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.

 

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First Annual Pomegranate Festival

Yes, you read it right. And it’s going to happen in Ajo! This will be a regional festival but the first year it will be held in Ajo to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the heirloom orchard — now part of Many Hands Urban Farm and Learning Center — at Curley School.

The festival will be on Saturday October 31, with a pre-festival gathering the evening before.

A Call to Artists to design a festival poster will go out soon — we’ll post the details here when they’re available. Deadline for poster submissions will be August 15.

Red Show — Call to Artists

It’s that time again! The 7th annual Red Show is coming up next month, just in time for St. Valentine’s Day.

All 2-dimensional work (paintings, drawings, water colors, photographs) must have wire and be ready to hang. All other work must be display-ready.

There is no entry fee for this show. The commission on sales is 30%. All artists will have at least one piece in the show. Please note: Work not included needs to be picked up right away as there is no storage space at the Gallery.

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.

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

Ajo’s Outdoor Art

Ajo’s art community got a great boost with the release of a brochure describing some of the many pieces of outdoor art located around town.

The brochure was launched at Second Saturday on December 13 and included a bus tour to see some of the featured pieces. Local artist Jacqueline Andes was our tour guide and we were also joined at some of the locations by the artists who had produced the work.

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) produced the brochure. You can read more about this venture and see some of the work here.

Copies of the brochure and self-guided tour are available at places around town, including the Visitor Center in the Plaza.