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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Meet Artists and See Art Demos at Party on the Patio

Kris Parrott demonstrates stone carving.

Kris Parrott demonstrates stone carving.

You’ll have an opportunity to meet artists and see art demos Saturday August 15 as Amapola Gallery launches its 35th year anniversary celebration.

“Show and tell” provides a wonderful opportunity for your to learn more about our artists and how they do what they do. Throughout the day, you’ll find different artists demonstrating techniques, answering questions, and helping you have a great time.

Demonstrations will be ongoing from 10am to 5pm, inside and outside. Here’s a recap of what you can expect:

10:00am – 12:30pm

Vera Russell – painting demonstration – inside

Julie Murray – painting pottery demonstration – outside

Anita Daniels – glass demonstration – outside

Debra Montoya, mosaic demonstration – outside

Annette Galvano, fiber demonstration – outside

Meet Annette Galvano and see her demonstrate her fabulous fiber work.

Annette Galvano demonstrates fiber work.

12:30 – 3:00pm

Kay Richards, painting demonstration, inside

Amy Sproul, book making demonstration, outside

Diane Swanson, glass demonstration, outside

Richard Wolfson, poetry demonstration, outside

Mary Sharpe-Davis, ceramics demonstration, outside

Mary Ellen Merrigan demonstrates hand-made cards.

Mary Ellen Merrigan demonstrates hand-crafted cards.


Mary Ellen Merrigan, jewelry demonstration, inside

Denise Ballou, painting demonstration, inside

Diana Kirkpatrick, jewelry demonstration, inside

Anita Daniels, glass demonstration, outside

Cristina Diaz-Arntzen, fiber demonstration, outside

Kristin Parrott, stone carving demonstration, outside

Dare we say there will be even more going on?

Upstairs, we will feature art for $35 in honor of our 35 years in Old Town. Visit each artists’ area and see the wonderful and affordable displays.

Welcome to Amapola Artists’ Co-op Gallery where we’re more than a flash in the pan. Help us celebrate our 35 years in business.

When is an artisans’ gallery also a gift shop? When is a gift shop also a gallery? When it’s Amapola Gallery! For all your decorating, gift-giving and souvenir needs, visit Amapola Gallery.

Remember, Albuquerque + Artisans = Amapola Gallery.

Albuquerque + Artisans = Amapola


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Old Town Albuquerque Co-op Art Gallery Celebrates 35 Years in Business

Four Women Artists Lead the 35th Anniversary Events

In an Old Town Albuquerque Co-op Art Gallery, four Amapola women illustrate much that is good about New Mexico and her art community. They are a paper artist, a glass artist, a photographer and a watercolorist.

Albuquerque Co-op Art Gallery features the work of origami artist Vicki Bolen.

Vicki Bolen first learned the art of origami 25 years ago. She combines the origami crane figure with words, stitchery, collage. She calls herself a “hybrid printmaker” to create something complex out of the simple, working to “keep the viewer captivated.” She could be said to push artistic boundaries as an art form.

See the glass work of Anita Daniels at Amapola Gallery, an Albuquerque Co-op art Gallery.

Anita Daniels’ degree is in chemistry and industrial arts and she integrates this knowledge into contemporary fused glass pieces. She says she loves glass, “the chemical processes, the endless variety of color and all the possibilities of design.” Her newest work involves manipulating the liquid glass to create pieces of amazing visual depth.

Photographer Mikki Roth exhibits at Amapola Gallery, an Albuquerque Co-op Art Gallery.

Photographer Mikki Roth grew up in New York but when she moved to New Mexico thirty years ago she adopted the area as her “choice” home. Her passion for photography evolved from interests both in nature and in the many cultures of the Southwest. She offers her viewers “a permanent record of beauty.

Watercolorist Katherine Gauntt displays at Amapola Gallery, an Albuquerque Co-op Art Gallery.

Watercolorist Katherine Gauntt manipulates light and shadow to get the most drama possible in her interpretations of landscapes, chickens, ballerinas, horses. She strives to capture “the magical uniqueness and drama of each subject” with a technique grounded in her mastery of drawing.

All of these women have stepped out of their studios this summer to work as chairwomen of the events celebrating Amapola’s 35th year in business. Vicki, clearly a masochist (though a highly organized one) is in charge of the overall celebration which takes place over 35 days, beginning with our Party on the Patio on Saturday, August 15.

Party on the Patio is Anita Daniels’ baby, complete with show-and-tell-demos by more than a dozen of our artist members, refreshments, and more.

That day also kicks off 35 days of showcasing art pieces for $35 each, designated in each artists’ display area in the gallery. This will be highlighted with a reception August 29, another chance to meet and chat with us while you enjoy the art. The special $35 displays and reception are to be organized and overseen by Mikki Roth, though the $35 items remain through our Alumni Party on Sunday, September 12, the concluding event for our 35-day-long, 35th year celebration.

Katherine Gauntt is busy rounding up past Directors of our co-op as well as other alumni but she welcomes all of you to the party.

Organizing artists is a lot like herding Gila Monsters. We’re as independent as cats but usually slower to move! Our chairwomen, with their fabulous paper-glass-photographic-watercolor art, deserve a round of applause.

Come see the wonders each of these woman artists produce in their art time, and keep our anniversary events on your calendar, too. We’ll love to see you!

Albuquerque Co-op Art Gallery Conclusion:

Explore Amapola Gallery, an Old Town Albuquerque Co-op Art Gallery and join us for these 35th year Anniversary Events:

  • August 15, 2015 – 10a-5p – Party on the Patio, featuring more than 12 show and tell artist demos
  • August 15 through September 13, 2015 – Choice $35 items in each artist’s display space
  • August 29, 2015 – 10a-5p – Super $35 Sale. A select grouping of items at 1980 prices
  • September 13, 2015 – 10a-5p Finale celebration. Ribbon cutting at 11am, cake all day, honoring all Amapola past and present directors and all Alumni.

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 Show for August is “Dog Days of Summer”

About our Featured Artists Show for August

Four featured artists team up to showcase our theme, “Dog Days of Summer:” Amy Sproul, handmade paper collage and boxed books; Cristina Diaz-Arntzen, punch quilts, watercolorist Barbara B.J. Briscoe and clay artist Julie Murray.

Our gem of the month is peridot, a stone emitting a warm, friendly energy.

Amy Sproul is a featured artist for August

Amy Sproul incorporates handmade paper into her botanical assemblages, books and boxes. She states, “I am inspired by natural materials and they define my art. The southwestern landscape features magnificent vistas of mountains and deserts, but when I am outdoors, I am most intrigued by the details – the way a root twists in red earth, the veins in a leaf, its edges, or the excitement of opening a seed pod.”

This punch quilt wall hanging is from featured artist August Cristina Diaz-Arntzen.

Cristina Diaz-Arntzen has an amazing knack for finding just the right bits of fabric for her color-intense, light-weight wall art. As she puts it, “I’ve been enjoying and creating punch quilts since 2006. My passion and technique for the ‘no sew’ method to create a punch quilt using multicolored fabrics and textures, foam board, batting and a glue stick allows me to design and create a one-of-a-kind unique wall hanging.”

This watercolor painting is from August featured artist BJ Briscoe at Amapola Gallery.

B.J. Briscoe reflects the special light of New Mexico in her subtle landscapes and flower paintings. She especially likes the phrase, “paint what you love.” Because New Mexico has such intense skies and wonderful light to color the high deserts and mountains, it is a joyous challenge for her to attempt to express those in watercolor.

Julie Murray, featured artist for August, presents this dragonfly container at Amapola Gallery.

Julie Murray totally immerses herself in the process when she works with clay, transcending time and conscious thought. As she explains, the clay decides what it will become. “I try to learn something new every day, to improve and inspire — to make my pottery useful, special and unique. I create from the heart – what I do is truly a labor of love.”

The four featured artists for August welcome the public with a reception 1pm – 3pm Sunday August 2, 2015. There is no charge for the reception and refreshments will be served.

“Dog Days of Summer” will be on display through August 31, 2015.

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Quilts and Quilting Art a Practical Specialty of Marge Farmer-Page

This is a view of the quilts and quilting art and macrame art from Marge Farmer-Page at Amapola Gallery.

Marge Farmer-Page came to quilts and quilting art through a series of happy accidents. Like most of the members of Amapola, she began her art career in the previous millennium. Her family had recently moved to Albuquerque.

During tax season she worked for a major tax return company, and worked full-time as a homemaker with three sons. She was, she says, very lonesome. Then the two sons in Boy Scouts took up knot-tying. Marge learned all she could from them and never looked back.

At a show in Santa Fe in 1979, Jean Hayes, a gallery founder, saw Marge’s macrame and invited her to join Amapola. For years Marge sold her wine racks and plant holders in the gallery, but an eventual result is osteoarthritis in her thumbs. Talk about no good deed going unpunished!

After many years of homemaking, tax returns, working as a Woman Friday for a manufacturer of laser markers, and taking over as bookkeeper for Amapola, Marge found herself walking into a quilt show in answer to an ad for employment. A passion was born.

This is a Christmas quilt from Marge Farmer-Page on display at Amapola Gallery.

Marge put her meticulous attention to line and detail to work on quilting. She now displays cheerful, colorful quilts as well as pillow slips, napkins and place mats, aprons, potholders and table runner. She prefers wall hangings, which she sews using a tucking process she learned in classes at the quilt shop.

She never stops learning, experimenting and inventing new combinations.

“I love knowing that someone appreciates and will use my pieces,” she says. “It’s the ultimate accolade for every artist.”

So: homemaker, scouting, knots, Amapola, arthritis, quilts! There’s a progression. It’s all in the work of member artist Marge Farmer-Page, one of Amapola Gallery’s original members.

Come to Amapola and see Marge’s work as well as the works of 39 other member and guest artists. Amapola Gallery, an artist’s cooperative, celebrates its 35th year this year with events throughout August and September.

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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Encaustic Art Presented by Guest Member Artist

Join us in welcoming Tricia Simmons as our newest guest member artist at Amapola Gallery.

Tricia spent most of her life in the Chicago area, where she raised her five children. Over the years she worked as a registered nurse, massage therapist and aromatherapist before moving to Albuquerque nearly a decade ago. She, with her cat and dog, and her sister for company, drove down to see a fellow Tricia had met on e-harmony. The sister flew home but Tricia stayed, and is still enjoying the relationship made in on-line heaven. (See! It can work!)

See Dubai Door, encaustic art from Tricia Simmons at Amapola Gallery.

Tricia’s art background includes photography and monotype, fabric art, ceramic jewelry and vessels, as well as jewelry-making using a variety of metal clays. However, her current work provides a medium new to Amapola Gallery: encaustic.

Encaustic uses a combination of bees wax and damar resin, a tree sap. This is melted and applied hot to the background material, usually some type of wood board. The board can be pre-painted, and painted between wax layers, with a vast variety of media, including oil paint mixed with the encaustic medium itself.

You can tinker with the surface before the encaustic is applied, or afterwards, while the wax is still warm. A torch or heat gun fuses the piece between the applied layers of color. The result is impervious to moisture but not to great heat. (You wouldn’t want to stash your encaustic art in a hot car!)

Encaustic art entitled Sun, Moon and Aleph from Tricia Simmons is on display at Amapola Gallery.

The ancient Romans and Egyptians made paintings using encaustic. A Smithsonian Magazine article talks about Fayum portraits as the oldest of modernist paintings. Google the Fayum portraits – they’re gorgeous.

Better yet, come welcome Tricia Simmons to Amapola and see her beautiful eucaustic art in person.

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