Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 3

It was a windy day in Ajo but that didn’t seem to hinder the artists working in the Plaza alley. I was amazed to see how some of the works had progressed since yesterday.

There were a lot of visitors today — some sauntered over after the Second Saturday and Ajo Regional Food Festival festivities, others came just to see the art and meet the artists.

Mike (DaWolf) Baker said some of the artists were working until nearly midnight last night. Some people brought refreshments, there was music and an all-round good evening. If you aren’t busy tonight, check out the art in the alley. 🙂


Tucson Symphony Orchestra Returns to Ajo

Conductor George Hanson

Musical good fortune shines on Ajo this week as the TSO takes to the stage of the Dicus Auditorium on Wednesday, February 18 at 7 pm.

Sponsored by the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts and the Desert Music Club, this year’s program, titled  “S’Wonderful”, is a pops concert.

The conductor is George Hanson. He’s conducted over 100 orchestras on five continents and served as assistant to Leonard Bernstein for seven years. This year marks his 20th year with the TSO as Music Director.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Students are free. Tickets available at Chamber of Commerce, Ajo Copper News, Raven’s Nest and Shadow Ridge RV office.

If you attended last year’s concert you know what an enjoyable evening awaits. If you’ve never been before, well, what can I say! Get your tickets early and join us. 🙂


Come to the Art Show Opening

Mark your calendar for this special evening!

Many thanks to Terry Gonzales and Freeman Fry for donating the two lovely door prizes. Buy a ticket at the reception for a chance to win these beautiful works of art.

DAG Show & Sale 2015

Call to Artists — Annual DAG Show & Sale

Yes, it’s that time of year! Plans are underway for the annual Desert Art Guild Show & Sale. This event is always a highlight of the winter season in Ajo — and a great opportunity for artists to strut their stuff.

If you’re not a member of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, you’ll find membership information here.

A downloadable copy of the intake form will be available soon.

Annual art show 2015

The Carpetbaggers Are Coming!

Look out, Ajo, we’re about to be invaded. The Carpetbag Brigade is coming to town and bringing with it a wonderful event titled Callings. This is an amazing combination of dance and theater, unlike many of us have seen before.


To welcome them to Ajo and the community, we’ll be having a potluck in the Curley Courtyard behind the Auditorium Sunday, March 9 at 5:00 pm. Please bring your own table service and drinks and a yummy dish to share. If you are available to help set up and/or clean up afterward, please contact Jim Reiman. (On the Contact page, click on Ajo Council for the Fine Arts.)

Photo by Christopher Mankowski

Photo by Christopher Mankowski

The Carpetbaggers will be in town the entire following week and will be performing on Friday March 14 at 6:30 pm in the Curley School Auditorium. Admission is $10 (students are free) — what a deal for a performance by a professional troupe.

Photo by Kike Seba

Photo by Kike Seba

Hope to see you at both events!

Garage Sale for the Arts

They came, they saw, they bought.

That was the scene at Saturday’s garage sale for the Ajo Council for the Arts (ACFA). More items that we could count came in on Thursday and Friday, donated by Ajoites who appreciate the work ACFA does for the arts in this small town.

There was a lineup at the door well before 7:30 AM — and once the doors opened the crowd poured in. It was so busy I didn’t even have time to take any pictures. 🙂

Many thanks to Sally Morrow and her committee for organizing the event, and to all those who volunteered to help in so many ways.

Thanks also to artists Pat Rigdon and Joyce Chaney who each donated a piece of art. Lots of people bought tickets for a chance to win the pieces.

Click on any photo to start the slide show.

The Sound of Music

We’re in for a grand treat this coming Wednesday February 19 — the Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo. What a wonderful opportunity to listen to some great music.

Conductor Albert-George SchramThe pops theme concert — “That’s Amore! with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra” — includes many favorite tunes like Moon River, The Pink Panther, William Tell Overture, The Godfather and more.

The guest conductor is Albert-George Schram.

TicketsTickets are $14 in advance and $15 at the door. You can purchase your tickets at Ajo Copper News, Ajo District Chamber of Commerce and Shadow Ridge RV Resort. Students are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

P.S. There will be tasty treats available for purchase during the intermission. 🙂

Sponsored by the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts

DAG Juried Show & Sale

The Desert Artist Guild’s 5th Annual Show & Sale opened last Friday evening to a full house — and what an evening it was!

Planning for the show began last October and the work definitely paid off. Artists entered more than 40 pieces of work. This year we invited two jurors to evaluate the work, Leia Maahs from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and Marla Ettenberg, from Ajo. They did a wonderful job and provided artists with written feedback on their submissions.

Several artists volunteered to lay out the show. Show chairperson Jolene Northup and husband Ed hung the pieces. Wendee Cloutier and one of her granddaughters handed out invitations to people at IGA on Friday afternoon.

The opening drew a huge crowd and the Plaza Gallery was filled to capacity. Lots of fun for all!

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the awards. Jim Reiman, President of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, presented the President’s Award to Jolene Northup for her fiber/acrylic piece “Pink Cliffs on Spruce Sound”.

People’s Choice, chosen by people at the opening, went to Val Uschuk for her piece “Sunbather.” Jurors’ Honorable mention went to two artists, Jacqueline Andes, for her painting “Buck Jones” and Robert Sorrels, for his photograph “Forgotten Dead.” Best of Show, chosen by the jurors, went to Jovita Wallace for her painting “Base Vibration.”

Door prizes, also won that evening, were donated by Rich Davis (an oil painting titled “Hat Mountain”) and a hand-dyed, handwoven scarf by Jolene Northup. The Ajo Council for the Fine Arts also donated 2 tickets to the upcoming performance by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Ajo on February 19.

Vaudeville is Coming to Town

If you’re of a certain age you may remember vaudeville. And if you’re of another age, you might well ask, What the heck is that?

Vaudeville was very popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s to the early 1930s. It was what people enjoyed before movies, television, DVDs, Netflix and iPhones. It was live entertainment. It was fun. It was screwy. It was downright silly. Most of all it was entertaining

Vaudeville was the whole enchilada — comedians, dancers, magicians, trained animals, acrobats, singer, jugglers — anything and everything might appear on the theater stage right before your eyes.

And guess what? Vaudeville is alive and well in Ajo!

Even more amazing you could be part of this special and crazy evening. Do you recite poetry? Play an instrument? Sing? Act? Have a dog that does neat tricks? Well, drop down to the bottom of this post, fill out the form and join our very own Vaudeville 2014 show!

Vaudeville call for acts