Redrawing Borders in Ajo

Redrawing Borders generated much interest and attention when it opened March 18.

This is one of the pieces that caught my eye as I entered the Plaza Gallery. It tells the ongoing story of a backpack (mochila) found by a hiker on the desert near Organ Pipe National Monument. (Click photo for a larger view.)

George Strasburger, Carlos Encinas and Diane Kahlo are among the artists featured in this show which runs into April.


Studio Tours

Several artists opened their homes and studios March 22 during the Sonoran Shindig. I really enjoy seeing artists in their work spaces — you can almost feel the creativity and color in the air.

I visited Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales during the tour. They are currently having a sale on their collective works — kind of like spring cleaning to make way for the new work they are beginning. 🙂


Redrawing Borders Exhibition Opens Next Week

Redrawing Borders — Art Activist, Humanitarian and Ecological Solutions opens at the Ajo Plaza Gallery on Tuesday March 18 in Ajo, Arizona. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30. A discussion panel on the exhibit’s theme will take place at 6 pm.

Artists Appearing in the Exhibit

Carlos Encinas  ~  Giannina Coppiano Dwin  ~  Jewel Clearwater Fraser
Sonia Baez-Hernandez  ~  Diana Kahlo  ~  Rex Koningsor
Fabio Rodriguez  ~  Michael B. Schwartz  ~  George Strasburger
Karen Sucharski  ~  Marla von Ettenberg  ~  Morgana Wallace-Cooper

Fabio Rodriguez

An exciting aspect of this exhibit is the Virtual Gallery Exchange — The Border Project. This traveling art exhibit, originally created in Ajo, will be installed in Sonoyta, Sonora, México for simultaneous exhibition with Redrawing  Borders at the Ajo Plaza Gallery.

Redrawaing Borders was made possible by the generous support of the Tri-National Symposium – Celebrating the Sonoran Desert, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).

The Lizards are Loose

If you’ve driven Highway 85 through Ajo in the last couple of days, you’ll have noticed a pair of colorful lizards gracing a newly painted building.

These critters — created and painted by local artists Sherry and John Fritschle — are part of a program to add eye-catching art to the town. They unveiled their work at a recent meeting of the Desert Artist Guild. You’ll spot the brown lizard as you’re heading north. The turquoise version is visible in both directions.

This is part of the Ajo Rocks! beautification project spearheaded by director Freeman Fry. Rumor has it that more art will be highlighting a wall near you soon. 🙂

Local artist Pilar Hanson designed these great new signs and fellow artist Mike (Lonewolf) Baker painted them. A great way to promote stores and events in the Ajo Plaza.

New signs

Thanks to all who are lending their talents to make Ajo so bright and colorful!

The Carpetbaggers Are Coming!

Look out, Ajo, we’re about to be invaded. The Carpetbag Brigade is coming to town and bringing with it a wonderful event titled Callings. This is an amazing combination of dance and theater, unlike many of us have seen before.


To welcome them to Ajo and the community, we’ll be having a potluck in the Curley Courtyard behind the Auditorium Sunday, March 9 at 5:00 pm. Please bring your own table service and drinks and a yummy dish to share. If you are available to help set up and/or clean up afterward, please contact Jim Reiman. (On the Contact page, click on Ajo Council for the Fine Arts.)

Photo by Christopher Mankowski

Photo by Christopher Mankowski

The Carpetbaggers will be in town the entire following week and will be performing on Friday March 14 at 6:30 pm in the Curley School Auditorium. Admission is $10 (students are free) — what a deal for a performance by a professional troupe.

Photo by Kike Seba

Photo by Kike Seba

Hope to see you at both events!

The Red Show 2014

The Red Show 2014

The Red Show is a much-anticipated event in Ajo, kicking off Valentine’s Day with bright beautiful colors.

The show opened February 15 this year and will run until the middle of March. If you haven’t seen it yet, plan to stop by Ajo’s Plaza Gallery. You’ll discover a variety of media including painting, collages, photography, pottery and some surprises.

Several pieces have already sold (look for the little red dots) — great news for the artists. 🙂

Click any photo for a larger view.

Garage Sale for the Arts

They came, they saw, they bought.

That was the scene at Saturday’s garage sale for the Ajo Council for the Arts (ACFA). More items that we could count came in on Thursday and Friday, donated by Ajoites who appreciate the work ACFA does for the arts in this small town.

There was a lineup at the door well before 7:30 AM — and once the doors opened the crowd poured in. It was so busy I didn’t even have time to take any pictures. 🙂

Many thanks to Sally Morrow and her committee for organizing the event, and to all those who volunteered to help in so many ways.

Thanks also to artists Pat Rigdon and Joyce Chaney who each donated a piece of art. Lots of people bought tickets for a chance to win the pieces.

Click on any photo to start the slide show.