Sonoran Arts Network is an online arts journal connecting artists of all kinds and art lovers in the Sonoran Desert bioregionof 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. “ …
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.
“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.
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.
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.)
Claire Bistline & Terry Gonzales
Jesse Ismael Reyna
Nearly done – Mike (DaWolf) Baker
I caught this image in a car windshield
Mike (DaWolf) Baker & Dwayno of Neoglyphix
Tools of the trade
Work from the “heART”
Jackie (Jacqueline) Andes
Jamie, from Neoglyphix
Ajo artist Victor Garcia
Closeup, Michael B. Schwartz
Closeup, Michael B. Schwartz
Michael B. Schwartz, one of the speakers at the Gathering
Jamie & Dwayno, with Neoglyphix, working in spray paint. Neoglyphix is an all-indigenous aerosal art group.
It was a windy day in Ajo but that didn’t seem to hinder the artists working in the Plaza alley. I was amazed to see how some of the works had progressed since yesterday.
There were a lot of visitors today — some sauntered over after the Second Saturday and Ajo Regional Food Festival festivities, others came just to see the art and meet the artists.
Mike (DaWolf) Baker said some of the artists were working until nearly midnight last night. Some people brought refreshments, there was music and an all-round good evening. If you aren’t busy tonight, check out the art in the alley. 🙂
Even with her arm in a sling, Diane Carnright, who helped start the first artists’ group in Ajo in the mid-1980s, can still wield a paintbrush
Art from the heart
Desert Senita Community Health Center
This reminds me of a Haida totem pole
Young artists at work
Kat from Alaska is painting up a storm
Jackie Andes is working on Arizona’s “5 C’s” — starting with cattle
Hop David, editor of the Ajo Copper News, is also a talented artist
The 3 musicians are just about done
What a difference a day makes
Something’s happening here …
Mike & a visiting artist compare notes
Tucson’s Alice Glasser starts her mural
Although some artists used a projector to throw images on the wall, Alice sketched her image entirely freehand
Lots of interest in what is happening
Two AmeriCorps volunteers, working at the Sonoran Desert Conference Center, came for a look-see
Jackie Andes, newly elected president of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts
Artist Denny Carriere (R) emerged from his studio to check out the action in the alley
A new design – Victor Garcia
One of the artists needed shade to check out the mural plans on his laptop
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.
Opening crowd of 2015 DAG show
Eternal Renewal by Marsha Lynn Knopf
Weavings by Jolene Northup
Door prize donated by Terry Gonzales
Los Santos Negros series by Susan Stone
Into the Canyon by Jacqueline Andes
Jim Reiman, President of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts