Giving Credit, Giving Thanks, Giving up the Year

Thank YOU 2015!

Amapola Gallery has been in business as an artists co-operative since 1980, and we have reached the moment to give credit where it’s due: Thank YOU 2015!Amapola-Gallery-Albuquerque issues a blanket Thank You 2015.

We couldn’t have done it without YOU. Yup–you.

The travelers who stop in every time you come through Albuquerque to see what’s new with us, and to follow us to each new Old Town location.

The local folks who “never get to Old Town” but wander in one day, maybe with out of town company, and are hooked, coming in again and again.

Or, the folks who come in once only but just have to buy that perfect painting, ceramic pot, art glass window or coaster set, wooden box or bowl, the perfect necklace/bracelet/earrings for self or as a gift.

Each of you is a valuable contributor to our continuing success. Thank you! Thank you every one!

Because of your contributions, this has been a phenomenal year. We thank you to our very own member artists as well and salute their contributions.

During 2015, we re-did our website and began this weekly blog.

Early this year, we elected to join Albuquerque ArtsCrawl and since then we have benefited from the monthly events. We look forward to continuing and augmenting our participation in 2016.

We appreciate and salute all the partners who helped with our visibility and publicity this year, especially to historic Old Town Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for your support and consideration  during this past year!

Farewell, 2015! We’re giving credit, giving thanks, and giving up the year!

Welcome 2016! Here’s to a prosperous and art-filled year for each and every one!

 

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Board of Directors 2016

Amapola Gallery Albuquerque introduces its 2016 Board of Directors

Like any large group, Amapola Gallery, an artists cooperative, requires a set o ‘ rules and a chain of command to keep things running smoothly. Okay — as smoothly as possible. We’re talkin ‘ herding cats here.

The first group of offices are pretty generic : Director and Co – Director, Secretary and Treasurer. Or Head Cat Wrangler and Cat Wrangler in Training, Say What? and Oh Please Have Mercy.

This is a democratic organization. You know, one cat one vote. But the HCW gets to make a certain number of independent decisions when these are not crucial or wide – reaching enough to involve the whole clowder. This usually involves consultation with the rest of the Board, who are generally NOT inclined to hiss and spit around one another. Even with both bylaws and policies and procedures, all honed over our 35 years (and counting) there arise a good many grey areas. Then there’s the need to keep things rolling as bloodlessly as possible at meetings.

Secretary, or Say What? has a more limited task, of taking minutes at general meetings, usually only five a year. If you’ll think of 40 cats yowling, or even purring, you’ll realize SW? has to listen quickly and write even faster. And then, of course, strain his little paws to type up an email and also print 3 hard copies for those of us who dwell contentedly on the 1980s. (And why not? I ask, speaking only for myself.)

Our Treasurer, or Oh Please Have Mercy, has to correlate receipts with summary sheets with deposits while wringing her paws over records with no date, no artist’s name, arithmetic errors despite a desk calculator — Frankly it is she who has mercy on US, by filling this position year after year, all without resort to extraordinary violence. Amazing. This transcendent gem is Marge Page, who doubles as our macrame knotter AND quilt constructor.

Say What? for 2015 and 2016 is Art Rosenberg, who produces striking natural – object assemblages on sheets of slate.

Mark McCallaster is the Head Cat Wrangler in Training at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Our current Cat Wrangler in Training is Vera Russell, whose oil landscapes and stilllifes record vignettes of New Mexico and beyond. For 2016, our CWiT will be Mark McAllaster, he of the turned wood bowls, many boasting turquoise inlay.

The Amapola Gallery Albuquerque Director for 2016 is Brenda Bowman.

Amazingly, our current Cat Wrangler, Director if you prefer, has agreed to serve another year. Brenda Bowman says, “well, there’s a learning curve …” (I think she’s just fond of cats!) Brenda produces unique contemporary jewelry in metal,stone and glass.

That’s half our Board. Stop by our gallery where you’ll always meet the artists. If these folks aren’t working, say hello to the cats!

Amapola Gallery Albuquerque is the largest artists cooperative in New Mexico. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, you always meet two of the member artists when you shop at Amapola.

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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Last minute gifts in Albuquerque

Shop Amapola for Last Minute Gifts in Albuquerque

We all know folks who have their holiday shopping nicely wrapped up by March. So organized! So disgusting! Then there are those who buy thoughtfully throughout the year and finish by first frost. (Shifting their energy into holiday get – togethers and — cooking. In my home the less said about cooking the better …)

My favorite shopping experience took place on a Christmas Eve, no less. I had a short list of mall – available items and a small window of time. It was great! I found everything I needed and the various clerks and I were virtually alone.

You won’t be alone when you come to Amapola Gallery for your gift shopping. More importantly, what you’ll see will absolutely NOT be available at any mall!

For Last minute gifts Albuquerque look no further than Amapola Gallery.

We have unique, locally -made wonders, from the perfect card, jewelry piece, painting, wooden box or bowl, stone sculpture, woolen wearables, print, quilt for wall or bed, ceramics and glass both useful or “merely ” ornamental … It’s a huge list because our forty artist – members are hugely and endlessly creative.

This year we’re even open late on Christmas Eve for those truly last -minute impulses. Marvel at Old Town ‘s luminarias, get a bowl of steaming posole at Yay! Yogurt downstairs and come upstairs. You’ll be glad you did.

Open every day 10-5 (except Christmas and New Year ‘s Day) and eight pm on Christmas Eve.

 

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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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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December Featured Artists

The halls are decked and the decor is hung. And just in time, too! Come celebrate our December featured artists as Amapola Gallery honors all its members with a December showing.

Two member artists hand the garland decorating for the holidays and the December Featured artist show at Amapola Gallery Albuqeruque.

About December …Celebrate Amapola with our all-member show.

Think of us as a rainbow of gemstones. We are your holiday gift headquarters.

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A fun fact about December is that members may show work in a variety of mediums. So, there’s a lot to look at and linger over.

See the December Featured Artists at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque where you'll find these felted wool hats.

Meet us at our reception Decmber 4, 2015 with special reception hours from 5pm – 8pm. You’ll enjoy Holiday Stroll in Old Town at the same time.

From the small to the large, from wearables, to gifts, functional pottery, decorative glassware, beautiful paintings and more, more, more. Amapola Gallery is home to 40 individualists who share their world of art in a variety of media and forms. Your world will change once you find us. Come see for yourself.

 

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Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Amapola Gallery. "Corrales in the Snow"  photo courtesy of Patrick O'Brien, photographer

This is the time of year when we are reminded to give thanks and are fairly awash in sentiment. Of course many folks are thankful as a terrific daily practice. I myself carry that close to the OCD extreme, being a near-constant enumerator of my own blessings. What a life!

Amapola Gallery, an artists’ co-operative, has so much to be thankful for. We live in beautiful New Mexico with her wonderful light and air. We are part of Old Town, an interesting and FUN visitor destination. We are located in historic Romero House, a great space, one that is 100 years young this very year. We are thankful for our downstairs neighbor, Yay! Yogurt, although my waistline would benefit from a little less thanksgiving THERE.

But we are especially thankful for YOU–yup, you.

The travelers who stop in every time you come through Albuquerque to see what’s new with us, and to follow us to each new Old Town location. (We hope we can stay HERE, 205 Romero, NW, forever.)

The local folks who “never get to Old Town” but wander in one day, maybe with out of town company, and are hooked, coming in again and again.

Or, the folks who come in once only but just have to buy that perfect painting, ceramic pot, art glass window or coaster set, wooden box or bowl, the fabulous necklace/bracelet/earrings for self or as a gift.

If you haven’t been up to see us yet (for SHAME!) you can correct that omission easily. (We’re a great resource for holiday gifts. Really! ) You’ll be thankful you made the effort, and so will we!

Each of you is a contributor to our continuing success–35 years and counting.

Thank you. Every one of you. Happy Thanksgiving.

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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10 Terrific Tidbits About Old Town Albuquerque

Get Re-Acquainted With Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque can fall off your radar. It’s truly an Albuquerque treasure and we invite you to brush up on Old Town with these 10 Terrific Tidbits:

This sculpture is at the entrance to Old Town Albuquerque and Amapola Gallery.

10. Walking in Old Town means you walk in the steps of the Conquistadors. It’s a tiny area with a big impact. Shall we say Historic Old Town Albuquerque?

9. Hotel Albuquerque sits on the site of a “pueblo” formed by Native Americans gathered for Spanish protection. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town can also boast Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2015, a unique accolade granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

8. Easily-accessed parking is readily available behind La Hacienda del Rio restaurant. Enter from the Plaza and park all day for $5.

7. New Mexico Bead and Fetish at 401 Romero NW is a great bead store, but I love their affordably priced Zuni and Navajo fetishes!

6. Church Street Cafe, on block-long — Church Street! (!) Huevos rancheros! Oh, baby!

5. “Hidden chapel (don’t know name) is a serene and lovely oasis of contemplation.

4. San Felipe de Neri Church on the Plaza is an active church filled with both history as well as beauty and sanctity, and well worth a visit.

3. The Historic Old Town Albuquerque Plaza itself is a pleasure, with benches, shade (in season, of course), frequent city-sponsored entertainment and a view of…

2. Yay! Yogurt. At 205 Romero NW, right on the Plaza, this shop offers coffee, soft drinks, water, and frozen yogurt in fantastic favors, as well as a smorgasbord of toppings. Enjoy them in the comfy lounge with free wi-fi so you can rest before coming upstairs to…

These are the stairs to Amapola Gallery, on Historic Old Town Albuquerque Plaza.

1. Amapola Gallery! This artists’ co-operative with 40 local members offers a vast and exciting array of both collectible and giftable art and fine crafts, in all price ranges. Y’all come up! Tell ’em Kris sent you!

 

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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Gallery Photographers Frame New Mexico Anew

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.

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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.

This is a photo of Corrales in the snow by Patrick O'Brien, Gallery photographers at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

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.

This sunflower is the work of Amapola Gallery Photographers Albuquerque, Mikki Roth.

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.

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Golden Gathering is theme for Featured Artists November

Featured Artists November share Golden Gathering theme

Our Golden Gatherings theme is suggested by golden citrine, this month’s gemstone. Citrine dissipates negative energy and tends to balance energies. We all need a little balance heading into the holidays! Featured Artists November are Kay Richards, mixed-media paintings; Pat Oliver, pastels; Mark McAllaster, turned wooden bowls; and Sara Carley, cut paper.

Kay’s paintings are filled with the bold use of joyful color and light.

This is a mixed media painting from Kay Richards, featured artists November at Amapola Gallery.

“I began my art career in 1969, then took a break to raise my family and pursue a nursing career. I now devote full time to my painting in watercolor, acrylic, collage and oils. I try to capture the beauty and feeling of each subject with liberal use of vivid colors bringing uniqueness to the painting, which reveals my strong ties and personal affection to the Southwest. I want the viewer to be able to feel connected to the painting and bring them joy.”

Kay is a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and has served in various positions. She has been in numerous juried exhibitions. Her work is in many private collections throughout the US and Europe.

Pat’s pastels portray aspects of the vibrant culture of the Southwest.

This pastel is from Pat Oliver, featured artists November, Amapola Gallery.

“I have been a pastel artist since 2002. My pastels have been shown in the Pastel Society’s Small Works show, New Mexico State Fair shows, Johnson’s Gallery in Madrid, and in Saint John’s Cathedral shows, all in New Mexico, with a few from foreign travel.”

Pat’s style is realistic, but not with rigid adherence to the scene or photograph being painted. Especially with color, the harmony of colors is taken as more important than “what you see is what you get”. Pat feels that the best thing about pastels is the colors and that they can be layered to show several levels.

Mark’s turned wood vessels are created to enhance and emphasize grain, color, and other natural characteristics of the wood.

These wood turned bowls are from Mark McAllaster, featured artists November at Amapola Gallery.

“I retired from Sandia National Laboratories in December of 2014 after a forty-one year technical career. In March of 2014 I was participating in the Rio Grande Spring Arts and Crafts Show when then director Kris Parrott approached me about the possibility of considering membership in Amapola. I have been a member of Amapola since May of 2014 and have enjoyed meeting, getting to know, and working with the gallery members.”

Mark  is a craftsman who has been working with wood for over forty years. He enjoys most being able to create pieces that enhance and emphasize the grain, color, and natural characteristics in each piece he makes. Working with the rustic qualities of many of the native woods in the southwestern area of New Mexico as well as other exotic woods is what he really enjoys. Adding a little ‘splash of color’ with some native turquoise inlay has become a characteristic of many of his turned bowls.

Sara brings her quirky sense of humor and acute observation to her cut-paper interpretations of the world around her.

This cut paper art is from Sara Carley, featured artists November at Amapola Gallery.

“I really can’t think of much about my take on art, except I that I find it necessary for my life. I’m probably more musician than fine or folk artist, but I am just compelled to express myself in both mediums. It’s who I am, “when I’m not with the one I love, I love the one I’m with.” You have to have a sense of humor, especially when you are new at what you are trying. Don’t take yourself too seriously and have a sense of humor.”

Sara enjoys working with paper and its mixed media applications which draw her further into art. Cut paper absorbs her – its design, its colors, its patterns and its connections to every part of the world.

The Gallery’s featured artists November will host a reception 1pm – 3pm Sunday November 1. They will also be honored during ArtsCrawl, (every first Friday) 4pm – 6pm. The Golden Gathering show will be displayed through November 30, 2015.

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Straight Lines, Artists and Supporters of Art

Local Albuquerque Artists Make Amapola’s Art Fun

We artists who man (and woman) Amapola while the gallery is open frequently hear, “I wish I could do that, but I can’t draw a straight line.”

This photo shows oil artist Denise Ballou creating a pet portrait at Amapola Gallery.

 

This raises two issues, one of which I’ll tackle. First, you don’t have to draw a straight line to make art. But if you’re meant to be an artist, you’ll figure that our for your own self.

Second, and dearer to my heart, you don’t need to draw in order to sign a check or charge slip. And if you can do that, you are supporting an artist, voting for art, and acting on the side of the angels.

Wings.

Halos.

The works.

The decorative arts, no less than theatre or orchestral work, requires an audience, a paying audience. Imagine the Santa Fe Opera with empty seats on an audience of six at Lincoln Center. They wouldn’t stay open, and everyone involved would have to find work elsewhere.

So, without you, the bill-paying, non-artist, we would all be in that unhappy space.

We salute your inability to draw a straight line. Come on up and see what you can’t live without.

These poppies represent the works of local artists at Amapola Gallery.

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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