Low Brow Show — Another New Gallery in Ajo!

The Low Brow Art Show is taking place Friday Nov. 27 from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 am to 2 pm at the new gallery located in the Ajo Copper News.

“Mike Baker and I have always rankled at the boundary some place between fine art and commercial art,” says Hop David, well-known artist and editor of the Ajo Copper News. “For example, artists like Norman Rockwell or Maxfield Parish were looked on with disdain. Some critics would label them illustrators and not fine artists.

“The renaissance artists are regarded as the pinnacle of fine art. We like to point out that these guys were working stiffs carrying out their job assignments from bishops, princes or other patrons.

“In the Low Brow Show we’re hoping to stretch the boundaries of what people regard as art. A lot of ‘red neck’ or blue collar folks work very hard in their craft and consequently produce worthwhile work.

“We believe all the artists we’re showcasing are fine artists regardless how some may label them.

“Those interested in participating please send me images of your work and/or stop by the Copper News office and show me.

“We are also encouraging people to set up tables in the Copper News parking lot. There’s 18 spaces, as of this writing five people have reserved spaces.

“In the parking lot Chuck Johnson will be serving Barbecue. Mundo Garcia, Victor Moreno, Michelle Pacheco and friends will be playing cumbias, country western music as well as old time rock and roll.”

As often happens in this town, folks share the stage — so you get a double scoop of art this weekend. The Low Brow Show opens Friday night and the High Brow Show opens Saturday.

Grand Opening — Art Under the Arches

Time to don your best duds! Art Under the Arches is celebrating its grand opening next Saturday, November 28th at 5:30 pm and you’re invited.

Attire is “formal”. Keep in mind that this is Ajo — that said, dressing up in something spiffy (however you define that) would be lovely.

You’ll have a chance to meet international artist Lois Griffel, listen to lovely music by the Blue Summerstar Band, sip champagne and indulge in tasty treats.

Do join us — it will be a lovely event.

Grand Opening


Art Under the Arches — Ajo’s New Gallery

Arts and crafts have a wonderful new home in Ajo. Art Under the Arches Gallery is now open for business in the Plaza.

Long known for the diversity and quality of its artists, Ajo now has a permanent home to showcase that talent year-round.

The non-profit Gallery is an artist cooperative supported by the members and associates of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts. Although the official opening isn’t until November 28th, more than 20 artists have already signed up to be part of this venture.

In addition to viewing the wide array of work — including fine art, jewelry, pottery, photography, wood craft, fabric art and cards — visitors will also be able to watch artists at work and learn about the creative process.


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.

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