About Parking in Old Town…

I’ve heard it said:  “There’s no place to park in Old Town.”

Does this sign amplify your Old Town parking fears?

Does this sign amplify your Old Town parking fears?

Nothing could be further from the truth. Speaking for one of two all-New Mexico cooperatives, and one of twenty-plus galleries in Old Town, I can tell you, “That just ain’t so.”

Except for the very rare special occasion, there’s always a place to park!

To my mind, there are two “best” lots. One is on Romero where it runs into Central. On your right is a small lot that charges a mere $3 per day. (NOTE: This does raise to $5 per day during Balloon Fiesta.)

Parking at Romero & Central, west side - $3/day

Parking at Romero & Central, west side – $3/day

Across Romero from it is a City lot, seldom close to full, which charges $2/hour or $8/day.

Plaza Vieja Parking, $2/hour

Plaza Vieja Parking, $2/hour

The other $3 lot is off San Felipe just as you reach La Hacienda del Rio Restaurant, just past the vendors under the portal. Turn right down a short drive and then turn either right or left. Lots of spaces, seldom full.

Turn at La Hacienda Restaurant to access $3/day parking

Turn at La Hacienda Restaurant to access $3/day parking

Parking around Tiguex Park, a block away on Mountain Road, is free.

Between the Park and Old Town proper is Albuquerque Museum, with tons of paid parking. There is also a lot on Romero just as you enter Old Town and a City lot on Mountain Road close by.

parking at Romero & Mountain Road - $6/day

parking at Romero & Mountain Road – $3/day


Of course, parking is free on both Romero and San Felipe streets, and around the Plaza.

But after a mere two hours you will be ticketed. Two hours in Old Town is not enough! As you can see, there are lots of low- and no-cost options.

Speaking of parking, the frozen yogurt/coffee shop, Yay Yogurt, on the ground floor of historic Romero House, is a fine place to park yourself. Get a hot or cold drink and rest on one of the comfy couches. Catch up on Facebook using the free wi-fi.

Once you’re refreshed and reconnected, come upstairs and revel in our wonderful award-winning, local art and fine crafts.

Where do you park when you come to Old Town? Can you help us add to this list?

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March Featured Artists – Desert Dust Devils

Mikki Roth - Mountain Spirit Dancers

Mescalero Apache
Mountain Spirit Dancers

My passion for photography evolved from my specific interest in nature and exploration of the many cultures of the southwest.”

MIKKI ROTH Photography is a real art form because it offers a permanent record of beauty. Seeing the world makes New Mexico the best place to live, including dust devils.

Michele McMillan

My work is sterling silver with natural gemstones. Many of my designs are created using the lost wax casting process using objects like cholla, wisteria, grapevines and just ordinary sticks. Other pieces are fabricated from silver sheet and wire.”

MICHELE McMILLAN I am a jewelry artist located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I love to be involved in activities that allow me to be close to nature and my environment. My pieces are mostly one of a kind creations made of sterling silver, gold and copper. I love using gem stones which create color and depth to my pieces.

Annette Galvano - Flowers

I am inspired by the vivid colors of nature and love to create works which reflect its beauty.”

ANNETTE GALVANO I am a fiber artist. I work mainly with felt, wearables and wall art. I seek to represent the ever changing beauty of the New Mexico landscape in my fiber art.

Holiday Quilt

Holiday Quilt

I joined Amapola in 1980 as one of its original members”

MARGE FARMER-PAGE I enjoyed making macramé knots, a craft I learned when my sons were in Boy Scouts.

During the past five years, I have developed an appreciation of quilting and have transitioned to it as my fine craft.

Meet the artists at a reception 1pm -3pm Sunday, March 8, 2015.

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Historical Building Is Perfect Home for Gallery

The works in Amapola Gallery combine age-old techniques with the modern inspiration of its forty member artists. Fittingly, the gallery is housed in Old Town’s Historic Romero House, at 205 Romero Street NW, on the Plaza.

Historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque

Historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque

The Romero House dates to 1915, built for Jesus Romero and wife Mary Springer de Romero.

The land it stands on was part of a Spanish deed granted in 1849. By 1915, the property included a house, corral and placita as well.

The “new” house was built over a structure dating from 1895. Thoroughly modern for its time, it included a buzzer system to summon the servant, pine flooring and steam radiators only recently replaced. The exterior walls are, of course, adobe.

In more recent years, the house functioned briefly as a dwelling for the priest of San Felipe de Neri Church, and for several decades as a home for unwed mothers. An occasional visitor will still declare, “I was born here!”

Amapola artists are pleased by the several intriguing rooms filled with light in which to display the wide variety of their work. They invite you to explore the historical aspects of Old Town and climb the stairs to shop at The Romero House.

Will you join us for a tour of the Romero House and Amapola Gallery?

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February Featured Artists – “Mountain Purples”

Elzbieta Kaleta

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“My art is all about colors, shapes, patterns and textures explored in the medium of paper cutout (popular and famous in my native country Poland). Same interests and tendencies apply to other media I enjoy to work with, such as collage, mixed media and photography. My designs, often whimsical and fanciful, reflect admiration and respect of nature and many remind us about the importance of love, kindness, compassion and friendship.”

Michelle LaMeres

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“I create beautiful fused glass art with multiple layers of hand cut opaque and transparent colored glass. My process of composing and assembling glass, fusing it in a kiln and then sandwiching and building layers of colors creates glass with amazing depth and intensity of color.”

Vera Russell

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Vera Russell was raised in rural Nebraska. She is married to a career Navy man whose travels took them to many parts of the world. Vera has studied with artists and teachers in Hawaii, California, South Carolina, Scotland and Spain. She is predominately an oil painter, but also works in pastel and watercolor.

Vern Deas

Vern Deas

“I fabricate jewelry of sterling and precious stones exhibiting contemporary, Asia, African and Native American influences. My style is eclectic, reminiscent of the avaunt-garde jewelry of the 1950’s and 1960’s East Coast Bohemian culture in which I was schooled.”

Be sure to come by the gallery this month to view our February featured artist display in person!

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