Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin

This photograph, "The Pathway to Heaven" is the work of Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin and can be viewed at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

The Pathway to Heaven

Meet Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin

Our new Amapola guest artist started life as just plain Robert Crespin. The “o” was bestowed on this gifted photographer to distinguish him from another Robert. Roberto or Robert, Amapola has him and we’re delighted.

Roberto Crespin comes to our nifty artists’ co-op gallery through the urging of another photographer par excellance, and Crespin’ s friend and mentor, our own Patrick O’Brien.

Roberto’s mother painted and he reckons he “got the art bug from her ” as he grew up in Clovis, New Mexico. Retiring from Los Alamos Labs’ Science Museum after thirty years, Roberto turned to photography full time. That’s seven years (so far) to capture the light and color of New Mexico, the cowboy life Roberto grew up around, the Pueblos and all the varied cultures of our state.

Roberto enhances these images with the use of his computer, effecting transformations that photographic artists in the past used to create in a darkroom. He asks himself, “How does the photo itself look best?”

 

This is a photograph entitled "El Cuervo" by Guest Member Artist Roberto Crespin at Amapola Gallery Old Town Albuquerque.

El Cuervo

Come see the answer, revealed in these splendid images.

Amapola Gallery, a true artists’ co-operative, on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. 10 to 5 daily.

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 Houses Diverse Offerings

Mark Parnell, a legislator from Australia, poses with art gallery member Cristina Diaz-Arntzen, maker of "Mimbres Lizard" and other punch quilts.

Mark Parnell, a legislator from Australia poses with member Cristina Diaz-Arntzen, maker of “Mimbres Lizard” and other punch quilts.

As an art gallery, Amapola Gallery is the largest artists cooperative in the state of New Mexico.

When writing about Amapola co-op Gallery, I often emphasize our combination of “locally handmade “with “affordable. ” It’s true. For unique birthday/sweetheart/promotion/holiday/hostess gifts we are unbeatable.

But “Gallery ” is in our name for a reason, and it’s worth mentioning.

Our artists also provide a great selection of high-end designer pieces for your walls, art pieces to complete the decor of any room in your home. Modern, Southwestern and everything in between.

Remember us when you’re redecorating and need that one stunning wall piece or a suite of art for your office. You can’t go wrong at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W., on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuquerque. Open daily 10-5.

Check our Facebook page where you will see a running connection of #artoftheday. We realized if we published only one piece of art each day we’d have material in the Gallery for years! Our #artoftheday theme honors one of our members each day.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. -Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Featured Artists September 2016 at Amapola Gallery

Turn of the Lathe, Stroke of the Brush

Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artists for September are Mark McAllaster and Vera Russell. Their exhibit is themed  “Turn of the Lathe, Stroke of the Brush.”

Mark McAllaster is one of two featured artists September 2016 for Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Mark McAllaster is a wood turner extraordinaire who uses a variety of woods local and exotic to create his stunning bowls and candle holders. Sizes range from small to large and the grain, color and natural characteristics of each piece of wood are emphasized. Turquoise inlay frequently provides the finishing touch.

era Russell is one of two featured artists September 2016 at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Vera Russell’s oil paintings are about noticing the extraordinary aspects of ordinary things. The unique play of light on an apple or a mesa, the dance of rain-filled clouds. Vera’s is a voice singing of the Southwest landscape and the poetry and beauty of the everyday.

Come enjoy “Turn of the Lathe, Stroke of the Brush,” the work of this creative combo, during the entire month of September.

Meet the artists Friday, September second, from 4-7 p.m during a reception in conjunction with First Friday Artscrawl.

Amapola Gallery is an artists cooperative of 40 local members. The Gallery is open daily 10-5 in Historic Romero House at 205 Romero NW on the Plaza in Old Town.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. -Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Art Organization Honors Local Treasures 2016

Amapola’s Carol Maestas one of Local Treasures 2016

This is a picture of Carol Maestas of Amapola Gallery, one of nine Local Treasures 2016.

Carol Maestas, whose stunning watercolors are a treasure to Amapola Gallery, has been acknowledged as a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association (AABA), in recognition of her tireless work in promoting research toward treatment and cure of Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome traps its victim in a body that has stopped working properly. Learn, think, understand–you cannot walk, speak, feed yourself, swallow. Carol is a vocal advocate for these speechless ones and donates 100% of the profits of her art sales to the cause.

She will be recognized by AABA at a reception at Albuquerque Museum, Saturday, September 3, from 1-3p.m.

We at Amapola Gallery will honor Carol with our own reception on Sunday, September 18th from 2 until 4.

This paper maiche heart is from the I Will Love You Forever Collection, by Amapola Gallery's Local TReasure 2016, Carol Maestas.

For her Amapola Gallery reception Carol is producing a special new collection to honor her brother, who succumbed to cancer in January, 2016. The title of the collection is “I’ll Love You Forever,” and includes painted wooden crosses, papier mache hearts and memory books/journals in mixed media.

Though the collection grows out of a sad event, Carol Maestas’ work itself is joy-filled, inspiring and just plain beautiful. In Carol’s words,

“All the parts and findings are items donated by friends. It all feels so special because I feel so respectful of the memories attached to all these findings. Some of my parts are handmade using clay.”

This heart is from the I Will Love You Forever collection by Carol Maestas of Amapola Gallery, one of nine Local Treasures 2016.

 

Help us honor our very own Local Treasure, Carol Maestas.

Amapola Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town. Special reception 2-4 September 18, or daily 10-5.

I like to play with words almost as much as I love playing with paint, stone, ink … Lucky me to have a blog outlet with my gallery since 1980, Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer

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Spend Artful Saturday in Old Town Albuquerque

The joint will be jumpin’ Saturday August 20 from 1 – 4, as Old Town celebrates Artful Saturday.

The artists at Amapola Gallery are doing our part (would you expect any less??!) with our own jewelry with copper make and take event. Our Jewelers provide the materials and guidance, you provide a little elbow grease and hey! presto! a fun, wearable souvenir you make yourself.

Explore our air conditioned, art-filled wonderland before or after, while you savor a treat from Yay! Yogurt, our downstairs neighbor. Now there’s a fun Saturday afternoon!

Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open 10-5 daily.

Artful Saturday is sponsored by the Albuquerque Art Business Association. Look for special happenings at galleries all over the Old Town area on this third Saturday in August. Join us as we’re artful with Artful Saturday!

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Jeweler Diana Kirkpatrick Rejoins Amapola Gallery

Good news, you jewelry-loving thrill seekers! Diana Kirkpatrick is back and Amapola Gallery has her!

This necklace is the work of Jeweler Diana Kirkpatrick at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Fresh from a stint with her husband as full-time RVers, the sadder but wiser ex-road warrior has returned to New Mexico. In her home without wheels she is again creating her sophisticated sterling, stone and glass wearable art.

This textured bracelet is the work of jeweler Diana Kirkpatrick and can be seen at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Texture is a fundamental element in Diana’s work. A silversmith, many of Diana’s designs are done in silver or gold with pearls or other gemstone elements added in. Each piece is hand-constructed, a work of art designed to bring enjoyment to the wearer. Diana says she views creativity as a lifelong journey.

Diana rejoins Jack Boglioli, Brenda Bowman, Michele McMillan, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Joyance, and new guest member Sally Rugala in a seven jeweler splash. What a lineup! Read more Amapola’s jeweler’s here.

Come look us over at our all-New Mexico artists’ stunning co-op gallery in historic Romero House, on the Plaza at 205 Romero, NW, in Albuquerque’s Old Town.

Open 10 to 5 daily.

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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August Featured Artists Tap Color and Light

Watercolorist Carol Sparks and glass maven Diana Swanson team up for Amapola Gallery’s Featured Artist exhibit “Expressions with Living Color and Light.”

This watercolor is the work of August Featured Artist Carol Sparks at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Sparks, an Albuquerque native, captures our stunning New Mexico light through her use of color, sharing her sense of awe at the landscapes and cultural traditions that surround us.

This glass is the work of August Featured Artist Diana Swanson and is showing at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Swanson is a relative newcomer, in New Mexico since 2008. She declares herself a “glassaholic,” hooked on glass fusion. This process combines pieces of glass with heat to meld one of a kind ornamental and functional art pieces.

Each woman conveys her enjoyment of color and the play of light in each distinctive piece of her art.

Meet the artists at our reception, 4-7pm on Friday August 5. The show is open daily 10-5 through August at Amapola Gallery, an artists’ co-operative, on the Plaza in Albuquerque’s Historic Old Town.

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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Guest Member Artist Anita Caress Loves Glass

Glass artist Anita Caress is a shining addition to Amapola co-op Gallery. A resident of Albuquerque for 58 years and counting, she was introduced to the process of glass fusion while volunteering at her son’s middle school. Virtue got its reward that time!

Guest Member Artist Anita Caress shows her glass at Amapola Gallery.

Anita has continued to create with fused glass, but she really loves glass blowing (think Dale Chihuly), which, she says, is an adrenaline rush, all go! go! go! (My mind thinks, what if you forget — and inhale?) It is an expensive process, requiring special equipment, ovens, etc. So while she has studied at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state, (founded by Chihuly), Anita rents time at a Santa Fe studio where she studies with her mentor, internationally -known glass artist Elodie Holmes.

Guest member artist Anita Caress loves to make glass flower blossoms for Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

A wonderful product of Anita’s creativity are her glorious glass flowers, which are “gathered, stretched and shaped –but not blown. ” These bright colored blooms can even be placed outside, where they provide a spot of color all year ’round and need never be watered. Along with these Anita shows plates, vases, serving pieces and more. Come see what’s new at Amapola Gallery!

Here are some chiles of glass from Guest Member Artist Anita Caress at Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

Open 10-5 daily — where you’ll always meet the artists!

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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Historic Old Town Offers Variety

Albuquerque’s historic Old Town is a destination delight

In an Albuquerque Journal article of June 14, 2016, we are told that today’s shopper wants more, authenticity, community, park-like seating areas, more local artisan vendors and merchants …

Does this sound like you? If so you’re in luck, because it describes historic Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico to a tee!

This is one of the sights in Old Town Albuquerque, just across from Amapola Gallery.

Throw in shady Tiguex Park beside our three world-class museums and Old Town offers an experience like no other.

Restaurants and snack bars, a post office that welcomes dogs (woof!), jewelry and clothing, souvenirs and fabulous art galleries — it’s a perfect little gem of an experience.

How do I know? Aside from having worked here and there in Old Town since 1973 (gulp) I am an original member of Amapola Gallery, an all-local artists’ co-operative founded in 1980 and still going strong.

Old Town is a unique and perfect place to spend a day — or three! — with several fine hotels and motels within a block or two. Think of us as a theme park without lines!

While you’re enjoying the experience don’t forget to look us up: Amapola co-op Gallery, 205 Romero, NW, on The Plaza in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Open daily 10-5.

See you there!

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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Guest Artist Diana Corbin Introduces Candle Carving

Welcome candle maker Diana Corbin to Amapola co-op Gallery’s diverse group of talented local artists. We’ve never had a candle carver before!

Diana has lived in New Mexico now for six years. Her art background is as a drama teacher, and she currently teaches dance to fifth graders.

Drama and movement animate Diana’s hand -dipped, hand-carved candles. Temperature is critical in their construction. There is a limited time while the wax is soft enough to accept a design yet hard enough to retain it.

 Guest Artist Diana Corbin introduces candle carving to Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

The lighted wick illuminates the candle’s core, creating a beautiful translucent glow. Each piece has a dominant color, with 2-3 others adding even more interest to the varying exterior designs. Candles can be burned straight down, refilled with tea candles so they never burn down, and there are candles with oil lamp inserts. The candles are unscented.

Guest Artist Diana Corbin Introduces candle carving to Amapola Gallery Albuquerque.

To satisfy that burning desire to enjoy this Fresh-to-Amapola Gallery art form, come visit us 10-5 daily, in historic Romero House on Old Town Plaza Albuquerque.

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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