Look out, Ajo, we’re about to be invaded. The Carpetbag Brigade is coming to town and bringing with it a wonderful event titled Callings. This is an amazing combination of dance and theater, unlike many of us have seen before.
To welcome them to Ajo and the community, we’ll be having a potluck in the Curley Courtyard behind the Auditorium Sunday, March 9 at 5:00 pm. Please bring your own table service and drinks and a yummy dish to share. If you are available to help set up and/or clean up afterward, please contact Jim Reiman. (On the Contact page, click on Ajo Council for the Fine Arts.)
Photo by Christopher Mankowski
The Carpetbaggers will be in town the entire following week and will be performing on Friday March 14 at 6:30 pm in the Curley School Auditorium. Admission is $10 (students are free) — what a deal for a performance by a professional troupe.
The Red Show is a much-anticipated event in Ajo, kicking off Valentine’s Day with bright beautiful colors.
The show opened February 15 this year and will run until the middle of March. If you haven’t seen it yet, plan to stop by Ajo’s Plaza Gallery. You’ll discover a variety of media including painting, collages, photography, pottery and some surprises.
Several pieces have already sold (look for the little red dots) — great news for the artists.
That was the scene at Saturday’s garage sale for the Ajo Council for the Arts (ACFA). More items that we could count came in on Thursday and Friday, donated by Ajoites who appreciate the work ACFA does for the arts in this small town.
There was a lineup at the door well before 7:30 AM — and once the doors opened the crowd poured in. It was so busy I didn’t even have time to take any pictures.
Many thanks to Sally Morrow and her committee for organizing the event, and to all those who volunteered to help in so many ways.
Thanks also to artists Pat Rigdon and Joyce Chaney who each donated a piece of art. Lots of people bought tickets for a chance to win the pieces.
The Ajo Council for the Fine Arts is holding a fundraiser Saturday March 1 at the Lion’s Club in Ajo. Early risers will love this event — doors open at 7:30 AM. The sale runs through til 4 PM so you can shop later as well.
In addition to all the good things that will be on sale, two local artists have donated works of art — Pat Rigdon has donated a beautiful floral watercolor and Joyce Chaney has donated a hand-painted metal horse.
“Ole Hap” is named for the cowboy who told Joyce the story of the bucking horse moon — when a horse bucks and has all four feet off the ground, it resembles a crescent moon hanging in the sky.
In keeping with the story, Joyce has painted constellation-like horses on the metal, including a crescent moon on the horse’s hip. (Click the photo for a larger image.)
Tickets to win one of these pieces will be available at the garage sale — 1 ticket for a $1 donation or 6 tickets for $5.
Bring ONE piece of your art to the Open Studio tents in the Plaza by 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 22.
Along with your piece of art, please bring 10 printed handouts. The handouts should include:
Your name — The Media you work in — Short Bio — Photo of yourself (optional)
Your address — Email — Phone
Bring 10 business cards
The Open Studio tents will be decorated with red balloons — volunteers will hand out information on the open studios and your art. You’ll also receive a red balloon to identify your studio to visitors.
This is a great opportunity to market your work — join us and be part of this special day.
Last week’s Second Saturday was extra special with the addition of many new artists showcasing their work.
Although artists have always been a part of Second Saturday, Art Under the Arches brought out many artists who hadn’t shown their work here before. They set up their displays on both sides of the Plaza and on the grass.
We hope to see some of these artists back for 4th Saturday, February 23, when the Farmers’ Market folks will be back with more delicious produce.
We’re in for a grand treat this coming Wednesday February 19 — the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo. What a wonderful opportunity to listen to some great music.
The pops theme concert — “That’s Amore! with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra” — includes many favorite tunes like Moon River, The Pink Panther, William Tell Overture, The Godfather and more.