FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN
Culture in the Core of the City: Gallery Receptions. Art Openings. Performances. Food & Drink. First Friday of every month, from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.
NEW THIS MONTH
Skate in the Park returns to downtown’s Acacia Park for the holiday season, bringing eight full weeks of skating fun at the only outdoor ice rink in Colorado Springs! The rink is open seven days a week from November 15, 2014 through January 11, 2015. Special First Friday Downtown programming at the rink will include a variety of rinkside outdoor art performances on December 5th from 5 to 7p.m.
TAKE A FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN TOUR
Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene, with a guided First Friday Downtown tour. The free one-hour tour will begin at 6 p.m. and visit a selection of downtown galleries. In December, the tour will be led by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR). Meet in COPPeR's Office & Arts Info Space in Plaza of the Rockies (121 S. Tejon Street, Suite 111, street level entrance). Find complete tour details for this month's route here. Tours will continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH (scroll to page bottom to download a map)
A Body in Fukushima, collaborative work between "MacArthur award-winning movement artist Eiko Otake and Japanese historian and photographer William Johnston. In 2014, Eiko and Johnston made two extended visits to the evacuated areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors which exploded after the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast Japanese coast in March, 2011."
GOCA 121 will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. during First Friday, with a reception and performance featuring UCCS and CC students.
Image Credit: Artwork by Eiko Otake and William Johnston, courtesy of GOCA 121.
Branching Out for CASA, featuring new works by local artist Amanda Jean. Artwork unveiling at 6:30pm, plus a silent auction with proceeds donated to CASA.
Image Credit: Artwork by Amanda Jean, courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
New works by gallery members John Box and Kathy Parks-Jackson. Box's photographs and Parks-Jackson's oil paintings will be featured. Plus, live music by Eric Earley.
Image Credit: Photograph by John Box, courtesy of Gallery 113.
The Machine Shop
Intergalactic Micro Ecosystems, new works created by Briget Heidmous as "a series of encaustic works exploring potential textures and topography of unknown and unexplored environments."
Image Credit: Artwork by Briget Heidmous, courtesy of The Machine Shop.
Boulder Street Gallery
Holiday Treasures, featuring new works from 26 Pikes Peak Watercolor Society artists, in watercolor, oils, acrylics and photography. Beautiful artwork in watercolor, oils, acrylics, and photography.
Image Credit: Artwork by Jack Malloch, courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery.
The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers
"Explore the mindscapes of Richard Vanvliet and Jean-Marc Richel, a double feature of abstract and substance." Vanvliet's new works feature "large scale, methodically detailed, stimulating paintings," and Richel's pieces "inspire through his mixed media with bright simplicity, purposeful color and line." Plus, music by Crystal and the Curious and a wine and beer tasting.
Image Credit: Artwork by Jean-Marc Richel, courtesy of The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.
The Seventh Annual Small Works Show, featuring over 400 pieces of art by more than 100 artists hung floor to ceiling in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. All pieces are under 24".
A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works is a cash-and-carry event. See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you!
Featuring photographs by local artist Tim Davis. Davis describes photography as "a meditation. I see abstract paintings everywhere and collect them with my camera."
Image Credit: Artwork by Tim Davis, courtesy of Metro Brokers.
New works by local artist Tylan Troyer.
Image Credit: Artwork by Tylan Troyer, courtesy of AHA Gallery.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
Featuring two events: Opening Reception for the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society's 27th Annual Members Exhibit and Sale, and the Preview Event for Cottonwood's Under $100 Holiday Art and Gifts Sale. The Holiday Sale features a chance to visit more than 20 Cottonwood artist studios for shopping and "Make and Takes" for kids.
Image Credit: Sunflowers & Conch by Dennis Palsgrove, courtesy of Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
The Bridge Gallery
Winter White, featuring new works by gallery members Dave Armstrong, Betty Atherton, Deena Bennett, Deb Brewster, Michael Cellan, Claudia, Laura McCracken, Susan Risinger, Kim Sayers-Newlin and Karen Simkiss.
Image Credit: Artwork by Susan Risinger.
Spinning Star Gallery
Open in November/December 2014 as part of Downtown Partnership's Holiday Pop Up Shop program. Featuring handcrafted art and gift items, including pottery, sewn goods, apparel, and sculpture, all from Colorado artisans.
Image Credit: Gallery Photo, courtesy of Spinning Star Gallery.
The Art Officials in Empty Space
Various First Friday gallery venues
Part of the 2014-2015 Art on the Streets exhibit, Atomic Elroy's The Art Officials in Empty Space invites viewers to experience a video/performance installation. A wandering"Art Official" will travel between First Friday venues, interacting with passersby about art, empty space, and the juxtaposition between the two.
Open in November/December 2014 as part of Downtown Partnership's Holiday Pop Up Shop program, Acineau Galleries features works by community artists-local and national.
Colorado Photography School
New works by photography students, plus live music by Kris Sciba.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. First Friday Happy Hour with live music by Wayne Wilkinson and Friends. Happy Hour specials include 1/2 price menu cocktails, $1 off beer and wine, 1/2 price martinis and old fashioneds. (Free and open to the public)
9 p.m. Jake Loggins (Ticketed event, free to The Mezzanine members.)
Free music performances at 7:30 p.m.
Original artwork by Jack Risley, Tracey Eastland, Mary Piche, Joan Judge, and Peter Zurla on exhibit through January 2015.
Image Credit: Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar Logo.
Free live music performances
In December: Ryan Flores
Image Credit: Wild Goose Meeting House Logo.
Art openings monthly, plus live music and full bar from 7 to 10 p.m.
Image Credit: courtesy of The Coffee Exchange.
Mission Arts Center
All Things Christmas, an event to benefit Seeds Community Cafe. Browse and shop for a variety of holiday gifts, including gingerbread houses, candy, baked goods, and holiday decorations.
FIRST FRIDAY RESOURCES
All downtown street parking is free after 6pm, and many downtown parking garages offer parking for just $1 in the evening, and all day on weekends.