Kachina Deck Playing Cards Draw Attention
Margaret Parrott, a gifted painter and internationally – known playing card designer, was an original member of Amapola Gallery, from 1980 until her death in 2011.
The first card deck Margaret designed is this kachina deck. Spurred on by her love of masks across cultures, she studied museum collections of kachina dolls and various books about them. The original watercolor and ink drawings measure approx. 12″ x 9″. The cards were printed the pre – digital way, from photo transparencies. They have not been reprinted since her death and a limited number remain available.
The kachina images cannot be called “authentic ” because Ms. Parrott was not Native American. But they are as close as a respectful little Swedish – American could make them — and her first sale was to a Native American who wanted to use them to teach his son about the kachinas.
The kachina cards continue for sale at Amapola Gallery. We invite you to to come in, view the cards, and enjoy browsing the varied art in this, one of New Mexico’s largest artist cooperatives.
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