An Evening of Theatrical Intrigue

The Ajo Community Players are at it again! This time they’re producing three plays at once. This collection of one-act plays will hit the stage for two nights — January 17 and 18 — at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo, AZ.

Murder By Midnight LogoMurder by Midnight
Hotel detective Dick Piston has his hands full with the clientele. “No man in his right mind would be alone in a room with a woman with a towel without at least a bottle of champagne and a half-order of oysters on the way.”

Growing Problem LogoA Growing Problem
Helen and Frank have started a relationship and their love has been growing for some time now. But so has one of Helen’s plants — and this may present some problems for their budding relationship. The thing is, Frank is a retired cop and Helen’s plant may be slightly illegal.

A Night Among the Dead — Or Are They?A Night Among The Dead Logo
A couple of old grave diggers, one retired and one soon to be,  share memories in the cemetery on a cool fall evening.  Until the not-quite-dead start arriving and interrupting the evening’s chit-chat.  Everyone has their hands full after that – including the audience!

Mark the dates on your calendar  and join us for an evening of murderously good fun!

Call for Artists — Christmas Show & Sale

Are you looking for a holiday setting to show and sell your art? Then the Plaza Gallery in Ajo is looking for you. Ajo sits in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and is home to an amazing array of artists and artisans.

If you are interested in entering your work, show coordinator Jacqueline Andes has compiled the following information:

  • Theme and Location
    Christmas Art Show at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo. This is not a juried show and is open to everyone.
  • Art Work
    This is a multi-media show open to all art forms. (Please note: Small pieces are welcome — they will be on display in Art Stop but will appear in the Gallery during the reception.)
    ALL artwork that is to be hung must be properly secured in the frame with clips. Use picture hanging wire. Special clips for securing stretched canvas can be purchased online or are available at most craft stores. Picture wire can be obtained from any hardware store. In the past, some artwork has been delivered for hanging in very bad condition where the volunteers had to secure the artwork before hanging. Artwork that is not secured properly will not be hung and will be returned to the artist.
  • Intake
    Artists can bring their work to the Plaza Gallery on December 2 – 4 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please ensure that each piece you are submitting is clearly marked with your name, title, size and price — slips are on hand at the Print Shop next door.(This information is needed to create labels for the wall.)
  • Hanging
    The show will be hung Thursday, Dec. 5th.
  • Reception
    The opening reception is Friday Dec. 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Artists who would like to bring treats for the reception, are encouraged to do so — just bring the refreshment along the evening of the reception.
  • Storage
    Small pieces will be held in the Print Shop along with paintings. Some paintings/sculpture will be lined along the Gallery walls until hung.
  • Show Length
    The show will run from December 6 to January 4. All work must be picked up that day as it is also intake day for the annual juried show.

If you need more information, please use our Contact Form.

Ajo Artist Diane Carnright

Diane Carnright, one of Ajo’s most prolific artists, spent her younger years in upper New York State. She has since lived in California and Florida, moving to Ajo in 1972 where her studio, the Carnright Studio, is still located.

She began drawing while in grade school. Although she says she was very detail-oriented in her first works she now describes her artwork as realistic impressionism.

Diane credits a high school art teacher in New York and Loretta Musgrave with teaching her many painting skills. Loretta was an art teacher in Ajo in the ’80s and is now a successful artist. She taught art classes after school and Diane was her assistant.

IMG_0149Diane has been part of the art club in Ajo since its inception in 1986 when Phelps Dodge had homes for sale. The mine and smelter had just closed. PD suggested community clubs would make Ajo attractive to more buyers. The Desert Artist Guild was born.

When asked what inspires her to paint Diane says, “It is an urge, an urge within me”. In the past year her painting subjects have included a portrait, a landscape, a scene including people and an abstract.

She says the business side of being an artist takes time away from painting but she needs to sell to buy more supplies.

After painting for 35 years Diane says she can now paint what is in her head. In addition to Ajo shows, she has shown her art in Scottsdale, Tucson, Williams and Glendale.

For fun Diane sews, mostly clothes and quilts.

Diane advises new artists to show their work. “Take part in shows and always have  some backup work with you because you never know when what you show will sell out. It happens.”

The Federated Church show coming up on Dec. 14 will be featuring some of Diane’s newest work as well as many other local talented artists will be available for viewing and purchase.

Written by Ajo artist Pat Rigdon

Fun, Funky & Fanciful

Joyce Chaney’s latest show on the art of doodling opened at the Ajo Library last Saturday.

Joyce gave a short talk on some famous doodlers (including Picasso) and then invited people to do some of their own doodling with the colorful papers, pens and pencils she brought.

Dia de los Muertos

Ajo artists celebrated the Day of the Dead in fine style last night — the first show of the new season opened in the Plaza Gallery amid wonderful art, lots of visiting and colourful costumes.