The Flagstaff Arts Council has announced two closing events to coincide with the NightVisions VI Exhibition that is showing at Coconino Center for the Arts.

The exhibition and both upcoming events are presented in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition and showcase the beauty of the night sky. Starry Skies – The Lakota Way of Seeing the Night will take place Friday, July 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.


Using contemporary colorful illustrations, author and illustrator S.D. Nelson shares a unique way of seeing the night and making a connection with the natural world. The stars are transformed into deer, galloping horses, hummingbirds and other winged beings as Sister Moon dreams her way across the vaulted sky.

Following Nelson’s presentation, artist Arline Martens will give a short gallery talk about her art in NightVisions. Star Trails & Bending Time: Films of the Night Sky will take place Friday, July 28, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Photographer and filmmaker Harun Mehmedinovic will share time-lapse films of the night sky from his Skyglow Project, and videos from other artists exploring the night through time-lapse photography. This one-of-a-kind event will be a visual spectacle celebrating the night. Many of the films from Skyglow showcase Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Both events are free and open to the public and will take place at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

Nightisions VI is showing in the main gallery through Saturday, July 29. The Coconino Center for the Arts is at 2300 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; all exhibitions have free admission. More information on all exhibitions and event can be found online at flagartscouncil.org or by calling 779-2300.

Established in 1999, Flagstaff Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The Arts Council provides opportunities for management development to local art and cultural organizations and develops programs and activities that support artistic, cultural and scientific endeavors for the community and its visitors.