First Friday Downtown

Free and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE HAUTE CHOCOLATE HOP

On February’s First Friday Downtown, treat yourself to a progressive dessert tasting and art walk at a dozen Downtown venues. Present your Chocolate Passport at participating galleries and venues to receive gourmet treats, free art experiences and chances to win. Tickets only $10 — reserve yours now!

TAKE A FIRST FRIDAY WALKING TOUR

Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene and hear from exhibiting artists on the Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown walking tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. Check back soon for information on the February tour! Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.

HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH

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The Gallery Below

718B N. Weber St.

Presenting Rattle Cans, the first exhibit of new work by local artist Connie Greisz, with a set by DJ SunHoney and amazing food by Real Bandits LLC. Stop by at 6 p.m. for the First Friday Art Walk, led this month by gallerist Jonathan Bataille! A complimentary shuttle will depart the gallery shortly after 6, with an hour's worth of tour stops at other northside galleries personally chosen by Bataille. At the end of the tour, participants will have the option to be dropped off in the heart of the Downtown Creative District (Bijou & Tejon), or ride back to the Gallery Below.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
My artwork in the show Rattle Cans is an expression of my newest and perhaps favorite mediums of art that I’ve discovered - spray paint. I’ve recently fell in love with spray cans, AKA Rattle Cans, and this show is proof of that love and an expression of it. I wish to show the world that you can do anything you put your mind to. This body of artwork is merely a beginner’s exhibition, and an invitation to myself and the world around me to be authentic and put your passion into what moves you. A lot of my images represent things we see everyday in our world, or envision when we think about the universe around us. I try to create images that tease the mind into a new perception of the world or the world we wish to create. Overall Rattle Cans is an experiment into a new medium and an experiment into a new perception for myself. I hope viewers will enjoy my images and be inspired to experiment with their own perceptions both of my artwork and of themselves because you really can do anything you want to in this life, and that’s what this show is proof of.

Pictured: The artist at work. Image courtesy the Gallery Below.

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TwentyOne8 Gallery

218 W. Colorado Ave.
| 11am-3pm

Presenting the 3rd Annual Photography Invitational, a collaborative invitational photography show spanning all four Arts Depot galleries (TwentyOne8, Kreuser Gallery, the Bridge Gallery, and the Commons).

This exhibit features more than 25 of the community's amazing photographers. Titled Energy, it consists of three photographs from each photographer, depicting their interpretation of "Energy."

Opening reception Friday, January 5 from 5-8 p.m.; show on display through Jan. 26.

Pictured: Image from Energy. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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Kreuser Gallery

218 W. Colorado Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting the 3rd Annual Photography Invitational, a collaborative invitational photography show spanning all four Arts Depot galleries (TwentyOne8, Kreuser Gallery, the Bridge Gallery, and the Commons).

This exhibit features more than 25 of the community's amazing photographers. Titled Energy, it consists of three photographs from each photographer, depicting their interpretation of "Energy."

Opening reception Friday, January 5 from 5-8 p.m.; show on display through Jan. 26.

Pictured: Image from Energy. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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The Commons

218 W. Colorado Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting the 3rd Annual Photography Invitational, a collaborative invitational photography show spanning all four Arts Depot galleries (TwentyOne8, Kreuser Gallery, the Bridge Gallery, and the Commons).

This exhibit features more than 25 of the community's amazing photographers. Titled Energy, it consists of three photographs from each photographer, depicting their interpretation of "Energy."

Opening reception Friday, January 5 from 5-8 p.m.; show on display through Jan. 26.

 

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The Bridge Gallery

218 W. Colorado Ave
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting the 3rd Annual Photography Invitational, a collaborative invitational photography show spanning all four Arts Depot galleries (TwentyOne8, Kreuser Gallery, the Bridge Gallery, and the Commons).

This exhibit features more than 25 of the community's amazing photographers. Titled Energy, it consists of three photographs from each photographer, depicting their interpretation of "Energy."

Opening reception Friday, January 5 from 5-8 p.m.; show on display through Jan. 26.

Pictured: Image from Energy. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

121 S. Tejon St., Suite 111

The Cultural Office is proud to present GLOCASE, the first public group show of artwork by GLO, a support group for women and female-identifying folx of color in southern Colorado. Multimedia works in two dimensions, representing the diverse voices and artistic range of GLO members, will be on exhibit through February 19. Three-dimensional works and performative pieces will also be shared during the special opening event.

Open on First Friday, Jan. 5 from 5-7 p.m. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the narratives of amazing local women and artists of color.

Pictured: Publicity image for GLOCASE. Image courtesy the Cultural Office.

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Cloutier Fotographic

25 S. Sierra Madre St.
| 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cloutier Fotographic and GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue present CURIOUS, a photography exhibit from German music photographer Jana.

Jana teaches young children to see the world with curiosity and imagination. This is their story...

Pictured: Image from CURIOUS, courtesy Cloutier Fotographic.

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Cacao Chemistry

109 N. Tejon St.

Offering guided chocolate tastings and an art exhibit for First Friday on January 5.

CHOCOLATE TASTING

Beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening, experience a guided flight of delicious handcrafted chocolates with master chocolatiers Travis Ashing and Sam Lang. Free to First Friday participants!

ART EXHIBIT

Cacao Chemistry’s featured artist for January is painter Carol Darling, an award-winning animal artist. Come by and meet the artist on First Friday from 5-8 p.m.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Carol began drawing animals at the age of 5. She was an Honor Student and Top Graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design, and also graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with the degree in secondary art education.  The artist was an internationally published sports photographer and award winning graphic designer.  Carol is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, International, the most prestigious animal art organization, worldwide.

Her work has been shown in the World Wildlife Museum, San Antonio and Denver Zoos, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Witte Museum, and many galleries across the U.S.  Completed drawings for the Frost Bank of San Antonio`s collection of Texas Art , won “Best of Texas” sponsored by Sakowitz F Houston.

Oil painting is the current interest of the artist and originals and giclee  prints will be available in the future.

Pictured: Gourmet chocolate from Cacao Chemistry. Image courtesy the proprietors.

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Colorado Photography School

14 E. Bijou St.
| 5-8 p.m.

Gallery exhibit features student works in photography, including images from the 2017 solar eclipse.

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UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121)

121 S. Tejon St

GOCA presents Iconoclasm, new works by Colorado-based artists Cory Drieth and Jonathan Dankenbring. Exhibit on view at GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St.) Thurs-Sun, 1-6 p.m., with First Friday receptions on Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and Mar. 2 from 5-8 p.m.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Colorado-based artists Jonathan Dankenbring and Corey Drieth will  exhibit new works in sculpture, drawing and mixed-media, exploring the concept of iconoclasm - a rejection of images and iconography - and minimalism. The exhibition's genesis was a conversation between the artists; their dialogue continues and is explored through the exhibition and an accompanying broadside publication.

Emerging in the early 1960s in rejection of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist art is marked by an avoidance of overt symbolism and emotional content, instead calling attention to the materiality of the works through a limited palette and simple media. At its core, Minimalism asserts that art should have its own reality and not be an imitation of some other thing.

For more information and artist biographies, visit: https://www.uccs.edu/goca/ART/EXHIBITIONS.html

Pictured: iconoclast by Jonathan Dankenbring. Image courtesy GOCA.

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Art 111

111 E. Bijou St.
| 5-10 p.m.

Presenting Mi Barrio, an exhibit of original works by father-and-son duo Brandon and Rodan Miera. As always this is a family-friendly, free event.

Pictured: Work by Brandon and Rodan Miera. Image courtesy Art 111.

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Cottonwood Center for the Arts

427 E. Colorado Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting new work by Bernard Arnest.

Opening reception, Friday, Jan. 5, 5-8 p.m.; show on display through Jan. 30

More information coming soon!

Pictured: Cottonwood Center for the Arts logo.

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Wild Goose Meeting House

401 N. Tejon St.

Live music from local reggae band Mo Mungus beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.

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Boulder Street Gallery

206 N. Tejon St.
| 5-8 p.m.

Presenting new works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by the 27 Boulder Street Gallery artists, along with our great new look in the recently remodeled gallery. First Friday opening reception, January 5, 5-8 p.m.

Featured artists for January are Martha Lancaster and Jack Malloch, with guest artist Susan Marion.

By the way, if you are enjoying the ice skating in Acacia Park anytime in January, then maybe pay us a visit at Boulder Street Gallery to warm up a bit. You can also drop in on any Saturday afternoon to meet and chat with our BSG artists ($1 downtown parking in the City Parking Garage on Saturdays).

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Living in this area for almost 40 years, Martha's watercolors are inspired and nourished by the nature and scenic beauty that we find all around us. To see more of Martha's artwork, go to http://www.art-by-martha.com.

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. To see more of Jack's artwork, go to http://www.jack-malloch.artistwebsites.com.

Pictured: Island by Jack Malloch. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

30 W. Dale St.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) is excited to introduce works by Sheary Clough Suiter, on view and available for sale through Jan. 28, 2018 with a special First Friday Art Party on Jan. 5 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

This gallery show explores the complexity of encaustic, a paint made from natural beeswax and damar resin. Utilizing substrates ranging from sumi paper to cradled panel, Suiter's work reveals extraordinary color and depth, achieved using techniques developed over the course of her 25 year career as a painter.

Suiter’s panel work includes strategic scrapes and carvings, both above and below the painting surface, visible clues inviting viewers to look deeply into the mystery-laden stratum of wax. Textural build-ups offer a glimpse into the three-dimensional possibilities inherent in encaustic, while the contrasting expanses of luminous, highly polished, smooth surfaces exhibit the finesse and skill of Suiter's experienced torch-work. In contrast, her wax and paper hangings evoke a delicate transparency, encased within the material strength of encaustic.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Awards recognizing Suiter's expertise in encaustic include a Permanent Collection Purchase by the Anchorage Museum of Art, a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award, and an Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grant, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Suiter teaches workshops on the art of painting with encaustic at the FAC’s Bemis School of Art. View more about Suiter online at www.backdoordesigns.com.

Pictured: Breaking Surface by Sheary Clough Suiter. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Center.

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Colorado Springs Conservatory

415 Sahwatch St.
| 5-9 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory presents the first Jazz Nite of 2018 at the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery (122 E. Kiowa St.) on Friday, January 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m., as part of First Friday Downtown. 

The concert will feature a performance by the Wayne Wilkinson trio with Wayne on guitar, Andy Burtschi on bass and Todd Williams on drums. We’ll also feature some of our talented students sitting in with the pros. $15 tickets include the concert and free wine and small bites and can be purchased by calling 719-577-455, by mailing csc@csconservatory.org or at the door the night of the show.

 

Pictured: Jazz Nite. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory.

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Escape Velocity

19 E. Bijou St.

A clean, friendly, locally-owned comic shop offering refreshments, music and artist meet-and-greets to First Friday participants. On First Friday, January 5, join us for a Drink and Draw session with Ben Worrell Likes to Draw!

From 5-8 p.m., enjoy the talent of local comic book artist Ben Worrell as he creates masterful works of art while you watch! Free food and drink available for attendees.

Pictured: Escape Velocity logo, courtesy the proprietors.

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The Modbo Gallery

17C E. Bijou St.

The Modbo jovially presents Small Works X, Colorado Springs’ original Small Works Show!  This amazing show features over 500 pieces of art (!!!) by nearly 150 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.  The pieces are hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular, salon-style display.  A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works X is a buy-and-carry event.  See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you!  All pieces are under 24" in every dimension.  Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!  The show runs through Friday, January 5th.  Check facebook or themodbo.com for other hours throughout the month.  The Modbo and SPQR are at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903, 719.633.4240, themodbo@gmail.com

The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Pictured: Interior of the Modbo with Small Works. Image courtesy the Modbo.

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SPQR Experiential Art Space and Studio Gallery

17C E. Bijou St. (alley)
| 5:30-9 p.m.

S.P.Q.R. presents Small Works X, Colorado Springs’ original Small Works Show!  This amazing show features over 500 pieces of art (!!!) by nearly 150 community artists in both S.P.Q.R. and the Modbo. The pieces are hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular, salon-style display.  A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works X is a buy-and-carry event.  See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you!  All pieces are under 24" in every dimension.  Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!  The show runs through Friday, January 5th.  Check Facebook or themodbo.com for other hours throughout the month.  The Modbo and SPQR are at 17B and 17C East Bijou, 80903, 719.633.4240, themodbo@gmail.com

S.P.Q.R. is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17B E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but the galleries recommend the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm.

Pictured: Small Works. Image courtesy the Modbo.

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Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery

122 E. Kiowa St.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory presents the first Jazz Nite of 2018 at the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery (122 E. Kiowa St.) on Friday, January 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m., as part of First Friday Downtown.

The concert will feature a performance by the Wayne Wilkinson trio with Wayne on guitar, Andy Burtschi on bass and Todd Williams on drums. We’ll also feature some of our talented students sitting in with the pros. $15 tickets include the concert and free wine and small bites and can be purchased by calling 719-577-455, by mailing csc@csconservatory.org or at the door the night of the show.

Pictured: Jazz Nite. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory.

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Gallery 113

125 ½ N. Tejon St.

Gallery 113 hosts twenty-three local artists whose art work ranges from painting in a variety of media, photography, pottery, hand-turned wood bowls, hand-painted silk scarves and paintings, and hand-crafted wood clocks. For First Friday on January 5, Gallery 113 will be celebrating its birthday with cake, champagne punch and plenty of gallery members on-hand to talk about their work throughout the evening.

 

Pictured: Work by Kathy Parks-Jackson. Image courtesy Gallery 113.

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Plaza of the Rockies

111 S. Tejon St.
| 5-8 p.m.

Join us January 5th from 5-8 p.m. in the lobby of the Plaza of the Rockies for the opening reception of Photopalooza at the Plaza.

This eclectic display features photography from members of the The Colorado Photography Learning Group and will run through the month of January. Light snacks provided by Chef Stevie. Music provided by the Sarah Groh Trio.

Pictured: Photograph by CPLG member. Image courtesy Plaza of the Rockies.

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