¡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.

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.

Ajo Street Art Happening — Part 8 (Wrap-up)

Although a few murals are still works in progress, most of them in Plaza Alley are complete. If you haven’t been down to see them yet, you’re in for a treat when you do.

For a week in mid-March Ajo hosted the first Community Arts Gathering which brought artists from near and far to participate in this Street Art Happening.

Scroll through the earlier posts and you’ll see many pieces of the work unfold. These pictures show some of the latest updates. (Some artist names are still missing. If you know who did the work, please contact me so I can include the names.)

Many thanks to Mike (DaWolf) Baker, the driving force who organized the amazing performance by these talented and energetic street artists — professionals and novices alike.

And many thanks to ISDA for allowing them the space to create. It’s a wonderful example of what can happen when communities work together.

This might just be the start of something big!

Bed to spare? Share with a visiting artist

Ajo is hosting its first-ever Community Arts Gathering March 14 to 18, 2015.

Many of the participating artists are coming from out of town and will need places to stay. If you have space in your home — or a place to rent for the Gathering — please contact ISDA (International Sonoran Desert Alliance) via the email address in the poster below.

If you’re interested in attending the event, registration is now open.

Homes Needed

Register for Community Arts Gathering

Community Arts Gathering, Ajo, AZ

Registration is now open for the first Community Arts Gathering being held in Ajo, AZ March 14 to 18, 2015.

The Community Arts Gathering is a coming together of artists diverse in culture, discipline, and practice, held at the intersection of three nations — the U.S., the Tohono O’odham Nation, and Mexico.

Artists will occupy this unique place in the Sonoran Desert as a framework for a larger national and international dialogue on socially engaged practice and community based arts. This is an opportunity for renewal, connection, sharing, and inspiration between artists working within community.

The Community Arts Gathering will offer five days of exciting performances, presentations, workshops and exhibitions of work by community artists from around the country and Mexico. 

You can register online here COMMUNITY ARTS GATHERING March 14-18, 2015 | International Sonoran Desert Alliance. You’ll also find information on participating artists, schedule of events and places to stay.

We hope you can join us for this very special event!

Ajo’s Outdoor Art

Ajo’s art community got a great boost with the release of a brochure describing some of the many pieces of outdoor art located around town.

The brochure was launched at Second Saturday on December 13 and included a bus tour to see some of the featured pieces. Local artist Jacqueline Andes was our tour guide and we were also joined at some of the locations by the artists who had produced the work.

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) produced the brochure. You can read more about this venture and see some of the work here.

Copies of the brochure and self-guided tour are available at places around town, including the Visitor Center in the Plaza.

The Carpetbaggers Are Coming!

Look out, Ajo, we’re about to be invaded. The Carpetbag Brigade is coming to town and bringing with it a wonderful event titled Callings. This is an amazing combination of dance and theater, unlike many of us have seen before.

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To welcome them to Ajo and the community, we’ll be having a potluck in the Curley Courtyard behind the Auditorium Sunday, March 9 at 5:00 pm. Please bring your own table service and drinks and a yummy dish to share. If you are available to help set up and/or clean up afterward, please contact Jim Reiman. (On the Contact page, click on Ajo Council for the Fine Arts.)

Photo by Christopher Mankowski

Photo by Christopher Mankowski

The Carpetbaggers will be in town the entire following week and will be performing on Friday March 14 at 6:30 pm in the Curley School Auditorium. Admission is $10 (students are free) — what a deal for a performance by a professional troupe.

Photo by Kike Seba

Photo by Kike Seba

Hope to see you at both events!

Call for Artists: Redrawing Borders

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA)issues the first bi-annual call for artists to submit artwork to a curated exhibition in the Ajo Plaza Gallery. The title of the exhibition is Redrawing Borders.

This exhibition is part of the Tri-National Symposium — Celebrating the Sonoran Desert. The exhibit Redrawing Borders seeks to promote a dialogue and collaboration between governmental agencies, NGOs, Native American and human rights organizations at the national and international level to help create greater understanding and support for humanitarian and ecological solutions to the U.S./Mexico borderlands crisis.

The exhibition Redrawing Borders is open to all media and artwork should explore the following themes:

    • Human and environmental impacts of the current border situation, including immigration, labor policies, human rights violations, and enforcement procedures.
    • Humanitarian and environmental responses to the border crisis.
    • Collaborative, cross-border, multi-national, cross-agency efforts to address human and environmental impacts.
    • International humanitarian crisis and other border issues.

Important Dates:

Send three images of your artwork, bio, statement, works list via email by February 17, 2014 at 11:49 pm. Notification of artists selected and mailing instructions will be sent via email by February 21, 2014.

Opening Reception is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Time 5:30-7:30 pm. Exhibition will close April 18, 2014.

To learn more about submitting work and the curator for this event, click here for the full Call for Artists document.