Marge Farmer-Page came to quilts and quilting art through a series of happy accidents. Like most of the members of Amapola, she began her art career in the previous millennium. Her family had recently moved to Albuquerque.
During tax season she worked for a major tax return company, and worked full-time as a homemaker with three sons. She was, she says, very lonesome. Then the two sons in Boy Scouts took up knot-tying. Marge learned all she could from them and never looked back.
At a show in Santa Fe in 1979, Jean Hayes, a gallery founder, saw Marge’s macrame and invited her to join Amapola. For years Marge sold her wine racks and plant holders in the gallery, but an eventual result is osteoarthritis in her thumbs. Talk about no good deed going unpunished!
After many years of homemaking, tax returns, working as a Woman Friday for a manufacturer of laser markers, and taking over as bookkeeper for Amapola, Marge found herself walking into a quilt show in answer to an ad for employment. A passion was born.
Marge put her meticulous attention to line and detail to work on quilting. She now displays cheerful, colorful quilts as well as pillow slips, napkins and place mats, aprons, potholders and table runner. She prefers wall hangings, which she sews using a tucking process she learned in classes at the quilt shop.
She never stops learning, experimenting and inventing new combinations.
“I love knowing that someone appreciates and will use my pieces,” she says. “It’s the ultimate accolade for every artist.”
So: homemaker, scouting, knots, Amapola, arthritis, quilts! There’s a progression. It’s all in the work of member artist Marge Farmer-Page, one of Amapola Gallery’s original members.
Come to Amapola and see Marge’s work as well as the works of 39 other member and guest artists. Amapola Gallery, an artist’s cooperative, celebrates its 35th year this year with events throughout August and September.
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