¡Bienvenidos! Ajo Hosts Puerto Peñasco Artists

Reciclaje de LlantasCultural Exchanges is an exhibition of artwork by artists from Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico.

The work represents different disciplines including sculpture, functional design, jewelry, and clothing, and much of the art is made from recycled materials.

 

Artists include …

  • Delfina Lizzaraga and Carmen Sanchez of the arts group Mujeres Trabajando,
  • Alma Angelina Yanes Leyva and her recycled tire art,
  • Sergio Ricardo Monjaraz Gonzalez’s iron works, 
  • María Estela Avalos Hernández and Susana Navarrete Hernandez’s work representing two sewing co-operatives, and
  • Carlos Daniel Soto Espindola of the environmental group Centro Ecológico Comunitario de Bahía Adair.

Collar de fishitasThe Cultural Exchanges exhibit is part of a larger project to try and build stronger relationships between artists in Mexico and here in Ajo by a partnership with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) and the Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) in Puerto Peñasco.

It is funded by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. CEDO’s director Hiram Peña Bonilla offered the organization’s facility and resources as a support for the Mexican community’s artists.

El Laberinto de la VidaIn addition to this art exhibition, a handful of Ajo artists are invited to spend a long weekend in residence in Puerto Peñasco in October 2016. While in residence Ajo and Puerto Peñasco artists will together share skills, facilitate workshops, and create new work.

This collaboration will provide the Puerto Peñasco artists with new venues and audiences for their artwork and significant opportunities for residents of each community to learn, connect, and create.

Artwork will be on display April 23rd through May and possibly longer in the Art Under the Arches Gallery in the Plaza.

EleganteThere will be an opening reception on Saturday April 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Some of the artists will be in Ajo to talk about their work at the opening reception and will give a presentation at 2:30 that day. 

For more information, please Contact us.

This Show’s for the Birds

Ajo’s Art Under the Arches Gallery is hosting a special art exhibition this month featuring work done by Arizona school children as part of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program.

The Duck Stamp program supports bird habitat conservation and is one of the most successful ways of protecting habitat for birds and other wildlife.

The exhibit opens with a reception Friday April 15 at 5:30 pm. The show runs through April 22.
Duck Stamp Flyer

ACFA Potluck

ACFA — the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts — invites everyone to gather for a potluck in the lobby next to Art Under the Arches Gallery in the Plaza.

Bring a dish to share, your plate and cutlery, and whatever beverage you’d like to enjoy.

And! If you’re in a playful and creative mood, dress up as your favorite movie character. (Or not. It’s up to you.)

Never heard of ACFA? This is a fun way to learn about this creative group. It includes artists and actors along with people who enjoy music and theater. Some like to attend events, others offer to help with promotion and behind the scenes jobs. If you’re curious, come join us!

ACFA Potluck **

 

Featured Artist — Diane Carnright

Diane Carnright is the featured artist this month at Ajo’s Art Under the Arches Gallery. The show, along with refreshments, opens Thursday March 4 at 5:30 pm. It runs to the end of March.

Valentine Art

Earrings by Tracy TaftValentine’s Day is only a few days away but there’s still time to find an I-love-you gift.

Art Under the Arches is taking part in Love-filled Gifts this week.

One of the Gallery’s featured artists is Tracy Taft. Buy a pair of her fused glass earrings —you’ll get one dollar off the price and a gift box for your purchase.

You’ll find other Love-filled Gifts at aVita boutique, Sue’s Flowers and the Copper News.

Look Who’s Talking About Us!

Sonoran Arts Network is an online arts journal connecting artists of all kinds and art lovers in the Sonoran Desert bioregion of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. It featured a full-length article about Art Under the Arches in its most recent issue:

Ajo has taken another step toward becoming an Arizona arts destination when Art Under the Arches Gallery opened in late November, 2015.  Art Under the Arches Gallery is a cooperative gallery which features more than twenty Ajo artists.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Andes, director of the new gallery and an artist-member, explains how the gallery idea developed:

“Early last summer I started thinking about the possibility of an artist’s gallery in Ajo. Tracy Taft, Executive Director of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance approached me asking if I would be interested in renting a store in the Ajo Plaza, knowing that I was thinking about a gallery. After looking at one of the available stores, Ms. Taft then suggested that I consider the space that was the Art Stop/Print Shop. This was a prime location in the Ajo Plaza. It was at that time the idea became a very serious one. “ …

Read the rest of the story in the latest issue of Sonoran Arts Network.