Art & Advocacy for the Homeless

Organizers held a gallery opening and fundraiser January 29 to raise money for Ajo’s homeless.

The photos, by Jon Linton, are on exhibit at Art Under the Arches Gallery until February 25.  They are part of “I Have a Name”, a project to restore dignity, compassion and understanding for those less fortunate.

The gritty images capture moments in the lives of homeless individuals in Arizona, some of whom we might not even give a second look if we saw them on the street.

The intent? ” … to create greater awareness in the effort to inspire change … delivering hope where hope has run thin. We are giving a voice to the silenced.”

 

To learn more about ongoing efforts in Ajo, visit Sheltering Ajo on facebook.

You can also contact them by email.

Denny Carriere Featured Artist

Ajo artist Denny Carriere is the featured artist at Art Under the Arches Gallery this month.

Denny works in egg tempera, a very old technique dating back more than 2000 years. It was the technique used by the Italian Renaissance painters until 1500 when it was overtaken by the invention of oil paints.

The opening reception is Friday, January 8 at 5:30 pm.

Gallery Fundraiser

Art Under the Arches Gallery is humming along — art work is selling, new artists are joining this amazing artists’ co-operative and interest is growing in the work both here and away.

As with any business, bills are coming in. And so are the ideas for improvements to the gallery. What if we … Maybe we could … Wouldn’t it be great to …

So! The artists and gallery friends are holding a fundraiser in January. Pick up a ticket at the gallery, put on your dancing shoes and join the bidding on some great items.

Chu Chu silent auction

Weaving Demo — Jolene Northup

It’s not often you get to watch a weaver spin magic on her loom. This Saturday, beginning at 9:30 at Art Under the Arches Gallery, you can see Jolene Northup do just that.

Oops! The typo gremlins hit the poster … the weaving demo is actually Dec 12, not the 5th. But you figured that out  🙂

Weaving DemoJolene has been an active part of the art scene in Ajo for several years. Whenever she brings out her loom or her spinning wheel, she attracts a lot of interest.

There will be lots of other things to see and do this Saturday as well — it’s Second Saturday and the Farmers’ Market, along with local artists and crafters, will also be at the Plaza.

Opening Nights at the Galleries

Imagine two galleries opening back to back. Imagine art-filled walls, music outdoors and inside, BBQ and petit-fours, blue jeans and long dresses.

That was just some of the fun as Ajo celebrated the arts last week — Low Brow at the Copper News and High Brow at Art Under the Arches.

Here are some moments from the events …

Shop Local This Season

Art Under the Arches Gallery in Ajo has some beautiful gifts waiting for a spot under the tree or tucked into a Christmas stocking. Maybe someone you know is celebrating a birthday or an anniversary. Or maybe you want to brighten someone’s day just because.

You might just find what you’re looking for here in the Gallery. And to make your shopping even easier, Gallery gift cards will be available.

The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5. Come see what’s here!

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Tohono O’Oodam Artists in Ajo

A special treat awaits you this Saturday in Ajo.

Jovita Wallace, owner of aVita boutique, is hosting the first O’odham Visions Art Festival at her shop in the Raven’s Nest. The event features several O’odham artists, including local musician and composer Bobby Narcho.

This event runs from 11 to 3, Saturday December 5.

Tohono O'odham Visions

Later the same day at 4 pm you can hear a talk by Annie Antone at Art Under the Arches Gallery in the Plaza. She’ll also do a demonstration of the basket weaving that has won her wide acclaim and numerous awards.

There will be a reception after Annie’s presentation.

Annie Antone

 

Low Brow Show — Another New Gallery in Ajo!

The Low Brow Art Show is taking place Friday Nov. 27 from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 am to 2 pm at the new gallery located in the Ajo Copper News.

“Mike Baker and I have always rankled at the boundary some place between fine art and commercial art,” says Hop David, well-known artist and editor of the Ajo Copper News. “For example, artists like Norman Rockwell or Maxfield Parish were looked on with disdain. Some critics would label them illustrators and not fine artists.

“The renaissance artists are regarded as the pinnacle of fine art. We like to point out that these guys were working stiffs carrying out their job assignments from bishops, princes or other patrons.

“In the Low Brow Show we’re hoping to stretch the boundaries of what people regard as art. A lot of ‘red neck’ or blue collar folks work very hard in their craft and consequently produce worthwhile work.

“We believe all the artists we’re showcasing are fine artists regardless how some may label them.

“Those interested in participating please send me images of your work and/or stop by the Copper News office and show me.

“We are also encouraging people to set up tables in the Copper News parking lot. There’s 18 spaces, as of this writing five people have reserved spaces.

“In the parking lot Chuck Johnson will be serving Barbecue. Mundo Garcia, Victor Moreno, Michelle Pacheco and friends will be playing cumbias, country western music as well as old time rock and roll.”

As often happens in this town, folks share the stage — so you get a double scoop of art this weekend. The Low Brow Show opens Friday night and the High Brow Show opens Saturday.

Grand Opening — Art Under the Arches

Time to don your best duds! Art Under the Arches is celebrating its grand opening next Saturday, November 28th at 5:30 pm and you’re invited.

Attire is “formal”. Keep in mind that this is Ajo — that said, dressing up in something spiffy (however you define that) would be lovely.

You’ll have a chance to meet international artist Lois Griffel, listen to lovely music by the Blue Summerstar Band, sip champagne and indulge in tasty treats.

Do join us — it will be a lovely event.

Grand Opening

 

Art Under the Arches — Ajo’s New Gallery

Arts and crafts have a wonderful new home in Ajo. Art Under the Arches Gallery is now open for business in the Plaza.

Long known for the diversity and quality of its artists, Ajo now has a permanent home to showcase that talent year-round.

The non-profit Gallery is an artist cooperative supported by the members and associates of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts. Although the official opening isn’t until November 28th, more than 20 artists have already signed up to be part of this venture.

In addition to viewing the wide array of work — including fine art, jewelry, pottery, photography, wood craft, fabric art and cards — visitors will also be able to watch artists at work and learn about the creative process.