Tohono O’odham Student Art

The Salazar-Ajo Library welcomes students from Tohono O’odham Community College for the school’s first-ever exhibit at the library.

Beginning with an opening reception at 3 p.m. Friday, September 30, the students’ works will hang in the library throughout the month of October.

Students displaying paintings include:

  • Makaye Lewis showing “My Favourite Boot” (acrylic on panel) and “Carmen” (mixed media)
  • Sisco Fraire showing “Saint Graffitti” (acrylic on panel) and “Kaye” (acrylic on stretched canvas)
  • Sage Greely showing “No Father to My Style” (acrylic on panel) and “Rose” (acrylic on stretched canvas), and
  • Dylan Porter showing “Leo” (acrylic on bookbinding board) and “Holy Tattoo” (acrylic on panel).

The four are students in the college’s Painting I class, a Visual Art + Design’s associate of fine arts core class requirement. They are under the direction of Kimberley Lund, PhD.

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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.

Redrawing Borders in Ajo

Redrawing Borders generated much interest and attention when it opened March 18.

This is one of the pieces that caught my eye as I entered the Plaza Gallery. It tells the ongoing story of a backpack (mochila) found by a hiker on the desert near Organ Pipe National Monument. (Click photo for a larger view.)

George Strasburger, Carlos Encinas and Diane Kahlo are among the artists featured in this show which runs into April.

Studio Tours

Several artists opened their homes and studios March 22 during the Sonoran Shindig. I really enjoy seeing artists in their work spaces — you can almost feel the creativity and color in the air.

I visited Claire Bistline and Terry Gonzales during the tour. They are currently having a sale on their collective works — kind of like spring cleaning to make way for the new work they are beginning. 🙂

 

The Lizards are Loose

If you’ve driven Highway 85 through Ajo in the last couple of days, you’ll have noticed a pair of colorful lizards gracing a newly painted building.

These critters — created and painted by local artists Sherry and John Fritschle — are part of a program to add eye-catching art to the town. They unveiled their work at a recent meeting of the Desert Artist Guild. You’ll spot the brown lizard as you’re heading north. The turquoise version is visible in both directions.

This is part of the Ajo Rocks! beautification project spearheaded by director Freeman Fry. Rumor has it that more art will be highlighting a wall near you soon. 🙂

Local artist Pilar Hanson designed these great new signs and fellow artist Mike (Lonewolf) Baker painted them. A great way to promote stores and events in the Ajo Plaza.

New signs

Thanks to all who are lending their talents to make Ajo so bright and colorful!

Art Under the Arches

Last week’s Second Saturday was extra special with the addition of many new artists showcasing their work.

Although artists have always been a part of Second Saturday, Art Under the Arches brought out many artists who hadn’t shown their work here before. They set up their displays on both sides of the Plaza and on the grass.

We hope to see some of these artists back for 4th Saturday, February 23, when the Farmers’ Market folks will be back with more delicious produce.