Co-Op Gallery Albuquerque a Balloon Destination

Amapola Co-op Gallery ABQ Balloon Destination

Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta is a long-standing wonderment, what with a field of more than 600 balloons this year, mass ascensions, special shapes rodeo, key grab, races–Wow! Wondrous though it is, it is largely an early-morning event. Ah, Fiesta goers think, now what?

This collage featured Kay Richards' acrylic, Anita Daniels glass and Katherine Gauntt, watercolor at Amapola Gallery.

Fear not! The answer is Amapola Co-op Gallery, an Albuquerque balloon destination! Amapola Gallery is a 40-member artists cooperative on the Plaza in Old Town. After you grab a bracing cup of coffee or refreshing frozen yogurt in the downstairs of historic Romero House, (205 Romero NW) make your own mass ascension to our co-op upstairs.

Sure, we have collector-quality painting, photos, glass, wood, stone carvings and much more–and that’s not hot air! But we also have an enormous treasure trove of lower- and mid-priced gifts and souvenirs, all made right here in New Mexico!

This collage shows mosaic art from Debra Montoya, encaustic art from Tricia Simmons and Punch Quilt Art from Cristina Diaz-Artnzten at Amapola Co-op Gallery Albuquerque.

Traveling in an RV with no room to spare? We have minis as small as a couple inches square to ornament that tiny corner. Larger items can be shipped, matted work tucked into a suitcase. And surely you need a special “thank you” for your local host or hostess! Trust me, absolutely local beats made in China–or even Arizona–balloons down. We even carry balloon-themed items from most of our artist-members.

Do yourselves a real favor. When the balloons come down, it’s your time to soar to Old Town and Amapola Gallery. We’re open 10-5 every day.

Call (505) 242-4311 for more information and enthusiastic directions to Amapola Co-op Gallery, an Albuquerque balloon destination!

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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