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. 

Who Are the Gibson Artists?

Yesterday’s post talked about the upcoming Gibson Artists Exhibition — but who are the Gibson Artists?  Member Faye Gustafson writes:

We are a group of artists defined not by anything other than our neighborhood, Gibson. During the past 6 or 7 years we would get together each November for the yearly “Open Studio” event in Ajo and afterward we always talked about what a terrific time we had together.

At some point we approached the Salazar Library to hang our work and the library wanted us to have a name for PR purposes. Since we all lived in the Gibson area of Ajo, it was decided to add the word ‘artists’ to become ‘Gibson Artists’.

In addition to the library exhibitions the Gibson Artists originated the first Christmas Gift Store in Ajo which continued for 3 seasons. We are just a group of friends who love art. In fact once every year or two we all gather at the home of one of the artists and enjoy delicious appetizers and talk art! What sets Gibson Artists apart from most groups is we hold no monthly meetings or keep minutes of our activities.

A sampling of their work …

Gibson Artists Exhibition

An exhibition of the latest artistic offerings from the Gibson Artists will open at the Salazar – Ajo Library in Ajo, Arizona on February 1, 2013 and continue during normal library hours until February 28, 2013. A reception hosted by the Ajo Library will take place in the library at 3 PM on Saturday, February 2.

Are you looking for a new way to view art?  The artists will introduce the guests to what should be a unique and entertaining way to view the work presented. To learn more about the art process and future plans of the artists — and to view some great art — plan to join them at the library.

Exhibiting at this year’s event are:

  • Invited guest artist, Denny Carriere. His paintings, Alki Point and Protection, received Honorable Mention at the Desert Artist Guild Juried Show & Sale in January.
  • John Cooper, a photographer who seeks out the old and hidden relics as subjects for his photo art. In addition to this show, John has had his work included in juried exhibits.
  • Lynn Cooper. With pen and ink, plus watercolor, Lynn is always on the hunt for the perfect subject for her exquisite renderings and is regularly juried into art shows.
  • Jack Tavenner began his art career in college then for the next 20 or so years worked at other things. After returning to painting he’s had great success with watercolor and exhibits at the North West Watercolor Society in Washington State.
  • Rich Davis. This is an artist who covers a lot of ground. From Alaska and Washington State to the Sonoran Desert, Rich paints it all! He works in oil and his paintings also have been included in juried shows and is represented by Confluence Gallery and Art Center in Twisp, Washington.
  • Rene Cloutier and Wendee Cloutier 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 International Photography Exhibitions. Wendee’s photo, Parade of the Lilies, received an Honorable Mention in January’s Desert artists Guild Show & Sale.
  • Claire Bistline works in pastel, acrylic and 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.
  • 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.
  • Faye Gustafson paints all things western in oils, plus also 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.