New Gallery in Ajo!

Great news! Ajo Council for the Fine Arts (ACFA) is formalizing plans to open a non-profit, artist cooperative gallery in town. This is a first for Ajo and there’s lots of community support for this initiative.

Read more about this exciting venture.  ANNOUNCEMENT!

If you’d like to help prepare this new space, contact us for dates and times. :-)

Celebrate Day of the Dead in Ajo

Ajo’s 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Arts Festival will be held Sunday, November 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at aVita boutique and the Chu Chu Club.

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This year the event has expanded to include more children’s activities:
Decorating Sugar Skulls
A children’s craft table
An Ofrenda (a Mexican altar honoring deceased ancestors)
Dia de los Muertos ritual symbolism such as Pan de Muertos bread.

Children and Parents are invited to visit:
Ajo art teacher Allison Venturella have children creating paper streamers and decorative Guatemalan kites.
Artist Jackie Andes will offer decorating Sugar Skulls
Potter Karen Sucharski will be at a children’s crafts table

An Ofrenda will be constructed (we are hoping ACFA members will create this) for an interactive experience. We need an artist to create a skeleton to perch on the top of the Ofrenda (which can be sold/raffled off).

The festival will include:
Folkloric Dancing
Face painting
Live music with a DJ
Food vendors
Artists and crafters
T-shirts for sale created by Jackie Andes
Beer garden sponsored by the ChuChu Club
And more to come!

We need you and hope you can support the arts festival by being a vendor or volunteer. There is a $25 vendor fee for participating artists and crafters. Contact Jovita Wallace if you’d like to join us!

Pima County Call for Artists

Pima County Library System has issued a Call for Artists for the 2016-2017 season. If you are an artist living and working in Pima County, you’re eligible to apply.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2015.

You can learn more about the Call To Artist process, best practices, how to write an artist statement, and what to expect when exhibiting at the Library by attending one of the free workshops at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Idea+Space on the 2nd floor.

Preparing Your Call to Artists Submission Workshop
Wed, Aug 12, 2015, 6-7 pm
Sat, Aug 22, 2015, 11-12 noon

For detailed information about the Call click here Call to Artists for Pima County Library

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!