Desert Photography Show

The Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association’s annual photography show opened March 7 and runs to March 19. It’s located in the foyer next to Art Under the Arches Gallery, in Ajo.

This show is part of the Sonoran Shindig, a festival celebrating the Sonoran Desert with live entertainment, food, vendors, informational booths and activities.

Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit entries in one of 6 categories. There is also a Best in Show winner.

Winners are chosen by popular vote. You can choose your favorites, mark them on the entry form and drop it in the ballot box. Winners will be announced at the Shindig in the Plaza on Saturday March 19.

 

Art Under the Arches — Ajo’s New Gallery

Arts and crafts have a wonderful new home in Ajo. Art Under the Arches Gallery is now open for business in the Plaza.

Long known for the diversity and quality of its artists, Ajo now has a permanent home to showcase that talent year-round.

The non-profit Gallery is an artist cooperative supported by the members and associates of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts. Although the official opening isn’t until November 28th, more than 20 artists have already signed up to be part of this venture.

In addition to viewing the wide array of work — including fine art, jewelry, pottery, photography, wood craft, fabric art and cards — visitors will also be able to watch artists at work and learn about the creative process.

 

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 2

It’s amazing how much has changed in the alley since I stopped by yesterday afternoon.

After I left yesterday, Eileen Costuck arrived and painted in the letters for the Desert Artist Guild mural. This morning Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales began adding bright colors to the design.

Mike (DaWolf) Baker was working on small mural halfway down the alley, then stopped to help an artist mark off the wall for her piece. Several visitors wandered in off the street and were delighted to see the work taking shape — and to talk with the artists.

Running over the next 5 days or so, this is definitely a must-see event. Amble through the alley. Or bring a chair and watch for awhile. Everyone is welcome!

Ajo Street Art Project — It’s Happening!

Ajo’s first Community Arts Gathering starts this Friday evening with a potluck to welcome visiting artists and give them an opportunity to meet their Ajo counterparts. It’s gonna be great to see so many new faces.

One of the most visible and exciting parts of the Gathering will be the Street Art Happening. Mike (DaWolf) Baker kicked off the event earlier this month when he completed his latest mural right along Highway 85.

Since then he’s been over-seeing the preparations for both local and visiting artists who’ll be contributing their work to once-dingy walls that line the alley between the Plaza and the old warehouse.

I stopped by for a look this afternoon and found one artist from Alaska working on her mural. Several designs have already been added to the walls and more are on the way.

Artists will be painting here for the next week. They may be working at all hours, maybe even at night, so chances are good you’ll have a chance to see great art in the making!

 

The Lizards are Loose

If you’ve driven Highway 85 through Ajo in the last couple of days, you’ll have noticed a pair of colorful lizards gracing a newly painted building.

These critters — created and painted by local artists Sherry and John Fritschle — are part of a program to add eye-catching art to the town. They unveiled their work at a recent meeting of the Desert Artist Guild. You’ll spot the brown lizard as you’re heading north. The turquoise version is visible in both directions.

This is part of the Ajo Rocks! beautification project spearheaded by director Freeman Fry. Rumor has it that more art will be highlighting a wall near you soon. 🙂

Local artist Pilar Hanson designed these great new signs and fellow artist Mike (Lonewolf) Baker painted them. A great way to promote stores and events in the Ajo Plaza.

New signs

Thanks to all who are lending their talents to make Ajo so bright and colorful!

Open Studio in March

The 18th Ajo Open Studio will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 10 to 3:00 PM in the Ajo Plaza. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite people to your studio to highlight your art.

This year Open Studio coincides with the Sonoran Shindig, a popular event that brings a lot of people to Ajo.

If you’d like to participate, here’s the scoop:

  • Reply by Thursday, March 13, if you would like to participate.
  • Bring ONE piece of your art to the Open Studio tents in the Plaza by 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 22.
  • Along with your piece of art, please bring 10 printed handouts. The handouts should include:
      • Your name — The Media you work in — Short Bio — Photo of yourself (optional)
      • Your address — Email — Phone
  • Bring 10 business cards

The Open Studio tents will be decorated with red balloons — volunteers will hand out information on the open studios and your art. You’ll also receive a red balloon to identify your studio to visitors.

This is a great opportunity to market your work — join us and be part of this special day.

Sherry Fritschle "Crater Range Series 6"

Sonoran Shindig Photography Contest

Hey, photographers! Here is your heads-up alert for the 2014 Sonoran Shindig photo show to be held on March 22nd in the Ajo Plaza.

Get out your camera, head out into the desert and bring back that blue ribbon shot. Or look through your archives of past years’ pictures for your winning entry.

Here are the six photo show categories. Click on the links to see last year’s winners.

Any photo entered must have been taken in the Sonoran Desert. Previously entered photos are ineligible.

Photos can be in color, or black and white. They must be unframed, mounted on mat board. Printed frames are not acceptable. We want to showcase the desert, not computer programs. That being said, even Ansel Adams used a few tricks in the dark room. So computer enhanced photos will be accepted. Photos may not have text, dates or other data on them.

Acceptable photo format sizes are as follows — 8×10, 16×20 and 10×20 panorama. Entry forms, complete rules and entry deadline will be announced soon. Consider this your first alert for another fantastic photo show celebrating our Sonoran Desert.

Gopher snake