Gibson Artists Show

Eight artists who live in the Gibson area of Ajo are preparing for their show at the Ajo Library. The show runs February 1 to 28th. The reception is Saturday February 8 at 1:30 in the library. Everyone is welcome. 

Rich Davis - RavenRich Davis writes: “Ravens have held a special significance for people down through the ages. Representing both wisdom, evil and sometimes playfulness, they can appear at times to be quite vain.  This is my attempt to portray the vanity in a playful way in a mystical setting.  We live in Ajo, Eastern Washington State and SE Alaska, all places where the Raven is ever-present and important to the atmosphere of the area.  Capturing “Raven’s” essence presents wonderful challenges to the artist.”

Faye Gustafson "Open Seas"

“Open Seas” by Faye Gustafson features RMS Aquitania.

Faye writes: “At least two people in Ajo traveled to North America on the Aquitania in the mid-to-late 1940s.”

You can read more of this ship’s fascinating history here.

Other artists featured in the show include:

Rene CloutierRene’s photographs have hung in exhibitions in the US, Mexico and Canada, and he has taught photography classes and presented travelogues in all three countries. His photographs for this show are of a recent trip to New York.

Wendee Cloutier. Wendee writes: “My passion for being on the move, seeing new landscapes and meeting people from all over the world lends itself to capturing the moments that inspire me to enjoy when I stop to rest. I do love to photograph nature but the images I am presenting at this show are a musical performer in Central Park in New York City plus unique eaves troughs and chimneys in Europe.”

John Cooper. Local photographs that illustrate his enjoyment of his surroundings in Ajo with floral, still life and landscape studies.

Lynn Cooper. Lynn is exhibiting local watercolor/sumi scenes portraying whimsical views of flora, fauna and life in Ajo.

Works by Jack Tavenner and Claire Bistline will also appear in the show. 

Call for Artists: Redrawing Borders

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA)issues the first bi-annual call for artists to submit artwork to a curated exhibition in the Ajo Plaza Gallery. The title of the exhibition is Redrawing Borders.

This exhibition is part of the Tri-National Symposium — Celebrating the Sonoran Desert. The exhibit Redrawing Borders seeks to promote a dialogue and collaboration between governmental agencies, NGOs, Native American and human rights organizations at the national and international level to help create greater understanding and support for humanitarian and ecological solutions to the U.S./Mexico borderlands crisis.

The exhibition Redrawing Borders is open to all media and artwork should explore the following themes:

    • Human and environmental impacts of the current border situation, including immigration, labor policies, human rights violations, and enforcement procedures.
    • Humanitarian and environmental responses to the border crisis.
    • Collaborative, cross-border, multi-national, cross-agency efforts to address human and environmental impacts.
    • International humanitarian crisis and other border issues.

Important Dates:

Send three images of your artwork, bio, statement, works list via email by February 17, 2014 at 11:49 pm. Notification of artists selected and mailing instructions will be sent via email by February 21, 2014.

Opening Reception is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Time 5:30-7:30 pm. Exhibition will close April 18, 2014.

To learn more about submitting work and the curator for this event, click here for the full Call for Artists document.

 

Sonoran Shindig Photography Contest

Hey, photographers! Here is your heads-up alert for the 2014 Sonoran Shindig photo show to be held on March 22nd in the Ajo Plaza.

Get out your camera, head out into the desert and bring back that blue ribbon shot. Or look through your archives of past years’ pictures for your winning entry.

Here are the six photo show categories. Click on the links to see last year’s winners.

Any photo entered must have been taken in the Sonoran Desert. Previously entered photos are ineligible.

Photos can be in color, or black and white. They must be unframed, mounted on mat board. Printed frames are not acceptable. We want to showcase the desert, not computer programs. That being said, even Ansel Adams used a few tricks in the dark room. So computer enhanced photos will be accepted. Photos may not have text, dates or other data on them.

Acceptable photo format sizes are as follows — 8×10, 16×20 and 10×20 panorama. Entry forms, complete rules and entry deadline will be announced soon. Consider this your first alert for another fantastic photo show celebrating our Sonoran Desert.

Gopher snake

DAG Juried Show & Sale

The Desert Artist Guild’s 5th Annual Show & Sale opened last Friday evening to a full house — and what an evening it was!

Planning for the show began last October and the work definitely paid off. Artists entered more than 40 pieces of work. This year we invited two jurors to evaluate the work, Leia Maahs from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and Marla Ettenberg, from Ajo. They did a wonderful job and provided artists with written feedback on their submissions.

Several artists volunteered to lay out the show. Show chairperson Jolene Northup and husband Ed hung the pieces. Wendee Cloutier and one of her granddaughters handed out invitations to people at IGA on Friday afternoon.

The opening drew a huge crowd and the Plaza Gallery was filled to capacity. Lots of fun for all!

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the awards. Jim Reiman, President of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, presented the President’s Award to Jolene Northup for her fiber/acrylic piece “Pink Cliffs on Spruce Sound”.

People’s Choice, chosen by people at the opening, went to Val Uschuk for her piece “Sunbather.” Jurors’ Honorable mention went to two artists, Jacqueline Andes, for her painting “Buck Jones” and Robert Sorrels, for his photograph “Forgotten Dead.” Best of Show, chosen by the jurors, went to Jovita Wallace for her painting “Base Vibration.”

Door prizes, also won that evening, were donated by Rich Davis (an oil painting titled “Hat Mountain”) and a hand-dyed, handwoven scarf by Jolene Northup. The Ajo Council for the Fine Arts also donated 2 tickets to the upcoming performance by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Ajo on February 19.

The Curtain’s Going Up

Just a few more days and the curtain will go up on a great evening of three 1-act plays — performed by the talented members of the Ajo Community Players.

Want to know what plays are being performed? Check here.

You’ll find dates, times and ticket prices here.

Here are some of the preparations for opening night. Hope to see you there! 🙂

Sketch Class Drawings

The weekly sketch class continues to meet and work on drawing techniques. Jackie Andes, who initiated the classes, says: “The class is two hours. The first 20 minutes the model changes the pose every minute. This is to “loosen up” the hand/eye coordination.

“Then there are two 15/20 minute poses, and the last pose is one hour. Most of the artists are using graphite, charcoal, or conte. This last session Marilyn used water color and Seona did a reverse drawing that looked like a black and white photo negative — interesting approach. Jackie worked in soft charcoal using a kneaded eraser to create highlights on the form. All of the models have been wonderful and showed great appreciation for everyone’s efforts.

“The class is open to everyone at any level in their art education. There is no teacher on hand, which sometimes makes a novice more relaxed. We do share one piece at the end of the session and offer personal reactions — all statements have been very supportive.

“Thus far, we have been able to pay the model and rental with at least one more rental fee on hand. Let’s keep this going. There have been discussions in the past over wanting to have a sketch class, well now we have one — and it needs the support of Ajo Artists.”

The next class is Wednesday January 15 at 3 pm.

Vaudeville is Coming to Town

If you’re of a certain age you may remember vaudeville. And if you’re of another age, you might well ask, What the heck is that?

Vaudeville was very popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s to the early 1930s. It was what people enjoyed before movies, television, DVDs, Netflix and iPhones. It was live entertainment. It was fun. It was screwy. It was downright silly. Most of all it was entertaining

Vaudeville was the whole enchilada — comedians, dancers, magicians, trained animals, acrobats, singer, jugglers — anything and everything might appear on the theater stage right before your eyes.

And guess what? Vaudeville is alive and well in Ajo!

Even more amazing you could be part of this special and crazy evening. Do you recite poetry? Play an instrument? Sing? Act? Have a dog that does neat tricks? Well, drop down to the bottom of this post, fill out the form and join our very own Vaudeville 2014 show!

Vaudeville call for acts

DAG Meet & Eat — and Learn!

The monthly meeting of the Desert Artist Guild is a great place to meet other artists, find out what’s happening in the arts in Ajo, and share tips and techniques about all things “art”.

We meet at the Ajo Country Club at 10 AM on the first Tuesday of the month. Today’s gathering was a lively get-together — we had updates on the Federated Church Art Show & Sale last December and on the Juried Show & Sale that opens this Friday.

We also talked about the upcoming Art Under the Arches on February 8, the ACFA member potluck on January 26, developing an inventory of DAG supplies, another open studio this spring — and more! This is a busy group.

After the meeting adjourned, lunch was served and the show-and-share portion got started. Shirley Fritschle described how she uses clamps to hold her work in the frame. She and John Fritschle also shared a tip (via Diane Carnright) for matching colors from a photograph to what you want to appear on the canvas.

Fabric artist Regina Browne described how she uses pigment dyes and duct tape (yup, the handyman’s best friend) to produce some of her gorgeous work. Diane Carnright talked about plein air and how to create outdoors.

If you’d like to join us, the next meeting is Tuesday, February 4 at 10 AM at the Ajo Country Club.