This year Arizona Handmade and Fire on the Mountain Galleries are proud to participate in the Celebration of the Night event as a NightVisions Satellite exhibit! The annual Celebration of the Night highlights the importance of the dark sky through a variety of lenses - from art to music, to science talks and interactive walks. The NightVisions show is the visual arts aspect of the event.
More than two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. We have grown so isolated from night that in much of our culture it has become alien and fearful. NightVisions seeks to re-open our positive connections to the natural night and to bridge the divide separating artistic from scientific perception, promoting the idea that science and art are two intertwined aspects of human experience. - Flagstaff Arts Council
Arizona Handmade and Fire on the Mountain Galleries have invited all our artists to submit work that reflects the impact of the night on their lives and their artistic vision. It has been wonderful seeing what each artist has brought in! From jeweler Nancy Foo finding the night sky in stones, to painter Linda Shearer-Whiting evoking the comfort of looking up at the stars above her quiet neighborhood, to Angela Yamauchi's detailed photographs contrasting star-light with human-light. Those are just a few highlights; many of our artists have participated and we have all kinds of work embracing and exploring their connection to the night sky!
Our Satellite exhibit will open during the ArtWalk on April 5th, slightly in advance of the other NightVisions shows. Stop by to see a teaser of what NightVisions has to offer, listen to live music by Tim Young, and then take a few moments to enjoy the night sky after you walk downtown!
NightVisions VII, an international, juried show held at the Coconino Center for the Arts, will have an opening reception on April 12th and will be on display through June 1st. Other satellite exhibits at The Artists Gallery, West of the Moon Gallery, and Criollo Latin American Kitchen will be open at various points throughout April and May. For more information about Celebration of the Night events click here.
The starry skies over Flagstaff are often taken for granted, but it is through thoughtful planning and action that the city's light pollution is kept down. Click here to learn more about how Flagstaff became the first International Dark Sky City, and the work that the Dark Skies Coalition does to keep the Flagstaff skies dark so that we can all enjoy the beauty of the natural night.
The NightVisions Satellite exhibit at Arizona Handmade/Fire on the Mountain Galleries can be viewed from April 5th through June 1st from 10am-5pm everyday of the week.