35 Things We Love About Old Town Albuquerque

This mosaic cake celebrates Amapola Gallery's 35 years in business in Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque is particularly near and dear to the hearts of Amapola Gallery members. But we thoughts you might enjoy this recap of why we feel as we do:

Cristina Diaz-Arntzen of Amapola Gallery demonstrates punch quilt techniques.

Amapola Gallery member Cristina Diaz-Arntzen demonstrates punch quilt techniques in Old Town Square.

  1. A historic part of Albuquerque, an area small in size but enormous in variety and impact
  2. Shady, restful plaza where you can sit and watch the world go by
  3. Did we mention Amapola Gallery is celebrating its 35th anniversary on the west side of the square? (Like us on Facebook if you don’t already!)
  4. Available, affordable parking: we published a post about parking options earlier this year
  5. Church Street Café -the huevos rancheros are superb but don’t limit yourself
  6. Friendliness – tourist or local, you’ll always find people who’re glad to see you
  7. Albuquerque Art Museum – where you can enjoy the permanent continuing history of Albuquerque exhibit
  8. Natural History Museum – lots of dinosaurs
  9. Parcourse at Tiguex Park
  10. Frozen Yogurt – YAY! (just downstairs from Amapola…  Bring a cup with you.)
  11. Cultural or silly – you can go as high or low-brow as you like – Rattlesnake Museum, anyone?
  12. Affordable – Check out the $35 featured items in every artist’s display celebrating Amapola Gallery’s 35th year in business
  13. Variety of music and dance programs from the City on Saturday afternoons in the square
  14. San Felipe de Neri Church – sacred and serene, in continuous use sine the time of the Conquistadors (tho has been rebuilt more than once, and may once have been located close to where Basket Shop is now – the Spanish Colonial tradition would have had it facing East)
  15. Route 66’s Bicycle Rentals and Tours
  16. Historical sites such as Romero House, the building which houses Amapola Gallery which celebrates its 100th year this year. NOTE: Romero House used to be a home for unwed mothers.
  17. Discover Balloons – a store dedicated to all things ballooning in a City home to the largest Balloon event in the world
  18. Two co-operative art galleries – and Yucca Gallery is even older than Amapola Gallery
  19. Close to the river, Zoo and Aquarium for a fabulous tour of Albuquerque’s essence
  20. So much jewelry, so little time
  21. Meeting space and free Wi-Fi at our address: 205 Romero Street NW, at Yay Yogurt on the Plaza
  22. Cultural diversity
  23. Ironically, the City parking lot of Central & Romero is located on the site of what was once a bordello
  24. A Christmas Shop that sells all things Christmas-related
  25. Galleries, including Albuquerque Photographraphers, Gallery at 400, Painted Sky, Penfield, Purple Sage, Bright Rain and more
  26. Old Town Pizza Parlor
  27. Think! You’re walking in the footsteps of the Conquistadors.
  28. Hotel Albuquerque
  29. Across Mountain Road from Hotel Albuquerque, was the site of apueblo where the natives, beleagured by the raiding Navajos, located to be protected by (temporarily at least) aligning themselves with the Spanish who settled after the Conquistadors.
  30. Old Town Poco-a-Poco Patio
  31. The Hat Store – only hats (almost)
  32. Steeped in history with a modern vibe
  33. Rolling in the Dough Bakery, Café – fresh, quick and filling
  34. At least 35 additional things we forgot to mention…
  35. Last, but not least, 35+ member artists who are local, dedicated to the art and culture of New Mexico and now showing at Amapola Gallery, which is now celebrating 35 years in business

We’re delighted to share our love of all things Old Town Albuquerque with you. Thanks for reading.

This is the sculpture at the entrance to Old Town Albuquerque where Amapola Gallery is located.

 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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