Desert Photography Show

The Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association’s annual photography show opened March 7 and runs to March 19. It’s located in the foyer next to Art Under the Arches Gallery, in Ajo.

This show is part of the Sonoran Shindig, a festival celebrating the Sonoran Desert with live entertainment, food, vendors, informational booths and activities.

Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit entries in one of 6 categories. There is also a Best in Show winner.

Winners are chosen by popular vote. You can choose your favorites, mark them on the entry form and drop it in the ballot box. Winners will be announced at the Shindig in the Plaza on Saturday March 19.

 

May Challenge — Shadows

It’s a new month and a new theme for our online art challenge. Marilyn Jackson, who first suggested this idea in 2013, continues to encourage us to stretch our artistic wings.

She suggested “shadows” for this month’s theme.

I took this photo at our local farmers’ market last summer. All our booths are outdoors so it’s not unusual for some of the local wild life to visit. This lovely golden dragonfly paused on one of my beaded necklaces, casting shadows as it soaked up the early morning sun.
Beads & Dragonfly

If you’d like to submit something for our “shadows” theme, send me a note via our Contact page and I’ll tell you how to send in your entry.

April Challenge — Wendee Cloutier

Photographer Wendee Cloutier is perhaps best known for capturing nature and exotic travel locations, but as this photo shows she is also adept at capturing personal relationships. She calls this one “Family Package.”

What would you like to enter in the April Challenge?

wendeesart@gmail.com

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. 

Sonoran Shindig Photography Contest

Hey, photographers! Here is your heads-up alert for the 2014 Sonoran Shindig photo show to be held on March 22nd in the Ajo Plaza.

Get out your camera, head out into the desert and bring back that blue ribbon shot. Or look through your archives of past years’ pictures for your winning entry.

Here are the six photo show categories. Click on the links to see last year’s winners.

Any photo entered must have been taken in the Sonoran Desert. Previously entered photos are ineligible.

Photos can be in color, or black and white. They must be unframed, mounted on mat board. Printed frames are not acceptable. We want to showcase the desert, not computer programs. That being said, even Ansel Adams used a few tricks in the dark room. So computer enhanced photos will be accepted. Photos may not have text, dates or other data on them.

Acceptable photo format sizes are as follows — 8×10, 16×20 and 10×20 panorama. Entry forms, complete rules and entry deadline will be announced soon. Consider this your first alert for another fantastic photo show celebrating our Sonoran Desert.

Gopher snake

DAG Juried Show & Sale

The Desert Artist Guild’s 5th Annual Show & Sale opened last Friday evening to a full house — and what an evening it was!

Planning for the show began last October and the work definitely paid off. Artists entered more than 40 pieces of work. This year we invited two jurors to evaluate the work, Leia Maahs from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and Marla Ettenberg, from Ajo. They did a wonderful job and provided artists with written feedback on their submissions.

Several artists volunteered to lay out the show. Show chairperson Jolene Northup and husband Ed hung the pieces. Wendee Cloutier and one of her granddaughters handed out invitations to people at IGA on Friday afternoon.

The opening drew a huge crowd and the Plaza Gallery was filled to capacity. Lots of fun for all!

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the awards. Jim Reiman, President of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, presented the President’s Award to Jolene Northup for her fiber/acrylic piece “Pink Cliffs on Spruce Sound”.

People’s Choice, chosen by people at the opening, went to Val Uschuk for her piece “Sunbather.” Jurors’ Honorable mention went to two artists, Jacqueline Andes, for her painting “Buck Jones” and Robert Sorrels, for his photograph “Forgotten Dead.” Best of Show, chosen by the jurors, went to Jovita Wallace for her painting “Base Vibration.”

Door prizes, also won that evening, were donated by Rich Davis (an oil painting titled “Hat Mountain”) and a hand-dyed, handwoven scarf by Jolene Northup. The Ajo Council for the Fine Arts also donated 2 tickets to the upcoming performance by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Ajo on February 19.

Art Show at the Federated Church

Members of the Desert Artist Guild once again put on a fine show at the Federated Church. Here are some of the pieces featured at this year’s event.

DAG’s next big event is the 5th annual Juried Show & Sale at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo. Intake is Saturday January 4th. The opening is Friday January 10 from 5:30 to 7:30. The show runs to February 10.