Featured Artists for May Offer Green Glimpses

May’s featured artist theme is “Green Glimpses” as suggested by the emerald, a stone to bring harmony in all areas of one’s life. Read more about The Patrician Emerald, one of the great emeralds in the world.

May’s featured artists include:

  • David Linden, oil painter
  • Carol Sparks, watercolorist
  • Mary Ellen Merrigan, bead jewelry artist
  • Leroy Velasquez, pencil drawings

David produces vivid impasto vignettes of Sandia meadows and California beaches.

Featured Artists May David Linden

Carol’s landscapes pulse with the seasons and traditions of New Mexico.

Featured Artists May Carol Sparks

Mary Ellen employs unusual beads and bead combinations that will romance your soul.

Featured Artist May - Mary Ellen Merrigan

Leroy produces painstaking pencil summaries of ghost towns and country barns in his views of the southwest.

Featured Artists May Leroy Velasquez

The Gallery celebrates Green Glimpses and these artists with an opening reception 1pm – 3om on Sunday May 3, 2015. The show remains on display through May 31, 2015.

Learn more about Amapola Gallery’s system of featured artists in this post. 

Join Amapola Gallery as we celebrate “Green Glimpses” with featured artists Linden, Merrigan, Sparks and Velasquez this May.



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Featured Artists Offer a Show Theme Monthly

How does a co-op of art choices make use of featured artists?Wall area showing oil paintings and ceramic mosaic art for featured artist show April '15

When asked, “What’s happening at Amapola Gallery this month?” it is advisable for promotional purposes to be able to say more than, “just our usual fabulousness.” Which, while true, is a trifle vague.

A cooperative art gallery, we have developed the featured artist system. Each month three or four pre-selected members exhibit examples of their work, a  mix of wall art and fine crafts, in a special area. Each featured artist show opens on the first of the month, runs through the entire month, and includes a reception for the public on the first Sunday each month.

Every late autumn our special displays maven racks her brain, pairing up various artists and devising themes for the following year’s displays. After 35 years of this effort, coming up with new ideas is a real challenge: how to keep you interested and coming back for more?

The 2015 theme is “Gems for the Year.” April’s gem, for example, is the diamond, and ‘Crystal Clouds,’ the show title. It features raku ‘(ceramic clocks, oil paintings and art glass.

Raku clocks and glass display for featured artist april 2015


May’s emerald gem suggests ‘Green Glimpses,” and features oil and watercolor paintings, bead jewelry and pencil drawings.

These two themes will be followed by pearl, ruby, peridot, sapphire, opal and citrine. December is always reserved for our ‘Celebrate Amapola’ all-member show.

For those of you interested in the metaphysical properties of stones, check out our crystal-stuffed acorns, or the wonderful and varied stonework of our six gifted jewelers.

To receive timely reminders of all our gallery events, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our email list. Will you follow the happenings of our cooperative art gallery and learn more about each of our featured artists?

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Artists Across the World Celebrate Leonardo da Vinci

As an artist, there are two ways to look at Leonardo do Vinci (Leo from the ‘hood.) Happy Birthday First, why bother? He did it all, only better. Why do I think I can be an artist? Second, looking at the vast expanse of artistic possibility showcased by him, let’s say we want to be a part of that! Leonardo had passion and drive. He absorbed technique like a sponge. He showed us how much is possible if we will actualize and validate our own inspirations. Centuries later, we remember his name, value his work, and aspire to be worthy of the dream of being an artist. Wow! Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci! It’s an honor to stumble in your footsteps!

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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A Word About Our Co-op Art Gallery…

Kay Richards (mixed media), Elzbieta Kaleta (paper cutouts, photography), Art Rosenberg (natural object assemblage), and Sandra Moench (functional pottery)

©2015, Kay Richards (mixed media), Elzbieta Kaleta (paper cutouts, photography), Art Rosenberg (natural object assemblage), and Sandra Moench (functional pottery) in Room A

Amapola Gallery is a cooperative. This means we all split the rent, pay a small percentage of our sales (as opposed to the 50-60% commission from a regular gallery) and take turns manning – and womanning – the store.

But the whole purpose of the exercise, and with our stairs I use that term advisedly, is to to please you. (NOTE: See About Those Stairs.)

Without you we would gradually wither away. We need your enthusiasm and appreciation, and we need your disposable income!

In return we provide: a one-of-a-kind souvenir of your trip to Albuquerque or New Mexico; the perfect piece of art for your home of office; an assortment of gifts for any occasion, large or small, from a handmade note-card to a designer pendant for your sweetie; or a divine indulgence for you alone, just because.*

*(You know you deserve it!)

Pictures of display in room a with these artists: Debra Montoya (mosaic art), Katherine Gauntt (watercolor, oils) and Anita Daniels (glassworks)

©2015, Debra Montoya (mosaic art), Katherine Gauntt (watercolor, oils) and Anita Daniels (glassworks) on display in Room A

We provide you with items you can find nowhere else and which will be loved for a lifetime, and you give us hardworking local folks with a variety of songs the means to keep singing. What an opportunity!

Come on up and visit! We’re here 10am to 5pm each day of the year except Christmas, New Year’s, Easter and Thanksgiving.

As you might imagine, we can’t begin to show the work of each artist. These pictures don’t even get through the exhibits in one complete room. Our displays include the entire second floor at historic Romero House. We rotate displays regularly, so if you’ve been to the gallery before, you’ll likely be surprised with new artists and fresh products from old favorites.

Will you visit Amapola Gallery today?

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About April and Featured Artists at Amapola

April’s featured artist theme is “Crystal Clouds,” inferred from April’s birth stone, the diamond. Diamond, the king of crystals, can help to manifest abundance in all areas of one’s life.

Our April artists are Gloria Casale with stained, fused and slumped glass; Philip Green with ceramic raku clocks; oil painter Denise Ballou and Debra Montoya, mosaics.

What Gloria can’t do to glass doesn’t need doing.

Gloria Casale, Glass, "Ellie the Elephant"

©2015, Gloria Casale, Glass Artist, “Ellie the Elephant”

Not only do Phil’s clocks tell time, they also bring a smile to your face.

Artist Phil Green, Raku Clocks

©2015, Phil Green, Raku Clocks

Denise’s critters will charm you as they fly, sing, gallop or lounge across the canvas.

Denise Ballou, oil paintings

©2015, Denise Ballou, oil paintings

Debra creates colorful, fun and funky mixed media mosaic wall pieces.

Debra Montoya, mosaic art, "Happy"

©2015, Debra Montoya, mosaic art, “Happy”

Greet all four featured artists at our April Featured Artists’ Reception, 1 – 3pm on Sunday, April 12.

Crystal Clouds will be on display through April 30, 2015.

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About those Stairs…

Amapola Gallery is an oasis of artfulness but you have to earn your access by ascending our stairs. (It’s a disadvantage to being in an historic building, the Romero House, currently in its hundredth year.) Read more about the Romero House.

©2015, stairs to Amapola Gallery

©2015, stairs to Amapola Gallery

You can get a good glimpse of what we have to offer in the display case at the bottom of the stairs, along with an assortment of paintings and drawings in the hallway there.

But, for more fun, you must climb.

©2015, stairway to Amapola Gallery in holiday mode

©2015, stairway to Amapola Gallery in holiday mode

For those with an appreciation of the lovely, useful and whimsical, Amapola is a treasure trove of delights produced by some 40 local artists.

©2015, the up and down of stairs

©2015, the up and down of stairs at historic Romero House for Amapola Gallery

If your companions lack your enthusiasm, or your stair-climbing ability, there is a solution. The earthbound can enjoy the amenities of our downstairs neighbor, Yay Yogurt, along with comfy chairs, free wi-fi and an assortment of refreshments.

Romero House offers the best of both!

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Stairway to Art!

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Stairway to Art!

Will you climb the stairs to Amapola?

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Amapola Gallery Announces Three New Guest Members

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Three New Guest Artists

©2015, Amapola Gallery – Three New Guest Artists

Amapola is pleased to welcome three new guest members to the gallery.

©2015, Debra Montoya Mosaic Art

©2015, Debra Montoya Mosaic Art

Debra Montoya’s family has lived in the Dixon Area for generations. She combines traditional New Mexican motifs and color palette with her love of nature.

Debra incorporates found objects, glass and her own ceramic roses into color-intense mosaic wall pieces. How did she start?

“I was always gluing,” she says. She won her first award for a mosaic in fifth grade, and her work will be familiar to many from Contemporary Hispanic Market.

©2015, Mary Sharp-Davis, potter

©2015, Mary Sharp-Davis, potter

Mary Sharp-Davis throws and hand-builds complex sculptural ceramics, both ornamental and functional. She takes her inspiration from ancient art forms.

“Clay,” she says, “offers me in one medium the alchemical use of earth, air, fire and water.”

Her pieces include shrines, urns, jewelry, assemblages and functional tableware.

©2015, Sandra Moeneh, potter

©2015, Sandra Moeneh, potter

Sandra Moeneh (rhymes with ‘lunch’) began working with ceramics in 1975. While pursuing a career as a medical technician at Ft. Defiance and Santa Fe’s Indian Hospital, she absorbed, and adopted as her own, the symbolism and feeling of Native American ceramics.

For the last 20 years, Sandra has been able to focus on ceramics, producing platters, pitchers, mugs and bowls, and a variety of decorative tableware. Works with her cream glaze employ dragonfly and butterfly symbolism.

Other glazes are used with her geometric designs. All her work is microwave and dishwasher safe.

With three such talented and assorted artists as new guest members at Amapola, everything old – 35 years in business – is fresh for Spring. Come see!

Amapola Gallery is a “Don’t Miss Destination” in Albuquerque. The cooperative, home to more than 40 local artists, is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

What do you notice when you visit Amapola?

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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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