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.

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.

Strut Your Stuff at the Ajo Library

“If you’re looking for a place to display your talents, please think of the library,” says program coordinator Lee Irwin.

“We have a few exhibits booked during the next 12 months, but there are still many months where we fear we’ll be staring at ugly walls. Help us!”

Here’s a list of our current bookings and the available months.

2015
April Art Exhibit: Karen Sucharski
May Art Exhibit: Marla Von Ettenburg
June Art Exhibit: Available
July Art Exhibit: John Curry
August Art Exhibit: Available
September Art Exhibit: Available
October Art Exhibit: Available
November Art Exhibit: Jacqueline Andes
December Art Exhibit: Available

2016
January Art Exhibit: Diane Carnright
February Art Exhibit: Gibson Neighborhood Artists
March Art Exhibit: Available
April Art Exhibit: Available
May Art Exhibit: Available

If you are interested in booking an exhibit for one of these “available” months, please contact the Salazar-Ajo Library at 530-387-6075.

20 Years and Counting

The Ajo Council of the Fine Arts — which includes the Ajo Community Players and the Desert Artist Guild — has a long and colorful history. Plays, musicals, fine arts — these and more have added to life in Ajo for many years.

This month some of that history is being featured at the Ajo library. The display kicked off Monday with an opening reception. Guests got to browse through photo albums and scrap books that captured some of the fun from past performances. Several costumed actors were also on hand to meet visitors.

The show continues through the end of March.

Gibson Artists At the Ajo Library

An exhibition of the latest artistic offerings from the Gibson Neighborhood Artists opens this week at the Salazar – Ajo Library in Ajo, Arizona.

A reception hosted by the Ajo Library will take place in the library from 3:00 to 4:30 Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Mark this date to attend the opening reception and have a bit of fun.  Once again guests attending the reception can participate by writing their own titles for the work presented. Participating artists will give a brief talk about their work, also answer any questions posed plus possible future artistic plans.

"Thunder Across The Land" - Faye Gustafson

Among the participating artists …

John Cooper A photographer who seeks out the old and hidden relics as subjects for his photo art. In addition to this show, John has had his work included in juried exhibits.

Lynn Cooper With pen and ink, plus watercolor Lynn is always on the hunt for the perfect subject for her exquisite renderings and is regularly juried into art shows.

Rich Davis This is an artist who covers a lot of ground. From Alaska, and Washington State to the Sonoran Desert, Rich paints it all! He works in oil and his paintings also have been included in juried shows and is represented by Confluence Gallery and Art Center in Twisp, Washington.

Rene Cloutier and Wendee Cloutier They 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 International Photography Exhibitions.

Claire Bistline Working in pastel, acrylic, and oils Claire 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.

Terry Gonzales He chooses oils to create his colorful desert scenes. Terry’s paintings have also been included in a number of juried art shows.

Faye Gustafson She paints all things western, including portraits in oils, and also works in the mediums of sculpture and pencil. Faye exhibits in national and regional events and is a member of Oil Painters of America.

Linda Constant Robinson Her paintings can be described as expressionistic with a distinctive style that incorporates brilliant color, subconscious elements, mysticism and distorted realism. Emotion, color and compelling compositions form the basis of her work.

Who are the Gibson Artists?

We are a group of artists defined not by anything other than our neighborhood, Gibson. During the past 6 or 7 years we would get together each November for the yearly “Open Studio” event in Ajo and afterward we always talked about what a terrific time we had together.

At some point we approached the Salazar Library to hang our work and the library wanted us to have a name for PR purposes. Since we all lived in our Gibson neighborhood it was decided to add the word ‘artists’ to become ‘Gibson Artists’.

In addition to the library exhibitions the Gibson Artists originated the first Christmas Gift Store in Ajo which continued for 3 seasons. We are just a group of friends who love art. In fact once every year or two we all gather at the home of one of the artists and enjoy delicious appetizers and talk art! What sets Gibson Artists apart from most groups is we hold no monthly meetings or keep minutes of our activities.

Marilyn Jackson’s Show Opens

Marilyn Jackson, a member of Ajo’s Desert Artist Guild, gave a short talk about her art at the opening of her show in the Ajo Public Library this morning.

She described her “young and carefree decision” at 18 to become an art major. Her studies included a wide range of subjects, from painting and weaving to jewelry and sculpture. But painting was her love.

After completing her studies she became a teacher and spent 26 years sharing that love of art with her students. When she retired she decided to focus on her painting. This exhibit features some of the work she has done in the Sonoran Desert and is quite different from the colors and subjects she paints during her summers in Washington.

Unlike some painters who work directly on the canvas or board that will form the finished piece, Marilyn says she starts with a sketch so she can plan the composition. This is usually followed by a value study, done in black and white. Next is a little thumbnail painting to see if her ideas actually work. Finally, she develops the actual painting.

If it sounds like a lot of work, it is. She says she likes the challenge, the exploration of some aspect of the work, some technique or color.

“Changes can happen at each stage and some stages, even some parts of a stage may be repeated over several times,” she says.

You can view Marilyn’s work all this month during library hours.