This Show’s for the Birds

Ajo’s Art Under the Arches Gallery is hosting a special art exhibition this month featuring work done by Arizona school children as part of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program.

The Duck Stamp program supports bird habitat conservation and is one of the most successful ways of protecting habitat for birds and other wildlife.

The exhibit opens with a reception Friday April 15 at 5:30 pm. The show runs through April 22.
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Dos Amigas — Art Show Opening

The Backroom Gallery at the Ajo Copper News is featuring an art show with work by Paulina Reyna Crewse and the late Sarah Bryant.

The work includes portraits and local landscapes. The opening is Saturday March 12, from 4 to 8 pm.

Dos Amigas

Art Show — Joyce Dodd Harcharik

Joyce Dodd Harcharik’s colorful brush strokes record the everyday lives of people of various cultures, along with the buildings, plants and animals that decorate their lives.

The Ajo Library is hosting a show of her work this month. The opening reception is Monday March 14 at 3 pm. Everyone is welcome — meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

Featured Artist — Diane Carnright

Diane Carnright is the featured artist this month at Ajo’s Art Under the Arches Gallery. The show, along with refreshments, opens Thursday March 4 at 5:30 pm. It runs to the end of March.

Gibson Artists Talk About Their Art

An interested group gathered at the Ajo Library yesterday to hear members of the Gibson Neighbourhood Artists talk about their work.

Six of the artists featured in the show shared their thoughts on inspiration and technique and visited with the audience after the opening.

The show runs until February 27.

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Gibson Neighborhood Artists

The Ajo Public Library is hosting a showing of art work by the Gibson Neighborhood Artists.

The show, which opened February 1, continues through to February 27. A reception for the artists will take place at the library on Thursday February 4 at  2:00 PM. The artists will discuss their works and answer questions from the audience.

This very colorful collection includes works in oils, acrylic, pastel, photography and watercolor. The show features work by Linda Constant Robinson, Terry Gonzales, Claire Bistline, Rene Cloutier, Wendee Cloutier, and Faye Gustafson.

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Rene Cloutier and Wendee Cloutier http://completepicture.zenfolio.com have traveled the world photographing places that many of us may only be able to see through their camera lens. They make even the most common everyday scene look exciting. Rene and Wendee have had their work included in a number of International Photography Exhibitions

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Claire Bistline    http://www.clairebistline.comClaire works with pastel, acrylic plus oils, and pursues a variety of subject matters. This exhibition includes one of her very popular rooster series. Claire has also had work in a number of juried art shows.

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Terry Gonzales http://www.fineartamerica.com /profiles/terry-gonzales Claire’s husband and painting partner chooses oils to create his colorful desert scenes. Terry’s paintings have also been included in a number of juried art shows.

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 Linda Constant Robinson, http://lindaconstantrobinson.com/ Art is and always has been the prime motivator of my life and since retiring fifteen years ago I devote myself to painting full time. My paintings have been accepted for exhibitions in galleries and art museums in the US and may be found in private collections in the US and abroad.

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Faye Gustafson, http://www.fayegustafson.com paints all things western in oils, plus works in the mediums of sculpture and pencil. Faye exhibits in several national and regional events and is a member of Oil Painters of America.

Denny Carriere Featured Artist

Ajo artist Denny Carriere is the featured artist at Art Under the Arches Gallery this month.

Denny works in egg tempera, a very old technique dating back more than 2000 years. It was the technique used by the Italian Renaissance painters until 1500 when it was overtaken by the invention of oil paints.

The opening reception is Friday, January 8 at 5:30 pm.

New Art by Claire Bistline & Terry Gonzales

Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales — two well-known Ajo artists — are having a joint show of new work at aVita boutique.

The opening reception is Saturday January 16, from 4 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited!

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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 …

Low Brow Show — Another New Gallery in Ajo!

The Low Brow Art Show is taking place Friday Nov. 27 from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 am to 2 pm at the new gallery located in the Ajo Copper News.

“Mike Baker and I have always rankled at the boundary some place between fine art and commercial art,” says Hop David, well-known artist and editor of the Ajo Copper News. “For example, artists like Norman Rockwell or Maxfield Parish were looked on with disdain. Some critics would label them illustrators and not fine artists.

“The renaissance artists are regarded as the pinnacle of fine art. We like to point out that these guys were working stiffs carrying out their job assignments from bishops, princes or other patrons.

“In the Low Brow Show we’re hoping to stretch the boundaries of what people regard as art. A lot of ‘red neck’ or blue collar folks work very hard in their craft and consequently produce worthwhile work.

“We believe all the artists we’re showcasing are fine artists regardless how some may label them.

“Those interested in participating please send me images of your work and/or stop by the Copper News office and show me.

“We are also encouraging people to set up tables in the Copper News parking lot. There’s 18 spaces, as of this writing five people have reserved spaces.

“In the parking lot Chuck Johnson will be serving Barbecue. Mundo Garcia, Victor Moreno, Michelle Pacheco and friends will be playing cumbias, country western music as well as old time rock and roll.”

As often happens in this town, folks share the stage — so you get a double scoop of art this weekend. The Low Brow Show opens Friday night and the High Brow Show opens Saturday.