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 February, the tour will be led by artists and Pikes Peak Watercolor Society members Eric Fetsch and Jack Malloch. Tour will begin from Boulder Street Gallery and Framing (206 N. Tejon Street). 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)
A Body in Fukushima, collaborative work between "MacArthur award-winning movement artist Eiko Otake and Japanese historian and photographer William Johnston. In 2014, Eiko and Johnston made two extended visits to the evacuated areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors which exploded after the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast Japanese coast in March, 2011."
Image Credit: Artwork by Eiko Otake and William Johnston, courtesy of GOCA 121.
Gallery 113 at Fratelli's
Gallery 113 presents a satellite installation at Fratelli Ristorante Italiano, 124 N. Nevada. A selection of works by Gallery 113 members artists are exhibited, all with a Valentine's Day theme. Complimentary refreshments will be served during the exhibit's First Friday opening reception.
Image Credit: Love Poppy by Karen Standridge, image courtesy of Gallery 113.
A group show featuring new works by local photographers Carolyn Enquist, Carrie Dowdy and Jodi Dunn.
Image Credit: Artwork by Carrie Dowdy, image courtesy of The Commons.
The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers
Connections: A Snapshot of Relationships, a group show featuring works by local photographers that "highlight life's connections through photography". Opening reception from 6 to 9pm, with live music and beer and wine tasting.
*Please note entrance and parking to The Alibi Room is in the back of Dream Catchers building.
Image Credit: Dialog,by Rudolf Bonvie, 1973, image courtesy of The Alibi Room at Dream Catchers.
The Perk Downtown
New works by Amanda Jean.
Image courtesy of The Perk Downtown.
New works by featured gallery members Maryse Levenson, textiles and weaving, and Christine Jackson, ceramics.
Image credit: Artwork by Christine Jackson, image courtesy of Gallery 113.
The Bridge Gallery
A group show produced by the 2014 Colorado Art Education Association as a traveling art exhibit. Featuring 35 art teachers from around the state, the show features works created in response to an "art assignment".
Image Credit: Image courtesy of The Bridge Gallery.
Citizen Art Gallery
Accidentally On Purpose, a solo show featuring new works by local artist Joseph Rottenbacher. A graduate of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Rottenbacher's works "in poetry and paint...his work is a collision between technology and emotion."
Meet the artist and enjoy complimentary refreshments at an artist reception during First Friday Downtown, from 5 to 8pm.
Image Credit: Artwork by Joseph Rottenbacher, courtesy of Citizen Art Gallery.
The 1st Annual Kreuser Gallery Award Show, featuring works by 6 Pikes Peak Community College Art Student Awardees. Artists include Lesley Decker, Frances Colby, Faith Capalia, Susan Brewer, Silvia Sorbello and Wendy Reeves.
Image Credit: image courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
Boulder Street Gallery and Framing
New works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic by 26 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. February's featured artists are Myra Patin and Mary Piche. Patin, a signature watercolorist, has exhibited in juried shows locally and regionally in both traditional and batik watercolor, as well as oil, pastel, photography, and stained glass. A resident of Colorado Springs for 25 years, she still brings a touch of her Louisiana Cajun heritage to her work. Mary, also a signature watercolorist, with awards from numerous national, regional and local juried shows, expands her vision by routinely experimenting with varied surfaces, subjects, and techniques, moving easily from abstracts and portraits to landscapes.
Image Credit: Big Bang by Mary Piche, image courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery and Framing.
City Admin Gallery
Photography Connects Community, a group show featuring works by members of the Colorado Photography Learning Group, from events hosted with local non-profit organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, The Down Syndrome Association and the Southern Teller County Focus Group, illustrating the impact photography has on the community.
CPLG is a non-profit organization with a mission is to create positive experiences and enhance people’s lives through photography with classes, workshops and trips to inspirational destinations. CPLG is currently working towards making photography more accessible to children and those with disabilities.
Opening reception from 3 to 5pm in the lobby of the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada.
Free live music performances
In February: Roma Ransom
Image Credit: photo courtesy of Wild Goose Meeting House.
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.