Gibson Artists Talk About Their Art

An interested group gathered at the Ajo Library yesterday to hear members of the Gibson Neighbourhood Artists talk about their work.

Six of the artists featured in the show shared their thoughts on inspiration and technique and visited with the audience after the opening.

The show runs until February 27.

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Gibson Neighborhood Artists

The Ajo Public Library is hosting a showing of art work by the Gibson Neighborhood Artists.

The show, which opened February 1, continues through to February 27. A reception for the artists will take place at the library on Thursday February 4 at  2:00 PM. The artists will discuss their works and answer questions from the audience.

This very colorful collection includes works in oils, acrylic, pastel, photography and watercolor. The show features work by Linda Constant Robinson, Terry Gonzales, Claire Bistline, Rene Cloutier, Wendee Cloutier, and Faye Gustafson.

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Rene Cloutier and Wendee Cloutier http://completepicture.zenfolio.com have traveled the world photographing places that many of us may only be able to see through their camera lens. They make even the most common everyday scene look exciting. Rene and Wendee have had their work included in a number of International Photography Exhibitions

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Claire Bistline    http://www.clairebistline.comClaire works with pastel, acrylic plus oils, and pursues a variety of subject matters. This exhibition includes one of her very popular rooster series. Claire has also had work in a number of juried art shows.

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Terry Gonzales http://www.fineartamerica.com /profiles/terry-gonzales Claire’s husband and painting partner chooses oils to create his colorful desert scenes. Terry’s paintings have also been included in a number of juried art shows.

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 Linda Constant Robinson, http://lindaconstantrobinson.com/ Art is and always has been the prime motivator of my life and since retiring fifteen years ago I devote myself to painting full time. My paintings have been accepted for exhibitions in galleries and art museums in the US and may be found in private collections in the US and abroad.

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Faye Gustafson, http://www.fayegustafson.com paints all things western in oils, plus works in the mediums of sculpture and pencil. Faye exhibits in several national and regional events and is a member of Oil Painters of America.

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. 

Second Saturday in December

Second Saturdays in the Plaza are becoming popular with artisans, browsers and buyers.

December 8 was a great turnout — produce, baked goods, arts and crafts were all on display. The Oasis Cafe is also open, offering a variety of beverages and food to go.

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Join us for the next Second Saturday — January 12 — in the Ajo Plaza.

Virtual Art Week 1: What’s Cookin?

The art scene in Ajo is slowly winding down after a busy winter season. Those “from away” are packing up and leaving for northern climes. Those who live here year-round continue to enjoy warm days and cactus blooms. 🙂

Marilyn Jackson, past chair of the Desert Artist Guild, has started a virtual artists’ group as a way to continue to create and share ideas over the summer months.

“The virtual art group will be any member, any medium, weekly art theme,” writes Marilyn. “This week it’s a kitchen theme. I must have been hungry! Anyway, if those who wish to participate could email me with their names and email address we can make a list. We can send photos to each other and to the blog. Who knows, we could even try to have a group show in the fall.”

Photographer Wendee Cloutier is the first entry in the kitchen category.

“This was Karen and Greg’s kitchen in their wonderful house in Machias, ME. Not the best lighting for a photograph but loved all the things in it.”

A Maine Kitchen

Marilyn turned to acrylics for her project.

What creative things are happening in your kitchen?

This week’s challenge: cactus flowers. Lots of inspiration out there right now. Maybe I’ll enter a photograph. 🙂