Been to Old Town lately, Albuquerque?
Bet you haven’t.
I’ve heard the arguments. To me they seem almost self fulfilling. “There’s never any parking. ” Really? It’s free at the park- -a short walk. Free around the Plaza and on Romero and San Felipe Streets, up to two hours. There are no fewer than six! paid lots, most of which charge only $5 for the whole day.
“It’s too touristy! ” There are a lot of trinkets, knockoffs and imports, yes. But there are so many stores carrying authentic Native American goods, if that is your preference. Do a little exploring and find them! And while you’re exploring look for Old Town’s two artist co-op galleries, Amapola and Yucca. That’s right. Stores filled with works by New Mexico artists ONLY. We even share the shop keeping duties, so you’ll always meet an artist or two.
At Amapola Gallery we are forty strong, painters, wood workers, jewelers and printmakers, glass, ceramic and fiber artists, cut paper artists, photographers, a mosaic artist whose family has been in New Mexico for centuries…
Let’s review: There is always a place to park, if you’re able to walk a block or two. And, there is an enormous variety of local New Mexican hand-crafted wonderfulness, never better represented than by Amapola artists’ co-op Gallery.
Remember, what we offer you can’t find in a big box store or on Amazon. We offer a unique experience in an historic and beautiful setting. Come rediscover Old Town and see for yourself.
Amapola Gallery, open daily from 10 to 5 at 205 Romero N.W., right on the Plaza. (505) 242-4311 or amapolagallery.com.