Since opening in the fall of 2015, Art Under the Arches gallery continues to showcase the works of over thirty (30) local, regional and internationally recognized painters and artisans. The AUA gallery is a great reason to visit the historical Ajo, Arizona Plaza. The artists’ gallery exhibits paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery/ceramics, glass art, fiber art and much more. Because of the creative diversity of the artists, the gallery offers original creations. Visit us and learn about the artists and enjoy a unique shopping experience.

October features two extraordinary exhibits: The Body Art exhibition and the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Body Art exhibition opening reception is Friday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m., and runs through November 23rd. The exhibit of tattoo drawings and paintings features the work of Phoenix tattoo artist Ryan Marquez.

Individuals with Body Art will pose for photographs in the AUA Atrium at the above date and time. Stop by and bring your cameras. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Salazar-Ajo library will have books available about body art and the history of the art form. “Bringing an intimate and personal art form such as tattoos into museums, galleries, and auctions gives the practice a new, institutional legitimacy and a special kind of accessibility.” K. Schwab, The Atlantic.

Dia de los Muretos (Day of the Dead) Art Show opens in the AUA Atrium on Friday, November 4th, reception at 5:30 p.m. Dia de Muretos a Mexican holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico, a gathering of family and friends who pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. The exhibit recognizes the tradition by displaying art in various mediums.

Other AUA gallery exhibits in the 2016-17 winters season include:

December – Artists renderings of Santa Maria de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

January – Desert Artists Group Show and Ajo Friends of the Library Bookmark Contest entrants.

February – The Red Show.

Additional shows will be added during the season.

In addition, during the 2016-17 winter season, various artists will be conducting art workshops. For upcoming event and workshops, contact: Art Under the Arches (520) 387-6505, email:, or check our Facebook page: Art Under the Arches.

AUA Gallery winter hours (Oct.-April) 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday; summer hours (May-July) 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed August