Fires of Change is an NEA-funded art exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The exhibition explores, through the eyes of artists, the increase in severity, size and number of wildfires in the Southwest and their impact on the land.
This preview reception for members of the Flagstaff Arts Council is scheduled for Thursday, September 3. There will be a pre-reception Artists’ Presentation at 5pm with artist Julie Comnick (Prescott, AZ), and poet David Chorlton (Phoenix, AZ). The reception and gallery will be open 6-8pm. There will be live music, food, and many of the participating artists in attendance.
Anyone can attend the members’ preview by becoming a member of the Flagstaff Arts Council. Click here to become a member today.
<– See the sidebar at left for a full listing of Fires of Change events.
The exhibition opens alongside Jewel Gallery exhibition Starlight, featuring the night sky photography of Stan Honda.
About the Speakers
Julie Comnick (pictured) lives in Prescott, Arizona, where she holds the position of Studio Arts Faculty in the Arts, Letters & Languages department at Prescott College, teaching interdisciplinary courses in painting, drawing, art theory and public art. She received an MFA in Painting from Montana State University and a BA from The Evergreen State College.
During his thirty years in Phoenix, David Chorlton has given and organized many readings, also taught a weekly creative writing class at Scottsdale Senior Center since 1994. He has twice won the Slipstream Chapbook Contest, most recently for From the Age of Miracles in 2009, and in 2008, he won the Ronald Wardall Award from Rain Mountain Press for The Lost River. His books include: Outposts (1994, Taxus Press, UK); Waiting for the Quetzal (March Street Press, 2006); The Porous Desert (FutureCycle Press, 2007), and The Devil’s Sonata (FutureCycle Press, 2012).
Fires of Change
The participating artists were invited for their unique perspectives, experience and talent. In order to show art in the exhibition, the artists had to participate in a Fire Science Bootcamp, spending a week in the forests of Northern Arizona in late 2014. A team of top-notch fire scientists provided the eleven invited artists education and training on the impact of wildfire in Northern Arizona in preparation for the September 2015 exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Flagstaff installation artist Shawn Skabelund.
The eleven Fires of Change artists are:
- Kathleen Brennan of Taos, NM: photography
- David Chorlton of Phoenix, AZ: poetry
- Julie Comnick of Prescott, AZ: painting and installation
- Bryan David Griffith of Flagstaff, AZ: photography
- Craig Goodworth of Newberg, OR: sculpture, drawing, installation, performance and prose
- Jennifer Gunlock of Los Angeles, CA: mixed media drawings
- Saskia Jorda of Scottsdale, AZ: installation and performance
- Helen Padilla of Flagstaff, AZ: painting
- Bonnie Peterson of Michigan: textiles and topographic maps
- Katharina Roth of Sedona, AZ: ceramics
- Steven Yazzie of Phoenix, AZ: video/film, painting, drawing, performance and installation environments
Most of the art in Fires of Change will not be seen until the exhibition opens, but below is a preview of some art that has been created by our artists. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.