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.

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. :-)