Art Opening For Amelia Roybal At The Convento Art Gallery Friday

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Art Opening For Amelia Roybal At The Convento Art Gallery Friday

The Convento Art Gallery, 101 Calle de las Españolas, hosts an opening reception for Amelia Roybal from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday June 7. The exhibit runs through June, 2019.

Amelia Roybal (Archuleta) is a local Northern New Mexico Artist who was born and raised in the small community of El Rancho.

As a young child, she remembers gazing lovingly at art work and being very intrigued and fascinated.

The area that she grew up in was surrounded by the Pueblos of San Ildefonso, Nambe, Pojoaque and Santa Clara. The culture and traditions of the Puebloan and Hispanic communities where such a powerful inspiration as a child, Roybal knew she wanted to be an artist.

Roybal lost her father, Armando Archuleta, when she was 15 years old. Archuleta, who worked for Zia Company in Los Alamos, developed a brain tumor and passed away at the age of 45. Her mother, Celia Archuleta (Gomez), raised her 10 younger children that still lived at home as a single mother. Since a very young age, Roybal has learned to be independent and developed a work ethic in all her endeavors which has helped in her success.

After graduating from Pojoaque High School, Roybal moved to Santa Ana, Calif., with her sister and married Henry Isadore Roybal (Lolo). a native of Jaconita.

In 2005, Roybal decided to retire and stay with her husband. Soon after, she pursued her childhood dream of being an artist and for the last 17 years she has been living that dream.