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

 

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

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Frederica Hall

Monday evenings, 6-9pm, June 3- July 22, 2019
*Make up date schedule for July 29. Drop-ins welcome!

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 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.  

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

Jul
29
Mon
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open Figure Drawing sessions with moderator, Frederica Hall

Monday evenings, 6-9pm, June 3- July 22, 2019
*Make up date schedule for July 29. Drop-ins welcome!

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 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.  

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

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.

 

Sep
2
Mon
Bill Callahan @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm

Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Bill Callahan
With Jake Xerxes Fussell

After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005’s A River Ain’t Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full-length Woke on a Whaleheartboth mixed the intimate, reflective, largely acoustic sound of later Smog albums like Supper and A River with gospel, soul, and pop elements, and boasted arrangements by former Royal Trux mastermind Neil Hagerty. For 2009’s Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Callahan returned to the more intimate acoustic-based sound of latter-era Smog albums, featuring string and brass arrangements by Brian Beattie. The live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing arrived in March 2010, and in July Callahan issued his 79-page “epistolary novelette” Letters to Emma Bowlcut, comprised of 62 letters from a nameless protagonist to a woman he saw at a party. Callahan kicked off 2011 with Apocalypse, a more uptempo collection of seven country- and blues-inspired rock tunes that recalled some of his edgier work with Smog. A softer offering, Dream River, was issued in the fall of 2013. The next year Have Fun with Godsurfaced, remixing the eight tracks of Dream River in more haunted and electronic styles.

The show will take place on Monday, September 2, 2019, doors are at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 on the day of the show. 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.

Sep
13
Fri
Old Blind Dogs @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm

Living Traditions Presentations and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Old Blind Dogs

Since forming in the early 1990’s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs.
“The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm,” says The Scotsman, “as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion.” Sixteen years is a long time in the life of any band and most who reach that milestone are content to rest on the tried and true formulas that have worked in the past. Not so for Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs whose newly released Four on the Floor takes them bravely in many new directions.
The Dogs, one of Scotland’s most highly touted traditional folk bands, are not known for shying away from change. A strong, shared musical vision has allowed the group to ride out inevitable line-up changes to the extent that the only original member still with the band is Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar and vocals). The Dogs popularity has never dimmed though and the current foursome of Hardie, Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and Donald Hay (drums, percussion) have proven more than capable of carrying on the tradition of the band that the Montreal Gazette called …a Scots neo-traditional supergroup with a bracingly modern musical attack. Together, in varying line-ups along with past members Buzzby McMillan (bass, bouzouki, vocals), Davy Cattanach (percussion, vocals), Fraser Fifield (saxophone, small pipes), Paul Jennings (percussion), Fraser Stone (percussion), Rory Campbell (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and singer/guitarists Ian Benzie and Jim Malcolm, the Dogs have released eleven albums and have won numerous awards including the prestigious title of Folk Band of the Year at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. Their album ‘Four On The Floor’ picked up the IAP ‘Best Celtic CD’ Award and their last CD, ‘Wherever Yet May Be’ was nominated for the same award.

“A Scots neo-traditional super group, with a bracingly modern musical attack.” (Montreal Gazette)

 

“The skill, talent and verve with which they played, belied their laddishness and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Folk is the new rock and roll.” (Evening News)

“Old Blind Dogs have mastered the tricky art of innovating within a musical tradition while faithfully revealing its essence.” (Acoustic Guitar)

 

“Old Blind Dogs bring freshness and colour to acoustic music steeped in centuries of Scottish folklore and history.” (The Los Angeles Times)

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.

 

 

 

Sep
26
Thu
Sway Wild (featuring Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw) @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council present

Sway Wild (featuring Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw)
Album Release Show

Laura Totten Photography

Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw (from San Juan Island, Washington State, US), now joined by long-time friend and bassist Thom Lord, are back at it with a new sound, new album and new name – Sway Wild! Their exceptional harmonies coupled with Fer’s pioneering electric guitar work have become a vehicle to carry them around the world, sharing the stage with such acts as Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Lake Street Dive, Gregory Alan Isakov and many others. Winning over audiences from Alaska to Amsterdam, Sway Wild performs a heartfelt and dynamic blend of innovative folk-rock, pop, and funk. Their debut self-titled Sway Wild album includes special guests Birds of Chicago, Sean Hayes, Anna Tivel and others and will be released worldwide on September 13th, 2019.

The show will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019, doors are at 7pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 for arts Council Members, $20 Advanced, $24 Day of Show.  Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link below.  All ticket sales are final – No refunds will be issued.

 

Press on Sway Wild:

“‘Off-Grid Lo-Fi’ is chock full of roots-rich gems…Fer shreds…a delicate blues madrigal…” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“…stellar songwriting…exceptional guitar playing…” The Utne Reader

“…roots trailblazers Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer continue their upward stride towards artistic nirvana….scintillating…” PopMatters

 

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.

 

Sep
27
Fri
Sci Talks @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm

Flagstaff Festival of Science presents

Sci Talks

The 2019 SCI Talks, a signature event of the Flagstaff Festival of Science, feature TEDx style presentations from local scientists, artists and educators. The four talks include:

Dr. Jane Marks, NAU: A River Reborn – The Restoration of Fossil Creek
Victor Leshyk, NAU: ACCURATE PASSION: Fine Art in the Service of Science
Dr. Sara Abercrombie, NAU: Reimagining Creativity

Dr. Alice Christie, Tynkertopia: Tynkertopia: Learning by Doing

All Flagstaff Festival of Science events are free and open to the entire public. For past SCI Talks please visit the Festival website, scifest.org, or YouTube page, youtube.com/c/FlagstaffFestivalofScience. Refreshments available for purchase.

Doors open at 6. The Talks begin at 6:30.

 

 

 

 

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

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. **

The Senators w/ Rebekah Rolland @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council presents

The Senators
w/ Rebekah Rolland

EP RELEASE SHOW!

Phoenix-based folk band The Senators recently left the desert to go to the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, a long-time cultural hotbed of folk art and musicians including The Band, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. After sending a homemade demo to one of their idols, producer Simone Felice (Felice Brothers, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers), The Senators were invited to record the album at Simone’s studio – an old converted barn.
The band recently released three tracks from that album as the Promised Land EP, collaborating with acclaimed, Phoenix-based Fortoul Brothers for visuals, and is currently preparing to release their full sophomore album.

The Senators have showcased in major US markets, opened for Phillip Phillips and other national acts, are licensed for overhead play in all N. America Starbucks locations and have been featured on Billboards Next Big Sound charts.

Rolland steps into a new season with Mary / Louise, bookend to her 2018 debut solo release and prelude to upcoming collaborative songwriting project with longtime partner and bandmate, Matt Rolland.

Lauded as “a creature of perpetual musical motion” by the Columbia Tribune, Rolland’s songwriting first took flight in Tucson-based band Run Boy Run, and has since been featured on Spotify’s official “New Roots” playlist and honored by the International Acoustic Music Awards. PopMatters listed her solo debut, Seed & Silo, on its “20 Best Folk Albums of 2018” and Americana UK calls it “a slice of folk perfection.”

Characteristic of some of the most forceful and compelling voices in folk music, her writing succeeds in building worlds of dust and clay, worn pages and weathered pearls, highways and high rises, the faces and hands, the trials and triumphs that make up the stories of the past and the present.

The show will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019, doors are at 7:30pm and the show will start at 8pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of the show. 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.

 

 

 

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.
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
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.