Cooperation in an Artists Cooperative

New Mexico’s Largest Artists Cooperative

This is the artists cooperative tree with ornaments from all the artists at Amapola Gallery.

Many times folks come up our stairs into Amapola and find the two artist/attendants deep in conversation. I often make the joke, “You have witnessed two members of an artists’ co-op actually cooperating!” As an ice breaker it may be lame, but it’s part of a larger truth.

There are always around 40 members of Amapola Gallery. We range in age from 22 up into the eighties. Our backgrounds, politics and frames of reference may differ radically. What unites us is our love of art, our drive to create, with our eyes, perceptions and hands, something beautiful and interesting, useful and lasting. We love what we do and we admire each other’s creations,too.

We also put our money where my words are–we are sometimes each other’s best customers.

This is the reality you enter when you come to Amapola Gallery. We are artists co-operating to make a place for own work and the work of other local artists. Come see the magical result–you may even catch us co-operating!

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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