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 October, the tour will be led by UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Department faculty. The tour will meet at 6 p.m. at Gallery of Contemporary Art (121 S. 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!
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.
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.
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.
Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) (121 S. Tejon St. # 111)
Artist Karen Khoury has established herself as a singular voice in our arts community for her three-dimensional approach to paint. Her abstract works, often small in size, invite the viewer to come close and meditate on line, material, and surface. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak region is honored to present this exhibition of Khoury’s newest work, featuring food from NOSH121 and a chance to meet and talk with Karen Khoury in person.
Pictured: Work by Karen Khoury. Image courtesy COPPeR.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave.)
Cottonwood Center for the Arts is proud to present a night of art and science to help kick off Arts Month 2016. The evening will feature two performances from the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre as well as a talk from former NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Dr. Leroy Chiao. Although seemingly disparate entities, art often inspires innovations in science and technology. Critical thinking in science can in turn galvanize and add focus to creative expression.
Colorado Springs Dance Theatre will perform at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:15. Both shows will feature an Indian dance by Krithika Prashant and contemporary ballet by Brittane Hughes.
Dr. Chiao has logged 229 days in space over four missions, including six space walks. He will be at Cottonwood from 6-8 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m.
Cottonwood studios will be open for self-guided tours, along with our still life exhibit, All Things Must Pass.
Pictured: Dancer Brittane Hughes. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
Escape Velocity (19 E. Bijou St.)
Featuring local artist Lura Douglass, a digital illustrator and aspiring comic artist specializing in sci-fi, fantasy, and video game art.
Pictured: Galaxy by Lura Douglass. Image courtesy lunartsdesign.com.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B & C E. Bijou St.)
5:30 p.m. - midnight
In the summer of 2016, painter Lindsay Hand purchased a photo album containing pictures of a young lady from near birth through her 20s. They seem to be from about 1905 onward, and have no other indication of name, location, or context. Out of this mysterious and beautiful collection of old photos, Hand developed an idea for a show. In addition to oil paintings based on the photos, "Cecelia" will also involve a photo-transfer fabric installation by Nethery Wylie, and a carefully curated recital by pianist Lauren Ciborowski. Together, these artists hope to lead you into the world of the inscrutable young lady in the album.
Primarily self taught, local artist LIndsay Hand has consistently exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state of Colorado, including The Modbo gallery, and more recently at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Museum. In Hand's most recent work there is again the visually driving source material of the past that has dominated her work thus far-- now overlapping with an exploration into aspects of spiritualism, the concepts surrounding it and a delving into the subconscious by introducing automatism into her technique.
In Cecelia we see the source material of the past that has dominated Hand's work thus far now colliding with an exploration of the more esoteric approaches to insight into an individual's history. Not knowing who Cecelia is or was to those in her life as it would have been recorded in the early 20th century, but relying on the photographs as the sole reference to her existence, is a beautiful mystery to be unfolded for the artist as she paints it. The result is a body of work which invokes the spirit of this woman to manifest in a body of work which Hand has translated from a photo album into an exhibit shining light on a forgotten life's lasting breath.
Nethery Wylie plays with images and texts through painting, printmaking, mixed media and installation. She transfers, layers, juxtaposes and rewrites in order to see things in new ways. Nethery has been a college librarian in Colorado Springs since 1985, has an art studio downtown, and recently completed an MFA with University of Plymouth (UK) and Transart Institute. The installation for “Cecelia” at The Modbo features images made large enough to gaze back at the viewer with a life-size presence of their own. More information atwww.netherywylie.net
Elizabeth Selby’s current body of work, “New Souls,” is a new endeavor to create portraits of friends to sharpen her skills as a painter. Drawn to the emotion and inner dialogue of her model’s expression, she interprets their personalities onto the canvas with somewhat overdone pops of color and bits of childhood nostalgia.
Raised in Alabama, Elizabeth has experimented with a myriad of creative mediums from an early age. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2013 and began learning oil color technique under the tutelage of Brett Andrus and the Modbo School of Art and quickly became fascinated by the medium. She is now in a monogamous, lifelong relationship with oil paint. Selby had the distinctive honor of being featured in “New American Paintings” in 2015.
Pictured: Work from “Cecelia" by Lindsay Hand. Image courtesy The Modbo.
313 Gallery (313 N. Tejon St.)
Featuring "Walk through the Aspens," works by artist April Lauren in oil and gold leaf on canvas.
Pictured: Work by April Lauren. Image courtesy 313 Gallery.
Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121) (121 S. Tejon St.)
Presenting New Horizon, a biannual exhibit featuring artwork by UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Department faculty across a diverse range of media. Artists: Matt Barton, Corey Drieth, Marina Eckler, Pauline Foss, Abbey Hepner, Nikki Pike, Stacy Platt and Claire Rau.
Pictured: My Secret Love by Corey Drieth. Image courtesy GOCA.
The Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
The Bridge Gallery will present “Dia de los Muertos,” with works by Bette Fraser and Madge Holmes.
Bette Fraser earned a degree in art and art education from the University of Nebraska and taught middle school for several years. She loves exploring mixed media and fabric, and is interested in the meaning behind the Day of the Dead celebration. “I love color and try to combine it with whimsy in some of my work, which has won local and national awards,” Bette said.
Madge Holmes trained to be a nurse, but is now a family therapist with a husband and nine grandchildren. Through the years, she remained fascinated with art: weaving, felting, basketry, sculptural crochet, dying, painting, mosaic and glass fusing. She was deeply inspired by living near the Mexican border and Indian reservations and enjoys depicting day of the dead images. “Art happens while you are making other plans,” Madge said.
The exhibit is dedicated to Matthew Thomas Day, Nov. 7, 1993-Aug. 27, 2016.
Pictured: Work by Madge Holmes. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.
Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon St.)
Featuring paintings by local artist Karen Storm.
Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Karen Storm developed a love of art and nature. Her love of art led her to study art education. Her love of nature led her to the mountains and a career teaching art in Colorado. Now embracing her passion for painting full-time, her work ranges from wildlife and landscapes to figurative paintings in oils and encaustics. Imagery for her work rises from her travels and her daily life, often capturing intimate moments in nature. She frequently paints “plein air” to immerse herself in the shapes, colors and light of the landscape.
A graduate of University of Wisconsin - Madison, Karen creates, exhibits and teaches in the Pikes Peak region. Her work is seen at Gallery 113, in juried exhibits, and in private and corporate collections. She maintains a studio at Second Floor Studios, 2418 W. Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO.
Pictured: Fishing Buddies by Karen Storm. Image courtesy the artist.
Seeds Community Café (109 E. Pikes Peak Ave.)
Presenting "The Variety Show" featuring the works of Rhonda Van Pelt and Kim Sayers-Newlin.
I work in a variety of media and love to draw but have a special fondness for printmaking and for using re-purposed objects. I like having a little unpredictability when I’m working, so embrace techniques with some inherent randomness. Having been influenced by the repetitive images of Constantine Brancusi, Jim Dine and Jasper Johns, I like printmaking because it allows variations on a theme by manipulating identical prints to create different images. I like using found objects because I believe in recycling and re-purposed objects bring their own history and connotations to the piece.
Rhonda Van Pelt:
I can’t imagine going through a day without doing something creative. Fortunately, I feel there are multiple ways to be creative: writing, creating art, cooking, gardening, etc. I love to celebrate the natural world in my art and to slow down and capture the quiet moments in nature to share them with others. I love the control I have with photography and sewing, but I also enjoy the random results of working with metal and chemicals. I hope that people who view my work feel something of the joy I put into every creative effort.
Pictured: Pikes Peak from Red Rock Canyon by Rhonda Van Pelt. Image courtesy the artist.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.)
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s First Friday Art Parties on Oct 7 and Nov 4 present an exciting show for the time‐honored Day of the Dead celebration with works on view and on sale Oct 7‐Nov 27, 2016. The opening reception event on Oct 7 also includes a traditional invocation dance by Grupo Folklorico Sabor Latino at 5:30 p.m.
Also known in Spanish as El Dia de los Muertos, this celebration honors those who have passed on to the next world with ceremonial elements rooted in Aztec culture. The FAC’s version of this celebration includes an invitational selection of Colorado artists whose work exemplifies traditional Day of the Dead artwork.
Participating artists include: Carlos Fresquez, Quintin Gonzalez, George Rivera, Tony Ortega, Azul DelGrasso, Josiah Lee Lopez, David Ocelotl Garcia, Judy Miranda, Terry Sanchez, Roberto Rodriguez, Jerry Vigil.
Pictured: Muertos Wedding by David Ocelotl Garcia. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla St.)
This October, Mountain Fold Books is excited to present an installation of life-sized posters from Baltimore-based artist Gary Kachadourian. Come be transported to a strange and strikingly familiar world, a world of strip malls, dumpsters, ATMs and drive thru's. The exhibition runs through Monday, October 31.
Gary Kachadourian makes scale pencil and pen drawings of everyday objects and scenarios that are then used for Xeroxed and laser printed books and posters. The posters are life-sized reproductions of the objects. The books contain buildable paper scale objects and places.
Pictured: Work by Gary Kachadourian. Image courtesy Mountain Fold Books.
The Gallery Below (716B N. Weber St.)
Featuring “We’re All Mad Here,” a series of metal prints of photographs by Robin Schneider depicting scenes and characters from the Haunted Mines, a local nonprofit scare-fest. The Gallery Below is a project of Pens and Needles Tattoo, ArtByBAMF, and UnspokenWords. Also featuring food from Awakening Food Truck, spoken-word performances by Nico Wilkinson and Christopher Beasley and music from 'My name is Harriett' and Rock, Paper, Scissors. Show closes October 31.
Pictured: Metal print by Robin Schneider.
Entwine (327 N.Tejon St.)
Attend this open-studio event to learn from Entwine’s knitting and crocheting experts. Individuals are invited to bring their own projects to work on, or start a new one on-site.
Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St.)
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by the Boulder Street Gallery Artists. Featured for October are Tammy Meeske and Myra Patin, plus an Arts Month special "6 x 6 for $50” exhibit featuring over 50 new original 6 inch by 6 inch paintings, all priced at only $50 -- a great opportunity for some early holiday shopping..
A Colorado native and Signature Watercolorist, Tammy Meeske is active in the local art community, exhibits, shows, and galleries. Tammy captures the passion, action, and enthusiasm of all her subjects, with a favorite being horses, one of which was also selected by the Downtown Partnership to decorate a downtown utility box. Myra Patin, also a Signature Watercolorist, exhibits regularly in local and regional galleries and juried shows in both traditional and batik watercolor, oils, colored pencils, pastels, photography, and stained glass. A Colorado Springs resident for over 25 years, she still brings a touch of her Louisiana Cajun heritage to her work.
Pictured: Home on the Range by Tammy Meeske. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
I.D.E.A. Space (825 N. Cascade Ave.)
Bringing together historical Native American cultural material with the artistic production of 12 contemporary Native American artists, "Corollary Acts" seeks to demonstrate the continual evolution of artistic expression and the ways in which artists adapt new materials and media to express their own creative vision. Curated by Michelle McGeough, Ph.D.
CONO (Council of Neighbors and Organizations) (309 S. Cascade Ave.)
As part of Arts Month, CONO will feature "Same Tree - Different Day" by Colorado Springs photographer Mike Pach, founder of the Colorado Springs Photography Learning Group. Light refreshments served. Photography displayed and for sale. Slide show at 6 p.m.
Pictured: Work by Mike Pach. Image courtesy the artist.
Gallery 113 (125 ½ N. Tejon St.)
Featured artists at Gallery 113 this October are abstract acrylic painter Pattie Bowler, watercolor and acrylic painter Denise Duker, and guest student artist Elliot Cline, a fourth-grader at Academy for Advanced Creative Learning District 11.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: Work by Elliot Cline. Image courtesy Gallery 113.
Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)
Live music from local reggae band Mo Mungus beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.
GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue (25 S. Sierra Madre St.)
Featuring the work of Phil Lear and Jeff Cloutier, with live music and hand-rolled cigars by Ray. This First Friday kicks off the 2016 Pikes Peak Studio Tour, happening Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As part of the celebration, the gallery will hold random drawings to give away a piece of artwork from both featured artists, as well as a one-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Mining Exchange Hotel.
Kreuser Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
In conjunction with Aha Gallery and The Commons Gallery, Kreuser Gallery is proud to present Dia de los Muertos, a collaborative show featuring many local artists. Show will run October 7-28, 2016.
Pictured: Work by April Lauren. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Ladyfingers Letterpress (113 E. Bijou St.)
Ladyfingers Letterpress will be leading tours through their operational letterpress shop every half hour, starting at 5:00 p.m. Learn more about the machines that they use to print their line of letterpress greeting cards and custom stationery! Guests will have an opportunity to pull their very own print on a Vandercook 219 letterpress and learn more about the history of the other presses in their shop, including a 1904 Chandler and Price platen press, and two Miehle V40 Vertical letterpresses from the 1940s.
Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery (122 E. Kiowa St.)
Presenting the grand opening of this new fine art gallery, featuring the work of local artist Betz Smisek.
Colorado Springs Conservatory (415 S. Sahwatch St.)
Featuring the CSC student jazz combo and CSC mentor artists: Wayne Wilkinson, Todd Williams, Tom Fowler, Ian Ferguson, Lewis Keller, Andy Burtschi and guests.
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.