Coming to the Coconino Center for the Arts for the fifth time, NightVisions V celebrates the beauty of the night sky. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. NightVisions 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.
Flagstaff has a very active and strong scientific community. As home to the world-famous Lowell Observatory where Pluto was first discovered, Flagstaff is the world’s first International Dark Sky City. The community advocates for the value of maintaining quality dark skies and reducing light pollution for the benefit of all.
NightVisions and its associated events are presented by the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition and Flagstaff Arts Council.
My Beautiful Friends, paintings by artist Sky Black will be exhibiting in the Jewel Gallery. Sky Black is a local oil painter that explores a narrative surreal style while mixing humans and their materials with the natural world. The result leads to strange juxtapositions and paradoxical situations with the objects and characters involved (see photo at bottom of this page).
Schedule of Events: NightVisions
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 Concert
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Jazz soprano saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom’s 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. 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.