Redrawing Borders Exhibition Opens Next Week

Redrawing Borders — Art Activist, Humanitarian and Ecological Solutions opens at the Ajo Plaza Gallery on Tuesday March 18 in Ajo, Arizona. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30. A discussion panel on the exhibit’s theme will take place at 6 pm.

Artists Appearing in the Exhibit

Carlos Encinas  ~  Giannina Coppiano Dwin  ~  Jewel Clearwater Fraser
Sonia Baez-Hernandez  ~  Diana Kahlo  ~  Rex Koningsor
Fabio Rodriguez  ~  Michael B. Schwartz  ~  George Strasburger
Karen Sucharski  ~  Marla von Ettenberg  ~  Morgana Wallace-Cooper

Fabio Rodriguez

An exciting aspect of this exhibit is the Virtual Gallery Exchange — The Border Project. This traveling art exhibit, originally created in Ajo, will be installed in Sonoyta, Sonora, México for simultaneous exhibition with Redrawing  Borders at the Ajo Plaza Gallery.

Redrawaing Borders was made possible by the generous support of the Tri-National Symposium – Celebrating the Sonoran Desert, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).

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.

Call for Artists — Christmas Show & Sale

Are you looking for a holiday setting to show and sell your art? Then the Plaza Gallery in Ajo is looking for you. Ajo sits in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and is home to an amazing array of artists and artisans.

If you are interested in entering your work, show coordinator Jacqueline Andes has compiled the following information:

  • Theme and Location
    Christmas Art Show at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo. This is not a juried show and is open to everyone.
  • Art Work
    This is a multi-media show open to all art forms. (Please note: Small pieces are welcome — they will be on display in Art Stop but will appear in the Gallery during the reception.)
    ALL artwork that is to be hung must be properly secured in the frame with clips. Use picture hanging wire. Special clips for securing stretched canvas can be purchased online or are available at most craft stores. Picture wire can be obtained from any hardware store. In the past, some artwork has been delivered for hanging in very bad condition where the volunteers had to secure the artwork before hanging. Artwork that is not secured properly will not be hung and will be returned to the artist.
  • Intake
    Artists can bring their work to the Plaza Gallery on December 2 – 4 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please ensure that each piece you are submitting is clearly marked with your name, title, size and price — slips are on hand at the Print Shop next door.(This information is needed to create labels for the wall.)
  • Hanging
    The show will be hung Thursday, Dec. 5th.
  • Reception
    The opening reception is Friday Dec. 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Artists who would like to bring treats for the reception, are encouraged to do so — just bring the refreshment along the evening of the reception.
  • Storage
    Small pieces will be held in the Print Shop along with paintings. Some paintings/sculpture will be lined along the Gallery walls until hung.
  • Show Length
    The show will run from December 6 to January 4. All work must be picked up that day as it is also intake day for the annual juried show.

If you need more information, please use our Contact Form.

Dia de los Muertos

Ajo artists celebrated the Day of the Dead in fine style last night — the first show of the new season opened in the Plaza Gallery amid wonderful art, lots of visiting and colourful costumes.

New Gallery Opens in Ajo

Just For Ajo Artists!  That was the wording on the invitation to yesterday’s special opening. It was a first opportunity for artists to see what a show would look like in the new Plaza Gallery.

Until last summer the Cafeteria Gallery was the main home for art shows in Ajo. However, that space became dedicated to another use and it seemed that artists were going to be without a place for shows.

Long story short? Artists now have a new home, and one with much more exposure to potential buyers. While the Cafeteria Gallery was enjoyed by many it was not on a well-travelled road and many people were unaware of it.

The Plaza Gallery is, as its name suggests, in the Plaza — and the Plaza is right in the heart of Ajo. It’s a popular spot for townsfolk and visitors alike and sure to draw far more people than the Cafeteria Gallery.

Click on a photo for a larger view.

Val Uschuk spearheaded this first show in conjunction with ISDA (International Sonoran Desert Alliance). She and her co-workers did a wonderful job hanging the work. Judging by comments at the opening, the show and the space are a success.

In addition to hanging art on the walls, artists began talking about how to use the open space in other ways.

Some said they’d like to set up easels or tables to demonstrate their work. Others suggested offering classes. Some thought it would be fun to have a regular informal gathering of artists where they could work and visit with each other.

With ideas already percolating, it’s an exciting time to be making art in Ajo!