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Bangles and Blossoms


Amapola Gallery presents “Bangles and Blossoms,” an exciting exhibition of Mary Ellen Merrigan’s metal jewelry and flower-themed paintings and collages by Kay Richards.

After a lifetime of creative needlework including crewel and dressmaking, Merrigan made a leap from soft art to metalwork, forming hard metal and metal wire into flowing and geometric shapes.  She creates distinct, unique pendants in what she calls “metal collage.” She also hand forges the chains and clasps they are suspended from.  Often it is the chain itself that is the entire creative focus.  Typical pieces combine sterling silver and red brass.  A juxtaposition of wire, distinctive beads and stones, including labradorite, rhodonite and various agates, create bracelets, necklaces and earrings into what is now known as “Merrigan style.”

Kay Richards combines vibrant watercolor or acrylic—the interplay of strong, bright color is a constant—with the softness of florals and cloudscapes. Through the years her work has ranged from more realistic to Impressionism to slightly abstract.  Always experimenting with new techniques and ideas, she continues to bring joy with her celebration of color and the natural world.  Kay is a Signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, an honored participant in many highly juried art fairs and galleries and is a 25-year member of Amapola Gallery.

Join these dynamic artists on Friday, August 2nd, from 2 to 5, at their First Friday reception.  The show runs through August.