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

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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Jun
14
Fri
LOCAL : COLOR – Opening Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Our receptions are the place to be! We have live music, light refreshments, wine and beer, and many of our participating artists on hand.

LOCAL : COLOR is an art exhibition about connections. We invited four seed artists who live in Flagstaff to participate. In turn, those seed artists each invited three more local artists, bringing forth a total of 16 artists to be a part of the exhibition.  Each artist has a connection to every other artist, forming a network web of local talent, separated by only a few degrees. This exhibition will feature a diverse range of styles and media from these local artists, including ceramics, paintings, sculpture, photography and more.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6-8pm
Exhibition Open:
June 18 – July 27, 2019  | Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm

2019 Artists participating in LOCAL : COLOR (original invited artists in bold):

  • Kait Arndt
  • Yoa Bo
  • Lydia Chase
  • Joe Cornett Sr.
  • Joe Cornett Jr.

    Jason Hess

  • Jesse Cornett
  • Miranda Delgai
  • Edward Haswood
  • Jason Hess
  • Talaina Kor
  • Paula Rice
  • Hailee Sattley
  • Cazo Seronde
  • Sydney Smith
  • Victoria Vick
  • Peter Wilson

2019 Curator: Caleb Cordasco

 

Aug
24
Sat
SPACE BETWEEN – Opening Reception @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SPACE BETWEEN is an exploration of two artists with adjacent yet distinctive styles. Both Flagstaff locals, Sky Black and Jacques Cazaubon Seronde (“Cazo”) both strive to create works that are accessible to the viewer while maintaining an endowment of the unexpected. Whether this breach of expectation comes in the form of figures and foliage emerging from the paint itself, or surreal combinations of animals and humans, both painters commit themselves to the process of creating quality handmade images.  

The Opening Reception will take place Saturday, August 24, 6-8pm. Featuring a short performance by Dapper Dre, music by DJ Marty Mar, light refreshments and beer provided by Mother Road Brewing Co. 

Exhibition Open: June 18 – July 27, 2019  | Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm
Find out more about the show and artist bios on the exhibition page, here.

 

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.