Two New Artists At Amapola Gallery

Come catch our double play at Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery. Tom Roche and Chris Maes bring their exciting work to Amapola as our newest Guest Members and they’re quite a duo.

Chris Maes, an Albuquerque native who recently returned after eleven years away, says he has “been making things forever. ” What he makes for Amapola  (and you, our precious public) are steel sculptures, a little hard to describe in a few words and with a faint whiff of Modigliani in feel. He begins with a general wire substrate and then builds his pieces drop by drop using a torch to melt the steel, almost, he says, like 3- D manual printing. Chris has a background as a machinist and dental lab tech, and his art allows him to cut loose. “The pieces make themselves with minimal guidance from me – – and they don’t need to make sense. “
Tom Roche, raised in Los Alamos, returned in 1975 after ten years away. (Obviously both men came to their senses! ) Tom makes mixed media crosses, using exotic woods, glass and metals, which he heats to alter their color. His background in mechanical engineering  (multiple degrees) and construction is embodied in his meticulous work. Tom’s cross motif was his wife Ann’s idea, and it’s a great one. He feels his inspiration is God given and he does his best to fulfill it. His first entry in the State Fair professional art exhibition took both First Place and Best in Show. Whew!
We hope these two skilled, gifted New Mexicans will be with us for a long time. See their works at Amapola Gallery, 205 Romero N.W, on the Plaza in Old Town. Open daily from 10 to 5.
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