Riding High on Ole Hap

The Ajo Council for the Fine Arts is holding a fundraiser Saturday March 1 at the Lion’s Club in Ajo. Early risers will love this event — doors open at 7:30 AM. The sale runs through til 4 PM so you can shop later as well. 🙂

In addition to all the good things that will be on sale, two local artists have donated works of art — Pat Rigdon has donated a beautiful floral watercolor and Joyce Chaney has donated a hand-painted metal horse.

Ole Hap“Ole Hap” is named for the cowboy who told Joyce the story of the bucking horse moon — when a horse bucks and has all four feet off the ground, it resembles a crescent moon hanging in the sky.

Ole HapIn keeping with the story, Joyce has painted constellation-like horses on the metal, including a crescent moon on the horse’s hip. (Click the photo for a larger image.)

Tickets to win one of these pieces will be available at the garage sale — 1 ticket for a $1 donation or 6 tickets for $5.

Open Studio in March

The 18th Ajo Open Studio will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 10 to 3:00 PM in the Ajo Plaza. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite people to your studio to highlight your art.

This year Open Studio coincides with the Sonoran Shindig, a popular event that brings a lot of people to Ajo.

If you’d like to participate, here’s the scoop:

  • Reply by Thursday, March 13, if you would like to participate.
  • Bring ONE piece of your art to the Open Studio tents in the Plaza by 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 22.
  • Along with your piece of art, please bring 10 printed handouts. The handouts should include:
      • Your name — The Media you work in — Short Bio — Photo of yourself (optional)
      • Your address — Email — Phone
  • Bring 10 business cards

The Open Studio tents will be decorated with red balloons — volunteers will hand out information on the open studios and your art. You’ll also receive a red balloon to identify your studio to visitors.

This is a great opportunity to market your work — join us and be part of this special day.

Sherry Fritschle "Crater Range Series 6"

Art Under the Arches

Last week’s Second Saturday was extra special with the addition of many new artists showcasing their work.

Although artists have always been a part of Second Saturday, Art Under the Arches brought out many artists who hadn’t shown their work here before. They set up their displays on both sides of the Plaza and on the grass.

We hope to see some of these artists back for 4th Saturday, February 23, when the Farmers’ Market folks will be back with more delicious produce.

The Sound of Music

We’re in for a grand treat this coming Wednesday February 19 — the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo. What a wonderful opportunity to listen to some great music.

Conductor Albert-George SchramThe pops theme concert — “That’s Amore! with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra” — includes many favorite tunes like Moon River, The Pink Panther, William Tell Overture, The Godfather and more.

The guest conductor is Albert-George Schram.

TicketsTickets are $14 in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase your tickets at Ajo Copper News, Ajo District Chamber of Commerce and Shadow Ridge RV Resort. Students are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

P.S. There will be tasty treats available for purchase during the intermission. 🙂

Sponsored by the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts

1-Acts Behind the Scenes

The recent 1 Acts series of three plays presented by the Ajo Community Players were a great hit. A few weeks ago producer Sherri O’Hare shared some thoughts and photos as the plays were in rehearsal. Here are some more behind-the-scenes shots.

The stage is set at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo, Arizona. It was a great night attended by more than 190 patrons and more students than we’ve ever had.

Click on a photo to see a larger view or to start the slide show.


Murder by Midnight, written by Jeff Goode and directed by Marla Von Ettenberg. Dick Piston, hotel detective, has his hands full untangling this noir mystery.


A Growing Problem, written by Jeanette Farr-Harkins and directed by Donna Owen. Helen and Frank have started a relationship and their love has been growing but so has one of Helen’s plants — and this may present some problems.


A Night Among the Dead — Or Are They? Directed by Jim Reiman. Two grave diggers reminisce about the days gone by but are soon interrupted …