Saluting Past, Present and Future Amapola Gallery Directors

Amapola  Gallery Directors Manage Co-op Success

My grandfather used to say, “All men are created equal, but some are a damn sight more equal than others,” leaving no doubt as to were he fit in. Well, in Amapola artists’ cooperative gallery we are all equal. Trouble is, we still need a board of directors, including, under our current system, a Director (the Big Magilla) and Co-Director (Magilla in training). So, it’s a two year gig for those who take it on.

Typically our nominating committee, after several weeks of fast talking, finds one co-director nominee for the election of officers in the autumn. This is the one susceptible to guilt (“where will we be if everyone says no?”) or like a naïve national politician, who believes he or she can actually engineer positive, valuable change, or who enjoys authority (ha, ha, ha!) or who simply stumbles while fleeing and is shanghaied into service.

The job of gallery director involves an enormous amount of time and patience, stopping bucks thrown not only by the outside world but by 39 other artist-members can be and generally is exhausting. In my case it gave me an overwhelming respect for our Marge Page, who was Director many years ago and has been Treasurer since the year naught. How she can! (But thank goodness!)

Current Director Brenda Bowman and Past Director Rachel Nelson smile for the camera during Amapola Gallery's 35th Anniversary Celebration.

Current Director Brenda Bowman and Past Director Rachel Nelson smile for the camera during 35th anniversary festivities.

So as a part of our 35th year celebration we saluted all our past and present directors with cake, bonhomie and an overwhelming dose of gratitude.

Now that the hoopla (35 days celebrating 35 years August 15 – September 13, 2015) is complete, we can showcase those folk with the listing of their service and an ongoing moment of applause. (NOTE: Please accept our apologies for any misspellings, incorrect attributions, etc. We searched 34 years worth of minutes to compile this list.)

1980 Jan Hayes
1980 Betty Reuscher
1981 BJ Miller
1982 Sue Williams
1983 Marge Farmer
1984 Ann Oleson
1985 Rachel Nelson
1986 Gail Maio
1986 Marta Light
1987 Jan Hayes
1988 Sam and Jo Ann Lockwood
1989 Maureen Cue
1990 Joyce Hamil
1990 Cynthia Ploski
1991 Undetermined
1992 Ramona Vigil Eastwood
1992 Matthew Eastwood
1993 Ramona and Matthew Eastwood
1994 Cathleen Kardas
1995 Cathy Haight and Penny Roberts
1996 Leslie Kranz
1997 Marjorie Bassler
1997 Ramona Eastwood
1998 Marjorie Bassler and Ramona Eastwood
1999 Leslie Freeman
1999 Bob Leblanc
2000 Lois Rae
2001 Cathleen Kardas
2002 Sandra Lipka
2004 Midge Aragon
2005 Garcia
2006 Bob Leblanc
2007 Bob Leblanc
2008 Vera Russell
2009 Sandra Lipka
2010 Becky Olesen
2011 Kevin Burgess
2012 Allen Lowery
2013 Diane Marshall
2014 Kristin Parrott
2015 Brenda Bowman

It is with humility and gratitude that we salute each of you – those who have made it possible for the rest of us to participate in an ongoing, vital business for the past 35 years. Thank you! We couldn’t do it without you.

Give us your good wishes for 35 more years in Old Town, and 35 more naive, guilt-ridden, stumbling runners to Direct us into a successful future.

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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Sculpture Art from Stone

Amapola Gallery Member Kristin Parrott Loves Sculpture

This is a bear sculpture from Amapola Gallery member artist Kristin Parrott.

I had a sort of vision once, a flash onto my inner eye. A red stone bear, carved by me, with a hawk’s feather as her power bundle. (Tied onto her back with a triple length of genuine synthetic faux sinew, for those of you unfamiliar with the protocol.) Just a flash, but a year later I signed up for a stone carving class given by a Lakota acquaintance of mine. A first for both of us.

Here is what the class consisted of: A prayer, in Sioux, over us, the stone and the sacred process, with a ceremonial smoke of sweet grass to cleanse us. Pick the piece of alabaster that speaks to you–here are tools–ask me questions as you need to–Carve!

Odd, isn’t it? From a family of artists, I have been “arting” professionally since 1973. Painting, mosaic, found-object assemblage, jewelry fabrication, ceramics. But until then I had never carved. It was as if the Universe said “Go!”

I have been “going” now for over fifteen years, in alabaster and pipestone but overwhelming in the softer soapstone, since I don’t and won’t use power tools. A Navajo carver once called me a romantic. If I had more family to support than a single rescued dachshund I dare say I’d head for a Dremel, at least. Instead I use files, rasps, chisels, knives and oddments, many from flea markets.

My subjects are what I see and feel in the stone, which of course is heavily influenced by my interests: Hands,bears, elephants, birds, frogs, bison. And the odd Madonna, dog and cat thrown in.

This elephant sculpture is known as Judy Blue Eyes and is a sculpture from Member Artist Kristin Parrott at Amapola Gallery.

Some of these figures step easily from their stone, but some resist the process. One white alabaster elephant kept me company for well over a year before she agreed to be finished. My largest piece, a bear, weighs 21 pounds. Most are much smaller. Some are tiny, in the 1/2 inch range.

Once each piece is otherwise finished, I seal it with a beeswax compound and hand buff it.

I’ll have a nice selection of pieces at the 27th annual Old Church Fine Crafts Show in Corrales December 4-6, but every day you can see not only my carvings but also a display of my mixed media paintings and crystal-stuffed acorns at Amapola Gallery in Old Town. I am an original member of the co-op, loitering around the premises since 1980. Come by and see us!

(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, acorn stuffer)

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Co-Op Gallery Albuquerque a Balloon Destination

Amapola Co-op Gallery ABQ Balloon Destination

Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta is a long-standing wonderment, what with a field of more than 600 balloons this year, mass ascensions, special shapes rodeo, key grab, races–Wow! Wondrous though it is, it is largely an early-morning event. Ah, Fiesta goers think, now what?

This collage featured Kay Richards' acrylic, Anita Daniels glass and Katherine Gauntt, watercolor at Amapola Gallery.

Fear not! The answer is Amapola Co-op Gallery, an Albuquerque balloon destination! Amapola Gallery is a 40-member artists cooperative on the Plaza in Old Town. After you grab a bracing cup of coffee or refreshing frozen yogurt in the downstairs of historic Romero House, (205 Romero NW) make your own mass ascension to our co-op upstairs.

Sure, we have collector-quality painting, photos, glass, wood, stone carvings and much more–and that’s not hot air! But we also have an enormous treasure trove of lower- and mid-priced gifts and souvenirs, all made right here in New Mexico!

This collage shows mosaic art from Debra Montoya, encaustic art from Tricia Simmons and Punch Quilt Art from Cristina Diaz-Artnzten at Amapola Co-op Gallery Albuquerque.

Traveling in an RV with no room to spare? We have minis as small as a couple inches square to ornament that tiny corner. Larger items can be shipped, matted work tucked into a suitcase. And surely you need a special “thank you” for your local host or hostess! Trust me, absolutely local beats made in China–or even Arizona–balloons down. We even carry balloon-themed items from most of our artist-members.

Do yourselves a real favor. When the balloons come down, it’s your time to soar to Old Town and Amapola Gallery. We’re open 10-5 every day.

Call (505) 242-4311 for more information and enthusiastic directions to Amapola Co-op Gallery, an Albuquerque balloon destination!

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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Featured Artists October at Amapola Gallery

Amapola Gallery Presents Featured Artists October

The theme of “Glimmer and Glow” refers to the month’s gemstone, opal. Opal promotes imagination and inspiration.

Be inspired by October featured artists K.D. Fullerton, clay wall sculpture; Kristin Parrott, mixed-media painting and stone sculpture; Jack Boglioli, wire-wrapped jewelry and Tricia Simmons, encaustic.

K.D. incorporates found metal objects into wildly imaginative clay sculptures with a hint of Native American influence.

This wall sculpture is from K.D. Fullerton, one of the featured artists October at Amapola Gallery.

Kristin’s colorful, multi-layered paintings are serenely beautiful. Her stone carvings are both whimsical and intimate.

The hand sculpture is from Kristin Parrott, featured artists October at Amapola Gallery,

Jack’s “wire-wrapping” is actually wire-weaving, a magical process that surrounds natural and faceted gemstones.

The wire weaving pictured here is from Jack Boglioli, featured artists October at Amapola Gallery.

Tricia adds a new medium to the featured artist tradition: encaustic. Layers of wax are melted onto a surface, incorporating drawing, painting, natural objects and cut-paper collage. Interesting stuff.

This encaustic art is from Tricia Simmons, featured artists October, at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Join Amapola and our featured artists October show throughout the month and especially during ArtsCrawl, 4pm – 6pm Friday, October 2, 2015 or for our featured artists October reception, 1pm-3pm Sunday, October 4, 2015.

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Art and Balloons at Albuquerque’s Amapola Gallery

Lynda Burch talks with a customer at Amapola Gallery.

Lynda Burch has been a valuable member of Amapola Gallery since 2005. Her mixed media wall pieces encompass collage, acrylic, watercolor and a healthy dose of imagination. Her stamp and map collages are especially distinctive and unusual. Prints of both her pictograph series of collages and of her stamp/map collages have been carried by the Palace of the Governors gift shop in Santa Fe, a real artistic coup.

Lynda recently completed her largest stamp collage ever, using a full sheet of watercolor paper as the ground.

This is the poster contest entry from Lynda Burch for the AIBF Balloon poster 2016.

©2015, Lynda Burch, “New Mexico Rising”

This is her entry in the International Balloon Fiesta poster contest for 2016. The image is of three hot air balloons. The largest contains 135 stamps, including ten hot air balloon stamps. (Who knew?) The smallest balloon is composed of sections of maps of both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Every entry must have concealed in it the image of a roadrunner and Lynda actually found a roadrunner stamp!

This collage entitled "View of the City" by Lynda Burch is on display at Amapola Gallery.

©2015, Lynda Burch, “View of the City”

When her husband gave her his old stamp collection years ago, asking, “Can you use these in your collages?” he opened the flood gates of Lynda’s creativity.

You may be able to see Lynda’s work as next year’s poster (the jury is still out) but you can enjoy prints of her many stamp/map collages at Amapola now. And don’t miss her dramatic acrylic on canvas abstracts.

This heart balloon collage is by Lynda Burch.

©2015, Lynda Burch, “Heart Balloon”

We love all things balloon-related, especially at this time of the year. If you’re in town for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, or if you’re a local, come into our co-op gallery and see art and balloons from Lynda Burch and 39 other member artists. We’re open 10am to 5pm daily.

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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Co-op Art Gallery Founded by Art Trio

Amapola Co-Op Art Gallery, Founded 35 Years Ago

This ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates Amapola Co-op Art Gallery's 35th year.

Amapola was founded by a trio of talented artists 35 years ago. Jan Hayes was first director, Doris Parry first bookkeeper (not a small job!) and Betty Reuscher rounded out the trio. Ms. Reusecher moved back to Texas many years ago. Doris Parry remained in the gallery for some five years, working mainly in oils. For 20 years she has been living with Parkinson’s and gave up her art career.

As Jan Hayes says, “Amapola was my baby.” The organization was conceived ass a spring-board for artists not yet fully established, perhaps without other gallery representation, to help them grow their art careers. The three recruited prospective members from among artist friends whose work they admired and whose personalities seemed likely to mesh.

Amapola’s original location, at the northwest corner of Rio Grande and South Plaza Street, was the first of four in Old Town. At our first meeting of 30 members Jan declared, “You can name the gallery anything, as long as it’s ‘Amapola’!” That name, and the poppy logo, continue to serve well.

Jan Hayes’ southwest watercolors delighted the art world for over 30 years as Jan participated in various shows and galleries, winning many awards and a loyal following.

As a child with an artistic father, Jan “always did art.” She began selling her paintings when husband Dennis was in graduate school. Over a period of five years she studied with a variety of wonderful teachers including the design-oriented Todd Tibbals and wet-on0wet technique artist Jack Dietrich, who urged her to paint without fear, to “just let it happen.” In night classes at UNM Jan also studied with oil artist Walter Barubrook, another long-time pillar of the art community here.

Oils were Jan’s first medium, to which she has returned. She enjoys leisurely producing her landscapes as gifts for family and friends.

Between the explorations of these very different mediums, Jan Hayes headed in an entirely different direction. She had, she said, “a blessed life,” and wanted to give back. She founded Sandia Mountain Bear watch. This 23-year old conservation organization encourages co-existence with our bear population, advocating for bear-proofing, non-feeding of wild bears, (“A fed bear is a dead bear”) and strict kill limits, especially on sows. The group is some six hundred members strong, and for the first fifteen or so years worked closely with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Unfortunately, she now feels she and Bear Watch must work against them as Game and Fish’s new direction has, she feels, undone much of the previous progress made. As she speaks of this she reveals her devotion to and passion for the wildlife of the Sandias, and its preservation.

Jan Hayes’ passion for art and the community of artists got Amapola Gallery up and running in 1980. We share that passion still today. Come see what Amapola has become. We’re betting you’ll develop a little art passion of your own!

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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Art Gallery Anniversary Celebration Finale

Shop for original cards at Amapola Gallery.Join us Sunday September 13th for our art gallery’s 35th anniversary celebration finale.

You can be a part of history on this sweet occasion: we commemorate our 35th year in Old Town, our downstairs neighbor Yay Yogurt is enjoys its first year in business, and our building, historic Romero House, is 100 years old.

In honor of the auspicious triple play on September 13th we’ll have a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Cathy Wright, Director of the Albuquerque Museum, at the building’s front door.

Upstairs in Amapola we’ll cut and serve acres of birthday cake. Yum! Enjoy mellow cello music along with our featured artist reception from 1pm – 3pm. Come meet Becky Olesen, Joyance, Art Rosenberg, and Diana Swanson, September’s featured artists whose work will be featured in a special display.

Throughout the day past directors and past members of the co-op art gallery that is Amapola will be honored guests. We’re especially grateful for the work these individuals contributed to get us to this point in time.

During Sunday’s gala event, buyers ($35 minimum purchase) will receive a free gift while supplies last. The Gallery’s $35 pricing on many great items ends when we close for the day at 5pm. You’re sure to find treasures for all on your gift list and yourself too, complete with a free gift for anyone spending $35 or more.

Music + pomp + cake + great deals + prizes = festive fun for art gallery!

NOTE: Our $35 balcony sale was a great success, and a fun party. Thanks to all who attended and sent their best wishes. The vast selection of $35-priced items in honor of our 35 years in business continues through September 13, 2015. An eye-catching array of paintings, wood items, art glass, jewelry, photography and more are specially priced to give you a real bang for your buck.

Join Albuquerque’s premiere co-op art gallery Sunday, September 13, 2015 for the 35th anniversary finale. It happens 10am to 5pm at Amapola Gallery on the Old Town Plaza, 205 Romero NW.

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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September Featured Artists

September celebrates “Season Shift” and sapphire. Sapphire represents lightness, joy and peace of mind, very appropriate as we ease out of our dry, scorching summer. Our featured artists are Becky Olesen, acrylic paintings; Art Rosenberg, assemblages;  Joyce of Joyance, beaded jewelry and Diana Swanson, glass.

Becky’s paintings depict the essence and energy of the New Mexico landscape.

This floral landscape depicts the work of Rebecca Olesen, one of the featured artists for September at Amapola Gallery.

Art incorporates stones, sticks, sea urchin quills and other natural objects on slate to create zen-like meditative wall pieces.

This is the work of Art Rosenberg, one of the featured artists for September at Amapola Gallery.

Joyce’s bead jewelry of stones or crystal with sterling are classic and elegant.

This is a necklace from Joyance, one of September's featured artists at Amapola Gallery.

Diana is a self-proclaimed “glass-a-holic” who discovered her artistic passion in the process of glass fusion. Her colorful, intense, ornamental and functional pieces contrast beautifully with the southwest landscapes, symbolically rich natural object assemblages, and crystal jewelry of our other three featured artists.

The glasswork here is from Diana Swanson, one of the featured artists for September at Amapola Gallery.

Meet the September featured artists at our reception 1pm – 3pm on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

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Super $35 Sale at Amapola Gallery Saturday

Super $35 Sale at Amapola Gallery on Saturday

Join us Saturday August 29 from 10am – 5pm  for the second of our three events celebrating our 35 years in business.

Kay Richards offers these original wood block paintings for $35 during the Super $35 Sale at Amapola Gallery.

We will have prize giveaways ($20 minimum purchase required) and a special sale on select items throughout the gallery. That’s right, we’re rolling back prices to 1980, with a wide array of handmade art priced at a mere $35.

Special one-day-only-roll-back-to-1980-prices

Anita Daniels offers these colorful cheese trays for $35 at the Super $35 Sale at Amapola Gallery.

For this day only, we will also have display panels on our balcony with even more $35 items to choose from, and extra displays of jewelry, wood, and so forth. All media will be included. It’s a great opportunity to indulge yourself – maybe shop for the Holiday – and get a reward. Don’t miss it!

Mark McAllistar, woodwork artist offers some of his woodwork bowls for $35 at the Super $35 Sale at Amapola Gallery.

By the way…If you missed our first event, Party on the Patio, which took place August 15, you should regret it for the rest of your life. Don’t miss this next one:

Saturday, August 29, 2015 10am – 5pm. Attend and win! (Well, okay, it’s not quite that simple, but then it never is, is it?

Celebrate 35 years of choice art with a choice of super $35 sale.

 

 

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35 Things We Love About Old Town Albuquerque

This mosaic cake celebrates Amapola Gallery's 35 years in business in Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque is particularly near and dear to the hearts of Amapola Gallery members. But we thoughts you might enjoy this recap of why we feel as we do:

Cristina Diaz-Arntzen of Amapola Gallery demonstrates punch quilt techniques.

Amapola Gallery member Cristina Diaz-Arntzen demonstrates punch quilt techniques in Old Town Square.

  1. A historic part of Albuquerque, an area small in size but enormous in variety and impact
  2. Shady, restful plaza where you can sit and watch the world go by
  3. Did we mention Amapola Gallery is celebrating its 35th anniversary on the west side of the square? (Like us on Facebook if you don’t already!)
  4. Available, affordable parking: we published a post about parking options earlier this year
  5. Church Street Café -the huevos rancheros are superb but don’t limit yourself
  6. Friendliness – tourist or local, you’ll always find people who’re glad to see you
  7. Albuquerque Art Museum – where you can enjoy the permanent continuing history of Albuquerque exhibit
  8. Natural History Museum – lots of dinosaurs
  9. Parcourse at Tiguex Park
  10. Frozen Yogurt – YAY! (just downstairs from Amapola…  Bring a cup with you.)
  11. Cultural or silly – you can go as high or low-brow as you like – Rattlesnake Museum, anyone?
  12. Affordable – Check out the $35 featured items in every artist’s display celebrating Amapola Gallery’s 35th year in business
  13. Variety of music and dance programs from the City on Saturday afternoons in the square
  14. San Felipe de Neri Church – sacred and serene, in continuous use sine the time of the Conquistadors (tho has been rebuilt more than once, and may once have been located close to where Basket Shop is now – the Spanish Colonial tradition would have had it facing East)
  15. Route 66’s Bicycle Rentals and Tours
  16. Historical sites such as Romero House, the building which houses Amapola Gallery which celebrates its 100th year this year. NOTE: Romero House used to be a home for unwed mothers.
  17. Discover Balloons – a store dedicated to all things ballooning in a City home to the largest Balloon event in the world
  18. Two co-operative art galleries – and Yucca Gallery is even older than Amapola Gallery
  19. Close to the river, Zoo and Aquarium for a fabulous tour of Albuquerque’s essence
  20. So much jewelry, so little time
  21. Meeting space and free Wi-Fi at our address: 205 Romero Street NW, at Yay Yogurt on the Plaza
  22. Cultural diversity
  23. Ironically, the City parking lot of Central & Romero is located on the site of what was once a bordello
  24. A Christmas Shop that sells all things Christmas-related
  25. Galleries, including Albuquerque Photographraphers, Gallery at 400, Painted Sky, Penfield, Purple Sage, Bright Rain and more
  26. Old Town Pizza Parlor
  27. Think! You’re walking in the footsteps of the Conquistadors.
  28. Hotel Albuquerque
  29. Across Mountain Road from Hotel Albuquerque, was the site of apueblo where the natives, beleagured by the raiding Navajos, located to be protected by (temporarily at least) aligning themselves with the Spanish who settled after the Conquistadors.
  30. Old Town Poco-a-Poco Patio
  31. The Hat Store – only hats (almost)
  32. Steeped in history with a modern vibe
  33. Rolling in the Dough Bakery, Café – fresh, quick and filling
  34. At least 35 additional things we forgot to mention…
  35. Last, but not least, 35+ member artists who are local, dedicated to the art and culture of New Mexico and now showing at Amapola Gallery, which is now celebrating 35 years in business

We’re delighted to share our love of all things Old Town Albuquerque with you. Thanks for reading.

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

 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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