First Friday Downtown

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.

COVID-19 CLOSURES

Many First Friday venues have posted closures or limited their hours per current public health guidelines. For First Friday in July, consider supporting local artists and galleries remotely — they need their patrons now more than ever! Make a purchase through Virtual First Friday, or Click here to view a list of ways to directly sustain Downtown’s creative sector during the crisis. Want more ways to help? Click here.

VIRTUAL FIRST FRIDAY CHALLENGE

The art businesses and galleries of Virtual First Friday have chosen to put their promotional efforts and Virtual First Friday Challenge dollars behind local organizations supporting healthy Black communities in the Pikes Peak Region. On July 3, 2020, for each Virtual First Friday purchase of $50 or more, $50 will be donated to the following organizations: Poetry719, COS Black Business Network, and My Black Colorado.

Please join us in affirming Black lives and Black voices in our community by donating directly, making a remote or in-person purchase at participating galleries, or both. Up to $500 in challenge dollars will be given each hour, for a total of $1,500, so time your purchases to contribute to the organization whose mission most resonates with you.

  • 5:00-5:59 p.m.: Challenge dollars go to Poetry719
  • 6:00-6:59 p.m.: Challenge dollars go to COS Black Business Network
  • 7:00-7:59 p.m.: Challenge dollars go to My Black Colorado
  • Patrons can support these organizations directly at any time using the links above.

Curious about how this works and how we are prioritizing Black leadership in this program? Click here to view the July Virtual First Friday Challenge FAQ.

GALLERIES OPEN BY APPOINTMENT

Please contact the following galleries directly to schedule private time to visit their current shows:

Anita Marie Fine Art (109 S. Corona St., 719-493-5623) presents the work of master painters-in-residence Chuck Mardosz and Richard Dahlquist.

Kreuser Gallery (125 E. Boulder St., 719-464-5880) presents SHOW TITLES. The gallery will be open by appointment for July 3. Patrons may book an appointment for themselves and up to 7 friends or family members for a 20-minute slot. All exhibits may also be viewed online.

The Machine Shop (4 S. Wahsatch Ave., 719-359-6966), presents Distance, Presence: new work by Emily Sullivan, through July 29.

DISTANCED FIRST FRIDAYS

Many galleries are offering in-person First Friday events while complying with current public health guidelines. Please scroll down to view galleries offering responsibly distanced in-person events on July 3.

BarK

124 E. Costilla St.

BarK, curated by The Gallery Below, presents Juneteenth: Black Voices in Art. For the remainder of 2020, BarK will showcase the art of people of color, with a strong emphasis on Black art. 

STATEMENT FROM THE CURATOR

We have a voice, a platform, a venue, and ACCESS. We are giving this access and platform to Black voices right now, because more than ever, Black voices need to be heard.

We are also giving 100% of the profit from each work of art to the person that created it.

In the past.. I have created new shows each month with different artists or themes. This will be very different! When art sells, it will replaced with new art, ALL YEAR LONG.

Please note: Because BarK is a venue for food and beverage, work with genitals or nipples will not be displayed. Beyond that, there will be no censorship of images or content.

Your art. Your voice. Your profit.

Pictured: Massaranduba by Jasmine Holmes (2019). Mixed media, 2’ x 2’, $500. Image courtesy The Gallery Below.

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Cottonwood Center for the Arts

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

Cottonwood Center for the Arts is pleased to present Cottonwood One Way, a directional walking tour of our building, and main galleries for July First Friday. The main galleries will feature a stunning installation of photography and 3-D work by artist Aaron Graves, and the long hallway galleries will be adorned with a fresh collection of work created by local artists.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Cottonwood One Way will be a timing-separated, socially distanced walking tour. Groups will be admitted one at a time, and directional signage will guide you through our second and first floors, as well as our main gallery. All participants will be required to wear a mask and remain 6 feet apart from other groups as they move through the building.

Featured for July is No Time or Space by Aaron Graves, featuring over 50 photographic and experimental works along with sculptures and mannequins.This surrealist exhibit contrasts scenes of jolting minimalism with uncomfortable dreamscapes. Graves will be donating his commission on sales of the photographic works to the Black Artist Fund.

Cottonwood's outdoor spaces will present live music, mural painting, and dance performances, in addition to responsibly spaced tables and curbside food for pickup.

Scheduled personal guided tours for your group will be available throughout the rest of the month by appointment at liaison@cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com for a $5.00 suggested
donation per person.

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 from No Time or Space by Aaron Graves. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

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Eclectic CO

214 1/2 N. Tejon St.

Eclectic Co. is open to the public for walk-in shopping and private visits by appointment on First Friday, July 3 until 7 p.m. In-store activities include Lucky Locks hair sparkling and artisan demos -- new vendors have been recently added!

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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Gallery 113

125 ½ N. Tejon St.

Gallery 113 will feature select member artists on First Friday, July 3, 5-8 p.m. Guests wearing masks will be welcome to browse the gallery in small groups of 6-8. Member artists will be on hand and are happy to discuss their work with you.

ABOUT GALLERY 113

Gallery 113 hosts twenty-three local artists whose artwork ranges from painting in a variety of media, photography, pottery, hand-turned wood bowls, hand-painted silk scarves and paintings, and hand-crafted wood clocks. 

Founded in 2011, Gallery 113 is a prominent Colorado Springs art cooperative that shows the work of twenty-plus artists with a wide range of artistic styles.

If you can’t make it for First Friday, the gallery is open every day from 11 am to 5 pm.

Pictured: Art by featured artist. Image courtesy Gallery 113.

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Cacao Chemistry

109 N. Tejon St.

Join artist-in-residence Laurel Bahe at Cacao Chemistry on First Friday, July 3, 5-8 p.m. for locally-made art, face masks and gourmet chocolate. Friendly for all ages and no charge to participate!

ABOUT CACAO CHEMISTRY

Cacao Chemistry turns fine French chocolate into exquisite confectionery products in this locally owned business.

Pictured: Collaborative painting facilitated by Laurel Bahe. Image courtesy the artist.

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Art 111

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

Art 111 presents Robert McClain's locally-renowned "Mustache Paintings" for First Friday, July 3, with a free, LGBTQ-proud opening reception 5-8 p.m. featuring musical guests Nikki Giron and Addison Slone.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Dust off your platform shoes and slip into some bell bottom pants, because it is about to get all kinds of funky in here! It is our privilege to be the host site for this art collection this year. Robert McClain painted this collection mostly in the 1970's and it shows. Just around 200 pieces of art, mostly half naked men will be on display the entire month of July along with his journals. Mr. McClain wrote two pages a day about what life was like for a gay man in the age of disco. More information about this treasure can be found in this amazing article that Griffin Swartzell wrote for the Colorado Springs Independent a few years ago.

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: Work by Robert McClain. Image courtesy Art 111.

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