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.
GALAXYFEST COSPLAY AT FIRST FRIDAY Cosplay = Costume Play = Dress up as your favorite fictional character. GalaxyFest brings cosplay to downtown Colorado Springs during February First Friday Downtown. Join in by meeting the group in the lobby of Nosh (121 S. Tejon Street) at 6pm. (cosplay not required, but highly encouraged). More info.
TAKE A FIRST FRIDAY WALKING TOUR Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene, with a Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown walking tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. In February, the tour will meet at Boulder Street Gallery (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)
Downtown Studio Art Gallery
The PPCC Art Student Show will be open until 7:30pm for First Friday February 5.
The exhibit is on display through February 11 and features an exhilarating array of techniques, media and styles in celebration of our student talents and broad range of course offerings.
Image credit: sculpture by Dustin Cunningham, courtesy of Downtown Studio Art Gallery
Citizen Art Gallery
Open 5:30 - 7 pm
A new exhibit of works by featured artist Iola Pasquale.
Image Credit: Iola Pasquale, featured artist, image courtesy of Citizen Art Gallery.
Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR)
121 S. Tejon St, Suite 111
Painter Terri Sanchez presents her newest series of oil paintings, depicting the Colorado landscape and its changing seasons. Meet Terri during the opening reception, Friday, Feb. 5 from 5-8 p.m.
Her work is on exhibit from Feb. 5- March 25, 2016; hours are M-F, 10am-4pm. More about Terri's work: http://terriredart.fineartstudioonline.com/
Colorado Photography School
14 E Bijou
Free, 5 to 8 p.m.
Gallery exhibit features student works in photgraphy.
New works by artists Michael Culley, April Lauren, Justin May, Seth Weber, and Skylar Call.
Artwork also featured at the Odyssey Gastropub (located below the Gallery).
Image Credit: Final by April Lauren, courtesty of 313 Gallery & Studio.
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by 28 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society (PPWS). February's Featured Artists: Laurel Bahe and Lee Murphy, with Guest Artist Reveille Kennedy.
Bahe, a Signature Member of the PPWS, is noted for her unique owl portraits in particular, exhibiting in numerous local and regional shows, and several local galleries. Whimsical, feisty, lively, bold, and always interesting, are adjectives that best describe her work in watercolor, acrylic, collage, and digital.
Murphy has been an artist for over half of his adult life. Working in both watercolor and oil, he paints mechanical subjects, landscapes, and still lifes infused with vitality and great detail.
Kennedy, a past President and Signature Member of PPWS, has been painting for over 40 years, winning awards and recognition in multiple subject matters, from commissioned portraits to landscapes, florals, and still lifes.
Image Credit: Sailing by Lee Murphy, courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery.
“I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak.” ― André Breton, Manifestoes of Surrealism
Image Credit: Surrealism Exhibition, courtesy of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC) is pleased to announce the First Friday artist for February and March will be Lance Green. Join us as we celebrate with a vibrant First Friday art party to include, artist talks and demonstrations, music, exclusive giveaways to FAC events, a cash bar, and the stunning ambience offered by this chic, historic venue.
Our events on February 5 and March 4 feature the expressionistic acrylic paintings of local artist Lance Green (on view and on sale through April 3, 2016).
Born in Denver and raised in Los Angeles, Lance Green became a famed and favorite local artist after transplanting himself to Colorado Springs following a successful career as an artist, sign painter, and gallerist in Los Angeles. Lance teaches painting classes at the FAC’s Bemis School of Art and conducts workshops independently. He exhibits regularly throughout New Mexico, Los Angeles and in the FAC Museum Shop.
A student of the late and famous Fritz Scholder, Lance’s expressionistic paintings often feature yoga poses, dancers, birds, and other universally symbolic characters (both human and animal). Collectors love his work for the sense of movement, the incredible play with color and layers, and the contemplative, emotional, or spiritual connections offered by the work. For his Deco Lounge exhibition, Lance is taking the opportunity to play with the joy of painting more than anything. This intuitive means of painting culminates in a body of work conveying the freedom and fluidity found in the process of expressionist painting at its best. Don’t miss it!
Image Credit: Surfacing by Lance Green, acrylic on canvas, 10x30", 2015; courtesy of the Fine Arts Center
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present the Second Annual Pikes Peak Community College Awardees Show. Kreuser Gallery and the Downtown PPCC Gallery have collaborated in awarding students with the opportunity to exhibit their pieces in a professional gallery. This year’s awardees are : Needra Kruse, Dawn Eeh, John Mark Lohner, Svetlana Piltingsrud, Ryan Angelici, Aviana Eder, Lauren Behan, Jansen Howard and Shea Ordahl.
Image Credit: The King by Svetlana Piltingrud, courtesy of Kreuser Gallery
THE UN-SCENE: FIRST FRIDAY ART SHOW BY CHRIS ALVAREZ
Join us for our First Friday show, which features an exposition of resident artist Chris Alvarez's recent body of work, The Un-scene. Chris was inspired by a three month walking expedition of Colorado Springs in which he combed the shadows, the alleys and the unseen corners of our downtown community in search of intriguing compositions where most would not find them or even see them.
The scenes he depicts challenge the viewer to look where they may not normally find comfort in looking, and depict a certain quiet scene where usually no beauty is found.
About the artist: Chris is a well known figure drawing and painting teacher. Alvarez began his teaching career in 2002 at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts where he taught drawing and painting. He also taught drawing at UCCS for several years. He now is the director of the Alvarez Art School where he has developed an holistic art instruction program which includes instruction in seeing, drawing and painting techniques and exploration into philosophies of being an artist and art making. www.alvarezschool.com.
Chris Alvarez’s home studio is located in Old Colorado City where you may visit him on the second floor of the Garman building. Be prepared to hang out and listen to his collection of vinyl records
Food truck Potato Potato will be on hand to serve their delicious tater offerings.
Subsequent viewings available by request through Feb. 28th. Call 719/359/6966 for more information or to make a viewing appointment.
Image Credit: unnamed, by Chris Alvarez, courtesy of The Machine Shop
Entwine, a fiber arts studio, will have a Weaving Demonstration for February's First Friday. We will also continue our 1st Anniversary Sale that will start on Tuesday, February 2nd and go through Sunday, February 6th. The sale is 30% off your total purchase (not including consignment items). Come celebrate with us!!!
Image Credit: Image courtesy of Entwine.
The Commons Gallery
The Commons Gallery hosted by Kreuser and Aha Gallery is proud to present local Artist Angela Casale in her very first show.
Image Credit: Untitled by Angela Casale, courtesy of The Commons Gallery
The Bridge Gallery
The Bridge Gallery presents “Dirty Pictures,” which runs through Feb. 27. Member artists will exhibit two- and three-dimensional works that follow the theme “dirty pictures”; some pieces include dirt. Each artist also created a piece inspired by Yves Klein (1928-1962), a French artist whose techniques challenged the concepts of form and image. Klein was one of several artists whose works create a bridge between Modern and Contemporary Art. Members are Devin Arnold, Betty Atherton, Deena Bennett, Michael Cellan, Laura McCracken, Susan Risinger and Kim Sayers-Newlin.
Image Credit: Winter Hike, photo by Kim Sayers-Newlin, courtesy of The Bridge Gallery
New works by Gallery 113 member artists, including a Valentine's Day theme. Featured works by new gallery members painters Sharon Rege and Denise Duker. Plus, chocolate and drawings for freebies.
Image Credit: Gallery 113
Widefield High School Student Show, "Peace of Mind."
Image Credit: courtesy of AHA Gallery
We Us Our Artist's Market
*5:30 to midnight*
Be Mine, featuring new works by Ruth Lucas. Plus, live music.
Image Credit: Be Mine, artwork by Ruth Lucas, image courtesy of We Us Our Artist's Market.
Go-See Art Exhibition Venue
*5:30 to 9:30pm*
A group show featuring new works by members of the Colorado Photography Learning Group.
Image Credit: Photography by Colorado Photography Learning Group, image courtesy of Go-See.
Free live music performances by Mo Mungus every First Friday in 2016. 9pm, no cover charge.
Image Credit: Wild Goose Meeting House Logo.
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.