Straight Lines, Artists and Supporters of Art

Local Albuquerque Artists Make Amapola’s Art Fun

We artists who man (and woman) Amapola while the gallery is open frequently hear, “I wish I could do that, but I can’t draw a straight line.”

This photo shows oil artist Denise Ballou creating a pet portrait at Amapola Gallery.


This raises two issues, one of which I’ll tackle. First, you don’t have to draw a straight line to make art. But if you’re meant to be an artist, you’ll figure that our for your own self.

Second, and dearer to my heart, you don’t need to draw in order to sign a check or charge slip. And if you can do that, you are supporting an artist, voting for art, and acting on the side of the angels.



The works.

The decorative arts, no less than theatre or orchestral work, requires an audience, a paying audience. Imagine the Santa Fe Opera with empty seats on an audience of six at Lincoln Center. They wouldn’t stay open, and everyone involved would have to find work elsewhere.

So, without you, the bill-paying, non-artist, we would all be in that unhappy space.

We salute your inability to draw a straight line. Come on up and see what you can’t live without.

These poppies represent the works of local artists at Amapola Gallery.

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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