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.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING DOWNTOWN December's First Friday is the perfect chance to find unique, locally-made gifts for everyone on your list. Each December over a dozen galleries get in on the fun with small works sales, holiday-themed shows, and more!
TAKE A FIRST FRIDAY WALKING TOUR Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene and hear from three exhibiting artists on the Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown walking tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. In December, the tour will be led by Jack Malloch and Eric Fetsch of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. The tour will begin at 6 p.m. at Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. 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!
Colorado Photography School (14 E. Bijou St.)
Gallery exhibit features student works in photography.
The Urban Cyclery (109 E. Bijou St.)
Art-Cycle: A painting event taking place in an existing bike shop. We provide paint, brushes, easels and canvases. Beverages will be served. We paint, party and listen to music. No excuses not to have fun and be creative.
Pictured: Art Cycle. Image courtesy the Urban Cyclery.
Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery (122 E. Kiowa St.)
Featuring the work of local artist Betz Smisek.
Citizen Art Gallery at Historic Colorado Springs City Hall (107 N. Nevada Ave.)
Featuring paintings, drawings and photographs by Gallery 113 artists. The show will run November 1 - December 30, 2016, and is open to the public 8 - 5 Monday - Friday. BONUS: At 7 p.m. there will be a SHORT TOUR of City Hall for those interested in discovering some little-known facts about this historic building.
Pictured: City Hall Rotunda by Susan Bandy. Image courtesy the City of Colorado Springs.
I.D.E.A. Space (825 N. Cascade Ave.)
The United States currently incarcerates 2.2 million people – a number that has increased fivefold in the past 30 years – yet the prison experience remains invisible to the majority of the population. Featuring works by artists who are activists, commentators, and former inmates, "Incarceration Nation" examines various aspects of the prison system in the United States. Exhibition themes include solitary confinement, the juvenile justice system, gender expression among prison populations, and internal systems of currency and exchange. Featured artists: Maria Gaspar, Michelle Handelman, Jesse Krimes, Richard Ross, photographs from the "Solitary" project, and Emily Waters. Curated by Jessica Hunter-Larsen.
Pictured: Incarceration Nation by Michelle Handelman. Image courtesy I.D.E.A. Space.
The Perk Downtown (14 S. Tejon St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, the Perk Downtown is proud to present local photographer Jessica Lamere now through January 27.
Pictured: Work by Jessica Lamere. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
BarK (124 E. Costilla St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, BarK is proud to present local artist Brian Tryon now through January 27.
Pictured: Work by Brian Tryon. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Kreuser Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Tea Potsulating: Mark Wong and Mark Dillon team up 30 years after their student' teacher relationship formally ended to explore the teapot. The Haiku of pottery demands rigorous engineering standards for function while allowing an endless variation of form decorated in a wide arrange of decorative treatments and glazes mixed by the two master craftsman themselves. In order to explore this form fully, hundreds of these functional jewels have been carefully crafted forming a breathtaking display of a holiday show.
Pictured: Teapot by Mark Dillon. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Plaza of the Rockies (111 S. Tejon St.)
The Colorado Photography Group will have 40 images on display from 40 group members during the month of December.
Pictured: Work by Wendy Gedack. Image courtesy the artist.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B & C E. Bijou St.)
5:30 p.m. - midnight
Pictured: The Small Works Show. Image courtesy The Modbo.
AHA Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Presenting the annual Bill’s Kids show, featuring Lupita Carrasco’s "Dreamland." The gallery will be collecting coats, boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, blankets, hats, mittens, gloves, new socks and art supplies for the transient teens at Urban Peak in memory of Bill Hyer.
Pictured: Work by Lupita Carrasco. Image courtesy AHA Gallery.
Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon St.)
Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, photographed a hackberry tree behind his home every day for a year between January 12, 2015 and January 11, 2016. Mike’s original goal was to make a unique image every day from the same location in his backyard. He soon recognized that this exercise in creativity was becoming a metaphor for life. Through his increased connection to his surroundings and commitment to the project, he was provided with everything he needed to realize his intention. All he had to do was show up. He used a simple technique to keep himself on track, which he learned could help him or anyone else achieve what they set out to accomplish. Mike will have prints from this project on display at Cacao Chemistry through the month of December.
Pictured: Same Tree, Different Day by Mike Pach. Image courtesy the artist.
Gallery 113 (125 ½ N. Tejon St.)
Gallery 113 is proud to announce its four newest local member artists: Raquel Baiza, a watercolor artist; KC Sandidge, a photographer; Kris and Samantha Saxton, potters; Dr. Carey Pelto, figure studies in dry media. These artists along with Gallery 113's other local artists, will be Featured Artists for December 2016. Abby Cayton, a 6th grader from Mountain Song Community School will also be featured as a "Guest Student Artist" for the month of December. Join Gallery 113 for the First Friday Downtown Art Walk and enjoy hot, spiced wine and an assortment of holiday sweets.
Pictured: Detached by KC Sandidge. 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.
Colorado College (902 N. Cascade Ave.)
Arts & Crafts Sale 2016: This annual juried sale features the original artwork of over 60 professional artists selling alongside Colorado College students. Artists work in a variety of media, including clay, fiber, metals, glass, wood, photography, painting and drawing, and sculpture. The three-day sale fills the entire main floor of Worner Campus Center. This event is open to the general public.
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.
Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St.)
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by the Boulder Street Gallery Artists. Featured Artists for December are Nancy Nuttelman and Jack Malloch, along with guest artist Lee Murphy. Boulder Street Gallery is located downtown between Terra Verde and The Skirted Heifer and across from the Uncle Wilber Fountain. More info atwww.boulderstreetgallery.com, or call 719 636-9358.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Nancy's watercolors, oils, and acrylics, both realistic and abstract, have been widely exhibited and awarded in juried and invitational shows, often depicting the interesting nooks and crannies of her global and local travel experience.
Jack's acrylics on canvas focus on the effects of light - grey days, twilight, sunrise, sunset, and strong shadows, striving for feelings of mood and a little mystery.
An artist for over half of his adult life, Lee works in both watercolor and oil, painting landscapes, mechanical subjects, and still lifes, all infused with vitality and great detail.
And don’t miss a chance to meet and chat with our BSG Artists on any Saturday through Dec 17th.
Pictured: Look to the West by Jack Malloch. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
The Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
The Bridge Gallery presents “Off the Shelf,” a group exhibit in various media. The artists: Devin Arnold, Betty Atherton, Deena Bennett, Michael Cellan, Bette Frasier, Madge Holmes, Abby Kreuser, Judith Marie, Laura McCracken, Susan Risinger and Marc Shereck. This is an exhibit of smaller art suitable for gifts or your personal enjoyment. For your convenience, take your purchases when you leave the gallery. The exhibit opens 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 17.
Pictured: Rice bowl by Deena Bennett. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.)
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s First Friday Art Party is proud to introduce the work of Michael Baum to our Deco Lounge Gallery lineup. Michael’s extensive studio career shines as he showcases a variety of landscape paintings, from small plein air works to larger scale studio constructions. His workwill be on view and on sale December 2, 2016 through January 29, 2017 – with special First Friday Art Parties on December 2 and January 6, 5-7:30p.
Pictured: Rising from the Mountains by Michael Baum. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Art 111 (111 E. Bijou St.)
Featuring the work of painter Nicole Vallance.
Pictured: Work by Nicole Vallance. Image courtesy Art 111.
Escape Velocity (19 E. Bijou St.)
Escape Velocity is ending the year on a musical note with local musician The Yeti performing and releasing his newest EP, “Joyland,” along with other upbeat local indie/acoustic acts including Soda Pop Music, Brandon Arnold, and more.
Pictured: “Joyland” EP. Image courtesy The Yeti.
GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue (25 S. Sierra Madre St.)
Presenting “LIVING WORLD: experience the beauty around us,” a group photography exhibit featuring local photographers who specialize in a specific genre of photography. Exhibit runs December 2, 2016 - January 30, 2017.
Blank Canvas Café (103 S. Wahsatch Ave. #106)
Blank Canvas Café is hosting a community art show with local artists! In need of that perfect unique gift for family and loved ones? This will be the right spot! As the holidays are coming up we invite you to join us with excellent art, hand crafted goods, and a cozy café environment that is sure to warm up your winter. Exhibit on display through January 2.
The Gallery Below (716B N. Weber St.)
Presenting "This Is Watercolor?" by award winning artist Robert C. Murray II. His beautiful works most recently were featured as part of The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey's Harvest Fest 2016. Mr. Murray's use of vibrant, strong colors and depth inspire peace and silence in a time that we should all enjoy more of. Opening for the First Friday Art show on the 2nd and will be up for viewing and purchase throughout the month of December!
Pictured: Picos y Petalos by Robert C. Murray II. Image courtesy the Gallery Below.
Entwine (327 N.Tejon St.)
Attend this open-studio event to watch a weaving demo and 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.
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. Artist talks begin at 5:30, this month featuring Nikki Pike, Abbey Hepner, and Claire Rau.
Pictured: My Secret Love by Corey Drieth. Image courtesy GOCA.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave.)
Cottonwood Center for the Arts is proud to present three new exhibits for the month of December: The Soul of San Luis, FINE | Makers & Artisans, Pikes Peak Arts Council Member Show.
PPAC and Cottonwood will team up for December First Friday with a reception to meet the artists, open studios as well as a special performance by 25-year-old Olympic gymnast Pavel Bulowski.
Soul of San Luis features the works of three Colorado artists with deep ties to the state’s historic valley: Peter Marchand, Josie Lobato and Marc Shereck. This is a more expansive exhibit of an original show that hung this year at UCCS. Soul will feature Lobato’s colchas, wool-embroidered coverlets, depict life in the San Luis Valley, from the sacred aspects, such as the journey of the Penitentes; to the mundane, such as harvests.
FINE is Cottonwood’s next call for entry show, and displays work by makers and artisans for the holiday season.
Last, but not least, the PPAC Member Show features a variety of pieces from artists including: Cymon Padilla, Kris Saxton, Claire Swinford, Meredith Ann and others.
Pictured: Work by Josie Lobato. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
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.