The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Apr
7
Sat
Brunch Reception: Echoes of Loss @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for a special brunch reception at the Coconino Center for the Arts to see the new art exhibition, Echoes of Loss. During the midday opening, mimosas and breakfast foods will be served along with ambient live music. The curators and some of the participating artists will be in attendance to talk about the exhibition with patrons.

Echoes of Loss: Artistic Responses to Trauma is an invitational art exhibition that explores artistic responses to loss and catastrophe. More than a dozen artists from all over the world will participate with works of art in photography, textiles, sculpture, film, printmaking and installation art. Tracing a range of visual approaches to trauma, the exhibition uncovers the ways that works of art can draw us closer into losses that remain unknowable, bringing articulation to that which refuses to be articulated.

Following the reception is a concert at 1pm featuring the Arizona Mountain Chorale in the theater of the Coconino Center for the Arts.

Echoes of Loss will be open during regular gallery hours from April 10 through June 9, 2018.

The exhibition is curated by Bjorn Krondorfer and Tara Kohn. Krondorfer is the Director of the Martin-Springer Institute & Endowed Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University. Kohn is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History at Bowdoin College. The exhibition is produced in partnership by the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University.

Learn more about Echoes of Loss >

May
18
Fri
Happy Hour: Reception & Artist Talk @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Aspen Corners, Charles Claude

Join us for Happy Hour at the Arts Center! Featuring the new art exhibition Emergence, currently on view in the Hidden Light gallery, Michael Pierre Price’s MAPS: Enigmatic Landscapes in the Jewel Gallery, and Echoes of Loss in the Main Gallery.

Happy Hour will be 4-6pm. There will be an Artist Talk by Michael Pierre Price at 5pm. Admission is free. There will be a cash bar.

Emergence features three photographers who were selected as the top prize winners in Hidden Light LLC’s Portfolio Review. In March 2018, three professional photographers reviewed and provided feedback on the portfolios of eighteen emerging photographers. The reviewers were Ted Forbes (The Art of Photography YouTube Channel), Richard Jackson (Master Printer), Eric O’Connell (NAU Photography professor and commercial photographer), and Alan Petersen (Curator of Fine Arts – Museum of Northern Arizona). The show features the works of Chuck Claude, Maxin Mascolo and Terry Greene.

Price’s Artist Talk at 5pm is titled The Making Of & Meaning Behind MAPS: Enigmatic Landscape. Price begins with a snapshot of his background in math & physics, experiences in Native American spirituality, career as a game designer, and inspirations that led him to become an artist. The discussion then moves on to the Surrealist idea of enigma and how that inspired the concepts woven into the exhibition and the artwork that was selected. Several prints will be highlighted in discussion to help illustrate the central themes and symbologies running through the show. The talk will then move on to a look behind the scenes of making the art; including quick overviews about fractals, procedural painting, 3D models, composites, and digital prints.

Michael Pierre Price

Jun
22
Fri
Legacy: Don Bendel Public Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Legacy: Don Bendel will feature selected works of ceramic art by Dr. Don Bendel, a long-time Flagstaff artist, educator and leader. The exhibition in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona, will open with a reception Friday, June 22, 2018, and remain open through August 25, 2018.

The reception will feature food catered by The Toasted Owl, a cash bar, and music by Slugs from Space. This event is free and open to the public.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Sep
15
Sat
Hidden Landscapes Members’ Preview @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Arts Council is excited to present Hidden Landscapes: Yasuaki Onishi  in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The exhibition features site-specific immersive installation art by Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi. This unique show will be created for the space at the Coconino Center for the Arts and opens with a Members’ Preview on Saturday, September 15th, followed by a public reception on Saturday the 22nd. The show will remain open through October 27, 2018.

Yasuaki will give an artist talk on his work from: 5-5:45pm followed by a Taiko Drumming performance by Random Impulse Taiko in the theater from 6-6:30pm, with demonstrations to follow. The reception will also feature an open bar and food catered by Zenith Steakhouse of Twin Arrows.

This special preview is made in part by our members. Not yet a member? Join here.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Sep
22
Sat
Hidden Landscapes Public Opening @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Arts Council is excited to present Hidden Landscapes: Yasuaki Onishi  in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The exhibition features site-specific immersive installation art by Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi. This unique show will be created for the space at the Coconino Center for the Arts and opens with a Members’ Preview on Saturday, September 15th, followed by a public reception on Saturday the 22nd. The show will remain open through October 27, 2018.

The public reception is free and open to the public, and will feature a cash bar and live music by Jeremiah Sammartano.

Interested in the special Members’ Preview but not a member of the Arts Council?  Join here.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Nov
10
Sat
It’s Elemental 2018 – Members’ Preview @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Breathe by Jennifer Holt

We welcome Arts Council Members to join us for a special preview of the It’s Elemental exhibition 2018 on Saturday, November 10, at 5pm. The event will be followed by the Public Opening Reception 6-8 p.m. The popular fine craft exhibition, It’s Elemental, showcases works of art by the finest craftspeople in Northern Arizona.

The annual juried show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more. This year’s exhibition will be open November 13 – December 19, 2018, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm.

In our lobby, we host It’s Ornamental on our Christmas Tree. Many of the participating artists have created one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments for the holiday season. They donated these to the Arts Council, and we sell them at affordable prices ($5 – $35) to raise money to support exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

It’s Elemental is an annual exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts, serving as a perfect lead up to the holiday season. It has its roots from the earliest days at the Center, from the mid-1980′s to the mid-1990′s. Back then, the exhibition was titled, “Wood, Fiber, Clay.” The Center closed in the late 1990′s, but when it reopened in 2001, the exhibition returned with its current name and concept.

The exhibition is accompanied by the Fine Craft Sale on December 1-2, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 4 p.m on Sunday. The Fine Craft Sale is a juried holiday marketplace featuring local craftspeople. Now in its eighth year, the Sale is a popular fixture in Flagstaff’s holiday season.

It’s Elemental is generously supported by:

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It’s Elemental 2018 – Opening Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Breathe by Jennifer Holt

All are welcome to attend the The Public Opening Reception on Saturday, November 10, 6-8 p.m. The popular fine craft exhibition, It’s Elemental, showcases works of art by the finest craftspeople in Northern Arizona. The annual juried show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more. This year’s exhibition will be open November 13 – December 19, 2018, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm.

In our lobby, we host It’s Ornamental on our Christmas Tree. Many of the participating artists have created one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments for the holiday season. They donated these to the Arts Council, and we sell them at affordable prices ($5 – $35) to raise money to support exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

It’s Elemental is an annual exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts, serving as a perfect lead up to the holiday season. It has its roots from the earliest days at the Center, from the mid-1980′s to the mid-1990′s. Back then, the exhibition was titled, “Wood, Fiber, Clay.” The Center closed in the late 1990′s, but when it reopened in 2001, the exhibition returned with its current name and concept.

The exhibition is accompanied by the Fine Craft Sale on December 1-2, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 4 p.m on Sunday. The Fine Craft Sale is a juried holiday marketplace featuring local craftspeople. Now in its eighth year, the Sale is a popular fixture in Flagstaff’s holiday season.

It’s Elemental is generously supported by:

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Jan
12
Sat
10×10 Exhibition & Art Sale – Opening Reception 2019 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present the 10×10 Exhibition & Sale. This show features the work of 100 artists who have created new, original work and have donated each for sale to support the Coconino Center for the Arts. The small 10×10 size makes the purchase price fit most budgets and either adds to your existing collection or starts you on your way to becoming an art collector!

The first chance to purchase new, affordable works of art in the exhibition will be at the Members Preview reception, Saturday, January 12 at 5 pm. Not yet a member? Join here and your name will be added to our door list! The reception is open to the public from 6-8pm. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvre from Whisk & Whiskey, a cash bar, and music by Marley Wall.

This benefit art show is a fantastic fundraiser; the 2015 and 2017 exhibitions raised more than $10,000 to support programming at the Center.

This year, we’ve added an interesting twist to the exhibition. We invited four artists to serve as curators, including seeking out the work and directing the installation. Our curators are Elizabeth Bonzani, Joe Cornett, Darcy Falk, and Jerrel Singer and we know you’ll love what they have in store for you.

Our 2019 exhibition will feature a number of well-known artists as well as a variety of up-and-comers. Participating artists (so far) include Sky Black, Elizabeth Bonzani, Joe Cornett, Elaine Dillingham, Darcy Falk, Emma Gardner, Brian David Griffith, Jason Hess, Sonja London-Hall, Arline Martens, Rebekah Nordstrom, Kailey Quick, Steve Schaeffer, Gil Scott, Jacques Cazaubon Seronde, Shawn Skabelund, and Connie Townsend among many others.

 

Many of pieces are custom framed. Our generous framing sponsor is:

10×10 is also generously supported by:

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Jan
31
Thu
Welcome the New Executive Director @ Nomads Global Lounge
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Arts Council is thrilled to welcome a new leader to its team, Executive Director, Jonathan Stone. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Downtown Oregon City Association. There, he introduced new community traditions and events as well as expanded outreach and partnerships. Under his leadership, Downtown Oregon City Association was awarded the prestigious Great American Main Street Award in 2018.

Prior to his career in nonprofit management, Jonathan worked in architecture and has focused in historic business district revitalization. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and an MS-MBA from Boston University.

“Jonathan is innovative, energetic and has great experience with community building and developing and maintaining a sense of place. We believe that he will be a good fit with both Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Arts Council!”says Arts Council Board President Dorlee Henderson.

Join the Arts Council in Welcoming Mr. Stone with a small reception at Nomads Global Lounge downtown Flagstaff, Thursday January 31st from 3-5pm. This event is open to the public, light refreshments will be provided courtesy  of Nomads. 

 

Feb
23
Sat
Youth Art 2019 – Opening Celebration *Reschedule Date @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Youth Art Exhibition, in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts, features artwork by K-12 students from all schools in the Flagstaff area. Paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, and much more, with over 350 works of art!

Who will be Flagstaff’s next premier artist? Find out at the 2018 Youth Art Exhibition. Some of Flagstaff’s most renowned artists showed their first artwork in the Youth Art Exhibition, including Sky Black and Bahe Whitethorne, Jr.

Schedule of Events

Opening Reception w/Performances:
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3-5pm  (Rescheduled from Friday due to snow)

Exhibition is Open:
February 23 – March 30, 2019

 

The main sponsors of the Youth Art Exhibition are:

      

 

Youth Art is also generously supported by:

       

 

Apr
12
Fri
NightVisions VII – Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More than two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. We have grown so isolated from night that in much of our culture it has become alien and fearful. NightVisions VII 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.

In other words, NightVisions is an art exhibition that celebrates the beauty of the night sky. The exhibition is hosted at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff was designated as the world’s first International Dark Skies City, enacting limitations on light pollution to preserve the community’s exquisite view of the night sky, and leading a worldwide movement.

NightVisions VII schedule of events:

Members’ Preview: Friday April 12,  5-6pm
Public Opening Reception: Friday April 12,  6-8pm
Exhibition open to the public: April 13 – June 5, 2019.

The exhibition is produced by the Flagstaff Arts Council in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.

Interested in attending the NightVisions VII Member’s Preview, but not yet a member? Join Now!
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Night Visions is generously supported by:

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Nov
9
Sat
It’s Elemental 2019 – Opening Reception & Members Preview @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Steve Schaeffer

The Flagstaff Arts Council is excited to host the opening of the 2019 It’s Elemental with a Members’ Preview Saturday, November 9th, 5-6 p.m. followed by the Public Opening Reception 6-8 p.m.

It’s Elemental is an annual exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts, serving as a perfect lead up to the holiday season. It has its roots from the earliest days at the Center, from the mid-1980′s to the mid-1990′s. Back then, the exhibition was titled, “Wood, Fiber, Clay.” The Center closed in the late 1990′s, but when it reopened in 2001, the exhibition returned with its current name and concept.

The popular fine craft exhibition,  showcases works of art by the finest craftspeople in Arizona. The annual juried show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more. This year’s exhibition will be open November 13 – December 14, 2019, Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm.

 

In our lobby, we host It’s Ornamental on our Christmas Tree. Many of the participating artists have created one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments for the holiday season. They donated these to the Arts Council, and we sell them at affordable prices ($5 – $35) to raise money to support exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The exhibition is accompanied by the Fine Craft Sale on December 7 and 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 4 p.m on Sunday. The Fine Craft Sale is a juried holiday marketplace featuring local craftspeople. Now in its eighth year, the Sale is a popular fixture in Flagstaff’s holiday season.