Redrawing Borders Exhibition Opens Next Week

Redrawing Borders — Art Activist, Humanitarian and Ecological Solutions opens at the Ajo Plaza Gallery on Tuesday March 18 in Ajo, Arizona. The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30. A discussion panel on the exhibit’s theme will take place at 6 pm.

Artists Appearing in the Exhibit

Carlos Encinas  ~  Giannina Coppiano Dwin  ~  Jewel Clearwater Fraser
Sonia Baez-Hernandez  ~  Diana Kahlo  ~  Rex Koningsor
Fabio Rodriguez  ~  Michael B. Schwartz  ~  George Strasburger
Karen Sucharski  ~  Marla von Ettenberg  ~  Morgana Wallace-Cooper

Fabio Rodriguez

An exciting aspect of this exhibit is the Virtual Gallery Exchange — The Border Project. This traveling art exhibit, originally created in Ajo, will be installed in Sonoyta, Sonora, México for simultaneous exhibition with Redrawing  Borders at the Ajo Plaza Gallery.

Redrawaing Borders was made possible by the generous support of the Tri-National Symposium – Celebrating the Sonoran Desert, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).

Wrestling the Lettuce Lady

On September 27th Ajoites enjoyed free grilled corn and tepary bean quesadillas, corn cob painting, martial arts demonstrations and children’s activities. There was even an arm wrestling match between Mr. French Fries and Ms Lettuce.

Lettuce Wrestles French Fries These activities were generated to engage community in the Plaza Gallery comic book exhibit on diabetes prevention, It’s Up 2 You! 

It's Up To You

This exhibit is part of Morgana Wallace Cooper’s project “Skins”. And the activities don’t end there. For the month of October and part of November, Wallace Cooper and partnering artists will be working with local school groups, organizations, and training programs, to make art in support of the food and gardening movement taking place in Ajo.

The purpose of the project is to reach community wide goals, mainly to improve the overall diet of our community members, to increase awareness of where our food comes from both geographically and culturally, and to increase social health and community involvement, through art activities.

The project is funded in large part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Activities at the Ajo Library are open to all and include paper making, haiku poetry, drawing, sculpting, and eating!

Wallace Cooper says, “After this Fall round of art making we will use our ideas and designs to create public sculpture and functional art in the Winter and Spring that will beautify our community garden and public spaces.”

Check out the calendar for a full listing of “Skins” activities at the Ajo Library.