Coming to the Coconino Center for the Arts for the fifth time, the NightVisions V exhibition celebrates the beauty of the night sky. While the exhibition is open September 20 – October 29, several events are scheduled as part of the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s Celebration of the Night. See the schedule below for all events related to NightVisions.

Schedule of Events: NightVisions

Flagstaff Dark Skies CoalitionOpening Reception
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Our receptions are the place to be! We will have live music, good food and drink, and many of the participating artists in attendance. Be the first to see the NightVisions exhibition and Sky Black’s new exhibition, My Beautiful Friends. This event is part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science. 6-8pm, free.

NightVisions Satellite Exhibition Opening Reception at Lowell Observatory
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Ten Flagstaff artists will be exhibiting at Lowell Observatory in the lobby. The reception will be held from 6-8pm.  The Observatory’s Flagstaff Festival of Science Open House will run concurrently from 5-9:30pm, and will include free telescope viewings and other activities. Free.

Wildlife Under Flagstaff’s Dark Skies
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Many dramas play out under the dark skies of a Flagstaff night. Foxes, skunks, raccoons, coyotes and a host of other animals wander our yards and streets. Often their behavior is directly influenced by the way we build our homes, landscape our yards and feed our pets. Learn about Flagstaff’s wild nightlife from NAU’s Tad Theimer in this fascinating lecture. This event is part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science. 6:30pm, free.

Night Skywriting Trio in ConcertJane Ira Bloom
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Jazz soprano saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom (pictured) leads the Night Skywriting Trio (soprano sax, bass, and drums & elektro/acoustic percussion) will play space-inspired music in coordination with the NightVisions exhibition that month. Tickets are $20 and include a pre-concert talk with Bloom about her work as NASA’s first jazz artist in residence. Pre-concert talk at 6:15pm, Concert at 7:30pm.

Orbit, A Symphonic Fantasy
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Orchestra Northern Arizona has invited noted composer Karim Elmahmoudi to Flagstaff for a special performance of his original composition, Orbit, A Symphonic Fantasy. The piece, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2012, now plays hourly at the California Science Center, which houses the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Two concerts: 3:30pm & 7:00pm. Free.

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am-5pm
September 23 through October 29, 2014
Explore the beauty of the night sky through the perspective of world-class artists from all over the world. The exhibition features photographs, paintings, ceramics, textiles, glass work and more that celebrates the night sky. Showing in the Jewel Gallery is Sky Black’s My Beautiful Friends.

LH95 by Theresa Hentz

LH95 by Theresa Hentz