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.

Tohono O’Oodam Artists in Ajo

A special treat awaits you this Saturday in Ajo.

Jovita Wallace, owner of aVita boutique, is hosting the first O’odham Visions Art Festival at her shop in the Raven’s Nest. The event features several O’odham artists, including local musician and composer Bobby Narcho.

This event runs from 11 to 3, Saturday December 5.

Tohono O'odham Visions

Later the same day at 4 pm you can hear a talk by Annie Antone at Art Under the Arches Gallery in the Plaza. She’ll also do a demonstration of the basket weaving that has won her wide acclaim and numerous awards.

There will be a reception after Annie’s presentation.

Annie Antone

 

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.

Celebrate Day of the Dead in Ajo

Ajo’s 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Arts Festival will be held Sunday, November 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at aVita boutique and the Chu Chu Club.

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This year the event has expanded to include more children’s activities:
Decorating Sugar Skulls
A children’s craft table
An Ofrenda (a Mexican altar honoring deceased ancestors)
Dia de los Muertos ritual symbolism such as Pan de Muertos bread.

Children and Parents are invited to visit:
Ajo art teacher Allison Venturella have children creating paper streamers and decorative Guatemalan kites.
Artist Jackie Andes will offer decorating Sugar Skulls
Potter Karen Sucharski will be at a children’s crafts table

An Ofrenda will be constructed (we are hoping ACFA members will create this) for an interactive experience. We need an artist to create a skeleton to perch on the top of the Ofrenda (which can be sold/raffled off).

The festival will include:
Folkloric Dancing
Face painting
Live music with a DJ
Food vendors
Artists and crafters
T-shirts for sale created by Jackie Andes
Beer garden sponsored by the ChuChu Club
And more to come!

We need you and hope you can support the arts festival by being a vendor or volunteer. There is a $25 vendor fee for participating artists and crafters. Contact Jovita Wallace if you’d like to join us!

Call for Artists — Pop-up Gallery in Ajo

This is a call to artists to “Join the First Conversation”

We are looking for artwork that expresses a recognition that migrant lives matter and community members in this area have rights.

Hang your work for one day only in the Plaza Gallery as part of a larger state-wide day of action for border rights. You’ll find details on how Ajo has decided to participate in this larger conversation in this week’s Copper News. You’ll also find detailed information here.

We will be sharing space with the artwork of Tohono O’odham Community College students and using the free-standing movable walls for display.

This is a pop-up gallery so whatever art comes in first gets hung first — no labels will be supplied, all work must come ready to hang, and all artists must come ready to improvise! Tools and supplies will be left available in the gallery for each artist to hang his or her own artwork.

Hang your work on Tuesday May 26th between 10am and 3pm. One piece per artist please!

The community is invited to see the artwork as part of the event on Wednesday May 27th beginning at 6 pm.

Need more info? Please use our Contact form.

Plein Air A’Plenty

Ajo artists Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales recently attended the 2015 Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA. They’ve sent YouTube video links that share some of the events.

Day 1  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrOTaRom3jk

Day 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm8VFQwi23M

Day 3  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkVppUS89Fo

Day 4   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvuhIRJgghk

“There were 700-800 artists in attendance,” said Terry, “and we may even have set a record for the number of painters painting outdoors in one area.

“We were exposed to some wonderful artists and personalities. The images and experiences are still settling and forming our memories. Tucson, Arizona will be the site of the 5th Annual Plein Air Convention.

“I will send more images later.”

Looking forward to seeing to them!