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. 

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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.

See What You Could Win!

Plans are well underway for the Desert Artist Guild’s (DAG) 5th Juried Show and Sale which opens January 10 at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo, AZ.

Each year three awards are presented at the opening reception —  Best of Show (determined by the jurors), People’s Choice Award (voted on by those attending the opening) and President’s Award, given by the president of the Ajo Council for the Fine Arts (ACFA).

Money for these awards comes from several sources, including donations and door prize ticket sales. This year we have not one but two wonderful prizes. Artist and archeologist Rich Davis has donated one of his oil paintings, Hat Mountain, a well-known local landmark. Fiber artist Jolene Northup has donated one of her richly colored hand dyed and handwoven scarves.

This year there’s no need to wait until the January opening to get your chance to win one of these special works of art. DAG members have been selling tickets in Ajo and Why. They’ll be on sale again this Saturday from 10 to 3 at the Federated Church Art Show & Sale.

P.S. If you have someone on your holiday shopping list who’s hard to buy for, why not stuff some tickets in their stocking Christmas Eve. 🙂