists for April are Patrick O’Brien (photography & gallery photographer and lighting assistant) and yours truly, Kristin Parrott (mixed media painting and stone carving, plus blogger in chief and head trainer.)

This picture is the work of Pat O'Brien, featured artist April at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Pat is a master of Photoshop -enhanced ultra – realistic landscapes and wildlife vignettes. A retired wildlife biologist, Pat brings a scientist’s eye and artist’s sensibility to his subjects. Fierce owls and eagles, formidable bison, shy jackrabbits; doorways, adobes, old trucks — Pat’s fabulous photos run the gamut and do New Mexico proud. Many of his images are infused into aluminium, a process which brings even greater clarity to each photograph.

This photography is the work of Patrick O'Brien, featured artist April at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

In Patrick’s words, “if the big three come together – light, angles, and subject – my advice is ‘shoot it!’ I especially enjoy photographing wildlife and nature.”

I, Kristin Parrott, have mostly one thing on my mind just now when it comes to painting: Trees. Bare trees. Trees full of potential, reaching up to Heaven. And sunset skies filled with glorious color as their backdrop. Visual stillpoint and meditation.

In Albuquerque, Amapola Gallery's Featured Artist April Kristin Parrott painted these trees.

My stone carvings of hands and animals are similarly interpretive and evocative rather than realistic. Horses, elephants, birds, bison and assorted other beasts cavort, in a range of sizes and natural colors, including lovely greens.

This sculpture is the work of Featured Artist April Kristin Parrott at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

In my bio I put it like this: “From oil paintings I moved to pen and ink drawings and mixed media landscapes using a mix of watercolor, watercolor pencil and ink. I bring a Celtic sensibility to my stone carvings, specializing in hands and little animals, including bears, birds and frogs of softer stones since I have no interest in the use of power tools.”

My artistic reality is non – reality, in contrast to Pat O’Brien ‘s absolute and loving reality. Not at all a bad combo.

Fittingly for me, at least, our artists ‘ reception, a part of First Friday Artscrawl, takes place on April Fool’s Day, April 1, 2016 from 4-7pm. Come meet the artists and compare and contrast for yourselves.

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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Artist Cooperative Operative at Amapola

After a hundred years anybody can use a little restorative attention. At a robust 101, Romero House on Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza, home to Amapola Gallery, is no different.

Last year’s renovation transformed the ground floor and saw the establishment of Yay! Yogurt and a customers’ lounge complete with free wi -fi. Now it’s Amapola Gallery’s turn.

This painting is "Blowing in the Wind" by Vera Russell, head painter at Amapola Gallery.

Thanks to a team of stalwarts headed by oil painter Vera Russell, our artist cooperative is undergoing a bit of a facelift. Instead of a (lucky) canvas, Vera and her troop of transformers are painting the walls and display cubes.

To avoid as much disruption as possible, Russell’s Rustlers are painting one or two rooms at a time, so most of our oils, acrylics, ceramics, silver and beadwork, glass, quilts, feltwork, watercolors, stone carvings and more are available to you, our appreciative and appreciated public.

Special kudos to boss Vera and the folks who painstakingly paint the gaps between the slats in our slatwall. Geez what a job! nimbly and patiently undertaken by Carol Sparks, and Pat Oliver with an assist by Katherine Gauntt. (Hmmm. All three watercolorists. Come in and compare their styles and subject matter!)

Other Russell’s Rustlers include Neal Drago and Martie Anspach (wood and printmaking, respectively), Becky Olesen (acrylics), B.J.Briscoe (watercolor), Cristina Diaz – Arntzen (punch quilts), Sandra Moench (ceramics) and Ann Connely (acrylics.) Apologies to anyone  inadvertently omitted. Thank yous to each and every volunteer!

As you can imagine, other folks are taking down artwork, display props and jewelry towers in advance of the onslaught and then replacing it all. It’s a real co -operative effort. (Pardon the pun.) But you don’t need to imagine — come see for yourselves!

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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