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.
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. On December 1, the tour will be led by artist and gallerist Dr. Karen Standridge. The tour will begin at 6 p.m. at Gallery 113 (125 1/2 N. Tejon St.) and then will continue to a selection of First Friday venues. Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH
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The Proof Gallery at Ladyfingers Letterpress
113 E. Bijou St.
This locally-owned, nationally-distributed emporium of hand-drawn and awesome letterpress greeting cards, boozeware and rubber stamps is open late on First Fridays! Special offer for November: buy 2 greeting cards and get a third Ladyfingers Letterpress card on the house.
Pictured: Ladyfingers Letterpress. Image courtesy the proprietors.
Colorado Photography School
14 E. Bijou St.
| 5-8 p.m.
Gallery exhibit features student works in photography, including images from the recent solar eclipse.
Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery
122 E. Kiowa St.
Featuring the art of Betz Smisek. Join Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery to explore Betz’s new series incorporating dangerously alluring sharp, sparkling, shards of glass joined to the paint on canvas. On the cutting edge of innovation in the art world, her work is sparkling, enticing and sharply dangerous — a rarity to own. The glass adds a sparkling dimension to the color, shape and feel of the art. Each change of light and movement transforms the entire aspect of the painting. This is the cutting edge of art and glass.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Betz paints “Relational Art.” Each brush stroke and color is an emotion of its own. Her art is nothing but feelings and emotions. She imbues an energy into her work which creates an energy field or aura just waiting to engage with you the observer. Observers to her art often become mesmerized and become one with her art without knowing why.
Pictured: Endangered by Betz Smisek. Image courtesy the artist.
Wild Goose Meeting House
401 N. Tejon St.
Live music from local reggae band Mo Mungus beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.