First Friday Downtown

OCTOBER IS ARTS MONTH!

October is Arts Month in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Make plans to have at least one new arts experience with friends and family — First Friday is a great, free introduction to the great things our Downtown Creative District has to offer!.

Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month, an annual initiative that raises awareness for the quality, diversity, and value of the arts in our community.
Visit the Arts Month page at the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region to learn more.

ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY

Free and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.

FIRST FRIDAY — LIVE, IN PERSON, AT A DISTANCE

Many galleries are offering in-person First Friday events while complying with current public health guidelines. Scroll down for a comprehensive list and map of participating venues, updated monthly.

VIRTUAL FIRST FRIDAY

Many galleries continue to offer virtual experiences and online sales for patrons to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Click here to view Virtual First Friday offerings for October.

Pikes Peak Litter Letter 2020 Dedication

W. Cimarron St.
| 4:30 p.m.

In celebration of Arts Month, the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District, and Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region have joined forces to orchestrate the Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project — a unique piece of temporary public art that is constructed with trash collected from our lands and waterways during Creek Week.

The installation of the art piece and a public dedication for the project will be held on location Friday, Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the project site just off Cimarron Street east of I-25 and south of America the Beautiful Park. Join the project partners for a distanced happy hour, refreshments and brief remarks.

SPECIAL OFFER: Get to the dedication in an eco-friendly way! Use the code LiTTER102 to get up to two free 60-minute rides on a PikeRide e-assist bike, good only on First Friday.

The letters, constructed by Concrete Couch, will remain on display throughout the month of October in celebration of Arts Month. The general public is also invited to support the project though a social media contest on Instagram, by using the hashtag #PikesPeakLitterLetters to show us how you support ecological resilience in your community.

 

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UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121)

121 S. Tejon St
| 3-5:30 p.m.

Presenting the mixed-media installation Sacrum by Danielle Rae Miller. Appointments encouraged -- email vapa.goca@gmail.com to book a private visit, or view online at http://gocadigital.org. Follow GOCA on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Also happening LIVE on First Friday is Curbside Culture: Outdoor Concert & Stream with Juan Valdes Bueno and Ryan Flores. Enjoy this outdoor concert from your home with this streaming link, or on a patio Downtown. This concert is brought to you by UCCS Downtown, GOCA Downtown and the VAPA department of UCCS. We welcome student Juan Valdes Bueno as the opener followed by local favorite Ryan Flores. This event supports Curbside Culture, a program of the local Cultural Office. After the concert, tune into Instagram @gocacolospgs to view a one-on-one interview with Juan and Ryan addressing the local music scene.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Danielle Rae Miller’s works are dense compositions of plant, animal and insect life realistically drawn with fine line ink on both sides of translucent vellum to create transparency, depth and interaction between elements. Miller uses images with pre-attached meanings in our human mythologies—snakes, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, roses, sunflowers, the human heart, ribcage and pelvis—to engage an emotional response in viewers, to gently nudge individual and cultural memories, and hint at broader connections between all forms of life on this planet.

ABOUT GOCA 121

GOCA 121 is UCCS' satellite gallery in Downtown Colorado Springs. The space opened in February 2010, and is the product of a partnership between UCCS and Nor'wood. 121 features work by locally, nationally and internationally renowned professional artists and hosts many of GOCA's signature programs (like ART&WINE and CHITCHAT). Located in the Plaza of the Rockies South Tower, next door to  the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR)

Pictured: Sacrum by Danielle Rae Miller. Image courtesy GOCA Downtown.

 

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Eclectic CO

214 1/2 N. Tejon St.
| 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Presenting in-store activities for First Friday including Lucky Locks hair sparkling and a $25 create-your-own terrarium bar with Blissful Botanicals.

Request appointment-only shopping by emailing peri@shopeclecticco.com. Curbside pickup is available for purchases made online or via Instagram. Eclectic Co. also offers free home delivery within 15 miles of Downtown Colorado Springs.

Gift cards are available for purchase online for curbside pickup or free shipping.

ABOUT ECLECTIC CO.

Eclectic Co. began as part of the Downtown Partnership's Holiday Pop-Up Program in 2018. The boutique-style makers’ market specializes in local art, handcrafted goods, and vintage products. Studio artists and photographers are featured in our lineup of 46 different local makers and vendors.

Pictured: Eclectic Co. storefront. Image courtesy Eclectic Co.

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The Machine Shop

4 S. Wahsatch Ave.
| 6-9 p.m.

Presenting Regular Things Happen, featuring new work by local artist Marina Eckler on First Friday, Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m. We will be limiting entrance to small groups at a time; please plan on wearing a mask. Our garage door will be wide open for extra ventilation with some work on display outside. Work will be visible and available for purchase on our website store.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

This exhibition features a selection of recent works that are both utilitarian and conversational. Less about art as singular objects, each piece in the show exists in close connection to the circumstances that form their setting. They include: text-based paintings on waxed canvas that double as natural fiber shower curtains; a collection of off-grid pinball machines; and a revival of Brion Gysin’s Dream Machine, designed in the 1950’s as a catalyst for drug-free hallucination. Each of these projects involve the use of old technologies to address some current dilemmas: how to kill time offline, how to avoid plastic, how to connect to the infinite, and how to connect to each other.

ABOUT THE MACHINE SHOP

The Machine Shop is a collaborative workspace co-founded by four independent creative studios as a shared studio space, with room for a few like-minded creative folks to join along the way. Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this former automotive garage is now home to artists, architects, developers, designers, writers and video wizards. The Machine Shop also hosts events, classes, art shows, and an artist-in-residence program.

Pictured: Mouth to Mouth by Marina Eckler. Image courtesy the Machine Shop.

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Kreuser Gallery

125 E. Boulder Street
| 5-9 p.m.

Presenting oVerlap, the fifth annual exhibit by the Red Threads Artists, on First Friday, October 2. Refreshments offered include wine and beer. We will allow no more than 25 people in the building at one time and ask that you please wear a mask and socially distance.

To book an appointment for a different date & time, please go here:
https://abigailkreusergallery.com/pages/private-gallery-exhibit-experience

To view the exhibits online, please visit Virtual First Friday.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Twelve local artists have come together in the spirit of the legend of the Red Thread: “An invisible red thread connects all of those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it can never break.”

Red Threads was formed as a collaboration to highlight local artists and the work of the Never Alone Foundation, which supports families created through international adoption. The NAF provides grants to help with the expense of adoption, children with medical needs and support for new families.  All of the artists donate a portion of their sales to the NAF, as does Kreuser Gallery.

ARTIST STATEMENT

oVerlap will focus on unity, highlighting our shared experiences and the one earth we share as our home, rather than focusing on our polarizing differences. Through photography, encaustics, painting, fiber arts, drawings, ceramics and digital pieces, we want to celebrate the beauty of connection and community.

Featured artists: Lori DiPasquale, Chris Alvarez, Deb Komitor, Catherine Giglio, Jenny Kruckeberg, Wendy Reis, Gabriella Hudson, Lelia Davis, Adam Williams, Jeanne Steiner, Abigail Kreuser, Summer Kircher, Jerry Manning

ABOUT KREUSER GALLERY

Kreuser Gallery opened in the Depot Arts District in February of 2011 and relocated to its current space in January 2019. Its mission is to create and maintain a dynamic, independent forum providing a venue for established and up-and-coming local artists. Kreuser Gallery fulfills the need for personal growth, communication and a sense of community among artists and viewers.

Pictured: Promotional image for oVerlap. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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Studio West Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College Downtown

22 N. Sierra Madre St.
| 3:30-8 p.m.

Presenting the Pikes Peak Community College 2020 Art Faculty Show, featuring the unique and diverse talents of PPCC's dedicated instructors, including sculpture, photography, paintings, ceramics and more.

Refreshments will be served, including coffee, hot chocolate and sweets. Masks required. Exhibit will open at 3:30pm and runs to 8pm to allow for better social distancing.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Group exhibit including Emily Sullivan, Laura BenAmots, George Sanchez, Lance Timco, Helen Dunn, Kate Williams and many more.

Pictured: Work by Emily Sullivan. Image courtesy Pikes Peak Community College.

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UCCS Downtown

102 S. Tejon St 80903

The UCCS Philosophy Department presents its Philosophy in the City series of interactive philosophical events from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. every First Friday.  This month's topic is The Specter of Hypocrisy: Clever Chameleons or Fiendish Fakers? featuring Prof. Karen deVries, Prof. Raphael Sassower, Prof. Michael Sawyer, and Prof. Jeffrey Scholes. Pre-register to receive the livestream link: https://tinyurl.com/y5k2m3d7

Also happening LIVE on First Friday is Curbside Culture: Outdoor Concert & Stream with Juan Valdes Bueno and Ryan Flores. Enjoy this outdoor concert from your home with this streaming link, or on a patio Downtown. This concert is brought to you by UCCS Downtown, GOCA Downtown and the VAPA department of UCCS. We welcome student Juan Valdes Bueno as the opener followed by local favorite Ryan Flores. This event supports Curbside Culture, a program of the local Cultural Office. After the concert, tune into Instagram @gocacolospgs to view a one-on-one interview with Juan and Ryan addressing the local music scene.

ABOUT THE EVENT

In an age when "fake news" and charges of hypocrisy are ubiquitous, it may be useful to think critically about hypocrisy as a strategy and mode of engagement that can enhance community building, rather than as a straightforward term of derision. The panel discussion of the "The Specter of Hypocrisy" will consider different views and understandings of hypocrisy by addressing historical, religious, political, racial, and personal strategies of pretending, assimilating, code switching, and passing.

Pictured: Event flier courtesy UCCS Downtown.

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Cottonwood Center for the Arts

427 E. Colorado Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting Labels: Face Value on First Friday, October 2, 5-8 p.m. This juried multimedia show examines the concept of labels, and how they apply to people and products.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

A label is the branding or packaging of a product. Art and design come together to elicit emotional and physical responses about the product behind the label. From craft beers and spirits to hot sauces, a perfectly labeled bottle can compel our selection as much or more than its contents. Alternatively, a label can be the way a person or a group of people is categorized, defined, or stereotyped. Unlike product branding, this label is usually negative, describing its target in a limited, narrow, overly simple way.

ABOUT COTTONWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Cottonwood Center for the Arts is a nonprofit arts complex located in Downtown Colorado Springs. Run out of a refurbished office building, Cottonwood holds gallery spaces, artist studios, and classrooms. Our diverse programming includes monthly First Friday events, popular wheel-throwing pottery classes, and calls for entry that allows artists from throughout the region to display their pieces in juried shows.

Pictured: Work by Phil Lear. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

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Novis Mortem Collective

22 E. Bijou St.
| 12-7 p.m.

Presenting a collective of artists including jewelrymakers, illustrators and painters, ento-taxidermists and curiosity-seekers. From beetles under glass to jewelry made from bones, crystals and shells, the collective seeks to add a little “weird” to Downtown Colorado Springs.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Novis Mortem collective members include: Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake, modern Japanese American occult art; Bea Solo, Novis Mortem; Lindsey Larson, LM Larson Art; Dania O'Neal, Terram Jewels; Melanie McKee, The Laser Forge; and Alex Feinstein, AFW.

Pictured: Work by Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake. Image courtesy Novis Mortem Collective.

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C B Dixon’s African American Art Gallery

315 N. Weber St. Suite 200
| 4-8 p.m.

Presenting Conversation with the Artist on First Friday, October 2, 4-8 p.m. The public is cordially invited to this special free event. Attend subsequent Conversations with the Artist on Thursdays 4-8 p.m. throughout Arts Month.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

C B Dixon's African American Fine Art Gallery features contemporary bronze sculptures, mixed media assemblages, action paintings and traditional works on paper. Special artist for October Arts Month will be James A. Dixon.  For more information contact 303-960-0823.

Pictured: Work by James A. Dixon. Image courtesy the artist.

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The Modbo Gallery

17C E. Bijou St.
| 5-8 p.m.

The Modbo is not too proud to present October’s First Friday exhibit: All of the Unclaimed Art That Has Ended up in The Modbo Closet of Shame Since 2009.  This is a show featuring all the unclaimed art that has ended up in The Modbo closet of shame since 2009.  The opening reception is from 5 pm until 8 pm on Friday, October 2nd.

During opening hours, guests must wear masks inside the space, and will only be allowed in a few people at a time.  The show runs through Friday, October 30th.

ABOUT THE MODBO

The Modbo is located in Arts Alley in Downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only  $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Pictured: The Modbo closet of shame. Image courtesy the Modbo.

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Yobel Market

11 E. Bijou St.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting Concrete & Crystals on First Friday, October 2. Barber and graffiti artist Isaac Focus Cisneros will be offering donation-based freestyle line-work cuts and women's undercuts to benefit Springs Rescue Mission. Yobel will also be donating 10% of all First Friday sales to SRM.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Our goal with Concrete & Crystals is to share the hard (concrete) and the transformative beauty (crystals) of the lives of the artisans we represent across the globe. Each month we hope to share more of their stories, the hard and the beautiful with our local community.

ABOUT YOBEL

Yobel Market is a fair trade boutique located in Colorado Springs specializing in ethically produced handmade global goods.

Pictured: Yobel storefront. Image courtesy the proprietors.

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Anita Marie Fine Art

109 S. Corona St.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting Earth's Color, inspired perspectives of Earth's beauty and grandeur by two nationally acclaimed realistic painters, Richard Dahlquist and Chuck Mardosz. Enjoy complimentary bottled beverages, but please note masks are required while visiting the gallery. Free delivery within Colorado.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

RICHARD DAHLQUIST: A soft but energetic style influenced by the works of John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Ilya Repin and John Clymer. William Schultz Award; Oil Painters of America; John Steven Jones Fellowship Award; Melvin C. Warren Award; Salmagundi Club Invitational, New York; O.A.W.Holbein Award of Excellence; Colorado Governors Invitational.

CHUCK MARDOSZ: A rich style influenced by Polish painter Matejko, Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, and Joaquin Sorolla that transcends a restriction of time. Sunny Vista Art Show Award; Rocky Mountain Plein Air; Salon International; American Plains Award; Artists Of The West; Arts For the Parks.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

Traditional fine art is always a mark of good taste and enduring elegance. Our gallery displays fine art as you may see in a contemporary, minimalist decorating scheme that allows the painting to flourish in your space.

Sunny landscapes, colorful cities, snowy forests, laughing children, and Western scenes capture the imagination and stimulate a yearning to be in this spot.

Every person is touched by some element of fine art in a way unlike any other type of art. We want you to fall in love with a painting and bring it into your home or office as a source of uplifting beauty and inspiration to enjoy every day.

We also have a studio workshop offering classes throughout the week, including small group classes with Master Artists offering advice to develop your personal style. See our schedule of classes.

Anita Marie Fine Art is open 5-9 p.m. on First Fridays year-round. Find the gallery across the street from Cottonwood Center for the Arts in the former Mardosz Fine Art building. Gallery open house hours:Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2p-7p, Saturdays 12p-2p.

Pictured: Day at the Beach by Chuck Mardosz. Image courtesy the proprietor.

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Art 111

111 E. Bijou St.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting Visual Sound, a multimedia art experience in several parts. In the back gallery room is Insatiable, art photography by Robin Schneider, with musical guest Dave Mensch performing among new work by Art 111 member artists throughout the two front rooms. Outside in the back parking lot, special guest artist Jaguart Deco will present a creative art experience.

ABOUT ART 111

Mission Statement: To collaboratively support a local communal space as a collective platform to launch business endeavors including markets, fundraisers, and more.

Pictured: Promotional image for Visual Sound. Image courtesy Art 111.

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