ElementalIt’s Elemental celebrates the talent and creativity of regional craftspeople (from Coconino, Navajo, and Yavapai counties) by showcasing fine craft work that demonstrates a command of the medium and a high level of workmanship and design. The exhibit will include objects created from clay, wood, fiber/paper, metal, and glass. Submitted pieces can be functional or nonfunctional.

Artists may apply as an individual and/or as part of a collaboration (2 or more artists working together on a piece). Each application may include up to four works of art. Jurors will consider creativity, design, and craftsmanship when reviewing the work. Acceptance is based solely on the images presented, so the quality of the images is extremely important. See last year’s exhibition for examples.

Flagstaff Arts Council will retain a 30% commission for all sales. Any accepted work delivered for the exhibition at the deadline that differs significantly in quality or concept from the juried works may not be accepted.

A Juror’s Award of $50 will be awarded in the wood, clay, metal, glass, paper/fiber and multiple elements categories. Additionally, each winner will have the 2014 entry fee waived.


Postmark Deadline for submissions: September 12, 2014
Notification of Acceptance (by email): October 3, 2014
Delivery of work: November 3-4, 2014
Members Reception Preview: November 14, 2014
Opening Reception: November 15, 2014
Fine Craft Sale: December 6-7, 2014
Exhibit closes: December 20, 2014
Art work pick up: December 22-23, 2014

Important Information

  • $35 application fee covers submission of up to four works of art (artist can submit up to two images of each work submitted) for It’s Elemental. This fee is not refundable.
  • A Juror’s Award of $50 will be awarded in the wood, clay, metal, glass, paper/fiber and multiple elements categories. Additionally, each winner will have the 2014 entry fee waived.
  • Donation of handmade ornaments are greatly appreciated and encouraged to our 7th annual “It’s Ornamental” fundraiser.
  • Award winners from the 2013 It’s Elemental exhibition: your application fee is waived, and you are guaranteed that one work of art will be accepted into the exhibition.

Submission Guidelines

  • Up to 2 images per work of art submitted (one full, one detail). Digital images must be high quality, high resolution 5” x 7”, saved at 300 dpi and in JPEG format.
  • Artists submitting work must be Arizona residents of Coconino, Navajo, or Yavapai counties.
  • Work must have been created within the last three years and created without supervision of a teacher.
  • Artwork must be ready for display, with specific instruction for any non-standard display methods.


The jurors for It’s Elemental 2014 are Flagstaff artists Steve Warburton, Holly Gramm Stahl, and Arline Martens.

Holly Gramm Stahl was born an artist; she was raised on a picturesque dairy farm in Chenoa, Illinois where brilliant sunsets, emerald fields and beautiful sisters were a constant source of inspiration for her drawings and paintings. Holly first saw the art of glassblowing performed in Murano, Italy, promising her best friend she would make her a beautiful piece of glass one day. She received her first formal art education at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, receiving a degree in Interior Design. Holly is a self-proclaimed guru of color and space design. Moving to Flagstaff, Arizona in 1998 was an adventure that culminated in meeting the glassblower, George Averbeck and the glass art love was reignited. Holly chose to study glassblowing under the direction of Fritz Driesbach at the Sonoran Glass Academy in Tucson in 2002, and now practices glassblowing at the Fire on the Mountain Studio in Flagstaff.

Steve Warburton has always loved furniture. His grandfather made furniture, his father made furniture, and Steve continues that tradition. The history of furniture and its place in society provide the underlying theme for much of his work. Working with Gary Rogowski at the Northwest Woodworking Studio was important in improving design skills. Primary influences are the French Empire style and Arts Nouveau and Deco. It was this love of design and function that led him to start Warburton Woods in 2008, specializing in custom handmade fine furniture. In between building client-commissioned furniture, Steve designs and contributes pieces to local non-profits for fund raising events, and exhibits in shows. He has won It’s Elemental Best in Show (Wood) twice, and was the featured artist at the Flagstaff Arboretum Annual Soiree in 2013.

Ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil, needle, screwdriver or packet of dye, Arline Martens has been busy creating a variety of visual arts. With a background in fine arts, she is currently pursuing fabric dyeing, fiber arts along with retail display and installations. Arline’s art is ever evolving and inspired by her observations of the natural world.


The contact for questions or more information about It’s Elemental is:

Elizabeth Hellstern
Deputy Director of Visual Arts & Marketing
(928) 779-2300 x104

How to Apply

The application and payment to enter It’s Elemental should be completed online (below). If you are having trouble using this form, contact Elizabeth Hellstern.

Entry Form