ACFA Parade Float Wins Again!

ACFA — Ajo Council for the Fine Arts — is a diverse and talented group. Once again they pooled their efforts to produce an award-winning float.

The theme for the 2015 4th of July parade was Founding Fathers and/or Youth Groups of America.  That was a tough one.

We decided on the Boston Tea Party as several of the Founding Fathers were involved and one could argue that The Sons of Liberty was a youth group. (OK, it’s a pretty loose argument).

We started with the model pictured and from there built a ship with tea crates, masts and rigging. The hull was built in Jim & Sherri’s shop then transported to Room 3 of the Sonoran Desert Conference Center.  The trick was building the ship so we could get it out a 3’ wide door.  Kind of like a ship in a bottle …

After the ship was assembled and painted we moved it out the door in sections and reassembled it on the trailer outside.

Once it was on the trailer, tied down and covered we headed for Carol’s garage which is just blocks away from the start of the parade.

There we touched up the paint and put on all the finishing touches.

 The morning of the 4th we pulled the ship out of the garage and put up the masts and rigging, attached the waves, which moved up and down, got into our costumes and hit the road.

At the end of the parade we waited in the beer garden for the announcement that we won first place.

This is the 6th year that the ACFA has had a float in the 4th of July Parade.  They have been awarding prizes for the last 3 years.  We have taken first place all three years!

First Annual Pomegranate Festival

Yes, you read it right. And it’s going to happen in Ajo! This will be a regional festival but the first year it will be held in Ajo to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the heirloom orchard — now part of Many Hands Urban Farm and Learning Center — at Curley School.

The festival will be on Saturday October 31, with a pre-festival gathering the evening before.

A Call to Artists to design a festival poster will go out soon — we’ll post the details here when they’re available. Deadline for poster submissions will be August 15.

Call for Artists — Pop-up Gallery in Ajo

This is a call to artists to “Join the First Conversation”

We are looking for artwork that expresses a recognition that migrant lives matter and community members in this area have rights.

Hang your work for one day only in the Plaza Gallery as part of a larger state-wide day of action for border rights. You’ll find details on how Ajo has decided to participate in this larger conversation in this week’s Copper News. You’ll also find detailed information here.

We will be sharing space with the artwork of Tohono O’odham Community College students and using the free-standing movable walls for display.

This is a pop-up gallery so whatever art comes in first gets hung first — no labels will be supplied, all work must come ready to hang, and all artists must come ready to improvise! Tools and supplies will be left available in the gallery for each artist to hang his or her own artwork.

Hang your work on Tuesday May 26th between 10am and 3pm. One piece per artist please!

The community is invited to see the artwork as part of the event on Wednesday May 27th beginning at 6 pm.

Need more info? Please use our Contact form.

Plein Air A’Plenty

Ajo artists Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales recently attended the 2015 Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA. They’ve sent YouTube video links that share some of the events.

Day 1  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrOTaRom3jk

Day 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm8VFQwi23M

Day 3  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkVppUS89Fo

Day 4   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvuhIRJgghk

“There were 700-800 artists in attendance,” said Terry, “and we may even have set a record for the number of painters painting outdoors in one area.

“We were exposed to some wonderful artists and personalities. The images and experiences are still settling and forming our memories. Tucson, Arizona will be the site of the 5th Annual Plein Air Convention.

“I will send more images later.”

Looking forward to seeing to them!

Street Art Happening — It’s Not Over!

Spy Drones Over SonoraWe’re looking for you :-)

We are inviting anyone who is interested in creating a mural, or helping to paint one, to join us in the Plaza south side alley on May 9 and 23, from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Artists who have an idea for a mural, please bring a drawing and be prepared to explain the images. Create a design using the following words as a guide – cross-culture, place, people, Sonoran Desert, Ajo, mining town.

Need more info? Give us a shout.

Plaza Gallery Exhibitions

Here are the upcoming exhibitions for Ajo’s Plaza Gallery.

May 8 – June 8, 2015
Tohono O’odham Community College exhibits “Next”, TOCC’s end of the year student show compiled by art teacher Kimberly Lund.
Opening Reception Friday May 8th, 6pm

June 12 – June 26, 2015
Ajo Unified School District, end of the year student show compiled by art teacher Allison Venturella.
Opening Reception Friday June 12th, 6pm

July and August are open. Propose a solo or group exhibition. All ideas are welcome. We are also looking for a volunteer to help with the opening receptions. You would not be doing it alone! If you are interested please contact us.

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.