Gibson Artists Talk About Their Art

An interested group gathered at the Ajo Library yesterday to hear members of the Gibson Neighbourhood Artists talk about their work.

Six of the artists featured in the show shared their thoughts on inspiration and technique and visited with the audience after the opening.

The show runs until February 27.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

 

Gibson Neighborhood Artists

The Ajo Public Library is hosting a showing of art work by the Gibson Neighborhood Artists.

The show, which opened February 1, continues through to February 27. A reception for the artists will take place at the library on Thursday February 4 at  2:00 PM. The artists will discuss their works and answer questions from the audience.

This very colorful collection includes works in oils, acrylic, pastel, photography and watercolor. The show features work by Linda Constant Robinson, Terry Gonzales, Claire Bistline, Rene Cloutier, Wendee Cloutier, and Faye Gustafson.

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Rene Cloutier and Wendee Cloutier http://completepicture.zenfolio.com have traveled the world photographing places that many of us may only be able to see through their camera lens. They make even the most common everyday scene look exciting. Rene and Wendee have had their work included in a number of International Photography Exhibitions

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Claire Bistline    http://www.clairebistline.comClaire works with pastel, acrylic plus oils, and pursues a variety of subject matters. This exhibition includes one of her very popular rooster series. Claire has also had work in a number of juried art shows.

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Terry Gonzales http://www.fineartamerica.com /profiles/terry-gonzales Claire’s husband and painting partner chooses oils to create his colorful desert scenes. Terry’s paintings have also been included in a number of juried art shows.

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 Linda Constant Robinson, http://lindaconstantrobinson.com/ Art is and always has been the prime motivator of my life and since retiring fifteen years ago I devote myself to painting full time. My paintings have been accepted for exhibitions in galleries and art museums in the US and may be found in private collections in the US and abroad.

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Faye Gustafson, http://www.fayegustafson.com paints all things western in oils, plus works in the mediums of sculpture and pencil. Faye exhibits in several national and regional events and is a member of Oil Painters of America.

New Art by Claire Bistline & Terry Gonzales

Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales — two well-known Ajo artists — are having a joint show of new work at aVita boutique.

The opening reception is Saturday January 16, from 4 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited!

Is There Still Life in the Desert? flyer.jpg

Plein Air A’Plenty

Ajo artists Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales recently attended the 2015 Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA. They’ve sent YouTube video links that share some of the events.

Day 1  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrOTaRom3jk

Day 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm8VFQwi23M

Day 3  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkVppUS89Fo

Day 4   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvuhIRJgghk

“There were 700-800 artists in attendance,” said Terry, “and we may even have set a record for the number of painters painting outdoors in one area.

“We were exposed to some wonderful artists and personalities. The images and experiences are still settling and forming our memories. Tucson, Arizona will be the site of the 5th Annual Plein Air Convention.

“I will send more images later.”

Looking forward to seeing to them!

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 4

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.)

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 2

It’s amazing how much has changed in the alley since I stopped by yesterday afternoon.

After I left yesterday, Eileen Costuck arrived and painted in the letters for the Desert Artist Guild mural. This morning Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales began adding bright colors to the design.

Mike (DaWolf) Baker was working on small mural halfway down the alley, then stopped to help an artist mark off the wall for her piece. Several visitors wandered in off the street and were delighted to see the work taking shape — and to talk with the artists.

Running over the next 5 days or so, this is definitely a must-see event. Amble through the alley. Or bring a chair and watch for awhile. Everyone is welcome!

Ajo Holiday Show

The annual Holiday Art Show opened at the Plaza Gallery November 28. There was plenty of good cheer, lively chatter and beautiful works of art.

All pieces are specially priced for gift-giving. 🙂

Studio Tours

Several artists opened their homes and studios March 22 during the Sonoran Shindig. I really enjoy seeing artists in their work spaces — you can almost feel the creativity and color in the air.

I visited Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales during the tour. They are currently having a sale on their collective works — kind of like spring cleaning to make way for the new work they are beginning. 🙂

 

Gibson Artists Show

Eight artists who live in the Gibson area of Ajo are preparing for their show at the Ajo Library. The show runs February 1 to 28th. The reception is Saturday February 8 at 1:30 in the library. Everyone is welcome. 

Rich Davis - RavenRich Davis writes: “Ravens have held a special significance for people down through the ages. Representing both wisdom, evil and sometimes playfulness, they can appear at times to be quite vain.  This is my attempt to portray the vanity in a playful way in a mystical setting.  We live in Ajo, Eastern Washington State and SE Alaska, all places where the Raven is ever-present and important to the atmosphere of the area.  Capturing “Raven’s” essence presents wonderful challenges to the artist.”

Faye Gustafson "Open Seas"

“Open Seas” by Faye Gustafson features RMS Aquitania.

Faye writes: “At least two people in Ajo traveled to North America on the Aquitania in the mid-to-late 1940s.”

You can read more of this ship’s fascinating history here.

Other artists featured in the show include:

Rene CloutierRene’s photographs have hung in exhibitions in the US, Mexico and Canada, and he has taught photography classes and presented travelogues in all three countries. His photographs for this show are of a recent trip to New York.

Wendee Cloutier. Wendee writes: “My passion for being on the move, seeing new landscapes and meeting people from all over the world lends itself to capturing the moments that inspire me to enjoy when I stop to rest. I do love to photograph nature but the images I am presenting at this show are a musical performer in Central Park in New York City plus unique eaves troughs and chimneys in Europe.”

John Cooper. Local photographs that illustrate his enjoyment of his surroundings in Ajo with floral, still life and landscape studies.

Lynn Cooper. Lynn is exhibiting local watercolor/sumi scenes portraying whimsical views of flora, fauna and life in Ajo.

Works by Jack Tavenner and Claire Bistline will also appear in the show. 

Grow it, paint it, eat it!

Grow it, paint it, eat it. That’s the theme that artist Terry Gonzales suggested for our August Challenge. He and his wife, Claire Bistline, submitted these 3 pieces.

Terry Gonzales "Beets" Claire Bistline "Carrots" Claire Bistline "Radishes"

Terry writes: “We are having fun. These paintings are part of a fundraiser for the local county fairgrounds where 30 artists are participating. The beets are mine and the other two are Claire’s. Hers are done with acrylic on raw canvas and mine is oil on canvas.”

What have you been creating lately?