Strut Your Stuff at the Ajo Library

“If you’re looking for a place to display your talents, please think of the library,” says program coordinator Lee Irwin.

“We have a few exhibits booked during the next 12 months, but there are still many months where we fear we’ll be staring at ugly walls. Help us!”

Here’s a list of our current bookings and the available months.

2015
April Art Exhibit: Karen Sucharski
May Art Exhibit: Marla Von Ettenburg
June Art Exhibit: Available
July Art Exhibit: John Curry
August Art Exhibit: Available
September Art Exhibit: Available
October Art Exhibit: Available
November Art Exhibit: Jacqueline Andes
December Art Exhibit: Available

2016
January Art Exhibit: Diane Carnright
February Art Exhibit: Gibson Neighborhood Artists
March Art Exhibit: Available
April Art Exhibit: Available
May Art Exhibit: Available

If you are interested in booking an exhibit for one of these “available” months, please contact the Salazar-Ajo Library at 530-387-6075.

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 8 (Wrap-up)

Although a few murals are still works in progress, most of them in Plaza Alley are complete. If you haven’t been down to see them yet, you’re in for a treat when you do.

For a week in mid-March Ajo hosted the first Community Arts Gathering which brought artists from near and far to participate in this Street Art Happening.

Scroll through the earlier posts and you’ll see many pieces of the work unfold. These pictures show some of the latest updates. (Some artist names are still missing. If you know who did the work, please contact me so I can include the names.)

Many thanks to Mike (DaWolf) Baker, the driving force who organized the amazing performance by these talented and energetic street artists — professionals and novices alike.

And many thanks to ISDA for allowing them the space to create. It’s a wonderful example of what can happen when communities work together.

This might just be the start of something big!

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 7

Although artists have been working in the alley for about a week, new work is still showing up. I discovered these 2 pieces this morning. (If you know who painted them perhaps you can drop me a line as I’d like to credit their work.)

Here are some updates since yesterday …

The street art will continue over the coming days. If you haven’t had an up-close-and-personal look yet, you’re missing out on a great adventure. Do drop by.

This amazing gallery of street art is part of the Community Arts Gathering which wraps up today. The Gathering was a wonderful event filled with ideas, energy and talent provided by locals as well as artists from other parts of the state and the country.

Many thanks to all the presenters and the attendees. And a standing ovation to all the volunteers who worked long hours to make this happen. This is truly an amazing town. :-)

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 6

This morning was a perfect time to visit Plaza Alley — the air was still cool and the light was just right for viewing.

Among the first artists to arrive were a number of students from the nearby high school. This is definitely a “group” effort, as it seems different students arrive each day to work on the mural. Click any image for a larger view.

The youngest artist at this event is two-year-old Silas. His mural is right at ground level, perfect for short arms and short legs.

Changes since yesterday …

A new mural started since my visit yesterday …

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If you don’t feel like trekking down to the alley in the heat of day, come down after dark. There’s been some great live music in the evening along with art.

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 5

We wandered through Plaza Alley last evening, my first chance to see the artists and their work at night.

The first artist I spotted was stretched out flat on several pieces of cardboard in order to do the lettering at the bottom of the Desert Senita mural.

At the other end of the alley I found an artist working almost in the dark, the only light was from a street light. (The photo actually makes it look much brighter than it was.)

Neoglyphix’s Dwayno and Jamie, who’d just started their work that morning, had already finished it by the time I arrived. What an amazing “landscape” of color and imagery.

Clicking an image will give you a larger view.

I headed back to the alley this afternoon. It was like an oven but despite the heat, I found at least half a dozen artists at work.

I met several new artists and had a chance to chat briefly with them about their work.

Jesse Ismael Reyna, originally from Phoenix and now living in Ajo, is working with colored markers to create his mural. He was using just three colors and yet by careful blending, it looked like more.

Tiffany Farrar, with AmericCorps, is working with ISDA for 6 weeks. She chose one of the most interesting (and to my mind, more difficult) parts of the Alley — a mesh grate. I watched her briefly last night, painting each little piece. Today she was cutting out pop cans to add to her design.

A little further down the alley I found Porter McDonald, an artist and photographer from Tucson who often focuses his work on migration and border issues.

On the wall next to Porter I met Tanner Lee, an AmeriCorps volunteer from Connecticut. He took a lot of sculpting classes in high school and that, he says, is where he’s most comfortable. “I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I like painting but it always turns out really abstract compared to what I want it to be.”

He described his plans for this mural so I’m eager to see how it turns out.

Tanner Lee

Also seen on my trip today …

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 4

I wasn’t in Plaza Alley last night but I hear it was a great time! Art, artists, music, lights — wow.

Tonight will be lots of fun too! As part of the ongoing Community Arts Gathering, the Plaza will be hosting Mexican food vendors, a beer garden and art exhibits (in addition to the work going on in the alley).

Ballet Folkloric de Ajo will perform outdoors from 6 to 7, followed by Los Cenzontles Performing Ensemble from 7 to 9. This is open to everyone so we hope you can be there too!

Meanwhile here are some shots I took earlier today as I wandered through Plaza Alley. (Click on any photo for a slide show.)

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 3

It was a windy day in Ajo but that didn’t seem to hinder the artists working in the Plaza alley. I was amazed to see how some of the works had progressed since yesterday.

There were a lot of visitors today — some sauntered over after the Second Saturday and Ajo Regional Food Festival festivities, others came just to see the art and meet the artists.

Mike (DaWolf) Baker said some of the artists were working until nearly midnight last night. Some people brought refreshments, there was music and an all-round good evening. If you aren’t busy tonight, check out the art in the alley. :-)