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
Cottonwood Center for the Arts joins First Friday Downtown with monthly Open Studio Tours (427 E. Colorado Ave). Every First Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm join Cottonwood Studio Artists for open studios, demos, activities, make-and-takes, and more. Also on display during September's First Friday are exhibits from Fahrenheit Group: New Works in Clay and Angles of Life featuring work by Teri Atkins Brown and Jo Carol Ciborowski in the NSR and Spittler Galleries, and Arch Angel Productions featuring works by Ralph-Michael Giordan in the Johnson Gallery.
Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, sponsored by the Acacia Park Visitors Hub, this inaugural event will begin at 1pm at Acacia Park (between Platte and Bijou, and Tejon and Nevada) and continue through First Friday hours. Chalk will be provided and each drawing should be sized to fit within a 5’x10’ area. Prizes will be awarded for “Best in Show” and “Audience Favorite”
Take a First Friday walking tour. Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene, with an Artist/Curator-Led First Friday Downtown tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. In September, the tour will be led by Pikes Peak Watercolor Society artists Jack Malloch and Eric Fetsch. Tour will begin from Boulder Street Gallery and Framing (206 N. Tejon Street) at 6pm and then visit a selection of other First Friday venues. Tours 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 and Blank Canvas Cafe at Dream Catchers
*6 to 9pm*
UPROAR, an event featuring "Multiple happenings. One night. Many spaces. One place. An uproar of cultural events."
At The Alibi Room:
Inside the Outsider: Outsider artists, Lilith Morton and Penny Long, bring us closer to the human experience with raw, bold and unique perspectives in subject and technique.
Also, artwork from The Studio, Elena Clark, Renee Reiko Campbell, Madison and Phoebe Rankin, Holly Doyle, Mark Cooney, live music upstairs and downstairs, our new Blank Canvas Cafe, food and drink samples, and a chance to win an original piece of Studio artwork!
Image Credit: Aquamarine Dream by Lilith Morton, image courtesy of Dream Catchers.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in the Deco Lounge
*5 to 7:30pm*
Revived, featuring works by local artist Doyle Svenby. Svenby has been a metal sculptor and fabricator for 21 years and has been painting for about five years. He has always loved working with steel and was exhilarated by the challenge to create something beautiful out of discarded objects. The same thoughts intrigue him with painting as he maintains the obstacle of using recycled house paints, spray paints and plywood.
Plus, a Giveaway! Two admissions to the exhibition, Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and still life in New Mexico (a $40value).
Image Credit: Building Blocks by Doyle Svenby, image courtesy of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
We Us Our
*5:30pm to midnight*
Statum Hominidae - the layers of humanity, a collaboration by Jeremy McAnally and Maggie Quinn. Plus, live music by Logan Robinson (guitar) and RL Cole (1 shot railroad blues, 1 shot speakeasy shanty folk, 2 shots original moonshine).
Image Credit: Photo of RL Cole, image courtesy of We Us Our.
The Bridge Gallery
Art Works, an exhibit filled with unique art created by the gallery members. Their thoughts and processes are reflected through each artist’s personal influences. Members are: Devin Arnold, Betty Atherton, Deena Bennett, Michael Cellan, Claudia, Carmen Franco, Laura McCracken, Susan Risinger and Kim Sayers-Newlin.
Image Credit: Image courtesy of The Bridge Gallery.
Boulder Street Gallery and Framing
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by 28 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. The Featured Artists for September are Tammy Meeske and Pattie Bowler, along with Guest Artist Mary Gorman.
With numerous commissions and awards, Tammy's paintings continue to capture the passion, action, and enthusiasm of all her subjects.
Using bright multiple layers of color, Pattie's abstracts push the envelope with new and exciting results.
Painting with watercolors and dye on silk, Mary Gorman's work is spontaneous, with brilliant colors and a sensuous richness.
Image Credit: These Old Boots by Tammy Meeske, image courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery and Framing.
BOUND, an installation by local artist Wendy Mike.
Image Credit: BOUND by Wendy Mike, image courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
Third-relief paintings, gourd statuary, and unique jewelry by gallery members Gail Necker and Gayle Gross.
Necker is a jewelry designer working in metals and semi-precious stones and beads. Gross is a painter and three-dimensional artist, creator of an art form she calls "Third Relief," in which she takes organic materials from locations all over Colorado and incorporates them into her acrylic paintings in almost a collage manner.
Plus, live music and refreshments.
Image Credit: Jewelry by Gail Necker, image courtesy of Gallery 113.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
Cottonwood Center for the Arts is excited to announce First Friday Open Studio Tours! Every First Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm join Cottonwood Studio Artists for open studios, demos, activities, make-and-takes, and more. Also on display during September's First Friday are exhibits from Fahrenheit Group: New Works in Clay and Angles of Life featuring work by Teri Atkins Brown and Jo Carol Ciborowski in the NSR and Spittler Galleries, and Arch Angel Productions featuring works by Ralph-Michael Giordan in the Johnson Gallery.
Image Credit: Artist Studio, image courtesy of Cottonwood Center for the Arts
The Peep Show, new works in batik by artist Carol Naylor and students (her "peeps"), curated by Aha & Kreuser Galleries.
Image Credit: Artwork by Carol Naylor and students, image courtesy of Colorado Square.
Go-See Art Exhibition Venue
*5:30 to 9:30pm*
Featuring new works by photographer Kenneth Graham.
Image Credit: Photos by Kenneth Graham, courtesy of Go-See Art Exhibition Venue.
Acacia Park Visitors Hub
Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, sponsored by the Acacia Park Visitors Hub, this inaugural event will begin at 1pm at Acacia Park (between Platte and Bijou, and Tejon and Nevada) and continue through First Friday hours. Chalk will be provided and each drawing should be sized to fit within a 5’x10’ area. Prizes will be awarded for “Best in Show” and “Audience Favorite”.
Image Credit: graphic courtesy of Acacia Park Visitors Hub.
Free live music performances at 9pm
In September: Tribe with John Wise.
Image Credit: Wild Goose Meeting House Logo.
Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa
24 E. Bijou Street
Extended shopping hours with up to 50 to 75% off select items and 30% off spa services. Plus, wine and cookies.
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.