We are inviting anyone who is interested in creating a mural, or helping to paint one, to join us in the Plaza south side alley on May 9 and 23, from 8 AM to 1 PM.
Artists who have an idea for a mural, please bring a drawing and be prepared to explain the images. Create a design using the following words as a guide – cross-culture, place, people, Sonoran Desert, Ajo, mining town.
I wasn’t in Plaza Alley last night but I hear it was a great time! Art, artists, music, lights — wow.
Tonight will be lots of fun too! As part of the ongoing Community Arts Gathering, the Plaza will be hosting Mexican food vendors, a beer garden and art exhibits (in addition to the work going on in the alley).
Ballet Folkloric de Ajo will perform outdoors from 6 to 7, followed by Los Cenzontles Performing Ensemble from 7 to 9. This is open to everyone so we hope you can be there too!
Meanwhile here are some shots I took earlier today as I wandered through Plaza Alley. (Click on any photo for a slide show.)
Claire Bistline & Terry Gonzales
Jesse Ismael Reyna
Nearly done – Mike (DaWolf) Baker
I caught this image in a car windshield
Mike (DaWolf) Baker & Dwayno of Neoglyphix
Tools of the trade
Work from the “heART”
Jackie (Jacqueline) Andes
Jamie, from Neoglyphix
Ajo artist Victor Garcia
Closeup, Michael B. Schwartz
Closeup, Michael B. Schwartz
Michael B. Schwartz, one of the speakers at the Gathering
Jamie & Dwayno, with Neoglyphix, working in spray paint. Neoglyphix is an all-indigenous aerosal art group.
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. 🙂
Even with her arm in a sling, Diane Carnright, who helped start the first artists’ group in Ajo in the mid-1980s, can still wield a paintbrush
Art from the heart
Desert Senita Community Health Center
This reminds me of a Haida totem pole
Young artists at work
Kat from Alaska is painting up a storm
Jackie Andes is working on Arizona’s “5 C’s” — starting with cattle
Hop David, editor of the Ajo Copper News, is also a talented artist
The 3 musicians are just about done
What a difference a day makes
Something’s happening here …
Mike & a visiting artist compare notes
Tucson’s Alice Glasser starts her mural
Although some artists used a projector to throw images on the wall, Alice sketched her image entirely freehand
Lots of interest in what is happening
Two AmeriCorps volunteers, working at the Sonoran Desert Conference Center, came for a look-see
Jackie Andes, newly elected president of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts
Artist Denny Carriere (R) emerged from his studio to check out the action in the alley
A new design – Victor Garcia
One of the artists needed shade to check out the mural plans on his laptop
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!