Valentine Art

Earrings by Tracy TaftValentine’s Day is only a few days away but there’s still time to find an I-love-you gift.

Art Under the Arches is taking part in Love-filled Gifts this week.

One of the Gallery’s featured artists is Tracy Taft. Buy a pair of her fused glass earrings —you’ll get one dollar off the price and a gift box for your purchase.

You’ll find other Love-filled Gifts at aVita boutique, Sue’s Flowers and the Copper News.

Ajo’s 20th Annual Quilt Show

Curley School Auditorium hosted the 20th Annual Ajo Piecemakers Quilt Show Friday and Saturday.

Titled Quilting in the Sonoran Desert, it was a busy — and colorful — time.

In addition to the dozens of quilts on display, the event also included quilting demos, antique bed turning, an array of vendors and lovely door prizes.

Gibson Artists Talk About Their Art

An interested group gathered at the Ajo Library yesterday to hear members of the Gibson Neighbourhood Artists talk about their work.

Six of the artists featured in the show shared their thoughts on inspiration and technique and visited with the audience after the opening.

The show runs until February 27.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

 

Gibson Neighborhood Artists

The Ajo Public Library is hosting a showing of art work by the Gibson Neighborhood Artists.

The show, which opened February 1, continues through to February 27. A reception for the artists will take place at the library on Thursday February 4 at  2:00 PM. The artists will discuss their works and answer questions from the audience.

This very colorful collection includes works in oils, acrylic, pastel, photography and watercolor. The show features work by Linda Constant Robinson, Terry Gonzales, Claire Bistline, Rene Cloutier, Wendee Cloutier, and Faye Gustafson.

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Rene Cloutier and Wendee Cloutier http://completepicture.zenfolio.com have traveled the world photographing places that many of us may only be able to see through their camera lens. They make even the most common everyday scene look exciting. Rene and Wendee have had their work included in a number of International Photography Exhibitions

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Claire Bistline    http://www.clairebistline.comClaire works with pastel, acrylic plus oils, and pursues a variety of subject matters. This exhibition includes one of her very popular rooster series. Claire has also had work in a number of juried art shows.

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Terry Gonzales http://www.fineartamerica.com /profiles/terry-gonzales Claire’s husband and painting partner chooses oils to create his colorful desert scenes. Terry’s paintings have also been included in a number of juried art shows.

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 Linda Constant Robinson, http://lindaconstantrobinson.com/ Art is and always has been the prime motivator of my life and since retiring fifteen years ago I devote myself to painting full time. My paintings have been accepted for exhibitions in galleries and art museums in the US and may be found in private collections in the US and abroad.

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Faye Gustafson, http://www.fayegustafson.com paints all things western in oils, plus works in the mediums of sculpture and pencil. Faye exhibits in several national and regional events and is a member of Oil Painters of America.

Art & Advocacy for the Homeless

Organizers held a gallery opening and fundraiser January 29 to raise money for Ajo’s homeless.

The photos, by Jon Linton, are on exhibit at Art Under the Arches Gallery until February 25.  They are part of “I Have a Name”, a project to restore dignity, compassion and understanding for those less fortunate.

The gritty images capture moments in the lives of homeless individuals in Arizona, some of whom we might not even give a second look if we saw them on the street.

The intent? ” … to create greater awareness in the effort to inspire change … delivering hope where hope has run thin. We are giving a voice to the silenced.”

 

To learn more about ongoing efforts in Ajo, visit Sheltering Ajo on facebook.

You can also contact them by email.

Potluck for the Arts

Ajo Council for the Fine Arts (ACFA) held its first potluck of 2016. It kicked off with a French theme and organizers encouraged folks to dress for the occasion. Many of the potluck dishes also had a French theme.

These potluck dinners are open to everyone — whether you’re an ACFA member or not. Check the Ajo Copper News or this blog for the next event. Hope to see you there.

Thanks to Jewel Clearwater for the photographs. :-)