Curators Bring Order, Laughter and Display to Co-op Gallery

5 Curators Serve Amapola Co-op Gallery

This picture shows the five women who serve as curators for Amapola Co-op Gallery Albuquerque.

Amapola Gallery Curators 2016: KD Fullerton, Vicki Bolen, Lynda Burch, Katherine Gauntt, Vera Russell

Amapola Gallery, an artists co-op, occupies the entire top floor of the historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza. To help bring a semblance of order to the displays of some forty artist – members, we elect five curators, two each for wall displays and cube displays and one for our Featured Artist area.

Sounds benign, doesn’t it?

Keep in mind that all forty of us tend to be jealous as cats of our own space, which shifts throughout the gallery every three months, and you can perhaps visualize the hissing that can and sometimes does ensue.

Our courageous curators for 2016 include K.D. Fullerton, who has worked her display magic as Featured Artist curator for many years.

Vicki Bolen brings new eyes and new ideas to her job of cube display curating. Lynda Burch, her partner in crime, has masterfully kept our downstairs display case in seductive order since its inception.

Vera Russell and Katherine Gauntt have both been wall curators before, which hints at masochistic tendencies. Katherine speaks for all curators when she says curators should “improve the appearance of the gallery with all the good material there is to work with. ”

Smacks of change to me! Our first curating of 2016 is on January 29, when some new display ideas will be put into play. While all us cats are deciding whether to hiss or purr, why not draw your own conclusions?

Can’t compare because you haven’t been to Amapola before? There’s still time! Hours are 10-5, seven days a week.

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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