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
Go-See Art Venue at Godec’s Photo Supply hosts Art Aloud 2015, a juried show offering an opportunity for writers, poets and artists to share their work together in appreciation of National Poetry Month. Reception will feature a live poetry reading by the artists, as well as a chance for visitors to share their work or favorite poet.
The return of the Art Officials in Empty Space, a video/performance installation by Atomic Elroy as part of the 2014-2015 Art on the Streets exhibit. A wandering"Art Official" will travel between First Friday venues, interacting with passersby about art, empty space, and the juxtaposition between the two.
Downtown 20, featuring $20 deals for the first 20 days of April, including restaurant deals and $20 artwork deals at Boulder Street Gallery and Gallery 113.
TAKE A FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN TOUR
Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene, with an Artist-Led First Friday Downtown tour. The free one-hour tour will begin at 6 p.m. and visit a selection of downtown galleries. In April, the tour will be led by artists Neil Fenton and Nikki Fetterhoff. Tour will begin from the Colorado Creators Guild We Us Our Artist's Market (111 E. Bijou) and then visit a selection of other First Friday venues. 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)
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.
The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers
In celebration of springtime, five artists express their admiration for trees through painting and mixed media. Featuring works by Renee Reiko Campbell, GeorgiAnna Carpenter, Larry Haught, Myra Patin, and Mary Piche.
Also, featuring live music, beer/wine tasting and food. Entrance & free parking to The Alibi Room is in the back of Dream Catchers.
*Opening Reception from 6 to 9pm.*
Image Credit: Artwork by Renee Campbell, courtesy of The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers.
Boulder Street Gallery
New works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic by 26 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. April's featured artists are Sally Boeschen and Carol Naylor.
Even while pursuing her career as an elementary school teacher, Sally Boeschen kept active in drawing and painting. Now, through her expressive watercolors, shown in fairs and several local galleries, we can all enjoy her unique design, composition, and singular vision of wildlife and the world around her.
With numerous local, national, and international awards and exhibitions, Carol Naylor is a recognized expert in both creating and teaching watercolor batik. Her imagination is also excitingly displayed in traditional watercolor, oils, and acrylics, as well as three dimensional wood and metal works.
Image Credit: Waternymphs by Carol Naylor, courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery.
The Bridge Gallery
The artists of the Bridge Gallery interpret the theme of “Forgotten” in various media. They are: Dave Armstrong, Devin Arnold, Betty Atherton, Deena Bennett, Michael Cellan, Claudia, Carmen Franco, Laura McCracken, Susan Risinger and Kim Sayers-Newlin.
Image Credit: I don't remember this by Dave Armstrong, courtesy of The Bridge Gallery.
We Us Our Artist's Market
New works by Davoth, plus live music by Iggy Igloo and His Cosmic Banjo and Stephen Q Muth.
*Opening Reception from 5:30pm to midnight.*
Image Credit: Artwork by Davoth, courtesy of We Us Our Artist's Market.
The Machine Shop
In Silence: Portraits of Reflection, new works by John-Mark Lohner. Lohner questions our lack of familiarity with silence that we treat it as a fearful stranger. We are constantly inundated with information, images, and sound, while true silence is steadily being pushed from our lives. Our souls feel its lack. His work emanates one still moment in time, causing one to pause and notice. Lohner works in oil paints and printmaking for a bold contrast of graphic images and realistic work.
Image Credit: Artwork by John-Mark Lohner, courtesy of The Machine Shop.
LAMENTATIONS, photographs by Bradley Flora.
Image Credit: Artwork by Bradley Flora, courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
The Perk Downtown
Works by Justin Richards.
Image Credit: Artwork by Justin Richards, courtesy of The Perk Downtown.
New works by featured gallery member Pattie Bowler. Bowler shows passion in her abstracts. Working primarily in acrylics, it is a constant process acknowledging the conversation between the colors and shapes. The desired effect produces a painting influenced by texture with reality to the viewer's perspective.
Image Credit: House Party by Pattie Bowler, image courtesy of Gallery 113.
Citizen Art Gallery
New works in oil by Colorado-based artist Jonathan Sulinski. Presented by City Council in City Hall's Citizen Art Gallery.
Sulinski, who specializes in oil painting, photography and digital illustration, has exhibited his work in solo and group shows throughout the state including the Bear Creek Nature Center, the Pikes Peak Library District, the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, The Business of Arts Center in Manitou Springs and EDGE Gallery in Denver. Additionally, he has published work in numerous literary magazines such as Catch, Ellipsis and The Blue Earth Review.
*Opening Reception from 6 to 8pm*
Image Credit: Artwork by John Sulinski, courtesy of Citizen Art Gallery.
Go-See Art Venue at Godec's Photo Supply
Art Aloud 2015- a juried show offering an opportunity for writers, poets and artists to share their work, as well as work together, in appreciation of National Poetry Month. Shows held at 3 venues, including Go-See Art Venue. Reception will feature a live poetry reading both given by the artists and anyone who would like to share their work or favorite poet.
*Opening Reception 5:30 to 9:30pm*
Image Credit: Go-See Art Venue at Godec's Photo Supply
April 1 to April 20, 2015
10 days of $20 deals downtown, including artwork by local artists at Boulder Street Gallery and Gallery 113. Dining, shopping, salon services and more! Check www.DowntownCS.com/20 for details.
Mountain Fold Books
Excerpts: Recent Letterpress Prints by Pilar Nadal. Nadal is a printmaker, educator and fake radio co-host in Portland, Maine. In her individual and collaborative work, she utilizes printmaking and public engagement practices, creating playful and interactive prints and installations that explore communication technologies and the spaces that relationships inhabit. Nadal currently teaches at The Maine College of Art, Southern Maine Community College, and Pickwick Independent Press.
Image Credit: Excerpts by Pilar Nadal, courtesy of Mountain Fold Books.
The Shining, new works by K83 Orr. King, Kubrick, Conspiracies, Ghosts: A Colorado Story Retold through Imagery. Plus, live music by local musicians.
Image Credit: courtesy of AHA Gallery.
Transition by Modbo Collective member Monique Viger.
"With Transition, Monique explores images and their relationship with light. These relationships include reflection, diffusion and overexposure. She continues to be awe inspired by light as it envelopes form. Her work is going through a transformation in subject matter. The past few years she painted spotlight studies in trees. She is now moving towards the study of forms viewed through the interaction between light and particles in the atmosphere. She is also fascinated with overexposure created by direct light."
*Gallery Opening from 5:30pm to midnight.*
Image Credit: Artwork by Monique Viger, image courtesy of The Modbo.
H2O, new works by Colorado Springs native Jean Cuchiaro.
"In H20, Jean strives to capture the colors, patterns and shapes in her surroundings through intense observation. As a result, her oil paintings represent a unique and specific perspective of natural elements. With her sketchbook and camera in hand, she gathers these images while hiking, biking, golfing or skiing. Most recently, her paintings reflect her interest in capturing the colorful reflection patterns created on a water surface as well as discovering the objects that lie beneath. Many of the images utilized for this exhibition are of creeks, rivers or ponds in Colorado Springs and Colorado’s Summit, Park, Pitkin and Lake Counties."
*Gallery Opening 5:30pm to midnight.*
Image Credit: Artwork by Jean Cuchiaro, image courtesy of S.P.Q.R.
The Commons Gallery
New works by Lucius Romero.
Image Credit: Artwork by Lucius Romero, image courtesy of The Commons Gallery.
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.