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

Sep
28
Sat
Astrophotography Workshop w/ Abe Snider @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Learn Astrophotography with photographer Abe Snider

Begin at the Coconino Center for the Arts with a presentation on best practices for night shooting. We will discuss a range of topics including how to find a dark sky area and preparing for the shot, an overview of camera and lens settings, how to focus a lens in the dark and recommendations for framing a capture. We will discuss moon cycles and the procession of the milky ways position and how it will relate to your shots. There will be a demo on a typical night sky edit as well as a look at exposure blending and why it is important for night photography.

What you will need to bring:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera that can capture in RAW format (no point and shoots)
  • Fully charged camera battery (I’d recommend a backup)
  • Wide angle lens of at least 24mm and an aperture of f2.8 or faster.
  • Memory card
  • Tripod
  • A headlamp that can be set to RED

If you do not have a tripod or headlamp, one can be rented for an additional fee

Location: Buffalo Park

Post-processing of your images is not included in this workshop although Abe will have a laptop on hand to demo certain types of editing if time allows.

Evening schedule:

8pm presentation on astrophotography basics and best practices (1.5 hours)
9:30pm arrive at location and setup
10pm begin shooting with Abe as a guide helping you get an interesting shot.
11pm end shooting

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Price: $70 members, $75 nonmembers

** As a bonus this workshop includes Astrophotography for Beginners: The Night Sky – Part 1 Capturing and Processing a 20+ page eBook written by Abe Snider. This eBook will be emailed after the class ends. **

Sep
29
Sun
Stone Balancing Workshop 2019 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Local artist and landscape designer, Pieter Schaafsma will provide a discussion on the aesthetics of Stone Balancing and the place and time for stone balances in nature.  Recent controversial concerns about the movement of rocks in the wilderness will be addressed in this eye opening talk.

Demonstrations by four expert stone balancing artists, Simone Campisano, Peter Juhl, Bob Bernal and Douglass Case will describe the creation of different kinds of stone balances. Douglas Case will demonstrate how to create a Zig Zag balance, Robert Bernal will demonstrate a small arch, Simone will demonstrate a Counter Balance and Peter Juhl will demonstrate Top Heavy.

Following the theater presentations, participants will have the opportunity to go outside for hands on learning and practice, based on the styles and techniques learned from the experts.  All of the instructors will be available for guidance and advice as participants try out their new practice of mediation, balance and art.

Pricing: $25/ Arts Council Members & Students / $35 General
Admission includes a Free Backwest Hat!

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Oct
1
Tue
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, September 10 – October 29, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $125 for Arts Council members and students, or $145 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

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Member & Student fee:
$125 / all 8 sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$145 / all 8 sessions Or $20/session

 

 

 

Oct
4
Fri
Daimh @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm

Living Tradition Presentations and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Daimh                       

‘One of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map’ Irish Music Magazine   
‘Their music is powerhouse stuff, and their gigs are an overwhelming and exuberant experience.’ Songlines 
Taking their name from the Scottish Gaelic word for kinship, ‘Gaelic Supergroup,’ Dàimh (pronounced dive) are a 5 piece band based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. A long-established favorite at folk festivals in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe, twice nominated for Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, Dàimh are also regulars on BBC television.
Joined by Gaelic champion, Griogair Labhruidh, on vocals and Uillean Pipes, adding the depth and power of his commanding vocal performances to an already phenomenal instrumental arsenal of bagpipes, fiddle, whistles, mandola and guitar. Form pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best, and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows.
Dàimh has released 5 studio albums to date. Their most recent, Tuneship, once again sees the band blazing a new. trail in the Scottish music scene with their own instrumental compositions skillfully integrated with traditional Gaelic Songs.
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Angus MacKenzie: Highland Pipes/Border Pipes/Whistles
A Gaelic-speaking piper from Mabou, Cape Breton Island on Canada’s East Coast residing for the past 17 years on the Isle of Skye. His piping style draws on his strong South Uist roots along with the dance-influenced rhythms of Cape Breton music. 2012 saw Angus, along with his brother Kenneth nominated for Roots Traditional Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Award for their album, Pìob is Fidheall.
Gabe McVarish: Fiddle
Hailing from Northern California, where his family settled after emigrating from Morar, Lochaber via Prince Edward Island. At the age of 17, Gabs traveled to his ancestral homeland of the Scottish Highlands where he spent a year studying music under the tutelage of fiddler and tradition bearer, Angus Grant Sr. After completing a degree in Scottish music, Gabe released solo album, Eclection, a culmination of fiddle styles and repertoire from both sides of the Atlantic.
Murdo Cameron: Mandola/Mandolin/Accordion
Murdo comes from a long line of traditional Gaelic singers and was immersed in music growing up in Glenelg, a wee village a stones throw across from the Isle of Skye, famous fro being twinned with Mars. A member of the Mountain Rescue, Murdo started out as an accordion player and piper, who in the last few years has been a busy guitar accompanist and stringed things enthusiast.
Ellen MacDonald: Vocals
Ellen hails from Inverness.

The show will take place on Friday, October 4, 2019, doors are at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. 

 

Oct
8
Tue
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, September 10 – October 29, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $125 for Arts Council members and students, or $145 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

Register Now

 

Member & Student fee:
$125 / all 8 sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$145 / all 8 sessions Or $20/session

 

 

 

Oct
12
Sat
Sailing Into Oblivion @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm

Flagstaff Ski & Snowboard Team Present

Sailing into Oblivion,
a Talk with Jerome Rand

  • Beer, Wine and Appetizers
  • Raffle and Silent Auction
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Growing up in Northern Michigan, Jerome Rand had a late start in the world of sailing. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that sailing became the main focus of his life. First teaching sailing on the small inland lakes and then venturing out on yacht deliveries from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. On one trip to the BVI he was introduced to the Bitter End Yacht Club and found himself working with the watersports center for the next 9 years.

It was during the last three years at BEYC that the pieces of a long-held dream started to take shape, to sail solo and nonstop around the world. On a small budget he purchased a 1975 Westsail 32 and began the journey of a lifetime. The first year was spent fixing, breaking and fixing again anything that might be a weak point on the boat. In June of 2017 the boat, “Mighty Sparrow” was hauled out of the water and work began making modifications to endure the long trip ahead.

In October the boat was back in the water and weather window opened up to set out from Gloucester Massachusetts following a few nervous weeks watching hurricane Irma, Maria and then Jose storm through the Atlantic. On October 3rd Jerome Rand set sail aboard the Mighty Sparrow for what would be a 271 day sail and the adventure of a life time.

To reach home, the boat would have to cross the North Atlantic during the end of Hurricane season then cross the South Atlantic on the way to the stormy seas of the Southern Ocean near the Cape of Good Hope. From there it was South of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand on route to Cape Horn. Once around the Five Great Capes the boat turned North, heading for warm weather and a friendly ocean.

After two months of retracing the outbound track, on June 30 2018, the Mighty Sparrow sailed into Gloucester Mass after 9 months and 29,805 miles sailed. The journey tested every limit both mental and physical, from fierce winds to demoralizing calms, and everything in between. In the end it was perseverance and a bit of luck that would see this small boat through some of the world’s most dangerous seas.

Growing up in Northern Michigan, Jerome Rand had a late start in the world of sailing. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that sailing became the main focus of his life. First teaching sailing on the small inland lakes and then venturing out on yacht deliveries from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. On one trip to the BVI he was introduced to the Bitter End Yacht Club and found himself working with the watersports center for the next 9 years.

It was during the last three years at BEYC that the pieces of a long-held dream started to take shape, to sail solo and nonstop around the world. On a small budget he purchased a 1975 Westsail 32 and began the journey of a lifetime. The first year was spent fixing, breaking and fixing again anything that might be a weak point on the boat. In June of 2017 the boat, “Mighty Sparrow” was hauled out of the water and work began making modifications to endure the long trip ahead.

In October the boat was back in the water and weather window opened up to set out from Gloucester Massachusetts following a few nervous weeks watching hurricane Irma, Maria and then Jose storm through the Atlantic. On October 3rd Jerome Rand set sail aboard the Mighty Sparrow for what would be a 271 day sail and the adventure of a life time.

To reach home, the boat would have to cross the North Atlantic during the end of Hurricane season then cross the South Atlantic on the way to the stormy seas of the Southern Ocean near the Cape of Good Hope. From there it was South of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand on route to Cape Horn. Once around the Five Great Capes the boat turned North, heading for warm weather and a friendly ocean.

After two months of retracing the outbound track, on June 30 2018, the Mighty Sparrow sailed into Gloucester Mass after 9 months and 29,805 miles sailed. The journey tested every limit both mental and physical, from fierce winds to demoralizing calms, and everything in between. In the end it was perseverance and a bit of luck that would see this small boat through some of the world’s most dangerous seas.

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Oct
15
Tue
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, September 10 – October 29, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $125 for Arts Council members and students, or $145 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

Register Now

 

Member & Student fee:
$125 / all 8 sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$145 / all 8 sessions Or $20/session

 

 

 

Oct
16
Wed
Flagstaff 2030: Community Vision Meeting @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Flagstaff 2030: Community Vision Meeting @ Coconino Center for the Arts

Please join us this Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:30pm. We will explore three key questions: How do we foster an even stronger creative economy? What collectively inspires us and makes Flagstaff unique? (Hint: the intersection of art & science is key.) And, how do we promote cultural equity and consciousness? These questions could greatly alter the course of the Flagstaff Arts Council that you know and love. We want you to be proud of what we come up with! All are welcome.

RSVP is requested but not required at: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=107025

Oct
18
Fri
Maria Muldaur @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm

Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Maria Muldaur

2019 Grammy Nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album

Maria Muldaur is best known worldwide for her 1974 megahit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of baby boomers everywhere. But despite her considerable pop-music success, her fifty-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music. During the folk revival of the early 1960s, she began exploring and singing early blues, bluegrass, and Appalachian “old-timey” music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and, shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the 1960s.

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In the forty years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Muldaur has toured extensively around the world and has recorded forty solo albums covering all kinds of American roots music, including gospel, R&B, jazz, and big band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the blues. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, she has recorded and produced, on average, an album per year, several of which have been nominated for a Grammy and other awards.

Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by the Blues Foundation, as was the follow-up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can! featured her Women’s Voices for Peace Choir, which included Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near, and others. In 2009, Muldaur teamed up with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks to release Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy, which garnered the veteran singer her sixth Grammy nomination and was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by the Blues Foundation.

In 2011, she released Steady Love, a contemporary electric blues album that reflects the kind of music she loves to perform live—what she calls “Bluesiana Music”—her own brand of New Orleans–flavored blues, R&B and “swamp funk.” Steady Love reached number one on the Living Blues Chart and won for her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.

In 2012, for her fortieth album, Muldaur produced the critically acclaimed First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Muldaur on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor, and Rory Block, accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers (slide guitar), and others.

“She created a musical genre. . . . [Muldaur] has spent the last 50 years fusing folk, blues, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, country, even jug band music.”

New Jersey Herald

“Best known for her seductive ’70s pop staple ‘Midnight at the Oasis,’ Maria Muldaur has since become an acclaimed interpreter of just about every stripe of American roots music.”

—WMKY

Concert-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

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Oct
22
Tue
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing Sessions
with moderator Frederica Hall

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, September 10 – October 29, 2019

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host open sessions for artists to draw from a live model in the main gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The eight-week series is for those artists who would like to practice drawing or other art working from a live model but do not wish to have instruction. Participants may register to attend all eight sessions at a discounted rate: $125 for Arts Council members and students, or $145 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for nonmembers.

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Frederica Hall will be the moderator and help direct the model and take requests from participants on poses and timing. Other than that, participants are on their own to draw or create using the model as inspiration. No materials are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring easels to use. Some drawing horses are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged even for a single date; drop-ins are welcome but may be turned away if the session is full.

Frederica Hall follows a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts, working primarily in visual arts that source performance-art and vice versa. Her work is informed by the mysterious surrounding cosmos, reflections on myth, metaphor, and humanities’ uncharted origins.  

Register Now

 

Member & Student fee:
$125 / all 8 sessions,  Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:
$145 / all 8 sessions Or $20/session

 

 

 

Oct
25
Fri
Jim Malcolm @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Living Tradition Presentations and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Jim Malcolm                        

‘One of the most outstanding talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years’ The Independent 
‘Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning’ Mojo 
Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas and engaging wit, he sing the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted orgs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded a an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland and in any style.”
Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and all over Europe.
With family roots in Perthshire and Strathclyde, Jim has been a professional musician since graduating from Edinburgh University. Hi first arena was the folk music scene in Scotland, where he gigged in almost every town and isle from Berwick to Benbecula and from Stranraer to Lerwick. Working solo or in various bands and combo in far flung pubs, hotels and clubs toughened him up for a future life on the road.
Solo tours in England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, including musical adventures in some off-the-charts places like Uganda.
The opportunity to join the already established Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs saw Jim further explore countries on the European continent and North America, traveling as far as Alaska and Hawaii. Over his eight years with the band, Jim recorded three studio albums and a live CD. Jim’s 2011 release Sparkling Flash sees a band reunion ‘across the ether,’ as several Dogs members make a guest appearance on the CD.
As a solo performer with ten solo CD to his credit, Jim can mix it with anyone out there. A well as a renowned singer, he is the top handful of simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world. He plays guitar mostly in the folk guitar tuning dadgad in both fingerpicking and plectrum styles.
His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages. Jim has been featured many times on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic, unfazed by cameras and completely at home behind the microphone.

The show will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019, doors are at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the show. 

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Oct
26
Sat
The Accidentals @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm

Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

The Accidentals

Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI. The female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut album, Odyssey, with Sony Masterworks. They followed the album release with two-hundred days of touring nationally, seventeen festivals, sync placement with Turner Classic Movies, FOX sports, and a RAM Trucks BANDvan #tourtough commercial.

They released their latest single, “Heavy Flag,” produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray, The Decemberists) in October, and they aren’t slowing down going into 2019. They are currently scoring an indie film, touring, teaching workshops across the country, and releasing new music.

PopMatters says you can’t define them by comparison to any one band, comparing them to a mash up of influences including, “The Beatles, Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Ani Difranco, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, etc.” NPR says “they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression,” adding, “they might be the most compelling songwriters of our time.”

The show will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, doors are at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 on the day of the show, with a $40 VIP ticket option. VIP tickets include early access, swag and a preferred seats in the first two rows.  Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

Concert-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

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