New art gallery reflects ‘one community’ vision

Blown Glass art

Stained glass pieces by Christina Norlin light up the lobby, pottery by Suzanne Botello dots the staircase and acrylic works on canvas by Mishael Magarian line the hallway of a new art gallery hosted in the High Country Conference Center.

The program, a collaboration among Northern Arizona University, the city of Flagstaff and Sodexo Conferencing, developed from NAU’s vision to showcase Flagstaff’s vibrant artistic community at the conference center.

The artists on display were chosen based on their experience and the sustainability of their artwork. They are part of a pilot program on exhibit until the gallery’s Grand Opening reception during the July 2 First Friday Artwalk.

“So far we are getting excellent feedback from the community and conference guests,” said Andrea Graves, program coordinator at the conference center. “People are thrilled to see that community members are shown here.”

‘Strength in Tradition’ by Mishael Magarian

The Art Gallery Committee, composed of NAU administrators, Flagstaff Beautification and Public Art Committee members and staff from the conference center, will distribute the first public call to artists mid-April. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of Public Art Commission members.

Three to six local artists will be selected every six months to showcase their art in the redesigned space set against a view of the San Francisco Peaks through windows lining the gallery area.

The gallery is suited to accommodate both two-dimensional framed pieces (including stained glass) and three-dimensional pieces such as pottery, sculpture and jewelry in pedestal cases.

Conference center guests and Flagstaff residents are encouraged to wander about the naturally lit gallery and among the rotating art works.

The gallery is free and open based on hours of operation and scheduled events. For artists inquires, contact Andrea Graves at (928)-523-1363 or