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
New Venues. Download this month's First Friday Downtown map of venues (link at bottom of page) to plan your route. This month features a number of new venues, including artist Lucius Romero's Paper Dragons at Colorado Square (126 E. Pikes Peak, Opening Reception from 5 to 8pm); works by Cathy Walters at Dream Catchers new Blank Canvas Cafe (103 S. Wahsatch, 6 to 9pm); and the opening reception for IDEA Space (825 N. Cascade, 5 to 8pm).
Street Performances. Live music on sidewalks and street corners, including performances by Pikes Peak Highlanders bagpipers and Summer Creek.
Explore First Friday Downtown by bike. Join UpaDowna's outdoor adventure expert guides the First Friday of each month this summer for a bike tour of downtown's arts and cultural highlights. New routes each month feature stops at a variety of galleries. Details and registration here.
Take a First Friday walking 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 June, the tour will be led by artists Jack Malloch and Eric Fetsch. Tour will begin from Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon) and then visit a selection of other First Friday venues. 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)
Longing, a collaborative show with new works from Lori DiPasquale and Jenny Kruckeberg.
Image Credit: Artwork by Lori DiPasquale and Jenny Kruckeberg, image courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
The Machine Shop
The Machine Shop celebrates its One-Year Anniversary with an exhibit of graphic design artwork and architectural drawings. Plus, live music featuring Roma Ransom and Luke Flowers, and a visit from the Potato/Potato food truck.
Image Credit: image courtesy of The Machine Shop.
Colorado Square, Suite 126
Lucius Romero takes a traditional subject matter and makes it anything but traditional. His Japanese-themed pieces strike us because of his ability to show respect to this art form while simultaneously making it his own. The care and attention given to each piece come through as well as the delicate nature of the art itself. The humor and quirky nature of the exhibit draw us in and complete the experience for the viewer. Paper Dragons is the beginning of something much larger.
Image Credit: Paper Dragons by Lucius Romero, image courtesy of Colorado Square.
The Deco Lounge at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
5:30 to 7pm
An exhibit of contemporary photographic works by Heather Oelklaus, Carol S. Dass and Kay Williams Johnson. Heather Oelklaus uses vintage techniques to explore historic photography practices, while Carol Dass employs a more modern photographic style. Kay Williams Johnson’s work spans various mediums, including printmaking, collage and mixed-media sculpture.
Plus, Artist talk and cyanotype demonstration by Heather Oelklaus (6:15-7p). Giveaways and drink specials throughout the night. And, reciprocal discounts between the Fine Arts Center and IDEA Space.
Image Credit: Women Who Fly (detail) by Kay Williams Johnson, image courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
The Bridge Gallery
The Bridge Gallery is hosting “Wind,” a juried exhibit showcasing movement and creativity in any media.
Image Credit: Breeze, by Rhonda Van Pelt, courtes of The Bridge Gallery.
The Alibi Room and Blank Canvas Cafe
6 to 9pm
Uproar!: First Friday Cafe and Art Opening. Multiple happenings. One night. Many spaces. One place. An uproar of cultural events!
UPSTAIRS, Blank Canvas Cafe and Gallery will be opening for business! Order a drink, peruse the artwork, hang out with friends, listen to a live band, cause an uproar. Featuring artists from our in-house studio and Cathy Walters’s show: Animal Traces.
DOWNSTAIRS, in The Alibi Room, an upcycled art show, Reawakened, opens to feature numerous artists that have revived old and discarded materials into something beautiful and/or useful. View local art with live music, sample our cafe food menu, drink and be merry with our wine and beer tasting.
Image Credit: image courtesy of The Alibi Room.
Featured artists include Gallery 113 members Wanda Veltkamp and April Stark.
Image Credit: Barn in the Fall by April Stark, image courtesy of Gallery 113.
Peter Pan's Paint, an exhibit of new works by Josh Kennard.
“The reason I painted is because that's when my shadow would sit with me spend endless time with me everything I ever painted was in some way my shadow and in that time I knew my effect in the world good or bad right or wrong and the time we spent felt free.” Peter Pan
Image Credit: Artwork by Josh Kennard, courtesy of Aha Gallery.
Boulder Street Gallery
New works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic by 26 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. June's featured artists are Kathleen Murray, Margaret Pasolli, and Mary Cotner. All three featured artists have numerous awards from shows and venues across Colorado, each covering a wide variety of subjects.
Kathleen experiments with new techniques, telling stories with a loose and fluid style, emphasizing light and color, with a bit of whimsy. Margaret paints with great sensitivity, whatever the subject, capturing detail, emotion, and mood. Mary strives for feelings and moments familiar to all of us, with light and movement that comes alive.
Image Credit: House Sitting by Kathleen Murray, image courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery.
I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College
Opening Reception for Chromatica, a contemporary glass exhibition. Featuring works made exclusively of glass as well as pieces that combine glass with other materials, this new exhibition uses the glass medium as a lens through which to glimpse into the potency of color.
Artist Talks: Featured artists Tom Kreager, George Dielman, Evan Seeling and Jeremy Hansen will each talk about their work. The artists will stick around until 8p to socialize. (5:15-6p)
Live local music and barbecue (7-8p)
Visit both the Fine Arts Center and I.D.E.A. Space for reciprocal discounts between the two venues.
Image Credit: I.D.E.A. Space logo.
Citizen Art Gallery
5:30 to 7pm
An exhibit of one-of-a-kind Dragon Kites by local artist Demitriades. Made with large heads and extremely long tails, Demitriades' kites are handmade with rip stop nylon, the same fabric used on hot air balloons.
Image Credit: Artwork by Demitriades, courtesy of Citizen Art Gallery.
Free live music performances at 9pm
In June: Coles Whalen
Image Credit: Wild Goose Meeting House Logo.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
2 to 4pm
Start your First Friday early at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. A new summer program invites families with children ages 5-12 to an open house style program every Friday afternoon throughout the summer. Drop in for a 30 minute craft, experiment or fun activity highlighting local history then leave with history adventure ideas that will IGNITE Your Curiosity though the rest of the weekend!
June 5: Fun with Sun Safety: We’ll learn about how to stay safe under the sun, and use its strength to create sun-sational works of art!
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum website.
Closed for June First Friday
Join GOCA 121 for Brilliant, an art party celebrating the brilliance of creativity, on Sat, June 13. More info and tickets here.
In June: Steampunk Salon.
Plus, I.C.E. Night: First Drink Free at the Mezz for local Innovators, Creatives & Entrepreneurs. Beginning on Friday, March 6, and continuing every Friday from 10PM until closing, the Mezzanine (located at 20 North Tejon Street in Downtown Colorado Springs) will host I.C.E. Night, featuring a "first drink free" for all Innovators, Creatives, and Entertainers. For more information, visit www.themezzcos.com.
Image Credit: Graphic courtesy of The Mezzanine.
We Us Our Artists Market
5:30pm to midnight
Power Portraits: A Woman's Place?, an exhibit of new works by Dawn Eeh. Plus, live music by Nathan Archer.
Image Credit: Artwork by Dawn Eeh, image courtesy of We Us Our Artists Market.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.
5:30pm to midnight
The Modbo presents Works on Paper, including work by Lorelei Beckstrom, Christian Medovich, Nina Peterson, Phil Lear and more.
S.P.Q.R. presents Reciprocity, new works by Rodney Wood and Brett Andrus.
Image Credit: Image courtey of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.
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.