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
10
Tue
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 10 @ 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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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Sep
17
Tue
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 17 @ 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

 

 

 

Sep
24
Tue
Open Figure Drawing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 24 @ 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

 

 

 

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.

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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

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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!

REGISTER NOW

 

 

 

Sep
30
Mon
Figure Drawing with Instruction – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*This workshop has been postponed to January 2020. Confirmed dates will be announced soon.

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning  Monday, September 30th, 2019! The workshop consists of 5 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 course, the instructor uses the formal elements of drawing in describing the figure. Through a series of exercises, students will expand our drawing/seeing skills. The course is specifically set up to help students to see form and apply it onto a two-dimensional surface.

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 never drawn from the figure before or have had beginning figure drawing, but have never moved into intermediate or advanced figure drawing courses.

Pricing:  $140 for Arts Council members & $155 for non-members.

If you have questions about this session, contact Sarah Smallwood at (928) 779-2300 x103.

 

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.  

Register Now

 

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
7
Mon
Figure Drawing with Instruction – POSTPONED @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*This workshop has been postponed to January 2020. Confirmed dates will be announced soon.

The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a weekly Figure Drawing Workshop led by Shawn Skabelund beginning  Monday, September 30th, 2019! The workshop consists of 5 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 course, the instructor uses the formal elements of drawing in describing the figure. Through a series of exercises, students will expand our drawing/seeing skills. The course is specifically set up to help students to see form and apply it onto a two-dimensional surface.

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 never drawn from the figure before or have had beginning figure drawing, but have never moved into intermediate or advanced figure drawing courses.

Pricing:  $140 for Arts Council members & $155 for non-members.

If you have questions about this session, contact Sarah Smallwood at (928) 779-2300 x103.