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May at Amapola
 
Amapola Gallery presents “Two Rare Birds,” the wood carvings of Ray Upson and multiple mediums by Sally Rugala, Featured Artists for May.
Ray Upson is one of those increasingly rare birds, an Albuquerquean who was actually born and raised in Albuquerque.  From guardian angels to barflies, quintessential cowboys to sly Santas, each distinctive wood carving displays Ray’s quirky sense of humor.  Ray worked in the retail lumber business for nearly 40 years and he knows his wood.  He uses basswood and butternut from Wisconsin, Spanish cedar and aspen from New Mexico, colorful paints, and a whole lot of creative imagination to fashion these charming collectibles.
Sally Rugala is a rare bird indeed.  Child of parents with medical backgrounds, she jumped full force into fine arts—after years working as a computer scientist. (She’ll tell you it’s all about creative solutions.) Her range is enormous, from nature photography to stylized acrylic landscapes to “pours,” pure abstract bursts of color and motion.  A second or third look at these may subtle reveal a swimming salmon or maybe a dragon.  Focus! Miniaturized acrylic paint versions of her works are also available as pendants and earrings.
Focus on both these rare birds and their art at the First Friday reception May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. The “Two Rare Birds” exhibit runs through May at Amapola Gallery.

Amapola artists’ co-operative Gallery.
205 Romero, NE on the Plaza in Old Town.
Open daily, 10 to 5.
(505) 242-4311 and
Amapola-gallery.com
New Artist at Amapola - Patricia Martinez Apt
Patricia Martinez Apt recently joined the artist co-op. She uses a variety of woods to make boxes, bowls, platters and other functional pieces. She specializes in wood-turned miniatures inspired by the pottery of the Pueblos here in the southwest. 

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