The History of Amapola Gallery

Happy Birthday, Amapola Gallery! That’s right, Amapola is forty years old in 2020.

Our gallery began in January, 1980, the brainchild of several artists, of whom Jan Hayes was the driving force. (Ms Hayes, a fierce advocate, went on to spearhead Sandia Bear Watch.) Conceived as a springboard for artists not yet fully established, to help grow their art careers, Amapola Gallery is now home to a core of more permanent members. Two even remain from the original thirty, but more than 235 artists have been members over the years.

Currently, Amapola co-op Gallery boasts 40 award-winning artist-members at our fourth (and best!) location in Old Town, 205 Romero N.W., in historic Romero House. It is Jan Hayes who named the gallery Amapola, Spanish for poppy, after her parents’ courting song, and the cheerful red poppy logo has served us well.

On an average day we have some 1500 pieces of New Mexico creativity on display, from contemporary to Southwestern, abstract to traditional, functional and decorative, in mediums including cut paper, clay, fabrics, (both quilts and clothing), glass, jewelry, photography, wood, stone and mixed media. And never forget our vast array of notecards.

Amapola Gallery has delighted serious collectors, gift buyer’s and hand-made-in-New-Mexico souvenir seekers for forty years and counting.

Come to Old Town, Albuquerque’s heart, wish us Many Happy Returns and experience this dynamic, artist-run gallery for yourselves. We are open 10 to 5 daily.

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