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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Amapola Gallery is a One-Stop Co-op, Gallery and Gift Shop

Want a One-of-a-Kind Co-op, Gallery and Gift Shop?

There is an evocative but easy question on the agenda for the next Communications Committee meeting (the group which brings you, among other things, this blog.) The question is : “What are we? Gallery? Co-op? Gifts?”

The easy answer is, “Yes!”

Neal Drago and Martie Anspach are member artists and partners.

Neal Drago (woodwork, boxes) and Martie Anspach (copperplate etchings) are member artists and partners.

First and foremost Amapola is an artists’ co-op.

  • This means that each member pays an equal share of our fixed expenses, allowing us to keep the doors open.
  • Each member must work two days on each six -week calendar, taking turns running the gallery and making sales.
  • Each member has a space to show his or her creative work, a place to try out new styles and techniques.
  • And, as a co-op we are a community of artists sharing information and encouragement and sparking creative ideas.

Amapola is a gallery. Our members create exceptional original artwork, work which can be complement or even the focus for any home or office decor. However, in my mind “gallery ” tends to sound high -end. We CAN be, but …

Amapola is also a gift shop. For as little as $5 you will discover fun and exciting gifts for yourself, family, friends and formal occasions. Our gifts, all our creations, run the gamut from impulse all the way up to ‘WOW!’

Because we are a co-op, gallery and gift shop in one, we offer enormous variety, a wide range of prices, original, locally -made art and crafts, and the opportunity to shmooze with the artists themselves. Two of our member artists man the gallery every day.

Really — give us a once -over. I know you’ll enjoy the adventure.

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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Kachina Deck Playing Cards Available at Amapola Gallery

Kachina Deck Playing Cards Draw Attention

Margaret Parrott designed these Kachina Deck Playing Cards available at Amapola Gallery.

Margaret Parrott, a gifted painter and internationally – known playing card designer, was an original member of Amapola Gallery, from 1980 until her death in 2011.

 

The first card deck Margaret designed is this kachina deck. Spurred on by her love of masks across cultures, she studied museum collections of kachina dolls and various books about them. The original watercolor and ink drawings measure approx. 12″ x 9″. The cards were printed the pre – digital way, from photo transparencies. They have not been reprinted since her death and a limited number remain available.

These cards are from the Kachina Deck Playing cards by Margaret Parrott at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

The kachina images cannot be called “authentic ” because Ms. Parrott was not Native American. But they are as close as a respectful little Swedish – American could make them — and her first sale was to a Native American who wanted to use them to teach his son about the kachinas.

The kachina cards continue for sale at Amapola Gallery. We invite you to to come in, view the cards, and enjoy browsing the varied art in this, one of New Mexico’s largest artist cooperatives.

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 Photographer Jennifer Spradlin Joins Amapola

Amapola Gallery welcomes new guest member Jennifer Spradlin, photographer.

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Jennifer is the daughter of our B. J. Briscoe,watercolorist, marking only the third mother /daughter combo in our 35-year history.

These pink flowers are the work of guest member photographer Jennifer Spradlin at Amapola Gallery.

Jennifer studied business in college, because what the heck can you do with a degree in Fine Arts? Okay, okay, you kibitzers, I hear your objections to that blanket statement. But studies show that the two degree choices most likely to end in retail hourly work are Fine Arts and Anthropology. (I feel this keenly. My undergrad degree was Anthropology with a Fine Arts minor. Jeez!)

This sunflower photo art is the work of guest member photographer Jennifer Spradlin at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

But back to J. Spradlin. She loves abstract art and takes inspiration from both Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams. She’s a reality bender, taking an image and selectively PhotoShopping its brains out. She simplifies. She complicates. She abstracts. Beginning with an image of a real scene or object, she instills her own artistic sensibilities and the result is — magical? Amazing? Startling? Come decide for yourself!

This yellow photo art is the work of guest member photographer Jennifer Spradlin at Amapola Gallery 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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March Featured Artists Celebrate Glass and Color

Our Featured Artist display at Amapola Gallery gives pairs of artists the opportunity to expand their displays and more forcefully strut their stuff, to catch your eye and stir your interest. Artists featured are changed out each month.

Our March featured artists are Anita Daniels (glass) and Katherine Gauntt (watercolor.)

This glasswork is from Anita Daniels, featured artists March at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Anita Daniels, one of our newer members, entered our co-op in 2014. In addition to her art, she works with advertising at the gallery. She calls herself “a contemporary fused – glass artist, using glass flow and multiple firings to produce dimensional and organic patterning in each distinctive piece. ” Anita’s degree is in chemistry and industrial arts, a handy background for her wizardry. She loves the flexibility of glass — the many design possibilities, the endless variety of color and even the chemical processes involved. Her newest works result from manipulating the molten glass to create pieces of amazing visual depth.

This painting is the work of featured artists March Katherine Gauntt at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Watetcolorist Katherine Gauntt (member since 2005, and a curator) manipulates light and shadow in her works in order to achieve the most drama possible in her interpretations of landscapes, chickens, ballerinas, horses and more. A tiny mountain scene with artfully floating clouds is one of the many tributes to her mastery of mediums, watercolor, composition, and the drawing in which each work is grounded.

Come experience their exciting works for yourselves. Amapola Co-operative Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. seven days a week, at 205 Romero NW, on the Plaza in Old Town.

NOTE: Amapola Gallery celebrates Citywide ARTScrawl Friday March 4, 2016 with a reception for the featured artists and extended hours from 4pm – 6pm.

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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