April 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

Kayley Quick: Rainbow Beta

Join us for a reception and party to celebrate the arts and local artists! This preview reception will be your first chance to view the art in Local Color. The event will feature dance performances and live music, with tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Artist Chip Thomas’ mural on the building, Spirit Line, will be seen for the first time, and Emma Gardner’s giving tree to support the Arts Council will be on display in the lobby.

Local Color is an art exhibition borne of connections. Artists and members of the community have selected and invited the 24 artists who are featured in Local Color 2016, a biennial exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The exhibition will feature a diverse range of styles and media from these local artists, including ceramics, paintings, sculpture, large murals, and more.

To attend this reception, patrons must be members of the Flagstaff Arts Council. Become a member now, or simply pay at the door on the night of the Reception. A Public Opening Reception will follow on Saturday, April 23, 6–8pm. 

Featured in the Jewel Gallery is Before the Mythmakers, an exhibition of paintings by David Lash.

The 24 artists in Local Color were selected by their peers and the community as follows:

  • Six artists were invited to be the core artists:
    • Each of these six artists invited three more artists (6 artists x 3 artists = 18 artists)
    • Those 18 artists plus the core 6 equals 24 total invited artists
  • Selection of the core six artists was as follows:
    • Two artists were chosen by a nomination and vote by the community at large
    • Two artists were chosen by a vote of the 24 artists that participated in Local Color 2014
    • Two more artists were chosen by a vote of the Arts Advisory Council, a group of volunteer artists who advise on art and exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The only rules were that participating artists must be locally-based, and cannot have participated as an artist in the 2014 Local Color exhibition. Through this process, each artist has a connection to every other artist, forming a network web of local talent, separated by only a few degrees.

There is no jury, no curator, and no prospectus, and Arts Council staff did not have a vote. This show is about local artists choosing what other local artists should be showing art at the Center.

Local Color will be open April 19 – May 28, 2016.