The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Apr
8
Sat
Breaking the Barrier – Opening Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Breaking the Barrier, an exhibition which features interactive artworks in a variety of mediums that engage with all five senses; sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. This exhibition promises to be unlike any other show presented at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The Exhibition will be open April 11 through May 27, 2017.  The opening reception will be held Saturday April 8, 6-8pm, with live performance art by Shawn Skabelund, interactive music by Owen Davis, cash bar, and light hor d’oeuvres.

Breaking the Barrier showcases work varying in scale, materials, and style that will invite visitors to engage their sense and manipulate the art in new and exciting ways. Everyone who walks through the door will essentially become part of the exhibition. The works range from a site-specific immersive room-like installation, to panels that will be built by the application of visitors’ discarded chewing gum.  Viewers will be surprised, challenged, and delighted to interact with each artwork in the exhibit.

Breaking the Barrier is approaching artwork on another level, and is something you don’t typically get to experience in Flagstaff. I feel it is important to push the boundaries of what an exhibition at the Center could be.” Travis Iurato, Artistic Director

The show features local, national and international artist from New York to San Francisco, from France to Flagstaff.  Artists include: Daniel Rozin, Leo Castaneda, Allen Riley, Christian 11, Cathy Gazda, Ben Craigie, Liesa Lietzke, Deb Strong Napple, Shawn Skabelund, Frederica Hall, Cathi Borthwick & Sharon Richards, Elijah Bourque, Gregory Zushka, Robert Jackson, Yelena Roslaya, Steven White, Brice Roy, & Karina Puga.

Breaking the Barrier is generously supported by:

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Apr
13
Thu
Artist Talk: David Christiana @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Artist David Christiana’s stunning exhibition of egg tempera paintings, Ecstacies + Homilies, is currently on display in the Hidden Light gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Though each of the 16″ x 20″ paintings carries a title referencing ecstatic events, holy days or rituals from Christian traditions, the artist is looking for a more earthbound spiritualism than what is found in predominately anthropocentric Judeo-Christian systems.

“These egg tempera paintings,” Christiana says, “are an attempt to uproot ecstatic events from Christian iconographic traditions and repurpose those ecstasies for what Daphne Hampson has called a post-Christian age. I’m thinking of dirt more than stars, earth more than heaven, and places where the ancients and the living seem equally present.”

Christiana will give an Artist Talk about this work Thursday, April 13. “I’ll talk about my process from doodlebugging to egg yolk,” says Christiana. “I’ll wonder about the alchemy of lines turning into threads, and then into stories. I’ll follow my technique from light into dark and, generally, back again, how Christian traditions and indigenous stories seem to share important elements yet seem to come to distinctly different ends. I’ll show a few examples of other artist’s work for context and inspiration, read a quote or two, invite questions and, hopefully, swap some energy.”

Egg tempera is a painting process that uses egg yolk to bind pigments. The artist must manufacture the paints him or herself by the simple process of mixing finely ground pigment, water and dilute egg yolk. The paint is then applied in a method where the optical laws of egg tempera are obeyed thus the unique surface of egg tempera will be achieved. In addition to making the paint the artist has also to prepare the surface on which to paint.

Learn more about David Christiana at his website >

Christiana is an official nominee of the 2017 Viola Awards > 

Apr
19
Wed
David Lindley @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

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Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council are pleased to present David Lindley live in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm and concert begins at 7:30 pm with an opening act. David Lindley will take the stage at 8:15 pm.
 
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed
instruments including Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki.
 
At his expansive and eclectic live performances David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.
 
Tickets go on-sale Friday, December 9, prices range from $25-$40 based on seat location. To avoid purchasing fee, tickets can be purchased at the Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or by calling (928) 779-2300. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.
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Apr
22
Sat
Magician Eric Giliam @ The Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present award winning magician Eric Giliam to the Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the all ages show begins at 6:00 pm.

The former World Teen Magic Champion has won many awards and prizes since he started performing at age twelve, among them, the award for the most original and innovative stage act presented to him by Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. Eric’s sleight of hand, illusions, and stage presentation have taken him regularly overseas, performing on prime time TV shows in London, Rome, and most recently an exclusive show in Spain. He continues entertaining in the U.S., performing over one hundred public and private stage shows every year.

The high energy show of magic, laughter, fascination and crowd participation has entertained and amazed audiences of all ages. He also brings to the stage a new grand illusion he has been working on with his female assistant that will add a new twist to the classic “separating a person in half”. For more about Eric Giliam, please visit his website.

Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 6:00 pm at the Coconino Center for the Arts located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. Tickets are $16 advance sale and $18 the day of the show. Tickets are available in town at Arizona Music Pro on Rt. 66 in downtown Flagstaff. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call the Coconino Center For the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Tickets on sale at Arizona Music Pro, 122 E Rte 66, Flagstaff

Purchase in Person at AMP (122 E Rte 66, Downtown Flagstaff)

Apr
23
Sun
Exploring Watercolor Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Exploring Watercolor with Tanner Jensen! During the first half of the workshop, participants will become familiar with the media. After lunch break, each student will be creating their own painting. Tanner will have a still life set up that may be painted, but students may paint what ever they wish. The instructor will be there to answer questions and assist.   A variety of watercolor paper brands and weights will be used along with Yupo a synthetic paper.

This workshop has been designed to introduce participants to a variety of traditional & non-traditional materials. Participants will be encouraged to play with the media and see where it will lead. Skill level Beginning to Intermediate.

All the materials are included. Price: $130/regular, and $120/members

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also a paid participant.

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Demonstration and Exercises:
-How to thin watercolor and how to make marks with the paintbrushes
-How to mix colors
-Wet into Wet color mixing
-Mixing color through glazing
-Sgraffito
-Watercolor Washes
-Creating Texture
-Watercolour Pencils
-Watercolour Crayons
-Water Soluble Pencils

Bring it all together & create a painting!

Participants should dress comfortably. While watercolor is not a particularly messy media, it is staining and may damage clothing. Please choose accordingly

 

About C. Tanner Jensen

C._Tanner_JensenBFA   Painting    Northern Arizona University   Flagstaff, AZ
MFA  Painting    East Carolina University          Greenville, NC

C. Tanner Jensen is a painter who has shown her art in galleries and juried shows throughout the United States and Europe. She has taught workshops and classes for community colleges and universities. Her paintings have been featured in several equine magazines and have appeared on the cover of the Chronicle of the Horse several times. Ms. Jensen is a dressage enthusiast and her love of the sport is reflected in several of her paintings.

Apr
25
Tue
Audiences Everywhere Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This workshop is free and open to all thanks to the support of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Conventional marketing practices that focus on picking the “low-hanging fruit” are inadequate for today’s fiercely competitive and ultra-connected environment.  This “mind-opening, rut-clearing & possibility-renewing” workshop introduces an updated and cohesive framework to attract, sustain, cultivate and diversify audiences –  a strategy that’s immediately actionable for arts and cultural organizations of every size and genre.

Key Takeaways include:

  • The critical difference between “pushing” and “pulling” for an audience
  • What your audience demands beyond “quality” and “value”
  • The 4 types of audiences and how to identify and engage them – in-person & on-line
  • (At least) 3 bold & creative ways to get your audiences to return
  • How to serve your community in ways that really matter for growing your audience

Presented by:  Matt Lehrman, Audience Avenue LLC

Matt Lehrman specializes in helping arts and cultural organizations pursue artistic relevance, financial vibrancy and audience connection.  His expertise is helping arts & cultural leaders see their organizations “from the audience-side of the mission statement.”  Before launching Audience Avenue, LLC in 2012, Matt Lehrman founded and served as the long-time Executive Director of Alliance for Audience and ShowUp.com, Arizona’s pioneering initiative in collaborative audience development. Upon naming him “Best Cheerleader for the Arts,” the Arizona Republic wrote, “For some, arts marketing is a career. For Lehrman, it’s a calling … his enthusiasm is genuine and infectious.”

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Jun
8
Thu
Night Visions 2017 – Members Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LH95 by Theresa Hentz

More than two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. We have grown so isolated from night that in much of our culture it has become alien and fearful. NightVisions VI seeks to re-open our positive connections to the natural night and to bridge the divide separating artistic from scientific perception, promoting the idea that science and art are two intertwined aspects of human experience.

In other words, NightVisions is an art exhibition that celebrates the beauty of the night sky. The exhibition is hosted at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff was designated as the world’s first International Dark Skies City, enacting limitations on light pollution to preserve the community’s exquisite view of the night sky, and leading a worldwide movement.

NightVisions will open with a Members Reception on Thursday, June 8, 2017, and a public Opening Reception on Thursday, June 15. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 11 through July 29, 2017. The exhibition is produced by the Flagstaff Arts Council in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.

 

Night Visions is generously supported by:

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Jun
15
Thu
Night Visions 2017 – Public Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LH95 by Theresa Hentz

More than two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. We have grown so isolated from night that in much of our culture it has become alien and fearful. NightVisions VI seeks to re-open our positive connections to the natural night and to bridge the divide separating artistic from scientific perception, promoting the idea that science and art are two intertwined aspects of human experience.

In other words, NightVisions is an art exhibition that celebrates the beauty of the night sky. The exhibition is hosted at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff was designated as the world’s first International Dark Skies City, enacting limitations on light pollution to preserve the community’s exquisite view of the night sky, and leading a worldwide movement.

NightVisions will open with a Members Reception on Thursday, June 8, 2017, and a public Opening Reception on Thursday, June 15. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 11 through July 29, 2017. The exhibition is produced by the Flagstaff Arts Council in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.

 

Night Visions is generously supported by:

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