Tohono O’odham Student Art

The Salazar-Ajo Library welcomes students from Tohono O’odham Community College for the school’s first-ever exhibit at the library.

Beginning with an opening reception at 3 p.m. Friday, September 30, the students’ works will hang in the library throughout the month of October.

Students displaying paintings include:

  • Makaye Lewis showing “My Favourite Boot” (acrylic on panel) and “Carmen” (mixed media)
  • Sisco Fraire showing “Saint Graffitti” (acrylic on panel) and “Kaye” (acrylic on stretched canvas)
  • Sage Greely showing “No Father to My Style” (acrylic on panel) and “Rose” (acrylic on stretched canvas), and
  • Dylan Porter showing “Leo” (acrylic on bookbinding board) and “Holy Tattoo” (acrylic on panel).

The four are students in the college’s Painting I class, a Visual Art + Design’s associate of fine arts core class requirement. They are under the direction of Kimberley Lund, PhD.

Valentine Art

Earrings by Tracy TaftValentine’s Day is only a few days away but there’s still time to find an I-love-you gift.

Art Under the Arches is taking part in Love-filled Gifts this week.

One of the Gallery’s featured artists is Tracy Taft. Buy a pair of her fused glass earrings —you’ll get one dollar off the price and a gift box for your purchase.

You’ll find other Love-filled Gifts at aVita boutique, Sue’s Flowers and the Copper News.

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.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

 

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.

Art & Advocacy for the Homeless

Organizers held a gallery opening and fundraiser January 29 to raise money for Ajo’s homeless.

The photos, by Jon Linton, are on exhibit at Art Under the Arches Gallery until February 25.  They are part of “I Have a Name”, a project to restore dignity, compassion and understanding for those less fortunate.

The gritty images capture moments in the lives of homeless individuals in Arizona, some of whom we might not even give a second look if we saw them on the street.

The intent? ” … to create greater awareness in the effort to inspire change … delivering hope where hope has run thin. We are giving a voice to the silenced.”

 

To learn more about ongoing efforts in Ajo, visit Sheltering Ajo on facebook.

You can also contact them by email.

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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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.