Ajo’s 20th Annual Quilt Show

Curley School Auditorium hosted the 20th Annual Ajo Piecemakers Quilt Show Friday and Saturday.

Titled Quilting in the Sonoran Desert, it was a busy — and colorful — time.

In addition to the dozens of quilts on display, the event also included quilting demos, antique bed turning, an array of vendors and lovely door prizes.

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Look Who’s Talking About Us!

Sonoran Arts Network is an online arts journal connecting artists of all kinds and art lovers in the Sonoran Desert bioregion of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. It featured a full-length article about Art Under the Arches in its most recent issue:

Ajo has taken another step toward becoming an Arizona arts destination when Art Under the Arches Gallery opened in late November, 2015.  Art Under the Arches Gallery is a cooperative gallery which features more than twenty Ajo artists.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Andes, director of the new gallery and an artist-member, explains how the gallery idea developed:

“Early last summer I started thinking about the possibility of an artist’s gallery in Ajo. Tracy Taft, Executive Director of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance approached me asking if I would be interested in renting a store in the Ajo Plaza, knowing that I was thinking about a gallery. After looking at one of the available stores, Ms. Taft then suggested that I consider the space that was the Art Stop/Print Shop. This was a prime location in the Ajo Plaza. It was at that time the idea became a very serious one. “ …

Read the rest of the story in the latest issue of Sonoran Arts Network.

Gallery Fundraiser

Art Under the Arches Gallery is humming along — art work is selling, new artists are joining this amazing artists’ co-operative and interest is growing in the work both here and away.

As with any business, bills are coming in. And so are the ideas for improvements to the gallery. What if we … Maybe we could … Wouldn’t it be great to …

So! The artists and gallery friends are holding a fundraiser in January. Pick up a ticket at the gallery, put on your dancing shoes and join the bidding on some great items.

Chu Chu silent auction

Weaving Demo — Jolene Northup

It’s not often you get to watch a weaver spin magic on her loom. This Saturday, beginning at 9:30 at Art Under the Arches Gallery, you can see Jolene Northup do just that.

Oops! The typo gremlins hit the poster … the weaving demo is actually Dec 12, not the 5th. But you figured that out  🙂

Weaving DemoJolene has been an active part of the art scene in Ajo for several years. Whenever she brings out her loom or her spinning wheel, she attracts a lot of interest.

There will be lots of other things to see and do this Saturday as well — it’s Second Saturday and the Farmers’ Market, along with local artists and crafters, will also be at the Plaza.

Opening Nights at the Galleries

Imagine two galleries opening back to back. Imagine art-filled walls, music outdoors and inside, BBQ and petit-fours, blue jeans and long dresses.

That was just some of the fun as Ajo celebrated the arts last week — Low Brow at the Copper News and High Brow at Art Under the Arches.

Here are some moments from the events …

Call for Artists — Heat Wave

Looking for ideas for the upcoming fall season? Check out Heat Wave —a celebration of the art and culture of the Sonoran Desert.

For more information and an application form, contact Jill Forenzini. (Look for “Heat Wave Helpful Links” in the righthand column.)

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Heat Wave page 1A

Heat Wave page 2