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

Jul
20
Sat
Navajo Rug Auction 2019 @ Museum of Northern Arizona
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

NavajoRugAuction_nslOver 300 original Navajo weavings are on the auction block in this fun, fast-paced event. Learn about Navajo weavings, meet the weavers and enjoy Navajo tacos and frybread. This event is held at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Saturday, July 20, 2019. There is no cost to attend and register for a bidder number.

Auction Preview: 9am-1pm
Auction: 2pm-6pm

Navajo Rug Auction Catalog 2019

Our auctions are led by auctioneers from The R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Bruce Burnham and his family are well known for their work in trading Native art of the four corners area for five generations. Bruce has been a trader to the Navajo for over forty years and is also the auctioneer for The Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. He and his wife Virginia own and operate The Burnham Trading Post and Collector’s Gallery in Sanders, Arizona, in the Navajo new lands. The Burnham family is known for their encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo Textiles and his expertise in buying, selling, and trading has earned him the respect of area collectors and peers nationwide.

Specialists and experts in the field of Native American art and Navajo weaving will be on site to identify handspun, hand-carded, and vintage pieces verses acrylic yarns to ensure quality items and prices. Information on how to evaluate and buy Navajo rugs will also be available.

Navajo Rug Auctions are an excellent opportunity to learn about Native American Art. Before the auction you can hold rugs in your hands and appreciate them up close. Detailed information and discussion about a specific piece, artist, and other aspects of the weavings will be available before and after the auction by experts in the field of Navajo weaving and culture. Auctions allow weavers and other artists to obtain an immediate and higher return for their work. The breadth of artists, styles, and bidding opportunities has made rug auctions an affordable way to purchase and collect high quality rugs. Rugs sell from twenty to a couple thousand dollars. Even if you do not buy anything, it is a great learning experience.

In order to enter your authentic Navajo weavings into the Auction, you must bring them to the Museum of Northern Arizona during the times listed below. Auction specialists will review your weavings and help you price them according to Auction history.

We will be accepting consignments for the Navajo Rug Auction the on the July 18th and 19th from 10am – 5pm at The Museum of Northern Arizona. 

For more information, contact us at (928) 779-2300.

Navajo Rug Auction Catalog 2019

 

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.