Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Oct. 27

'It's Elemental Fine Crafts Exhibit' returns

Buffalo Warrior by Marvin Toya

Buffalo Warrior by Marvin Toya

FLAGSTAFF -- It's time to welcome the sixth annual "It's Elemental Fine Craft Exhibition" to Coconino Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Flagstaff Cultural Partners, the exhibit runs for five weeks, showcasing the clay, wood, fiber, metal and glasswork of highly talented artisans that reside within the region.

It's Elemental will be on exhibit at the Coconino Center for the Arts from Nov. 10-Dec.17. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free to the gallery and all activities. The juried show includes more than 30 artists, with six of them staging a collaborative display.

In addition to the exhibit, there will also be a fine craft sale on Saturday, Dec. 3 -- a great source for unique holiday treasures as well as a venue to support local artisans.

This year's judges for the exhibit, Stormie Parker, George Averbeck, and Bob Lomadafkie, picked entrants based on their creativity, craftsmanship and originality.

Stormie Parker is a professional studio potter with more than 20 years experience. She has exhibited and taught ceramics in both Europe and North America. Parker has also won numerous awards and grants throughout her well established career. Currently, she resides in northern Arizona and is represented by several galleries within the area.

George Averbeck is a glass artist who has worked in studios in Breckenridge, Colo.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and in Flagstaff. He currently owns a studio-retail shop, Fire on the Mountain, located in downtown Flagstaff.

Bob Lomadafkie, a Hopi jewelry artist, is a longtime resident of Flagstaff. He has an established reputation as a high quality jeweler. His pieces have been shown extensively throughout the southwest, including those at the Museum of Northern Arizona, in Flagstaff and the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

As a graduate from Northern Arizona University, Lomadafkie is repaying his collegiate community by becoming a resident elder at the Applied Indigenous Studies department at NAU. Lomadafkie is also the former program manager for the Heritage Program at the MNA. He is a public speaker, teacher, jeweler and designer with a background in Hopi art and community service.

The Coconino Center for the Arts is located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Road (behind the Pioneer Museum and Sechrist School). For further information contact, 928-779-2300, or visit: www.culturalpartners.org.

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