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 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 March, the tour will be led by Stacy Sprewer, artist and Dream Catchers volunteer. Tour will begin from The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers (103 S. Wahsatch), with a chance to view new works by local artists Cole T. Bennett, Cody Greene, and Tylan Troyer, and then visit other First Friday exhibits including stops at The Machine Shop and Mountain Fold Books. 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 Alibi Room at Dream Catchers
You've looked, but have you seen? Three artists share their perspectives of local and inspired city scenes. Featuring work by Cole T Bennett, Cody Greene, and Tylan Troyer. Opening reception features live music by mniB, beer/wine tasting and food. Entrance and free parking to The Alibi Room is in the back of Dream Catchers.
Image Credit: Artwork by Cole T Bennett.
New works by Mary Gorman, watercolor artist and signature member of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. Gorman also paints with dyes on silk. She will discuss her process at 6pm in a Gallery Walk and Talk.
Image Credit: Seaside Sunset by Mary Gorman, image courtesy of Gallery 113.
Faith Apparitions, new works by Gary Jensen.
Colorado Creators Guild
111 E. Bijou
Grand Opening for Colorado Creators Guild, including a ribbon cutting at 4pm. Opening reception from 5:30 to midnight, this month's exhibit features works by Tylan Troyer, plus live music by R.L. Cole.
Image Credit: Graphic courtesy of Colorado Creators Guild
Boulder Street Gallery
New works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic by 26 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. March's featured artists are Barb Midyett and Kang Lee Sheppard.
Barb Midyett’s preferred medium is watercolor, and favorite subjects are animals, people, and nature. Whether trying to capture a moment or tell a story, she always adds a touch of whimsy as well.
With numerous awards and recognition for both Asian and Western art techniques, Kang Lee Sheppard always communicates freshness and spontaneity in oil, watercolor, drawing, sculpture, prints, silk-screen, and most recently pastels.
Image Credit: Two Horses by Barb Midyet, image courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. First Friday Happy Hour with live jazz music. (Free and open to the public)
8:30 p.m. Suga' Bear and the Show Time Band ($10 Ticket, free to The Mezzanine members.)
Image Credit: Graphic courtesy of The Mezzanine.
Mountain Fold Books
An exhibition of comic drawings from acclaimed multi talented poet, Sommer Browning. Sommer Browning writes poems, draws comics and tells jokes. She is the author of Backup Singers and Either Way I'm Celebrating, two poetry collections from Birds, LLC. Her poems and drawings have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Typo, Octopus, past simple, Free Verse, The Stranger and other places. With Elisa Gabbert & Derrick Mund she curates The Leon Affair, a reading series in Denver where she works as a librarian.
An opening reception will be held from 5-7p, followed by a reading of jokes and poems from Sommer.
Image Credit: Artwork by Sommer Browning, courtesy of Mountain Fold Books.
Free music performances at 7:30 p.m.
Live music with original artwork on exhibit. Currently installed are works by visual artists Suz Stovall, Tracey Eastland, Mary Piche, Joan Judge, and Jesse Parker.
Image Credit: Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar Logo.
Opening Exhibit from 5 to 9pm, with artist talks at 5pm. Aftermath is the second collaboration between painter Grant Hottle and sculptor Paula Rebsom focused on their shared interest in shifting planes and perspectives, stage sets, imagined realities, and broken landscapes. For this exhibit at GOCA, their separate practices will merge into unexpected combinations of color and form. Between shards of interior and exterior is the potential for the uncanny - a sense of familiarity in the presence of the unusual. Aftermath creates a space where disruption provides an opportunity for discovery.
TILT/Export: is an independent art initiative with no fixed location, working in partnership with a variety of venues for its exhibitions. Founded by Jenene Nagy and Joshua West Smith, former curators of Tilt Gallery and Project Space, TILT/Export: serves as a catalyst for opportunity, awareness, and the challenging of ideas through art making.
Image Credit: Rebsom and Hottle, Aftereffect, 2014. Oil on canvas, paper mache, pine, latex, and twine. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of GOCA 121.
The Machine Shop
Two days only: during First Friday Downtown on Friday, March 6th from 6-9 pm, or Saturday, March 7th from 12-4 pm.
Image Credit: Graphic courtesy of The Machine Shop.
Dreams & Visions, a new solo show of work by local photographer and artist Allison Daniell. "Dreams & Visions...is an invitation to start looking past the things we see with our eyes towards the things we can only see with our souls."
Image Credit: Graphic courtesy of COPPeR.
Food Porn, featuring new works by Elizabeth Selby. "Food Porn is a sensual, intimate look at how food welcomes and comforts us. Instagram and Twitter have become a virtual Rolodex of savory treats, vibrant and tempting from our phone’s small screens. The series is a gallery of guilty pleasures on an exaggerated scale, inspired by our obsession with the artificial and delicious."
Plus, live music by Katey Sleeveless at 9pm.
Image Credit: Graphic courtesy of SPQR.
Ungrievability, featuring new works in oil by Christian Medovich. “My paintings are from images and photographs that have invoked a personal or emotional response. The ideas are cultivated, analyzed, and sewn together to provide a narrative. I am drawn to the human condition, the everyday and the unseen."
Plus, live music by Katey Sleeveless at 9pm.
Image Credit: Graphic courtesy of The Modbo.
Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa
24 E. Bijou Street
Celebrate March by "showing your green" (anything green) at Hyacinth's to be entered into a "pot of savings". Eveyone wins, getting 10 to 30% off any regularly priced purchase.
Image Credit: courtesy of Hyacinth Boutique.
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.