Amapola Gallery Reader’s Choice Award

Amapola Gallery Reader's Choice Award

Amapola Gallery is the runner up for the Albuquerque Journal’s Reader’s Choice Award for Art Gallery. We want to thank everyone for voting! We realize that there are many art galleries in the city and we are thrilled to be so highly rated.

We couldn’t have done it without all of YOU!

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“Hard Time and Liquid Assets” – September Featured Artists


No, not prison whiskey, it’s the theme of Amapola Gallery’s September Featured Artist exhibit, with the colorful Raku clocks of Phil Green and the dramatic acrylic “pours” of Sally Rugala.

Phil Green crafts Raku timepieces for desk or wall, in different sizes and myriad shapes including sunflowers, balloons and bird houses. Of special interest is the way he pushes the use of color. His skill and knowledge of process, combined with the Raku process itself, produce chromatic surprises which make each clock unique. You will walk away with a new view of time.

Sally Rugala’s acrylic pours onto canvas, with her bold but subtle use of color, create intriguing, fluid abstract shapes. These even appear fashioned into earrings and pendants. Really different, truly fun wearables. Her exhibit will include charming dog and cat miniature paintings and jewelry. Sally’s photography, a new direction for her display at Amapola, includes images of balloons, landscapes and flowers, even some mirror images to tease the eye.

Meet the artists at their reception, 4-7 p.m. on Friday, September 7, at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town.

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Amapola Artists Cooperate

We had a meeting this morning (8/28). Just in case we forget the co-op part of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, we get together 5 or 6 times a year, when we HAVE to cooperate. Every three months everyone’s display space shifts so each of us gets a chance at the “best” spots. Since we began in 1980 the elected board has learned to conduct business on curating days. Gathering forty disparate artists bears a shocking resemblance to herding cats. Every advantage helps.

So–a meeting this morning to vote in 3 new permanent members off our list of Guests–Catalina Salinas, Matthew Snyder and Pam Troutman. Come check ’em out!–make some business decisions, move our work and restock.

This roiling mass o’ cats produces the rich and varied array of art and fine crafts that our visitors find so appealing. It’s like your personal arts and crafts fair but with no entry fee! And while you won’t meet all 40 of us, you will meet at least two every time you visit. Make the Amapola experience a habit and you can collect us all–each one better than the last.

Amapola Gallery is a repeatable treat which is neither illegal, immoral nor fattening. Cooperate with us and enjoy the Amapola experience.

Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in historic Romero House in Old Town, Albuquerque. Open daily 10 to 5 at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or

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Go Souvenir Hunting at Amapola Gallery

Souvenir hunting?

You can’t do better than Amapola Gallery, located smack-dab on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Why?

Because we’re an artist’s co-op! And that means:

1) we are all local all the time 2) no middleman (or woman) stands between you and us, so we can keep our prices affordable 3) with 40 widely assorted artist-members you can enjoy an arts and crafts fair 7 days a week–with no entrance fee 4) you always meet 2 or more of our artists.

Besides, we are blessed with refrigerated air and a frozen yogurt shop downstairs! Oh, baby.

From simple note cards and coffee mugs to ornate glass mosaics, wearables to wooden bowls and jewelry galore, we have perfect, distinctive, handmade NEW MEXICO souvenirs.

Check us out. It won’t cost you a thing but some air-cooled time.

Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or

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August Featured Artists at Amapola

“Southwest Textures: Fabric and Earth” is the title of the combined works of punch quilt creator Cristina Diaz-Arntzen and potter Sandra Moench. These are Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for August.

Diaz-Arntzen, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, emigrated to the United States with her family when she was 16. After 28 years as a bilingual educator in Wisconsin, she moved with her husband to Albuquerque. Her passionate love for the Southwest, Native American cultures and her wide-ranging interest in the arts, led her to punch quilts, a method of creating fabric wall hangings without stitching. Cristina combines her drawing and design skills, Southwest designs and diverse fabric colors and textures to create distinctive works of wall art.

Sandra Moench is the potter of “big enough” coffee mugs. They hold enough! The handles don’t cramp your fingers! It’s a miracle! But Moench, with a med. tech background working on several Navajo homelands, doesn’t stop there. Her bowls, pitchers, mugs, platters and vases evoke the texture and “feel” of sand paintings. Moench is awed by the shapes and contrasts of our Southwest landscapes. Her subtly colored glazes of rose, blue, sage and off-white, contrasting with unglazed areas of the clay body, reflect the sun-scorched desert. The borders of her pieces are inscribed with various organic designs. A series of new large vases are ornamented with tree shapes inspired by a recent trip down the Grand Canyon.

“Southwest Textures : Fabric and Earth ” is available through August at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. Meet the artists and learn more about their techniques Friday, August 3 from 4 to 7p.m.

Amapola Gallery, all local all the time, at 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or

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“Of Earth And Sky” – July Featured Artists

July featured artists

“Of Earth and Sky”– an expansive title for the expansive range of work presented by Ann Tidrow Connely and Barbara Lewis, Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for July.

Ann Connely brings earth to life with her ceramics, little “friendship ” bowls with tiny human figures, and charmingly detailed, flowering cactuses which can be used as vases or decorative sculptures. For July she will present large (to 2′ tall) cactus sculptures based primarily on cholla. As for “sky,” Ann is rightly admired for the beauty of her acrylic landscapes. Like New Mexico herself these emphasize sky–sunsets, sunrises, storm clouds–every one color-intensive and captivating.

Barbara Lewis does for her earthy material–gourds–what Connely does for skies and cacti. Using an enormous variety of gourd sizes and shapes, Barbara paints using earth tones, white, and deep, luscious colors: blues, purples, greens. She carries in her head, she says, the essence of southwest Native designs, but follows her own path to create masks, female figures, vases and even “pottery. ” Many of her figures seem to dance, so graceful and curving are the gourds themselves. Lewis will also display her delicate, hand-painted gourd earrings and pendants.

It’s a beautiful and wide-ranging exhibit, and you can meet the talented artists on Friday, July 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town at 205 Romero N.W. Open daily from 10 to 5.

This exhibit will run through July, but Connely and Lewis are two of our 40 local artists. At Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery it’s all New Mexican all the time. (505) 242-4311 or

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“Color Bold” – June Featured Artists at Amapola

A bold use of color is shared by the work of artists Amy Jane Johnson and Kelly McIntyre, June’s Featured Artists at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery.

Amy Jane’s rainbow colors adorn not only wearables but also delicate and joyous ceramic cups, plates and bowls. Her clothing ranges from cotton socks and onesies through silk scarves and sophisticated evening shrugs, all hand dyed by Amy Jane.

Kelly McIntyre colors white paper with flowing colored inks. Over this she applies meticulous designs from nature, drawn in India ink. Her smaller pieces focus on insects–she admires their strong design quality.

All in all this is a varied, interesting and colorful show.

Meet the artists Friday, June 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy their work and that of 38 equally talented New Mexico artists daily from 10 to 5 at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W. On the Plaza in Old Town. (505) 242-4311 or

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Old Town, The Jewel Of Albuquerque

Old Town is a jewel set alluringly in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Founded by the Conquistadors, Old Town is bursting with galleries, shops, world-class museums, restaurants and much more. Here’s another reason to visit and celebrate this unique cultural gem.

Treasure House Books and Gifts, open since 1974, has been voted one of the “world’s best independent bookstores.” (Albuquerque Journal, May 21, 2018.) That’s “world’s” best, not city, state or even country. Like Old Town itself, Treasure House Books and Gifts is a local treasure with wide appeal.

Speaking of treasures, after book browsing, head for Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-op, only a step away in historic Romero House on the Plaza. We feature works of 40 New Mexico artists and are always staffed by two of our members. Work ranges from wall art (acrylic to mosaics, paper-cuts and photographs to wood), turned wood bowls and wood boxes, to wearables, jewelry, pottery, glass both functional and ornamental, to notecards, quilts and more.

No tour of Old Town is complete without the experience of Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, at the sign of the red poppy. Open 10 to 5 daily at 205 Romero N.W. (505) 242-4311 or

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New Guest Member – Pamela Troutman

Amapola Gallery newcomer Pamela Troutman, an emigre from Fairfax, Virginia, brings her take on bead weaving and bead embroidery to our already fabulous space. Pam also works with polymer clays, and includes this in some of her finished jewelry pieces.

Pam was a “really creative kid,” at one time charging neighbor kids a quarter to view saloon scenes Pam had crafted in her basement. Her college degree is a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Cartography. It was the latter expertise she used in her “day job,” basement exhibitions proving insufficiently profitable.

Pam retired from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, with a passion for beading that burst into her life about 2000. She began by adorning a work lanyard and quickly moved on to juried shows in Virginia and representation in Washington, D.C.’s Bead Museum. And now Amapola has her!

Enjoy Pam Troutman’s bead jewelry at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery daily from 10 to 5. 205 Romero N.W. in Old Town’s historic Romero House. Call (505) 242-4311 or check us out at

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“Thrown and Sewn” Pottery, Quilts and Macrame – May Featured Artists

“Thrown and Sewn: Pottery/Quilts/Macrame” is the title of Amapola Gallery’s May Featured Artist celebration. Ceramist Iris McDowell and fabric artist Marge Farmer-Page provide an exciting, contrasting display.

“Throw” — to form ceramic objects on a potter’s wheel is an odd word to describe the way Iris McDowell creates her lyrically finished bowls, mugs and pie plates. They are a perfect fusion of art and utility, in elegant shapes, rich color and bands of copper leaf.

Marge Farmer-Page’s meticulous approach also results in practical art. Bed coverings, table linens and even pot holders benefit from her artist’s eye. She puts her imprint on quilts in free hand, bargello and log cabin designs, and more. Her macrame wall hangings and plant and wine holders evoke the 1960s and 70s, with a modern twist.

Experience this utilitarian artistry at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, 205 Romero, N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, through May. Open daily from 10 to 5.

Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-op of forty New Mexican artists. All New Mexican all the time. 242-4311 or

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