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.
LIVE MUSIC DOWNTOWN From 5-7 p.m., enjoy live music from students of the Colorado Springs Conservatory in the 100 block of North Tejon. Look for them outside Regina's Unique Boutique (123 N. Tejon St.).
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 September, the tour will be led by April Lauren of 313 Gallery. The tour will meet at 6 p.m. at 313 Gallery (313 N. Tejon St.) and then continue to a selection of First Friday venues. Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.
ARTS HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH Click images to view details. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download a map!
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.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.)
This summer brings the opening of a new kind of exhibit created in collaboration with Springs Rescue Mission: A collection of photographs that will change your view of our homeless neighbors. “Periphery” runs through September 4.
Pictured: Work by Aaron Anderson. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
BarK (124 E. Costilla St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, BarK is proud to present local artist Amanda Jean now through October 28.
Pictured: Work by Amanda Jean. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.)
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s First Friday Art Parties are a great place to chill out this summer and view stunning selections by local artist Betty Ross. Ross’ extensive studio career shines in this exhibit as she unites her best talents in representative, narrative abstraction, acrylic, watercolor, and collage works – on view and available for purchase Aug 5-Oct 2, 2016.
Betty Ross invites chance and seeks harmony in her studio practice. She endeavors to capture, in the words of Hilton Als, the “rush and chaos of nature” by using different modes and diverse artistic mediums. Some pieces evolve from photographs and on-site sketches, some aim to capture a narrative, while others are simply formal collage explorations.
Pictured: Cordoba Mosque by Betty Ross. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Colorado Square (130 E. Pikes Peak Ave.)
Featuring work by award-winning sculptor Timothy Nimmo as well as paintings from the Tracy Miller Gallery. Says Nimmo of his work, “My sculptures are a synthesis between my love of nature and my respect of the great artists who have come before. As an avid hiker and hunter, I have never lost my sense of wonder about the beauty of a leaping deer, the power of bull elk fighting, or the grace of antelope running.”
Pictured: Dying Ibex by Timothy Nimmo. Image courtesy Tracy Miller Gallery.
Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon St.)
Featuring landscape paintings by Colorado artist Pam Holnback, with a live artist demonstration beginning at 5 p.m.
Pictured: Work by Pam Holnback. Image courtesy Cacao Chemistry.
The Perk Downtown (14 S. Tejon St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, the Perk Downtown is proud to present local photographer Seana McCroddan now through October 28.
Pictured: Work by Seana McCroddan. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla St.)
Transmission Lines is a collection of recent drawings by Erin Elder that reference rainbows, volcanoes, and energy fields. These colorful abstract landscapes explore the relationships between objects, their subterranean power and their ethereal reverberations. The show runs through Friday, September 30.
Pictured: Work by Erin Elder. Image courtesy Mountain Fold Books.
Poor Richard’s (322 N. Tejon St.)
Encounter diverse local artists throughout the Poor Richard’s complex on North Tejon. Patti Bowler’s abstract paintings are on display in Rico's Café & Wine Bar through December 1, while the walls of Poor Richard’s Restaurant feature polymer mosaics by Tracey Eastland, photographs by Sandy Fales and watercolor paintings by Joan Judge and Mary Piche.
Pictured: Work by Patti Bowler. Image courtesy Poor Richard’s.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B & C E. Bijou St.)
5:30 p.m. - midnight
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present September’s First Friday on September 2nd, 2016. In The Modbo, you’ll see “RE-magnifyed” by Jannine Scott. Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Hollywood Babylon” by Doug Mansfield. Both shows are open Friday nights through September 30th.
Jannine Scott has been exploring and obsessing over the molten magic of lampworking glass since 1999, and teaching bead making with Italian soft glass for 10 years. This collection, RE-magnifyed, is a fusion of techniques learned throughout this time, combined to create wall sculpture, small free-standing sculptures, as well as high fashion hair pieces (in collaboration with KJ Murphy).
Doug Mansfield is an artist, illustrator and musician working and living in Colorado Springs. Doug has played in bands and created art since the late 1980’s but most notably known for being the guitar player and songwriter for the underground Punk Rock band The Mansfields. Underground Punk Rock, Cartoons, Lowbrow, Hot Rods, Rockabilly, Tattoos, & Monsters have been the inspiration for Doug’s art and music. “I just want to create some cool art that inspires people. This is a lifestyle that I love to create and exist in,” says Mansfield. Doug’s latest venture, "Hollywood Babylon," is a collection of paintings that coincide with the 14 tracks that will grace the new record by The Mansfields.
Pictured: Robot with a Human Brain by Doug Mansfield. Image courtesy The Modbo.
Art 111 (111 E. Bijou St.)
Closing reception for photography exhibit by Carl Anderson.
Pictured: Work by Carl Anderson. Image courtesy Art 111.
Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St.)
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by the Boulder Street Gallery artists. Featured for September are Martha Lancaster, Kris Storey, and Jo Gaston, with guest artist Carol Naylor. A Springs resident for almost 40 years, Martha's watercolors are inspired and nourished by nature and Colorado’s scenic beauty. Kris' watercolor florals and still lifes combine luminous and translucent color with strong light and intricate detail. An art educator for over 20 years, Jo paints intricate close-up realistic subjects that convey powerful abstract undertones.
Pictured: Flower by Lisa Dillmann. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
The Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
The Bridge Gallery will present “go-round … Rebound … RENEW,” an exhibit of kiln-formed glass and hot-furnace glassblowing by gallery member Laura McCracken. “Sometimes in life we get stuck in a repetitive pattern, we go-round. When we finally wake up and catch up with ourselves, we rebound. When we are strong enough, we venture to new parts, our energy is renewed. In this show we celebrate Laura’s recovery from injury that substantially impacted her ability to create. In her new artwork you will see Laura’s renewal.” The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 1.
Pictured: Work by Laura McCracken. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave.)
September’s First Friday will feature the opening of Furious Food artwork by Liese Chavez, and the Rocky Mountain Food Report's First Birthday Party, featuring food from Brother Luck Street Eats, Rocky Mountain BBQ Truck and Fly Boys. In addition, Cottonwood will have on display: An Examined Life (portraits), as well as Moments of Grace (pottery and textiles).
Pictured: Work by Liese Chavez. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
Dream Catchers (103 S. Wahsatch Ave.)
Zoom into the natural world with Heather Crosby’s macro series. As a professional product and portraiture photographer, Crosby shares her side passion of photographing landscape and nature. Her macro series reveals a refreshing view of nature, not readily accessible with the naked eye. Live music by acoustic singer-songwriter bruthabruce.
Pictured: Untitled (Macro Series) by Heather Crosby. Image courtesy Dream Catchers.
Escape Velocity (19 E. Bijou St.)
Featuring local artist Aldana Zenetta, with works from her upcoming video game project with Digital Wizards Entertainment, titled "Alice in the Forgotten Lands.”
Pictured: The White Rabbit by Aldana Zenetta. Image courtesy AldanaDigitalArts.com.
Gallery 113 (125 ½ N. Tejon St.)
Featured artists at Gallery 113 this September are Nicole Copel, potter, and Mary Gorman, who paints on silk and paper. September also features St. Mary’s High School senior Abbey Torrence as Gallery 113’s "Student Artist Guest of the Month."First Friday Downtown Art Walk at Gallery 113 will offer guests a wide variety of complimentary snacks and beverages, and an opportunity to meet and chat with the other 18 artists who show and sell in Gallery 113.
Pictured: Amaryllis by Mary Gorman. Image courtesy Gallery 113.
I.D.E.A. Space (825 N. Cascade Ave.)
As part of the greater Downtown Colorado Springs First Friday event I.D.E.A. premieres “Corollary Acts.” Featuring a "Southwest Alive! Cultural Continuities" interactive conversation between Curator Michelle McGeough and featured artists Dwayne Manual and Marcie Brewer. Light refreshments available. A performance by Tall Paul in the Cossitt Amphitheatre immediately follows this event.
Kreuser Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present Eruptions from Deep Memory: New work by Cole Bennett.
Show will run September 2-30, 2016.
Pictured: Work by Cole Bennett. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue (25 S. Sierra Madre St.)
Featuring the landscape photography of Kenneth Graham.
Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)
Live music from local indie duo Beth and Ian Ferguson beginning at 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Entwine (327 N.Tejon St.)
Fall and winter weather calls for warm sweaters! See and try on samples from the Pickle Jar Creations Collection. Creator Judy Cross will be on hand for First Friday to help you choose your pattern and your yarn.
Aha Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Aha Gallery is proud to present artist Susan Palmer "And The Moments Gone."
Show will run September 2-30, 2016.
Pictured: Work by Susan Palmer. Image courtesy Aha Gallery.
313 Gallery (313 N. Tejon St.)
Featuring oil and acrylic paintings by April Lauren, watercolors by Seth Weber, and works by Justin May in acrylic on wood.
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.