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.
TAKE A FIRST FRIDAY WALKING TOUR Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene, with a Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown walking tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. In May, the tour will be led by artist and community member commissioners of the City of Colorado Springs Public Art Commission. The tour will meet at 6pm in the Citizen Art Gallery at City Hall (107 N. Nevada Avenue, entrances along Nevada and Kiowa) and then continue to a selection of First Friday venues. Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.
NEW PUBLIC ARTWORK Enjoy the unveiling of several new outdoor artworks downtown during this month's First Friday, including a new work created for Blue Dot Place apartments (412 S. Nevada Avenue). A First Friday reception includes a chance to meet the artist involved in the project, including local artist Jana L. Bussanich. Plus, several new steel and rebar works by local artist and PPCC student Dennis Cunningham installed at the offices of The Independent Newspaper and Concrete Couch (235 S. Nevada Avenue and 224 E. Vermijo Street) will be celebrated with an award exhibit held during First Friday.
MURDER BY CHOCOLATE A series of two separate mystery performances by Red Herring Productions will take place during First Friday at Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon). First, a live version from 7 to 8pm, with four actors in 1920's attire. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is recommended and available at the store. Then, a second note card version from 7 to 9pm, will scatter note cards with clues throughout the store. Prizes (up to $10 value) will be given to crime solvers.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH (scroll to page bottom to download a map)
Tattoo art. Oil and acrylic paintings by featured artists:
Michael Culley (oil painting)
Justin May (oil painting)
Scott DeBusk (watercolor)
Seth Weber (watercolor)
Spunky Smile by April Lauren, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of 313 Gallery & Studio.
Featured artists: April Stark and Karen Storm, both painters. Ms. Stark will also be signing copies of a recently published children's book that she illustrated.
The Lion by April Stark. Image courtesy of Gallery 113.
Muddied (steel and rebar), by Dustin Cunningham. Image courtesy of D. Cunningham Art.
The Perk Downtown
Presenting local photographer Peter Zurla.
The show will run May 2 - July 29. Curated by Kreuser Gallery.
Untitled by Peter Zurla. Courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
Phantom Canyon Billiards Hall
Featuring local artist Neil Fenton. Show runs from now through June 30.
Untitled by Neil Fenton. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
The Commons Gallery
Presenting "May Flowers Bring Art Showers," a collaborative show of Pikes Peak Region's local artists. Curated by Kreuser and Aha Galleries.
Show will run May 6 - May 27
Untitled by Seana McCroddan. Image courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
Presenting "Staring at Mountains." New works by local artist Brian Tryon.
Show will run May 6 - May 27.
Untitled by Brian Tryon. Image courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
Photographer Richard L Rinker and painter Onorina Vedovi-Rinker. The show will run until May 31.
Image courtesy of Godec's Photo Supply & GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue.
Featuring local artist Wanda Veltkamp. Show will run May 2-July 29. Curated by Kreuser Gallery.
Untitled by Wanda Veltkamp. Image courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
Presenting "Day Dreaming with Kan Tong."
Show will run May 6-May 27.
Untitled by Kan Tong. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Other Worlds in a Small Room, solo show by new Cottonwood artist Robyn Sean Peterson.
Untitled by Robyn Sean Peterson. Image courtesy of Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
The Bridge Gallery
The show “Hardware” features photos, mixed media, graphite and clay works. Featured artists: Devin Arnold, Betty Atherton, Deena Bennett, Michael Cellan, Charles Knockel, Laura McCracken, Susan Risinger, Marc Sherek and Phillip Vallejo.
Hardware: it’s not just nuts and bolts anymore; it includes anything from mechanics to motherboards to parts of musical instruments. Inspiration for the artists in this show includes hard wear and hard where. Include imagination and “Hardware” is hardly limited. The exhibit will run from May 6-28.
Boulder Street Gallery
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by 28 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society (PPWS). Featured artists: Jean Pierre DeBernay and Kris Storey, with guest artist Sue Andzik.
Jean Pierre DeBernay's award-winning artwork has been exhibited in museums and art centers across the country and is included in a number of private and corporate collections.
Kris Storey's florals, landscapes, and still lifes combine luminous color with strong light and intricate detail, earning her recognition in many local and regional shows and exhibits.
Sue Andzik, finds creating landscapes, still lifes, animals, and portraits all personally rewarding.
Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa
24 E. Bijou Street
Open extended hours for First Friday Downtown. Plus, a BOGO offer for Mother's Day on your choice of a manicure, pedicure, facials and waxing.
Image Credit: courtesy of Hyacinth Boutique.
The Machine Shop
*6 to 9pm*
Romanticizing Praxis: I think it's off Nevada, an exhibition of new works by Elizabeth Selby. Elizabeth’ was fascinated by the mysterious and beautifully saturated whispers of the past which she has found sprinkled around our city of Colorado Springs. This body of work explores how a shift in perspective or lighting shows the subtle allure of the everyday, and depicts a view through rose colored glasses. Plus, food truck Potato Potato onsite.
Image Credit: Artwork by Elizabeth Selby, image courtesy of The Machine Shop.
*7 to 9pm*
Murder by Chocolate. A series of two separate mystery performances by Red Herring Productions will take place during First Friday. First, a live version from 7 to 8pm, with four actors in 1920's attire. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is recommended and available at 109 N. Tejon. Then, a second note card version from 7 to 9pm, will scatter note cards with clues throughout the store. Prizes (up to $10 value) will be given to crime solvers.
Image Credit: image courtesy of Cacao Chemistry.
Presenting Spring Awakens, a show featuring local photographer Linda Case. Exhibit runs through May 31.
Orchids by Linda Case. Image courtesy of Blank Canvas Cafe at Dream Catchers.
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.