Native American contemporary art on exhibit

FLAGSTAFF - The annual Native American Contemporary Art Exhibit, presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners, highlights the creativity of local and regional artists. A stunning display of traditional and contemporary Native American arts will be on exhibit at the Coconino Center for the Arts until July 31. The exhibit features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, beadwork, and photography from leading and emerging Native American artists throughout the southwest.

Some of the featured artists include acclaimed artists such as Shonto Begay, Baje Whitethorne Sr. and Robert Lomadafkie. The exhibit provides viewers a modern link to current concepts being explored in Native art with equal emphasis on aesthetics.

The traditional artwork of the native people of the American Southwest has long since been of interest to art patrons. The exhibit will feature both traditional work as well as contemporary fine art. Many Navajo, Hopi and other regional artists continue to convey ideas similar to those in the work of their ancestors, often drawing inspiration from the southwest landscape or current topics, while using contemporary media to do so. As such, this exhibit will feature paintings and photographs in addition to traditional media associated with Native American arts.

The Coconino Center for the Arts is located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. in Flagstaff. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

For additional information, visit www.culturalpartners.org or call (928) 779-2300.

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