Welcoming Guest Member Matthew Snyder To The Gallery

Matthew Snyder, a California native now living in Socorro, earned a BFA from prestigious California College of the Arts. His clean, minimalist metal sculpture is now available at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, where he is our newest guest member.

Matt tells us that his newer works will offer a “more realistic interpretation ” of botanical influences, but his current work is delightful, riffs on kelp, corals, bare trees, transformed into candle stands and more. He forms images of marine life into artistic statements that retain their beauty on land. Kelp at the mercy of gravity becomes a blob, but under Snyder’s artistry it is linear, elegant and graceful.

Snyder works primarily in steel, using “cold form” methods, hand bending the metal through a variety of jigs and fixtures, utilizing different welding techniques.

This is a new adventure for Amapola Gallery. Come experience it.

Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque, where we are all New Mexican all the time. Open 10 to 5 daily. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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The Historic Romero House

Romero House is an historic building–it has a brass plaque to say so. One period in its past is intriguing. It served for years as a home for unwed mothers! The ladies were cared for until the babies were born and adopted (usually). This when the whole business of pregnancy outside marriage brought societal judgement down on the whole family. Times do change!

At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery in Romero House, we are now a stop on memory lane for folks who proudly announce, “I was born here!”

Well– we no longer shelter mothers and babies, but we display children of a different kind, pieces of art created by our forty artist-members. Our all New Mexican all the time gallery is an experience in creativity, with paintings, prints, collages, cut paper, pastels, turned bowls and wooden boxes, fabric wearables, ceramics, mixed-media crosses, photography, glass lovelies, painted gourds, quilts and punch quilts, macrame, clocks, mosaics, assemblages and jewelry jewelry jewelry.

Experience a beguiling blast of creativity in an historic setting, on the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Amapola Gallery, open daily at 205 Romero, N.W. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Visit Amapola Gallery This Spring!

Make these endless spring winds useful. Let them blow you into Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery! With our many rooms–we occupy the entire top floor of historic Romero House–our forty New Mexico artists–all local all the time–and nifty Navajo Gallery downstairs, we’re a treat for the eye and soul unlike any other in Old Town.

So blow away those cobwebs! Sail on down to Amapola Gallery at 205 Romero N.W. right on the Plaza in Old Town. A unique experience awaits!

Open 10 to 5 daily. (505) 242-4311 and amapolagallery.com.

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April Featured Artists – “Bold and Beautiful”

“Bold and Beautiful–Dynamic Paintings by Lynda Burch and Exquisite Jewelry by Jack Boglioli.” Whew! Quite a mouthful to announce Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s Featured Artists for April. In fairness, this show is quite an eyeful!

Lynda Burch creates mixed media art with postage stamps, wine labels and antique maps. Her use of bold and colorful designs enlivens her impressionistic acrylics on canvas.

Lynda Burch Featured Artist April Amapola Gallery

Mr. Boglioli is a Jack of all jewelry, so to speak, though he’s a master as well. Fabricating, casting, gem setting, wire weaving–he can do it all, with meticulous and distinctive results.

Jack Boglioli Featured Artist April Amapola Gallery

Two artists, enormous variety.

Meet Lynda and Jack at their reception Friday, April 6, from 4-7. Their work can be viewed daily from 10 to 5 at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero, N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town’s historic Romero House. 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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March Featured Artists – “Potpourri”

“Potpourri.” That’s the theme of Amapola Gallery’s March Featured Artist exhibition. This potpourri is a delightful mixture of beauty for eye and soul by two women who love to create and share their own unique visions.

Brenda Bowman works her design magic with beads of metal, glass, stones and pearls. These provide an exciting and extensive variety of shape and color. Her necklaces, bracelets and earrings personify everyday elegance. They’re comfortably easy to wear, too!

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Kay Richards’ paintings, in watercolor, acrylic and oil, bless the observer with exuberant bursts of color. In capturing the beauty and essence of her subjects, Kay aims to give pleasure to her viewers. Her works cheer a room, brightening even the darkest corner.

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Meet the artists Friday, March 2nd from 4-7 p.m. at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town. Amapola is open 10 to 5 daily and “Potpourri ” is available for your enjoyment through March.

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Welcoming Catalina Salinas to Amapola Gallery

Join with the 39 New Mexico artists of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery in welcoming our newest guest member, oil painter Catalina Salinas.

Salinas, originally from Bolivia, trained as an architect. Indeed she met her future husband while both were students in UNM’s school of architecture, from which Catalina earned her M.A. As a child, though, Catalina took a few art classes and (mostly) taught herself to paint. All of her works are abstracts and nearly all are rousing bursts of color.

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“Fiesta de Color” is less a party than a feast of color and shape. The lyrical “Imagine” reveals a botanical influence underlying spherical motion on a flat, stationary plane. Several smaller pieces seem to suggest the play of water on a riverbed over time, fossil remains of ancient water. This work is interesting, folks, and deserves a long look.

See the works of Catalina Salinas and all the artists daily from 10 to 5 at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. In historic Romero House on the Plaza in Old Town.

(505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Bring Your Sweetheart To Amapola Gallery

Got a Sweetie who deserves a treat for Valentine’s Day? This year think outside the box- -of chocolates, that is.

Instead of a fleeting gift make a lasting memory. Spend a few hours in beautiful, historic Old Town, a treasure that helps make Albuquerque unique. Stroll the museums, enjoy a meal, absorb the sacred peace of San Felipe de Neri church, savor coffee and cheesecake at Yay! Yogurt.

But don’t forget Amapola Gallery, above Yay! in the historic Romero House. And to commemorate the day’s experiences how about a wooden box or turned bowl, small painting or special coffee mug, even the tried and true, a lovely piece of jewelry. Or two. They’re small! Best of all each item is individually hand crafted by a true New Mexico artist.

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery is run by and for forty of us. In business since 1980, we provide a delightful variety of locally made wonders by award-winning artists, perfect for commemorating any occasion. And we’re open seven days a week for your convenience.

Amapola Gallery. 205 Romero N.W. right on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10 to 5 daily. You can’t beat us- -so join us!

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February Featured Artists

“A Story in Silver/ Nature’s Way ” are the themes of Amapola Gallery’s February Featured Artist event.

Diana Kirkpatrick tells stories in sterling silver, with set stones and wire work. The designs flow organically from the stones she selects. Textures reflecting the natural world complete the design, or may comprise the entire design in and of themselves. An easterner by background, Diana finds herself endlessly inspired by New Mexico’s rocks, plants and vistas.

The same can be said for native New Mexican Carol Sparks, a biographer in watercolor of traditional New Mexico. With her light-filled paintings she shares her sense of awe at this beautiful world which surrounds us. You can almost smell the pinon smoke and taste the chili.

Enjoy new sterling creations and landscapes from these talented artists through February. Meet the artists Friday, February 2nd from 4 to 7 p.m. at our First Friday reception.

Amapola Gallery is a true co-op run by and for the artists ourselves. Come experience all New Mexico all the time! Open daily from 10 to 5 p.m. at 205 Romero N.W on The Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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Why Visit Old Town Albuquerque?

Been to Old Town lately, Albuquerque?

Bet you haven’t.

I’ve heard the arguments. To me they seem almost self fulfilling. “There’s never any parking. ” Really? It’s free at the park- -a short walk. Free around the Plaza and on Romero and San Felipe Streets, up to two hours. There are no fewer than six! paid lots, most of which charge only $5 for the whole day.

“It’s too touristy! ” There are a lot of trinkets, knockoffs and imports, yes. But there are so many stores carrying authentic Native American goods, if that is your preference. Do a little exploring and find them! And while you’re exploring look for Old Town’s two artist co-op galleries, Amapola and Yucca. That’s right. Stores filled with works by New Mexico artists ONLY. We even share the shop keeping duties, so you’ll always meet an artist or two.

At Amapola Gallery we are forty strong, painters, wood workers, jewelers and printmakers, glass, ceramic and fiber artists, cut paper artists, photographers, a mosaic artist whose family has been in New Mexico for centuries…

Let’s review: There is always a place to park, if you’re able to walk a block or two. And, there is an enormous variety of local New Mexican hand-crafted wonderfulness, never better represented than by Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery.

Remember, what we offer you can’t find in a big box store or on Amazon. We offer a unique experience in an historic and beautiful setting. Come rediscover Old Town and see for yourself.

Amapola Gallery, open daily from 10 to 5 at 205 Romero N.W., right on the Plaza. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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“Stitched Witchery and Mud Magic”

“Stitched Witchery and Mud Magic. ” This is the beguiling theme of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery’s January Featured Artist exhibit, with works by fiber artist Annette Galvano and ceramic sculptor K.D. Fullerton. Together, these two conjure up an enchanting display.

Annette Galvano casts a spell with felted wool handbags, hats, scarves and wall and table runners. She embellishes with clever and creative felted birds, flowers, animals and beading, in colors ranging from subtle to intense. Fire engine red, anyone? Of special interest are stunning “paintings ” framed landscapes of felted wool inspired by her love of, and eye for, nature. Bewitching indeed.

K. D. Fullerton magically forms her mountain mud and found metal objects into both standing and wall sculptures. Her earth-tone pieces reflect a strong Native American influence filtered through an amused, slightly off-kilter sensibility. Longtime fans will recognize her ponies, masks and “flatheads,” fantastical petroglyphy figures come to life. K.D.’s display will also include a triptych of dancers in black and a stunning and unique Nativity.

Fall under the spell of these two gifted artists. Their display at Amapola Gallery is on view through January, but you can meet the artists Friday, January 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Amapola Gallery is open daily from 10 to 5 at 205 Romero, N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.

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