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
15
Mon
Intermediate & Advanced Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning Monday, March 11, 2019! This Intermediate level workshop consists of 7 three-hour sessions drawing from a live model. The sessions will be held in the gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Monday evenings, 6-9pm

Nothing can be more enjoyable, yet at the same time more demanding, than drawing from the figure. It takes total concentration and can be very taxing by the time a particular session comes to a close, but as one concentrates, one wonders where the time has gone by.

In this Intermediate course, students will create three complete compositional figure drawings by using a variety and combination of materials and mediums. Using the figure shape as a compositional device, students will be given three specific assignments to work out, for three, six hour long finished drawings.

This is an opportunity to study and receive personal instruction in figure drawing from award-winning artist, Shawn Skabelund.  Shawn holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

NOTE: This course is for those who have completed Beginner Figure Drawing with Shawn Skabelund or another instructor

 

Member fee: $165

Non-member fee: $175

If you have questions about this session, contact Elizabeth Vogler at (928) 779-2300 x109.

 

Apr
20
Sat
Travel Memories in Watercolor Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Travel Memories in Watercolor workshop with Pieter Schaafsma, Saturday April 20, 2019. One of the most rewarding ways of recording your travel memories is through the use of a small sketchbook, a pencil and watercolor kit.  Join watercolor artist Pieter Schaafsma who will teach simple techniques to organize a travel sketchbook, basic tools and how to use them to capture your experience with basic pencil sketches and watercolors.  This half-day workshop is a perfect way to learn the basic techniques for learning to use a travel sketchbook. Students can expect a demo on what has worked for Pieter and group instructions on how to develop a concept and apply color in your sketchbook.

Pieter Schaafsma is an artist and designer who has been traveling around America and Europe with his wife, Keith, for over 20 years  On every trip he has used a sketchbook through pencil sketches and watercolors. Pieter studied Landscape Architecture at The University of Arizona where he was taught to use sketchbooks to record his ideas and paint the scenes that he has seen.

 

*No materials fee; Students should purchase an 8×5 Moleskin or Pentalic watercolor sketchbook and a basic set of watercolors like Prang or Dewent Academy plus two brushes: Filbert #4 and Angle Shader 1/4.

 

Dark Skies Piano Experience – ft. Liz Story and Lisa Downing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council, Vision Quest Entertainment and Dark Skies Coalition are pleased to present Lisa Downing and Liz Story in concert at Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 20th, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM.

Liz and Lisa have been performing together for nearly a decade, and have developed a close friendship, which extends far beyond the musical stage. While the music of these artists has been compared with George Winston, and Jim Brickman, the compelling original music of these broadly imaginative composers possess an incomparable complexity, which might better be described as “Piano Impressionism.”  Their incomparable styles feature angular harmonies, and range from jazzy new-age and upbeat neo-classical, to pieces reminiscent of an intensely somber and dramatic soundtrack for a “Twilight” – type saga.

Four-time Grammy Award Nominee, pianist-composer Liz Story is one of the pioneers of contemporary solo piano on the now legendary Windham Hill label. Her unique musical vision, often described as containing “angular harmonies,” defies traditional description and has inspired countless musicians since her debut album “Solid Colors” was released in 1983.  In the following decades, Liz has delighted countless audiences with her unique performance style. With a dozen albums to her credit, her music crosses many musical genres and paints a spectacular musical panorama.

Lisa Downing is a Two-time Emmy® Award Winner. The multi-award-winning international concert pianist who is re-defining the genre of solo piano.  Lisa’s most recent album, The Wisdom of My Shadow, debuted #5 on the Billboard Chart. Critics have said “Lisa’s performance will blow away all your previous assumptions about solo piano,” and “I am beyond impressed with the power and passion that flows from her fingers to the piano keyboard.”  Ms. Downing performs all over the world with Grammy Award-winning musicians such as David Lanz, Will Ackerman, Suzanne Ciani, and Peter Kater.

The show will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $30-35. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, or downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

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Apr
21
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 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: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund 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.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

Apr
22
Mon
Intermediate & Advanced Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning Monday, March 11, 2019! This Intermediate level workshop consists of 7 three-hour sessions drawing from a live model. The sessions will be held in the gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Monday evenings, 6-9pm

Nothing can be more enjoyable, yet at the same time more demanding, than drawing from the figure. It takes total concentration and can be very taxing by the time a particular session comes to a close, but as one concentrates, one wonders where the time has gone by.

In this Intermediate course, students will create three complete compositional figure drawings by using a variety and combination of materials and mediums. Using the figure shape as a compositional device, students will be given three specific assignments to work out, for three, six hour long finished drawings.

This is an opportunity to study and receive personal instruction in figure drawing from award-winning artist, Shawn Skabelund.  Shawn holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

NOTE: This course is for those who have completed Beginner Figure Drawing with Shawn Skabelund or another instructor

 

Member fee: $165

Non-member fee: $175

If you have questions about this session, contact Elizabeth Vogler at (928) 779-2300 x109.

 

Apr
27
Sat
Night Creatures: Bats @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm
Mary Layman’s favorite mammals are bats, and her enthusiasm for these remarkable animals will lead participants on an exploration filled with wonder and amazement. Learn how bats fly, what they eat, and why they play vital roles in nearly all ecosystems on Earth. “Miss Mary” has been an educator for 22 years, spending the first part of her teaching career as a traveling environmental educator for the non-profit Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff. She believes people of all ages learn best through play, and designs learning experiences that spark imagination, encourage creativity, and foster safe exploration.

This event is free and open to the public. Produced as part of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s 2019 Celebration of the Night. See all events on there website: flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

Apr
28
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 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: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund 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.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

May
3
Fri
StillHouse Junkies @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Stillhouse Junkies at Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

Stillhouse Junkies bring together a mixture of blues, funk, swing, and bluegrass to create a delirious and unique sound. Instruments are shared as they blend their vocals. The Junkies pay tribute to Gillian Welch, the Allman Brothers, John Hiatt, and other iconic legends but continue to break new ground and bend all genres. Born out of a weekly residency at a local distillery, StillHouse Junkies have quickly become a staple of Durango’s rich local music scene They include improvisation in their shows and have created a solid fan base through their eclectic performances.

The band is made up of three stellar musicians. Alissa Wolf studied the violin at age 8. She spent many summers intensively studying at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and more. Fred Kosak has over 12 years as a professional musician and played in numerous ensembles of varying styles and instrumentations, ranging from funk cover bands to intimate acoustic duets. Cody Tinnin started playing trombone at a young age and developed an ear for jazz. He joined the Outta Hand String Band in 2004 before following his culinary passions to Austin, Texas. After close to a decade deep in the heart of Texas, Cody returned to the Durango area.

Fred, Alissa, and Cody came together around a shared goal of bringing sounds and grooves to their fans that fall outside of simple genre distinctions. Interaction with the audience and quirky on-stage banter create an experience that is simply unforgettable.

The show will take place on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, by calling 928-779-2300, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

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Tickets are available at AZ Music Pro

May
4
Sat
Interference Series: 8×8 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present “Interference Series: 8×8” at Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Doors open at 7 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.

The third annual 8×8 silent film and experimental music micro-festival features 8 filmmakers and 8 soloists or ensembles coming together to create a wonderfully creative and awesome evening of performance! The Interference Series in Flagstaff, Arizona aims to present the work of local, national, and international artists that is experimental, avant-garde, or radical in nature. This innovative and exciting art serves as a platform for musicians, poets, performance artists, visual artists, dancers, and other yet to be defined styles of performers. Interference has been supported by the community and is presented at local coffee shops, art centers, and other spaces in the area.

The show will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts by calling (928)779-2300, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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 https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

For more information visit interferenceseries.org.

May
5
Sun
Open Figure Drawing Sessions @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Shawn Skabelund

Every Sunday, March 17- May 5, 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: $130 for Arts Council members and/or students, or $140 for the public. Otherwise, participants may sign up for individual dates at $18/session for members and $20/session for non-members. *Drop-ins Welcome* Sessions are open to the public every Sunday, 3-6pm, through May 5th. 

Please note that there is NO instruction provided. Shawn Skabelund 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.

Moderator Shawn Skabelund holds degrees from Utah State University and the University of Iowa. A nationally exhibited artist, his work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and numerous regional publications. Shawn is also a Viola Visual Arts award winner for his exhibition Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Member fee: $130 all 8 sessions, $68/ 4 sessions Or $18/ session

Non Member fee:$140 all 8 sessions/ $72/ 4 sessions Or $20/session

May
10
Fri
River of Stars @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
River of Stars @ Coconino Center for the Arts

Flagstaff Arts Council and Human Nature Dance Theater are pleased to present “River of Stars Show” in concert at Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, May 10th, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show beings at 7:30 PM.

This performance is part of the 2019 Celebration of the Night. Flagstaff continues to set the standard for effective night sky protection and started making dark skies a priority in 1958.

Human Nature Dance Theater is a collaborative dance performance group that creates original works of art through an interdisciplinary lens. Nature our relationship with the natural world is explored through this performance. In this specially commissioned performance, dancers Jayne Lee and Paul Moore begin with us in deep space: Nothingness. All that has ever been and will ever be, exist at the same moment. Everything is full of potential as the universe is still forming. Then a cataclysm occurs and the very fabric of our world tears apart. Here we are caught in this moment of darkness. Where do we go from here? How do we dance into the dark where our deepest knowing resides?

The show will take place on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, by calling (928)779-2300, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

May
11
Sat
Modern Free-Form Embroidery Workshop @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn to embroider your jeans, your knitting, and anything else you’d like to stitch on! We’ll explore crewel and sashiko styles in this workshop focused on free-form embroidery with thread and wool yarn. Sample different techniques and materials, and learn tips for planning and transferring designs. Come prepared to experiment, have fun, and begin to develop your own personal embroidery style. You’ll leave with plenty of ideas and techniques to help you add unique decorative stitching to your next project.

Experience: All levels/no experience necessary

Materials fee Includes felt for practice stitching, the instructor’s stash of yarns to use in class, and embroidery needles to take home. Students should bring: Any garment or textile you would like to add embroidery to. Optional: Any yarns or threads you would like to incorporate into your stitching, and anything that inspires a design you would like to embroider: photos, materials from nature, words, etc.

Tasha Griffith has been a lover of handmade goods since she was a child. Her mother made most of her clothes and she had access to tools and materials at a young age. Today Tasha is a skilled craftsman specializing in felting, knitting, embroidery, and more. She believes that the key to a more sustainable, empowered, and grounded life can be found by using your hands to make things. In her classes, students gain a strong understanding from her tutorials and cultivate a connection to their projects. Her style of education uses hands-on experimentation and a supportive environment. The goal of Tasha’s workshops is to make sure every person leaves with a new set of skills and ideas that they can enhance and share with others.

$52 members/ $60 non members (Plus $15 materials fee)