New Gallery Opens in Ajo

Just For Ajo Artists!  That was the wording on the invitation to yesterday’s special opening. It was a first opportunity for artists to see what a show would look like in the new Plaza Gallery.

Until last summer the Cafeteria Gallery was the main home for art shows in Ajo. However, that space became dedicated to another use and it seemed that artists were going to be without a place for shows.

Long story short? Artists now have a new home, and one with much more exposure to potential buyers. While the Cafeteria Gallery was enjoyed by many it was not on a well-travelled road and many people were unaware of it.

The Plaza Gallery is, as its name suggests, in the Plaza — and the Plaza is right in the heart of Ajo. It’s a popular spot for townsfolk and visitors alike and sure to draw far more people than the Cafeteria Gallery.

Click on a photo for a larger view.

Val Uschuk spearheaded this first show in conjunction with ISDA (International Sonoran Desert Alliance). She and her co-workers did a wonderful job hanging the work. Judging by comments at the opening, the show and the space are a success.

In addition to hanging art on the walls, artists began talking about how to use the open space in other ways.

Some said they’d like to set up easels or tables to demonstrate their work. Others suggested offering classes. Some thought it would be fun to have a regular informal gathering of artists where they could work and visit with each other.

With ideas already percolating, it’s an exciting time to be making art in Ajo!

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