Constructors of beauty- -both Michele McMillan and Debra Montoya earn that title with each piece of their work. Michele and Debra are Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists in October and they’re quite a pair.
Michele McMillan is an award-winning silversmith with her own distinctive style. Her cast (lost-wax) creations utilize such natural objects as bits of cholla, grapevine and wisteria. Other pieces are fabricated using silver sheet and wire. Michele combines products of both with glorious natural gemstones in her very wearable jewelry.
Debra Montoya constructs her equally distinctive and striking wall and wearable pieces of found- object mosaics. Rock-hounded stones, dried cactus and bits of wood are from her land in the Jemez. She sculpts roses, stars and more from various clays. Intriguing bits of glass, broken pottery and Debra’s own photographs and painted vignettes are cleverly combined into brilliantly colored and thoroughly original pieces. You may have seen her work at Contemporary Spanish Market in Santa Fe.
Each of these artists constructs unique, nature-inspired art. Come meet the artists at their reception October 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Their display may be enjoyed daily 10 to 5 at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, in historic Romero House on the Plaza in Old Town.
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