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.
ART ON THE STREETS SWINGIN’ LAUNCH PARTY Help kick off the 18th annual Art on the Streets exhibit with a Swingin' Party from 5-8 p.m. in Acacia Park. Live music by Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band, Swingin' Denver dancing and lessons, mini-guided art walks and more. Join us for this free party for all ages!
NEW PUBLIC ARTWORK Eleven new artworks are on display downtown through May 2017. For a map of this year’s Art on the Streets sculptures, stop by the Swingin’ Launch Party or download in PDF.
FIRST FRIDAY - BY BIKE! Join UpaDowna’s outdoor adventure expert guides for a bike tour of downtown’s arts and cultural highlights. Tickets: $10, includes use of an UpaDowna bicycle and helmet (or bring your own). Space is limited, advance registration is required. All bike tours begin at 5:30 p.m. at McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon Street. Riders should plan to arrive by 5pm to allow time for preparation for a 5:30 tour departure. Register here.
ARTS HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH Click images to view details. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download a map!
Meredith Ann's Solo Show
Meredith Ann's knowledge and experience has transformed her artwork into an affinity for the tradition of collage. With strong attention to composition, all of her pieces represent an abstraction of her emotional process which is reflected in each interaction with the individual works. Exhibit runs through July 29.
Collage artwork by Meredith Ann. Image courtesy of Dream Catchers.
Kreuser Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present Landscape of Mind: new work by Tim Davis.
Pictured: “Phobos” by Tim Davis. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
The Perk Downtown (14 S. Tejon St.)
The Perk Downtown is proud to present local photographer Peter Zurla. Meet the artist on First Friday at 5 p.m.
Pictured: “8 Spruce St” by Peter Zurla. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Coquette’s Bistro (321 N. Tejon St.)
Featuring works by British artist Clive Nyles, who draws inspiration from automatic surrealist painters like Gustave Moreau and Max Ernst. Nyles works in a way that tries to interface with and react to the subconscious, allowing it to come forward.
Pictured: “Awaken” by Clive Nyles. Image courtesy Coquette’s Bistro.
Aha Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Aha Gallery is proud to present "Missing the Point," new works by Caitlin Goebel.
Pictured: Work by Caitlin Goebel. Image courtesy Aha Gallery.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave.)
Featuring two openings: "30 Gray Lines," a solo fiber show by Felicia Kelly, and "Why I P.A.I.N.T.," a group show by the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire.
Inspired by strong women in her life 30 Gray Lines represents the tearing apart and sewing back together of bodies and souls. Every life has rips and tears both literal and figurative and the way we choose to repair ourselves makes us stronger, however also changed. Felicia's work is informed by lines and texture and speaks to viewers with expression and sometimes even pain.
“Why I P.A.I.N.T.” (which stands for Present my Authentic, Individual and Nonbiased Truth) is a show about “self-expression, acceptance and empowerment. We are misunderstood, mis-gendered, and mis-profiled. We are happy, joyous, responsible, loving and proud. We are human.” Since 1976, the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire has promoted and supported “inclusion, equality, education and awareness in the community.”
Pictured: Work by Felicia Kelly. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon)
Featuring new works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by Boulder Street Gallery artists including Jacqueline Pearson and Robert C. Murray II, with guest Dianne Gidley, Fran Schaffer and Marie Puterbaugh.
Pictured: “Mother Nature Rocks” by Jacqueline Pearson. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
Acineau Galleries (113 N. Tejon St.)
Acineau’s Pretty Pianos will be located on sidewalks throughout Downtown for First Friday. Tour all of these decorated, publicly-accessible, playable pianos with gallery staff while visiting other participating First Friday venues.
Pictured: Pretty Piano in front of COPPeR. Image courtesy Daniel Owen of The Gazette.
313 Gallery Studio (313 N. Tejon St. above Odyssey Gastropub)
Featuring works by April Lauren (acrylic painting), Seth Weber (watercolor painter), Justin May (ink on board illustrations), and Robert Grey (photographer).
Pictured: “The Seers” by April Lauren. Image courtesy 313 Gallery Studio.
BarK (124 E. Costilla St.)
BarK is featuring local artist Wanda Veltkamp May 2nd until July 29th.
Pictured: Work by Wanda Veltkamp. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B & C E. Bijou St.)
5:30 p.m. - midnight
In The Modbo, you’ll find new works by Denver artist Tony Achilles. Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Internal Logic: New Works by Claire Swinford.” Both shows are open Fridays through July 29th.
In a new series of drawings and oil paintings, Colorado artist Claire Swinford explores reversals, permeating the perceptual boundaries between dark/light, child/adult, artist/subject, alone/surrounded. Each figure projects drama from within a cocoon of transparent fabric, but the narrative remains opaque, resulting in rich images that are best understood according to their own inner logic. “Internal Logic: New Work by Claire Swinford” showcases six months of intensive sketching and painting at The Modbo, an award-winning gallery in downtown Colorado Springs.
Tony Achilles is an oil painter, illustrator, mural artist, and art teacher, born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is presently working from his studio in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver. Though he studied under master painters such as Ron Hicks, Margaretta Gilboy, and Mark Daily at the Art Students League of Denver, Tony considers himself to be primarily a self-taught artist. Achilles has been showing publicly since 1989. Says Achilles, “My work is an exploration of ephemeral beauty, relationship, and life as a sensual experience. Among my major themes are relationship, and personal freedom (or, more specifically, the experience of reaching one’s ‘divine’ potential). Subjects and images that recur in my work as sub-themes and narrative devices include: the human figure, flowers, fish, birds, bird nests, and tethers.”
Pictured: "Woman with Irises" by Tony Achilles. Image courtesy The Modbo.
Entwine (327 N.Tejon St.)
See current artists at work on their latest projects, and take advantage of a holiday weekend sale on retail items.
Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)
The band Mo Mungus is playing at The Goose Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Featured Artist: Deb Komitor
A constant thread throughout Colorado Springs, painter Deb Komitor’s art career has been expressing the emotions conveyed in nature. One feels the energy in each brushstroke as her paintings evoke both the force and serenity in nature. Her decision to portray these works in an almost pixelated fashion asks the viewer to take a step back in order to see her works fully realized. This, in turn, draws you in and keeps you there while her warm interpretations make you stay and take in the details. Her paintings seem alive. You are not just drawn into Komitor’s paintings; they come out and get you.
“I want my paintings to bring the viewer back to nature. I want them to slow your breath, clear your mind, and ease you into quiet peace.” – Deb Komitor
Stretching To The Clouds by Deb Komitor. Image courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Colorado Photography School (14 E. Bijou St.)
Gallery exhibit features student works in photgraphy.
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.