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.
Did you make it to the Artist Festival last weekend? See the Quilt Show? Hear the Old Time Fiddlers? So much was happening in Ajo I don’t know if anyone got to do it all.
Ajo is fortunate to have so many talented people — some live here year round, some spend the winter here, others drop in for special events. No matter who you are or where you’re from, we love to see you. And thank you for sharing your gifts with us.
Here are some shots from the first annual Artist Festival. Judging by the enthusiastic comments from artists, browsers and buyers, this event will be back next year.
Early arrivals start setting up the tents.
Arranging the cascarones display.
Assemblage by Joyce Chaney.
What is Assemblage?
Yummy! Just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Mike Baker, Artist Festival organizer, sets up the Desert Artist Guild booth.
Painting by Diane Carnright.
Work by Joyce Dodd Harcharik.
Fabric Artist Regina Browne demonstrated her technique in the Plaza Gallery.
Weaver Jolene Northup brought her loom and several pieces of finished work.
A perfect day under the Plaza palms.
Photographer Rene Cloutier (r) with some of his work.
Art in the Plaza
Artists Karen Sucharski and Jude Varnum find some time to visit.
A little entertainment always makes the day more enjoyable.
Works of art in fabric.
Quilts on display.
The annual Quilt Show draws a big crowd with lots of “Oooo’s” and “Ahhh’s”.
If you haven’t been in Ajo for the annual bash sponsored by Ajo Arts Alive, you’re in for a real treat. If you’ve attended in the past, you know how much fun it is. And if you hope to sample even a small part of all the activities roller skates would be helpful 😉