This morning was a perfect time to visit Plaza Alley — the air was still cool and the light was just right for viewing.
Among the first artists to arrive were a number of students from the nearby high school. This is definitely a “group” effort, as it seems different students arrive each day to work on the mural. Click any image for a larger view.
The youngest artist at this event is two-year-old Silas. His mural is right at ground level, perfect for short arms and short legs.
Silas and Mike (DaWolf) Baker
Changes since yesterday …
Porter McDonald – how many countries can you see?
Tiffany Farrar – palm trees with a night sky behind. In progress.
Tiffany Farrar – painstaking work to paint the grate
Jesse Ismael Reyna – beautiful work created by blending only 3 colors
Alice Glasser – a calming, peaceful presence
A new mural started since my visit yesterday …
If you don’t feel like trekking down to the alley in the heat of day, come down after dark. There’s been some great live music in the evening along with art.
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