An Evening at the Theater

How’s this for a deal? Three plays for the price of one — and all on the same night!

The Ajo Community Players are busy getting ready for the upcoming performances of their one-act plays on January 17th & 18th at the Dicus Auditorium.

The actors are rehearsing, sets are being painted, props and costumes are being collected, sound and lights are being arranged, and posters and tickets are ready to go. It will be a fun evening with three one-act plays and refreshments at intermission. We are hoping to have some original art work to raffle off as well. All in all, a big event, and we’re hoping for a big turnout.

We could really use your help as well. Please encourage as many other people as you can to come to these shows. We will have tickets available to sell, too, and we hope many of you will help us sell them.

The tickets go on sale December 27th, and will be priced at $8 in advance or $10 at the door. If you are interested in selling advance tickets, contact us and we’ll set you up. Tickets will also be available at the ACFA potluck this Sunday, along with posters to distribute.


Submitted by Sherri O’Hare

The Quilt Show is Coming!

Ajo Piecemakers’ Quilt Show, “Quilting in the Sonoran Desert” is happening Friday February 7 and Saturday February 8, from 9 am – 3 pm in the Curley School Auditorium. Admission is $2.

There will be quilting demonstrations (10 am, noon and 2 pm), a new quilt display and bed-turning presentations (9:30 am, 11:30 and 1:30 pm). You also have a chance to win a beautiful quilt. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. There will also be a number of vendors at the show.

The Quilt Show is just one of the events happening during this annual 10-day event. Check out Ajo Arts Alive! for more information.



People’s Choice Award

The annual Federated Church Art Show sponsored by ACFA/DAG was held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the La Mina entrance to the Federated Church just off the Plaza.

Diane Carnright won the “People’s Choice” award for her painting titled ”Desert Home”. Yolanda Aguilar, one of our newest members, was the most successful artist selling three pieces.

                                             Diane Carnright

Paul Chadell and Larry Huff were the lucky winners of the door prizes donated by Diane Carnright and Marilyn Jackson, respectively.

Marilyn Jackson

                                        Marilyn Jackson

The art was beautiful. The heavy local turnout made the artists feel appreciated. The 2014 show will be on Dec 6, next year.

Submitted by Pat Rigdon

Sketch Class Is A Hit

Jacqueline Andes, Sketch ClubThe idea for a sketch class is a hit with many Ajo artists. The group meets each Wednesday for 2 hours to hone their drawing skills using models.

The next gathering is this Wednesday. The group will take a break for the holidays and reconvene January 8th, same time, same place.

Jacqueline Andes completed this piece at the first class.

Art Show at the Federated Church

Members of the Desert Artist Guild once again put on a fine show at the Federated Church. Here are some of the pieces featured at this year’s event.

DAG’s next big event is the 5th annual Juried Show & Sale at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo. Intake is Saturday January 4th. The opening is Friday January 10 from 5:30 to 7:30. The show runs to February 10.

Christmas Art Show

The annual Christmas Art Show & Sale at the Plaza Gallery opened in Ajo last Friday — and by all accounts it was a lot of fun.

I visited the show today and was impressed by the work. Several artists surprised me with the new directions they’re taking with their art. It’s well worth a visit.

Here are a few of the pieces featured in this year’s show. Also, don’t forget to check out the display case just inside Art Stop — it features small items that are also part of the show, including some gorgeous jewelry by Mari Zimmermann.

Photography by Katie Kerr

Katie Kerr is an amazing nature photographer. Stop by the Ajo library this month and you’ll be able to see some of her latest work.

She’ll also be giving a talk this Saturday at 10 AM at the library titled Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. She’ll speak not only about the image itself but how it is presented.

Katie says: “My basic thought is If I like it, then someone else may also. I don’t try to do something because I think it is what others may like. After all, I may be the one to take it home to hang it on my wall.” 😉

See What You Could Win!

Plans are well underway for the Desert Artist Guild’s (DAG) 5th Juried Show and Sale which opens January 10 at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo, AZ.

Each year three awards are presented at the opening reception —  Best of Show (determined by the jurors), People’s Choice Award (voted on by those attending the opening) and President’s Award, given by the president of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts (ACFA).

Money for these awards comes from several sources, including donations and door prize ticket sales. This year we have not one but two wonderful prizes. Artist and archeologist Rich Davis has donated one of his oil paintings, Hat Mountain, a well-known local landmark. Fiber artist Jolene Northup has donated one of her richly colored hand dyed and handwoven scarves.

This year there’s no need to wait until the January opening to get your chance to win one of these special works of art. DAG members have been selling tickets in Ajo and Why. They’ll be on sale again this Saturday from 10 to 3 at the Federated Church Art Show & Sale.

P.S. If you have someone on your holiday shopping list who’s hard to buy for, why not stuff some tickets in their stocking Christmas Eve. 🙂

Ajo Sketch Class

It looks like sketch class is going to be a great success — it certainly was yesterday. Eight artists arrived ready to draw, paint and/or sketch! Seona brought a coffee maker and cookies, which settled us down into concentration and total silence.

Our model was a young lady from Buckeye, a first-time poser who did a great job! To an artist, we would like to have a nude model to work from. Two artists volunteered to find someone to pose for us next Wednesday. Yes, there is a sketch class scheduled for next Wed., Dec. 11th, from 3:00-5:00 pm, Room 3 of the old elementary section at Curley School.

We agreed as a group to pay a $5 fee for the two hours. The room rent is $10 and the model gets $10 per hour. Any money left over after those fees are paid goes into a kitty for future rental/model fees.

We do need items that would enhance the model’s pose, such as tables, drapery, spot lights, a lamp and a chair (other than a folding one). In fact, anything that would be good for composition.

As mentioned above we are always going to need a model, someone who would pose nude. So artists, please hunt down that him or her who would be willing. Right now we are going from week to week with someone volunteering to find a model. Donated goodies are always welcome.

Please spread the word about the sketch class and model needs and join us for two hours of blissful drawing.

Submitted by Jacqueline Andes

DAG Meeting

The December meeting of the Desert Artist Guild was held at the Ajo Country Club and there was a lot on the agenda. The two most important items were the Federated Church Art Show & Sale on December 14 and DAG’s 5th Annual Juried Show & Sale opening January 10.

Pat Rigdon is asking for volunteers to help staff the Federated show — she’d appreciate hearing from anyone who can offer to work a shift. (The show runs from 10 to 3.) Entry forms for the show can be downloaded here.

Jolene Northup gave an overview of the Juried show and is also looking for volunteers. Entry forms for that show will be posted soon.

Members who participated in last weekend’s Open Studio talked about their positive experiences — and sales! Congratulations everyone. There’s talk about doing another one in the spring.

Another event that caught everyone’s attention is a possible Art Festival in February during the annual Quilt Show — more info will follow on that.

Most members stayed after the meeting for lunch and to offer feedback on work presented by two of the artists, Pat Rigdon and DAG chair Sherry Fritschle.

The next meeting will be at the Country Club on Tuesday January 7 at 10 AM. Hope to see you there!