Ajo’s 20th Annual Quilt Show

Curley School Auditorium hosted the 20th Annual Ajo Piecemakers Quilt Show Friday and Saturday.

Titled Quilting in the Sonoran Desert, it was a busy — and colorful — time.

In addition to the dozens of quilts on display, the event also included quilting demos, antique bed turning, an array of vendors and lovely door prizes.

Shindig Photo Contest 2015

Yes, it’s that time again — plans are underway for the annual Sonoran Shindig photography contest sponsored by the Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association. This year’s show will take place March 21, in the Plaza in Ajo, AZ.

Organizers are looking for entries in 6 categories:

  • Desert Plants
  • Desert Wildlife
  • Desert Places
  • Desert Patterns
  • Desert Landscapes
  • People in the Desert

All photos must have been taken in the Sonoran Desert and previous entries are not eligible. Photos can be in color, or black and white. They must be unframed and 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.

You can see previous winners here and a copy of the entry form here. So grab your camera, head out to the desert and see what you can find. 🙂

Register for Community Arts Gathering

Community Arts Gathering, Ajo, AZ

Registration is now open for the first Community Arts Gathering being held in Ajo, AZ March 14 to 18, 2015.

The Community Arts Gathering is a coming together of artists diverse in culture, discipline, and practice, held at the intersection of three nations — the U.S., the Tohono O’odham Nation, and Mexico.

Artists will occupy this unique place in the Sonoran Desert as a framework for a larger national and international dialogue on socially engaged practice and community based arts. This is an opportunity for renewal, connection, sharing, and inspiration between artists working within community.

The Community Arts Gathering will offer five days of exciting performances, presentations, workshops and exhibitions of work by community artists from around the country and Mexico. 

You can register online here COMMUNITY ARTS GATHERING March 14-18, 2015 | International Sonoran Desert Alliance. You’ll also find information on participating artists, schedule of events and places to stay.

We hope you can join us for this very special event!

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).

Call for Artists: Redrawing Borders

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA)issues the first bi-annual call for artists to submit artwork to a curated exhibition in the Ajo Plaza Gallery. The title of the exhibition is Redrawing Borders.

This exhibition is part of the Tri-National Symposium — Celebrating the Sonoran Desert. The exhibit Redrawing Borders seeks to promote a dialogue and collaboration between governmental agencies, NGOs, Native American and human rights organizations at the national and international level to help create greater understanding and support for humanitarian and ecological solutions to the U.S./Mexico borderlands crisis.

The exhibition Redrawing Borders is open to all media and artwork should explore the following themes:

    • Human and environmental impacts of the current border situation, including immigration, labor policies, human rights violations, and enforcement procedures.
    • Humanitarian and environmental responses to the border crisis.
    • Collaborative, cross-border, multi-national, cross-agency efforts to address human and environmental impacts.
    • International humanitarian crisis and other border issues.

Important Dates:

Send three images of your artwork, bio, statement, works list via email by February 17, 2014 at 11:49 pm. Notification of artists selected and mailing instructions will be sent via email by February 21, 2014.

Opening Reception is Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Time 5:30-7:30 pm. Exhibition will close April 18, 2014.

To learn more about submitting work and the curator for this event, click here for the full Call for Artists document.


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

The Quilt Show is Coming!

Ajo Piecemakers’ Quilt Show, “Quilting in the Sonoran Desert” is happening Friday February 7 and Saturday February 8, from 9 am – 3 pm in the Curley School Auditorium. Admission is $2.

There will be quilting demonstrations (10 am, noon and 2 pm), a new quilt display and bed-turning presentations (9:30 am, 11:30 and 1:30 pm). You also have a chance to win a beautiful quilt. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. There will also be a number of vendors at the show.

The Quilt Show is just one of the events happening during this annual 10-day event. Check out Ajo Arts Alive! for more information.



Call for Artists — Christmas Show & Sale

Are you looking for a holiday setting to show and sell your art? Then the Plaza Gallery in Ajo is looking for you. Ajo sits in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and is home to an amazing array of artists and artisans.

If you are interested in entering your work, show coordinator Jacqueline Andes has compiled the following information:

  • Theme and Location
    Christmas Art Show at the Plaza Gallery in Ajo. This is not a juried show and is open to everyone.
  • Art Work
    This is a multi-media show open to all art forms. (Please note: Small pieces are welcome — they will be on display in Art Stop but will appear in the Gallery during the reception.)
    ALL artwork that is to be hung must be properly secured in the frame with clips. Use picture hanging wire. Special clips for securing stretched canvas can be purchased online or are available at most craft stores. Picture wire can be obtained from any hardware store. In the past, some artwork has been delivered for hanging in very bad condition where the volunteers had to secure the artwork before hanging. Artwork that is not secured properly will not be hung and will be returned to the artist.
  • Intake
    Artists can bring their work to the Plaza Gallery on December 2 – 4 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please ensure that each piece you are submitting is clearly marked with your name, title, size and price — slips are on hand at the Print Shop next door.(This information is needed to create labels for the wall.)
  • Hanging
    The show will be hung Thursday, Dec. 5th.
  • Reception
    The opening reception is Friday Dec. 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Artists who would like to bring treats for the reception, are encouraged to do so — just bring the refreshment along the evening of the reception.
  • Storage
    Small pieces will be held in the Print Shop along with paintings. Some paintings/sculpture will be lined along the Gallery walls until hung.
  • Show Length
    The show will run from December 6 to January 4. All work must be picked up that day as it is also intake day for the annual juried show.

If you need more information, please use our Contact Form.

Desert People & Places

Here are the last two categories in the Sonoran Shindig photo contest — People in the Desert and Desert Places.

People in the Desert

Desert Places

Do you have some special shots of the desert you’d like to share here? Contact us for more info.