People’s Choice Award

The annual Federated Church Art Show sponsored by ACFA/DAG was held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the La Mina entrance to the Federated Church just off the Plaza.

Diane Carnright won the “People’s Choice” award for her painting titled ”Desert Home”. Yolanda Aguilar, one of our newest members, was the most successful artist selling three pieces.

                                             Diane Carnright

Paul Chadell and Larry Huff were the lucky winners of the door prizes donated by Diane Carnright and Marilyn Jackson, respectively.

Marilyn Jackson

                                        Marilyn Jackson

The art was beautiful. The heavy local turnout made the artists feel appreciated. The 2014 show will be on Dec 6, next year.

Submitted by Pat Rigdon

Christmas Art Show

The annual Christmas Art Show & Sale at the Plaza Gallery opened in Ajo last Friday — and by all accounts it was a lot of fun.

I visited the show today and was impressed by the work. Several artists surprised me with the new directions they’re taking with their art. It’s well worth a visit.

Here are a few of the pieces featured in this year’s show. Also, don’t forget to check out the display case just inside Art Stop — it features small items that are also part of the show, including some gorgeous jewelry by Mari Zimmermann.

See What You Could Win!

Plans are well underway for the Desert Artist Guild’s (DAG) 5th Juried Show and Sale which opens January 10 at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo, AZ.

Each year three awards are presented at the opening reception —  Best of Show (determined by the jurors), People’s Choice Award (voted on by those attending the opening) and President’s Award, given by the president of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts (ACFA).

Money for these awards comes from several sources, including donations and door prize ticket sales. This year we have not one but two wonderful prizes. Artist and archeologist Rich Davis has donated one of his oil paintings, Hat Mountain, a well-known local landmark. Fiber artist Jolene Northup has donated one of her richly colored hand dyed and handwoven scarves.

This year there’s no need to wait until the January opening to get your chance to win one of these special works of art. DAG members have been selling tickets in Ajo and Why. They’ll be on sale again this Saturday from 10 to 3 at the Federated Church Art Show & Sale.

P.S. If you have someone on your holiday shopping list who’s hard to buy for, why not stuff some tickets in their stocking Christmas Eve. 🙂

Wrestling the Lettuce Lady

On September 27th Ajoites enjoyed free grilled corn and tepary bean quesadillas, corn cob painting, martial arts demonstrations and children’s activities. There was even an arm wrestling match between Mr. French Fries and Ms Lettuce.

Lettuce Wrestles French Fries These activities were generated to engage community in the Plaza Gallery comic book exhibit on diabetes prevention, It’s Up 2 You! 

It's Up To You

This exhibit is part of Morgana Wallace Cooper’s project “Skins”. And the activities don’t end there. For the month of October and part of November, Wallace Cooper and partnering artists will be working with local school groups, organizations, and training programs, to make art in support of the food and gardening movement taking place in Ajo.

The purpose of the project is to reach community wide goals, mainly to improve the overall diet of our community members, to increase awareness of where our food comes from both geographically and culturally, and to increase social health and community involvement, through art activities.

The project is funded in large part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Activities at the Ajo Library are open to all and include paper making, haiku poetry, drawing, sculpting, and eating!

Wallace Cooper says, “After this Fall round of art making we will use our ideas and designs to create public sculpture and functional art in the Winter and Spring that will beautify our community garden and public spaces.”

Check out the calendar for a full listing of “Skins” activities at the Ajo Library.

Tomato Harvest — Marilyn

It’s always fun to see what Marilyn has been working on. Here is her latest submission.

She writes: “A rainy Sunday here. Can you believe it’s almost September! At last I’m sending a harvest painting to you. These are heritage tomatoes from Ajo. We got them at a Saturday market just before John left for Washington. They survived and are producing nice tomatoes daily now. The lavender grows like a weed here so it’s part of the harvest too.”

Heritage tomatoes

And now it is September. What challenge shall we use for this, the ninth month of our calendar?

Grow it, paint it, eat it!

Grow it, paint it, eat it. That’s the theme that artist Terry Gonzales suggested for our August Challenge. He and his wife, Claire Bistline, submitted these 3 pieces.

Terry Gonzales "Beets" Claire Bistline "Carrots" Claire Bistline "Radishes"

Terry writes: “We are having fun. These paintings are part of a fundraiser for the local county fairgrounds where 30 artists are participating. The beets are mine and the other two are Claire’s. Hers are done with acrylic on raw canvas and mine is oil on canvas.”

What have you been creating lately?

July Challenge — Mountain View

Here is another plein air painting by Marilyn Jackson.

She writes: “This is from an overlook by our house. I wanted to paint a field with cows and the mountain in the background,  but the cows weren’t there.”

Marilyn Jackson Aug 2013

“It’s 11×14 and done on oil. I was much happier with the color than I was with the last painting.  I can’t wait to get the back to the easel.”

I’m looking forward to seeing more from you too!

July Challenge — Mount Hood

Here’s Marilyn Jackson’s entry in the July Challenge.

Marilyn writes: “Here’s a painting I did the other day in a plein air group about 20 miles from our house. It was fun! We were at The White House above Hood River, OR. They have fields of you-pick flowers, wine tasting and views of Mt. Hood.”

Mount Hood - Marilyn Jackson

Love the colours, M!

West of Spokane

Artist Terry Gonzales spends his time between the deserts of southwestern Arizona and the Pacific northwest.

He writes: “This is an 8″ X 10″ oil on board done plein air west of Spokane, WA near the airport. Spokane has great western skies.”

Plein Air

If you’d like to see more of Terry’s work, check out his website.