Today we focus on the works of three Amapola Gallery photographers. In this age of digital photography, Photoshop and general image manipulation, you might say their works showcase reality and then some.
Elzbieta Kaleta began her art career with traditional animal-motif Polish paper cutting. This imparted a grounding in minute control, highly structured design and harmonious color combining. Her move into photography reveals even more clearly her love of animals: charming carriage horses wearing flowery straw hats; portraits of dignified ravens; quartets of seated (and various) hummingbirds, dragonflies and doors. No artist’s eye can possibly ignore the glorious and distinctive architectural details of New Mexico.
With characteristic self-deprecation, Patrick O’Brien, a wildlife biologist, calls himself “just another photographer.” His carefully manipulated landscapes and animal portraits put the lie to that statement. The stunning clarity of his images is enhanced when projected onto aluminum panels. Panels or more traditionally matted and framed images include wonderful bison and quail, big-eyed owls and fierce eagles, and, oh yes, those doors.
Mikki Roth grew up in New York but when she moved to the Southwest thirty years ago she chose New Mexico to call home. Her passion for photography evolved from interests in both nature and the many cultures of the Southwest. She offers her viewers a “permanent record of beauty,” from processions of Native dancers to brilliantly-colored hummingbirds, a quartet of hot-air balloons, cliff dwellings and petroglyphs, glorious sunflowers and vignettes of New Mexico life. And those doors…
Amapola Gallery’s three photographers share overlapping visions but unique individual styles. Each is well worth multiple exposures. Come see for yourself.
In addition to the work of three Gallery photographers, you’ll see art from 37 other artists at Amapola Gallery, an artists’ cooperative located in the heart of Old Town Albuquerque at 205 Romero St NW. Amapola Gallery is open 10am to 5pm seven days a week.