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.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH
The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers
Five emerging artists - Stacy Sprewer, Ellie Vela, Jeremy Ludwig, Junghwa Torres, and Basia Podlacha - convey their cultural influences through portraiture. Featuring the Stations exhibit, where each culture is a station that we visit to reach our understanding of humanity. Live music by The Widowhood effect.
Photo Credit: Artwork by Junghwa Torres, image courtesy of The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers.
The Bridge Gallery
Gone Fishing, featuring new works by gallery member Claudia. Works pursue the artist's "fascination with piscine creatures" in a variety of media.
Photo Credit: Gone Fishing by Claudia, image courtesy of The Bridge Gallery.
Great Expectations, featuring site-specific installations by Marina Eckler and Donald Fodness. Artist talks at 5 p.m.
Photo Credit: Marina Eckler and Donald Fodness, photo courtesy of GOCA 121.
Boulder Street Gallery
New works by members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Co-op, including works in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil and photography.
Photo Credit: Pikes Peak Watercolor Society logo.
AHA Gallery and Kreuser Gallery
Third annual Holiday Art Market, a group show featuring original miniature work (12" x 12" and smaller) including ceramics, jewelry, glass, sculpture and paintings. Plus, live music.
Photo credit: graphic courtesy of AHA Gallery and Kreuser Gallery.
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.
New works by gallery member artists Al Bach and Nancy Nuttelman. Bach's wood bowls and platters will be exhibited, along with Nuttelman's acrylic paintings. Plus, live music by guitarist Will Crow.
Image Credit: Artwork by Al Bach.
20 N. Tejon Street (private back alley entrance)
5 to 6:30 p.m. First Friday Happy Hour with live music by Michael Hawkins (Free and open to the public)
6:30 to 9 p.m. Burlesque featuring Peaks and Pasties. (Ticketed event, free to members. $12 advance, $15 at the door)
City Admin Building (schedule varies monthly)
COPPeR (schedule varies monthly)
DreamCatchers (*6 to 9 p.m.)
GOCA 121 (schedule varies monthly)
The Machine Shop (*6 to 9 p.m., schedule varies monthly)
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (5:30 p.m. to midnight)
Pikes Peak Community College/Downtown Studio Art Gallery (schedule varies monthly)
PERFORMANCES AND MORE
In addition to the participating galleries, many downtown businesses participate in First Friday Downtown with performances, specials and extended retail hours. Click on each image for details.
322 1/2 N. Tejon
Free music performances at 7:30 p.m.
In November: Live music by Acme Bluegrass. Plus, original artwork by Jack Risley, Tracey Eastland, Mary Piche, Joan Judge, and Peter Zurla on exhibit through January 2015.
Image Credit: Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar Logo.
401 N. Tejon Street
Free live music performances
In November: Tribe with John H. Wise at 8:30 p.m.
Image Credit: Wild Goose Meeting House Logo.
526 S. Tejon
Art openings monthly, plus live music and full bar from 7 to 10 p.m.
Image Credit: courtesy of The Coffee Exchange.
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.