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.

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.

 

Strut Your Stuff at the Ajo Library

“If you’re looking for a place to display your talents, please think of the library,” says program coordinator Lee Irwin.

“We have a few exhibits booked during the next 12 months, but there are still many months where we fear we’ll be staring at ugly walls. Help us!”

Here’s a list of our current bookings and the available months.

2015
April Art Exhibit: Karen Sucharski
May Art Exhibit: Marla Von Ettenburg
June Art Exhibit: Available
July Art Exhibit: John Curry
August Art Exhibit: Available
September Art Exhibit: Available
October Art Exhibit: Available
November Art Exhibit: Jacqueline Andes
December Art Exhibit: Available

2016
January Art Exhibit: Diane Carnright
February Art Exhibit: Gibson Neighborhood Artists
March Art Exhibit: Available
April Art Exhibit: Available
May Art Exhibit: Available

If you are interested in booking an exhibit for one of these “available” months, please contact the Salazar-Ajo Library at 530-387-6075.

DAG Annual Show 2015

The Annual Desert Artist Guild Show & Sale opened last week and runs to February 9, in the Plaza Gallery, Ajo.

Those at the opening had an opportunity to vote on People’s Choice. The winner this year was Diane Carnright for “Mid Summer Night Dream.” Jacqueline Andes won second place and Terry Gonzales was third.

Mid Summer Night Dream by Diane Carnright

DAG Meet & Eat — and Learn!

The monthly meeting of the Desert Artist Guild is a great place to meet other artists, find out what’s happening in the arts in Ajo, and share tips and techniques about all things “art”.

We meet at the Ajo Country Club at 10 AM on the first Tuesday of the month. Today’s gathering was a lively get-together — we had updates on the Federated Church Art Show & Sale last December and on the Juried Show & Sale that opens this Friday.

We also talked about the upcoming Art Under the Arches on February 8, the ACFA member potluck on January 26, developing an inventory of DAG supplies, another open studio this spring — and more! This is a busy group.

After the meeting adjourned, lunch was served and the show-and-share portion got started. Shirley Fritschle described how she uses clamps to hold her work in the frame. She and John Fritschle also shared a tip (via Diane Carnright) for matching colors from a photograph to what you want to appear on the canvas.

Fabric artist Regina Browne described how she uses pigment dyes and duct tape (yup, the handyman’s best friend) to produce some of her gorgeous work. Diane Carnright talked about plein air and how to create outdoors.

If you’d like to join us, the next meeting is Tuesday, February 4 at 10 AM at the Ajo Country Club.

People’s Choice Award

The annual Federated Church Art Show sponsored by ACFA/DAG was held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the La Mina entrance to the Federated Church just off the Plaza.

Diane Carnright won the “People’s Choice” award for her painting titled ”Desert Home”. Yolanda Aguilar, one of our newest members, was the most successful artist selling three pieces.

                                             Diane Carnright

Paul Chadell and Larry Huff were the lucky winners of the door prizes donated by Diane Carnright and Marilyn Jackson, respectively.

Marilyn Jackson

                                        Marilyn Jackson

The art was beautiful. The heavy local turnout made the artists feel appreciated. The 2014 show will be on Dec 6, next year.

Submitted by Pat Rigdon

Art Show at the Federated Church

Members of the Desert Artist Guild once again put on a fine show at the Federated Church. Here are some of the pieces featured at this year’s event.

DAG’s next big event is the 5th annual Juried Show & Sale at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo. Intake is Saturday January 4th. The opening is Friday January 10 from 5:30 to 7:30. The show runs to February 10.

Christmas Art Show

The annual Christmas Art Show & Sale at the Plaza Gallery opened in Ajo last Friday — and by all accounts it was a lot of fun.

I visited the show today and was impressed by the work. Several artists surprised me with the new directions they’re taking with their art. It’s well worth a visit.

Here are a few of the pieces featured in this year’s show. Also, don’t forget to check out the display case just inside Art Stop — it features small items that are also part of the show, including some gorgeous jewelry by Mari Zimmermann.

Ajo Artist Diane Carnright

Diane Carnright, one of Ajo’s most prolific artists, spent her younger years in upper New York State. She has since lived in California and Florida, moving to Ajo in 1972 where her studio, the Carnright Studio, is still located.

She began drawing while in grade school. Although she says she was very detail-oriented in her first works she now describes her artwork as realistic impressionism.

Diane credits a high school art teacher in New York and Loretta Musgrave with teaching her many painting skills. Loretta was an art teacher in Ajo in the ’80s and is now a successful artist. She taught art classes after school and Diane was her assistant.

IMG_0149Diane has been part of the art club in Ajo since its inception in 1986 when Phelps Dodge had homes for sale. The mine and smelter had just closed. PD suggested community clubs would make Ajo attractive to more buyers. The Desert Artist Guild was born.

When asked what inspires her to paint Diane says, “It is an urge, an urge within me”. In the past year her painting subjects have included a portrait, a landscape, a scene including people and an abstract.

She says the business side of being an artist takes time away from painting but she needs to sell to buy more supplies.

After painting for 35 years Diane says she can now paint what is in her head. In addition to Ajo shows, she has shown her art in Scottsdale, Tucson, Williams and Glendale.

For fun Diane sews, mostly clothes and quilts.

Diane advises new artists to show their work. “Take part in shows and always have  some backup work with you because you never know when what you show will sell out. It happens.”

The Federated Church show coming up on Dec. 14 will be featuring some of Diane’s newest work as well as many other local talented artists will be available for viewing and purchase.

Written by Ajo artist Pat Rigdon

Second Saturday in December

Second Saturdays in the Plaza are becoming popular with artisans, browsers and buyers.

December 8 was a great turnout — produce, baked goods, arts and crafts were all on display. The Oasis Cafe is also open, offering a variety of beverages and food to go.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

Join us for the next Second Saturday — January 12 — in the Ajo Plaza.