Pivot poster

A curator of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Pivot Skateboard Deck Art Exhibit, Duane Koyawena, will lead a unique art project on Saturday, Jan. 12.

From 2-4 p.m., kids and adults can come to the museum at 3101 N Fort Valley Rd. prepared to get messy and design their own mini-skateboard decks under Koyawena's guidance.

Koyawena is known for creating traditional Hopi art with a contemporary touch ranging from realism, landscapes and animation.

He was instrumental in implementing the skateboard deck project that is on display at MNA until March 31. Hopi Koyawena, along with Navajo Landis Bahe, sent out 100 blank skateboard decks to artists who represent many different Native American tribes in the southwest. The artists painted  southwest or tribal themes using varying styles and techniques, from a traditional carver to a graffiti-style painter.

Koyawena’s hope was to unite artists and cultures, to “bring them together as one,” he told musnaz.org.

The artist will talk about the exhibit, his art journey and inspirations.

Cost is museum admission: $12 for adults, $8 for youth ages 11-17 and free for children 9 and under and MNA members.

Climate discussion on Southwest impacts

Hear Darren McCollum, lead meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) talk about climate change of the Southwest at the main Flagstaff Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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McCollum will inform the public on the latest research of the impacts of climate change on the Southwest as presented in the White House's National Climate Assessment report.

According to globalchange.org, which summarizes the National Climate Assessment, "increased heat, drought, and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, have increased wildfires" in the Southwest. "Declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns."

The event will be hosted by the National Arizona Climate Change Alliance, who will also be gathering at 1 p.m. Saturday at White Dove Coffee to discuss upcoming plans. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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10 x 10 exhibition opening

The Flagstaff Arts Council will host a 10x10 exhibition opening and members preview reception at Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.

The 10×10 Exhibition features the work of 100 artists who have created new, original work and have donated each for sale to support the Coconino Center for the Arts. The small 10×10 size makes the purchase price fit most budgets and start or add to existing art collections.

This benefit art show is a productive fundraiser; the 2015 and 2017 exhibitions raised more than $10,000 to support programming at the Center.

This year, there is an interesting twist to the exhibition. Four artists served as curators, including seeking out the work and directing the installation. Elizabeth Bonzani, Joe Cornett, Darcy Falk, and Jerrel Singer picked out work especially for the show.

The 2019 exhibition will feature a number of well-known artists as well as a variety of up-and-comers. Participating artists include Sky Black, Elizabeth Bonzani, Joe Cornett, Elaine Dillingham, Darcy Falk, Emma Gardner, Brian David Griffith, Jason Hess, Sonja London-Hall, Arline Martens, Rebekah Nordstrom, Kailey Quick, Steve Schaeffer, Gil Scott, Jacques Cazaubon Seronde, Shawn Skabelund and Connie Townsend among many others.

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