Call for Artists — Pop-up Gallery in Ajo

This is a call to artists to “Join the First Conversation”

We are looking for artwork that expresses a recognition that migrant lives matter and community members in this area have rights.

Hang your work for one day only in the Plaza Gallery as part of a larger state-wide day of action for border rights. You’ll find details on how Ajo has decided to participate in this larger conversation in this week’s Copper News. You’ll also find detailed information here.

We will be sharing space with the artwork of Tohono O’odham Community College students and using the free-standing movable walls for display.

This is a pop-up gallery so whatever art comes in first gets hung first — no labels will be supplied, all work must come ready to hang, and all artists must come ready to improvise! Tools and supplies will be left available in the gallery for each artist to hang his or her own artwork.

Hang your work on Tuesday May 26th between 10am and 3pm. One piece per artist please!

The community is invited to see the artwork as part of the event on Wednesday May 27th beginning at 6 pm.

Need more info? Please use our Contact form.

Plaza Gallery Exhibitions

Here are the upcoming exhibitions for Ajo’s Plaza Gallery.

May 8 – June 8, 2015
Tohono O’odham Community College exhibits “Next”, TOCC’s end of the year student show compiled by art teacher Kimberly Lund.
Opening Reception Friday May 8th, 6pm

June 12 – June 26, 2015
Ajo Unified School District, end of the year student show compiled by art teacher Allison Venturella.
Opening Reception Friday June 12th, 6pm

July and August are open. Propose a solo or group exhibition. All ideas are welcome. We are also looking for a volunteer to help with the opening receptions. You would not be doing it alone! If you are interested please contact us.

Red Show 2015

The much anticipated Red Show opened last week on a lovely balmy evening. This is one of the favorite art shows, leading as it does into St. Valentine’s Day.

Everything in the show has red in it — from the art on the wall, to the clothing people wore to the opening, to many of the refreshments.

In addition to the artists who entered work, Ajo’s Cultural Crafts Group produced a beautiful basket of red and white cascarones, tokens of celebration throughout Mexico and the American Southwest. A fitting addition to such a festive event.

The show runs to the end of the month so there’s still time to view the works and catch the spirit of “red”!

 

Red Show — Call to Artists

It’s that time again! The 7th annual Red Show is coming up next month, just in time for St. Valentine’s Day.

All 2-dimensional work (paintings, drawings, water colors, photographs) must have wire and be ready to hang. All other work must be display-ready.

There is no entry fee for this show. The commission on sales is 30%. All artists will have at least one piece in the show. Please note: Work not included needs to be picked up right away as there is no storage space at the Gallery.

Come to the Art Show Opening

Mark your calendar for this special evening!

Many thanks to Terry Gonzales and Freeman Fry for donating the two lovely door prizes. Buy a ticket at the reception for a chance to win these beautiful works of art.

DAG Show & Sale 2015

Call to Artists — Annual DAG Show & Sale

Yes, it’s that time of year! Plans are underway for the annual Desert Art Guild Show & Sale. This event is always a highlight of the winter season in Ajo — and a great opportunity for artists to strut their stuff.

If you’re not a member of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, you’ll find membership information here.

A downloadable copy of the intake form will be available soon.

Annual art show 2015

Ajo Holiday Show

The annual Holiday Art Show opened at the Plaza Gallery November 28. There was plenty of good cheer, lively chatter and beautiful works of art.

All pieces are specially priced for gift-giving. 🙂

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.

The Red Show 2014

The Red Show 2014

The Red Show is a much-anticipated event in Ajo, kicking off Valentine’s Day with bright beautiful colors.

The show opened February 15 this year and will run until the middle of March. If you haven’t seen it yet, plan to stop by Ajo’s Plaza Gallery. You’ll discover a variety of media including painting, collages, photography, pottery and some surprises.

Several pieces have already sold (look for the little red dots) — great news for the artists. 🙂

Click any photo for a larger view.

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.