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Flagstaff First Friday ArtWalks

Updated on September 13, 2015

Flagstaff Loves Art

Beginning around 6:30 in the evening on the first Friday of each month, downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, bustles with activity, inside and out, even during the coldest months.

On this special night twelve times per year, galleries, restaurants and other businesses displaying artwork of all types -- and also some that don't -- keep their doors open late for the community party.

Here, let me take you on a Flagstaff ArtWalk tour....

The Flagstaff ArtWalk Map: A new map is produced for each First Friday.

Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk
Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk

The above map is available for free download at

2016 Flagstaff First Friday ArtWalk dates at a glance:

  • January 1
  • February 5
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 1
  • August 5
  • September 2
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

And, yes, those are all Fridays!

49 galleries and other venues participated in the June First Friday ArtWalk, all within walking distance of one another in downtown Flagstaff. Many of these venues serve free hors d'oeuvres during the event.

Lowell Observatory at Heritage Square
Lowell Observatory at Heritage Square

Enjoy Special Events, Music and Viewings During ArtWalk

On this past First Friday in Flagstaff, my husband and I parked on the outskirts of downtown and headed for Heritage Square, which is usually where we begin our art walks (though we enjoyed the nice walk from our car to the square, too).

At this time of year (October), the free Friday Movies on the Square, preceded by a concert, are over for the season, but there was still something to do there: Lowell Observatory had a telescope set up for viewing the night sky and a staff member there to explain what we were seeing.

As we continued our wanderings, we could hear live music coming from all directions.

An instrumental duet was playing inside West of the Moon Gallery on Aspen Street.

Musicians were found on streets throughout downtown, including this guitarist and violinist on Leroux Street.

During the previous ArtWalk, a rockin' percussion group drew a large crowd and inspired lots of dancing.

A Jazz trio in the window stage entertained the crowd at Grandon Gallery.

More music during First Friday ArtWalk

The music and crowds didn't seem to bother this owl from the Flagstaff Arboretum, whose handler talked about the amazing bird.

Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk
Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk

See Works By Locally Known And World-Renowned Artists

Flagstaff's ArtWalk features all types of mediums -- from paintings and sculpture to ceramics and textiles, photography, jewelry, stained glass and metalwork -- by artists from here and beyond.

The Artists Gallery cooperative on San Francisco Street features works by more than 40 local artists and is always packed on ArtWalk night. On these First Fridays, the gallery hosts a reception for the Artists of the Month.

West of the Moon Gallery on Aspen Street may be small, but they feature more than 50 talented artists.

Other Flagstaff galleries you won't want to miss are:

  • Beaver Street Gallery on the south side of the railroad tracks on--you guessed it!--Beaver Street, featuring contemporary exhibitions by artists from the U.S. and abroad
  • Arizona Handmade Gallery on N. San Francisco Street, featuring a variety of media, including numerous pieces from the Fire on the Mountain Hand Blown Glass Studio
  • The Shane Knight Gallery featuring traditional darkroom photography of western horses and landscapes

Famous photographer Gary Ladd signed his books at the Arizona Handmade Gallery.

Some of Gary Ladd's exquisite photos and beautiful Fire On The Mountain glass pieces at the Arizona Handmade Gallery

The first opening of the traveling Twitter Art Exhibition was a great success at Grandon Gallery (which is now closed).

Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk
Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk

Original paintings by Navajo artist Shonto Begay.

Original paintings by Navajo artist Shonto Begay.
Original paintings by Navajo artist Shonto Begay.

Meet Some Of The Local Artists

We really liked the encaustic paintings (or hot wax paintings) at the Showspace Gallery, like the one pictured here. And meeting the artists who display their work there made the experience even better.

In fact, you'll often find artists hanging out near their works on First Fridays, more than happy to answer questions and explain their techniques, philosophies and inspirations.

Sculptor Eric Wilson explains his inspiration for a piece to visitors at the Showspace Gallery.

The artist explains his painting

You'll always find artists in the house at the Artists Gallery coalition, where they man the store.

Muralist Joe Cornelius in front of (or hanging on, rather) his work at "Local Color" in downtown Flagstaff

To see a directory of participating galleries and businesses for the next Flagstaff First Friday ArtWalk, visit:

There's a link for venues to sign up to be included on the map.

Flagstaff Artist Websites

This is, by far, only a partial list. If you have or know of a Flagstaff artist website that's not listed here, leave me a message with the URL in the guestbook below, and I'll add it.

Do You Like To Art Walk?

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      My significant other is an artist in the Phoenix area and we have been doing the Scottsdale, Chandler and Mesa Artwalks this past year. We love them, meet lots of nice people and connect with fellow artists. I wasn't aware of the one in Flagstaff, so maybe we will come up and see you there!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I love art walks and the like - always great to see lots of people excited about art, whether it be street performers or the latest additions to a gallery. Great lens!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i sure do. brattleboro, vt has a first friday art walk. it's pretty cool. :)

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Thanks for the evening in Flagstaff.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love to art walk. I also love the local artist thing. Since we moved to CO it has become an obsession.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      I got to visit Flagstaff this summer and want to move there...that is my dream as an artist...well I can dream...nice lens...5*

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      strayspay 8 years ago

      Flagstaff is definitely on my want-to-visit list now! Great pictures - they gave me a virtual tour!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      This looks like it would be a very enjoyable adventure!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk sounds like a great event. Lensrolling to Festivals, Fairs, and Special Events Lens where I hope you will add this to the plexo. Blessed!

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      I love this! It so made me want to be there - what a buzz!

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      SpellOutloud 8 years ago

      I love how you took us on the tour with you by including so many photos. Wonderful lens.

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      amy1980 8 years ago

      Next time I am near Flagstaff, I will definitely check this out. It's a great little town, and this just adds to the charm.