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 October 6, in special recognition of Arts Month, the tour will be led by El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. The tour will begin at 6 p.m. at the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (121 S. 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.
TAKE THE FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE
To help make your First Friday experience more enjoyable, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is pleased to provide a free shuttle bus service that makes a continuous loop around the city from 5-8 p.m. on First Friday. Shuttle stops every half-hour at key Art Walk destinations Downtown and in Old Colorado City. The shuttle bus service is intended to serve area residents as well as visitors to our community. In addition, local artists and performers will be along for the ride to entertain you, and share stories and interesting facts about the City of Colorado Springs.
Please follow this link to see a list of First Friday events by corresponding shuttle bus stop.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH
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The Flux Capacitor at Knights of Columbus Hall
25 W. Kiowa St.
The Flux Capacitor at Knights of Columbus Hall (25 W. Kiowa St.)
Presenting Brown Girl, American Dream, a three-dimensional archway that brings visitors through time and narrative, with space to examine the intricacies and text of a reflective sculptural exhibit by Jasmine Dillavou. Friday, October 6th from 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. and artist talk at 6 p.m.
Pictured: Work by Jasmine Dillavou. Image courtesy the artist.
218 W. Colorado Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present Finite Resource: New Work by Brett Andrus. Opening reception: Friday, October 6, 5-8 p.m. Show will run October 6-27, with an artist discussion on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. More information: www.abigailkreusergallery.com or 719.464.5880.
This show focuses on portraiture and cityscapes, people and places. Why? Well, I love painting faces. Trying to catch an expression and translate an emotional sensual connection to the viewer is an amazing experience. Cityscapes are new to me. I have focused on the figure for 18 years, so attempting to capture a view in a city allowed me to experiment, get uncomfortable, and to engage in a subject that is new for me. Each day in the studio was a lesson, and for me, that is a major reason why I do this. I want to make paintings that engage the viewer, to challenge them, to transport them, to create a space for them to dump their baggage. And in all honesty, I paint because I can't stop.
Pictured: Work by Brett Andrus. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Colorado Springs Conservatory
415 Sahwatch St.
| 5-9 p.m.
The Colorado Springs Conservatory presents Same Tree, Different Day by photographer Mike Pach with an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, October 6, 5pm-6:30pm, as part of First Friday Downtown. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Event is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.
Following the reception, Jazz Nite at the Conservatory begins at 6:30, featuring the CSC student jazz combo and CSC Mentor Artists Wayne Wilkinson, Todd Williams, Tom Fowler, Andy Burtschi, Ian Ferguson, Lewis Keller and guests. $15 ticket includes wine and small bites. More information: https://coloradospringsconservatory.org/events/jazz-nite-oct-2017/
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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.
Pictured: Same Tree, Different Day by Mike Pach. Image courtesy the artist.
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.
25 S. Sierra Madre St.
| 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cloutier Fotographic and GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue are excited to announce the collaboration of two local artists, Holly Conlon and Jeanie Lamborn.
GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue will feature the work of Holly and Jeanie throughout Arts Month with an opening reception taking place on the First Friday Art Walk, October 6th from 5-8 pm.
Through mixed-media technique, Holly Conlon invites the viewer into unique, one of a kind imaginative works of art. As the wife of a Congressman, Mrs. Lamborn will contrast Mrs. Conlon’s work with her scenic acrylic landscape paintings from inspiring scenes of the Colorado outdoors.
Pictured: Work by Holly Conlon. Image courtesy Cloutier Fotographic.
109 N. Tejon St.
Offering ballroom dance classes and an art exhibit for First Friday on October 6.
On October’s First Friday, attend a fun beginners group dance class and stick around to taste a flight of delicious handcrafted chocolates. Singles & couples are welcome. Instructor Rachael Fromkin will conduct 45 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of DJed practice music. Come for merengue at 7 p.m., swing at 8 p.m., or stay for both. Both classes are designed for beginners. Classes are $6 in advance or $8 at the door; cash or card accepted. More info and registration: www.lovespringsstudios.com/first-friday
ABOUT THE DANCE STYLES:
Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic. Characterized by very basic footwork and very fancy "armwork," Merengue is a fun and simple dance for beginners. Get ready to spin, move your hips, and have a blast grooving to the Latin rhythms!
East Coast Swing derived from Lindy Hop back in the 1940's and had a huge comeback in the 90s with social dance scenes sprouting up in many major cities around the world! Taking on many forms and meanings, East Coast Swing can encompass Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Triple Swing, Single Swing, and many more Swing styles! Our focus in this class will mainly be on Single Swing (if you're curious).
Cacao Chemistry’s featured artist for September is Terri Sanchez, an expressionistic painter of the Colorado landscape. Come by and meet the artist on First Friday from 6:30-8 p.m.
Ultimately my goal as an artist is to communicate with my viewer and remind them of the beauty of God’s creation. In my expressionistic style of painting, I try to capture richness of bold color, light, texture and atmosphere. I believe the visual arts are meant to be enjoyed and embraced by all and it is my sincere hope that I can use my passion as an artist to capture these special moments in time and translate them onto canvas. I believe my life as an artist is a tremendous privilege and it gives me great pleasure to create beauty for others.
Pictured: Work by Terri Sanchez. Image courtesy the artist.
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, September 1, join us for a live acoustic show featuring the Yeti, as well as the release of Elias Hambey's web comic: Nothing to See Here. Free food and drink available for attendees.
Check out the Yet on Bandcamp: https://iamtheyeti.bandcamp.com/
And read Nothing to See Here at Tapastic: https://tapas.io/episode/470753
Pictured: Cover image for Nothing to See Here. Image courtesy the artist.
The Bridge Gallery
218 W. Colorado Ave
| 5-8 p.m.
The Bridge Gallery presents Day of the Dead, featuring artists Sylvie Abecassis, Annie Fisher, Bette Fraser, Erin Gillespie and Madge Holmes. Each October there are many local Day of the Dead shows, but this exhibit will stand out. Inspired by their personal connections to this holiday, these artists work with the subject all year-round. All of the art is well-crafted and shows professional attention to detail. From paintings and wall hangings to jewelry, dolls, furniture and more, any piece in this show can be displayed or worn with pride. The exhibit opens 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 28. The gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the Colorado Avenue bridge) is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. Information: www.thebridgeartgallery.com or 719-269-7055.
Pictured: Work from Day of the Dead. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.
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, October 6th, 5 - 8 pm.
Hooray, October is Arts Month! Take advantage of the free First Friday Shuttle Bus picking up from Acacia Park every ½ hour. Park in the City Parking Garage at Cascade & Bijou for just $1, stop in to see us at Boulder Street Gallery and Framing, then hop on the free shuttle to galleries in the Depot District, Old Colorado City, and the Fine Arts Center, to enjoy their First Friday and Arts Month features and festivities as well.
Featured artists for October are Don Van Horn and Michael Malta, with guest artist April Dawes.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Don Van Horn for over 40 years, has been recognized and awarded both nationally and regionally, and he has achieved signature membership in multiple watercolor societies, for his vivid, detailed, and truly beautiful land and cityscapes.
Michael Malta grew up with a passion for art, watching his grandmother paint, then creating both charity and commissioned works in his 20 years as a Marine. He continues to strive for excellence, with works sold and hanging in many parts of the world. To see more of Michael's art, go to http://www.michaelmalta.com.
Besides her commissioned portraits, Guest Artist, April Dawes, creates nature, landscape, and still life paintings reflecting the interaction of light as well as the beauty and mystery that she sees in the subject. View more of her work at https://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/april-dawes-5229.
Pictured: Winter Morning Maroon Bells by Don Van Horn. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
The Modbo Gallery
17C E. Bijou St.
The Modbo presents October’s First Friday on October 6th, 2017 with Young Hot Sh*ts, a show featuring work by young artists aged 17-25. First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, October 27th. In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show features work in a wide range of sizes and media, all created by local youngsters. Don’t miss your chance to see the next wave of up-and-coming talent in Colorado Springs!
The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. 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 email@example.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.
Pictured: Promotional image for Young Hot Sh*ts. Image courtesy the Modbo.
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. During the month of August, Gallery 113 will feature the work of painters Pam Holnback, Karen Storm and Sharon Rege. Featured artists and other gallery members will be on-hand to talk about their work throughout the evening, and the gallery will be serving light appetizers and several beverages including wine punch and non-alcoholic fruit punch.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Holnback has her masters’ degree in art and has taught for 28 years. She’s an oil painter inspired by western outdoors. She’s in the gallery for the month of October.
Storm maintains a studio in Colorado Springs. She creates, exhibits and teaches in the Pikes Peak Region. Her oils range from landscape to figurative and she’s been accepted into numerous private collections.
Rege enjoys painting as well as web design. She’s a master of all processes, which come her way! Her “bears” are a must see. They inspire true knowledge of our wildlife.
Pictured: Work by Corey Pelto. Image courtesy Gallery 113.
Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
121 S. Tejon St., Suite 111
JD Sell @ COPPeR presents a collection of Sell’s artwork that explores the delicate layers of stories and memories that are embedded in constructed environments. The Cultural Office’s work to support creative placemaking and public art connects meaningfully with Sell’s artistic explorations of changes in our built landscapes, and how people feel and make meaning about those changes. His thought-provoking prints feel both nostalgic and contemporary, and invite the viewer to think about the places in our own lives to which we assign memories and stories.
This exhibition presents the beginning of his explorations on this theme, connecting chronologically to the exhibition of his current work, “BLURRING CONFINES,” at S.P.Q.R. Art Space and Gallery, which opens the same night. Meet JD at the opening of the Cultural Office’s show on Friday, October 6 from 5-7 p.m., then head over to see the connected show at S.P.Q.R. It’s all part of First Fridays in Downtown Colorado Springs!
Pictured: Work by JD Sell. Image courtesy the Cultural Office.
SPQR Experiential Art Space and Studio Gallery
17C E. Bijou St. (alley)
| 5:30-9 p.m.
S.P.Q.R. Experiential Art Space and Studio Gallery presents October’s First Friday on October 6th, 2017 with BLURRING CONFINES, a show of work by JD Sell. First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til 11 pm, and the show remains up through Friday, October 27th. S.P.Q.R. is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17B E. Bijou. Street parking is available, but S.P.Q.R. recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. S.P.Q.R. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, spqrartspace.com, or 640-5282.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
JD Sell was born in Maplewood, Minnesota in 1993. He lives and works currently in Colorado Springs. He received his BA at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) in May of 2016. Since graduation Sell has been committed to help expand the local arts community. He is involved in the development of the KCH space partnership with the Flux Capacitor plus other arts groups and the Pikes Peak Library. Sell has co-founded two groups in town, Non Book Club Book Club (NBCBC), a group of artists who meet once a month hosted at the KCH Space; along with the Living Room Collective, a group of emerging artists who currently reside locally. He also maintains a dedicated studio practice out of the historic Saks Building in downtown.
Says Sell, “My work explores the delicate layers that contextualize stories and memories embedded in constructed environments. These paintings represent a fusion of memory filtered by multilayered histories of buildings. As multi-realities quietly coexist within buildings they explore transiency of the present. In this realm, occurrences accumulate informing the physical and nonphysical space buildings occupy. This suggests an in-between realm melding past and present while questioning the stability of physical reality.”
Pictured: Blurring Confines by JD Sell. Image courtesy the artist.
The Proof Gallery at Ladyfingers Letterpress
113 E. Bijou St.
Presenting Space: Works on Paper by Christine Flores.
Pictured: Work by Christine Flores. Image courtesy Ladyfingers Letterpress.
St. George Anglican Church
217 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.
The current art exhibit at St. Georges is comprised of contemporary, contemplative pieces that continue the theme of God's creation. The works of several local artists celebrating humanity, nature and the world around us through their paintings and photography. We welcome you to come share their vision and talent.
Pictured: Work from St. George artists. Image courtesy St. George.
The Machine Shop
4 S. Wahsatch Ave.
| 6-9 p.m.
The Machine Shop is proud to present the opening of Improvisation, featuring new paintings in a Jazz Groove by Carol Dickerson and live music by the FluteDaddy Trio led by flutist Joseph Liberti with guitarist Alan Joseph and bassist Pat Abbot.
Pictured: Work by Carol Dickerson. Image courtesy the Machine Shop.
111 E. Bijou St.
| 5-10 p.m.
Presenting Silhouettes, a photography exhibit by Robin Schneider. This amazing body of art was created just for Art 111, with months of work coming together for this stunning exhibit. As always this is a family friendly, free event.
Pictured: Work by Robin Schneider. Image courtesy Art 111.
218 W. Colorado Ave.
Presenting three new shows for the month of October:
Main Gallery feature: Choosing Joy, works by Brenda Bennett
Small Feature Show: Works by Wendy L Iaconis
The Commons Gallery, curated by TwentyOne8 Gallery: Abstract Reflections, works by Wonda Veltkamp-Raven.
Pictured: Work by Brenda Bennett. Image courtesy TwentyOne8.
Citizen Art Gallery at Historic Colorado Springs City Hall
107 N. Nevada Ave.
Presenting artworks by local student Skylar Duncan, open 5-7 p.m. on First Friday, October 6.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Skylar Ryan Duncan is a 13 year old artist, photographer, and student. From her earliest years art has been a passion and numerous awards reflect her talent. Skylar’s biggest achievement to date is taking first place in a global art competition. At the 29th Annual Space Symposium she earned the top score amongst 3-5th grade children from around the world. Her artwork has also been selected to remain in the permanent art collection at The Colorado Springs School. She also showed her photography in the 2015 and 2016 Tennyson Street Art Walk in Denver, CO.
Aside from art, Skylar enjoys writing stories, playing basketball on her school team, flipping on her trampoline, gymnastics, and listening to music of all kinds. She loves to travel, especially to the beach.
Skylar was born and raised in Colorado and is currently in the 8th grade.
Pictured: Skylar Ryan Duncan. Image courtesy City Hall.
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 Michelle McMahan on view and available for sale Oct. 6 through Nov. 30, 2017 with special First Friday Art Parties Oct. 6 and Nov. 3, from 5 – 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michelle McMahan grew up in two cultures – Brazil and the U.S. The mixture of the two creates in her a third culture. Her cross-cultural vision and sensitivity generates artistic expressions that are unique and yet universally appealing.
Michelle’s artistic interests emerged early in life. Her parents filled every home they had with great art and music. She studied dentistry in Brazil and then worked as a dentist in the U.S. But throughout her life, art and beauty have been the air she breathes. The meticulous style of her work reflects a passion for minuscule elements of the natural world. Most people overlook these details, but Michelle brings them to life.
Pictured: Work by Michelle McMahan. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Center.
Plaza of the Rockies
111 S. Tejon St.
| 5-8 p.m.
Join us for the First Friday opening for the display of Pattie Bowler’s water-media abstracts at in the lobby of the Plaza of the Rockies from 5-8 pm on October 6th. Light snacks provided by Chef Stevie and live music by Ryan Flores.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
With passion for color and shape, Pattie applies the intuitive process with multi layers of color. When beginning a painting, the result rarely resembles the initial start of the piece. Working primarily in acrylics, and constantly experimenting with the process; she is always pushing the envelope looking for changes in results. Working with collage materials puts a new element of surprise to each piece she creates.
Pattie began painting 17 years ago while working as a flight Attendant with United Airlines. She retired in 2003 and painting has been her passion. She and husband Bill, the love of her life, live in Colorado Springs. They have six children, and are also blessed with nine grandchildren.
Pictured: River Runs by Pattie Bowler. Image courtesy Plaza of the Rockies.
Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Art Gallery
100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
| 5-7:30 p.m.
Presenting Ancestral Calling...Beyond Words, an exhibit of paintings influenced by the spirituality and ancestry of the northwest and southwest. Discover how the artists uncover universally present patterns and images that derive from the collective conscience. Opening reception: Friday, October 6, 5 pm-7:30 pm, featuring live music by Southwest Winds. Exhibit open Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm through November 16.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
From ancient marks made in the caves of the primitives to the computer icons that populate our digital existence today, Iconography, in its many forms, has been with us from culture to culture from the beginning. Over time we have created a myriad of symbols that have been used to leave a historical record of our life on this planet. Cave paintings, petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, cuneiform, pictograms, ideograms... the forms suggest meaning and are an emphatic expression of who we are. You are invited to observe and contemplate the artwork of Mary Moore-Bailey (New Mexico) and Ken Williams (Pueblo). Their work is a testament to the enduring message of our Ancestral Calling.
Pictured: Work by Mary Moore Bailey. Image courtesy Pikes Peak Community College.
Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery
122 E. Kiowa St.
This upscale gallery of contemporary art located at 122 E. Kiowa Street presents the Shard Series, in which “Relational Artist”-in-residence, Betz Smisek, has created works painted with fragments of colored glass. Opened from 4-8 p.m. on First Friday.
Pictured: Work by Betz Smisek. Image courtesy the artist.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.
Presenting sound & color| works inspired by wassily kandinsky
Opening reception, Friday, Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m.; show on display through Oct. 28
Cottonwood is pleased to announce several new shows opening in October, including its next juried exhibition, sound & color. Music played an important role in the development of Kandinksy’s abstraction in no small part because he experienced the rare neurological phenomenon called synesthesia. Kandinksy literally saw colors when he heard music, and heard music when he painted. For Kandinsky, color had the ability to put viewers in touch with their spiritual selves. Cottonwood tasked artists with this as inspiration, and has curated a collection of 2D and 3D works anchored in this corner of abstract art.
Also opening in October is a solo show by local artist Darla Slee, who creates fantastical drawings of imaginative places and beings. “I've started to compile my artistic renderings of the creatures I've encountered, and the strange lands they inhabit, into a compendium of sorts,” Slee says. “For those who do not have the means to travel and see all of this for themselves, here are some glimpses of what you might encounter outside the realm of your everyday life.”
Fellow local artist Ralph Giordano returns to Cottonwood for another exhibit of photography.
Pictured: Hiding Places by Deb Prewitt. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
25 W. Cimarron St.
| 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Join us at The Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery on First Friday, October 6 for a very special evening with one of our favorite artists, Sharon Hagar. We will have appetizer bites and warm apple cider to enjoy while you peruse our gallery space, and Sharon will be available to show you her work and answer questions. Sharon specializes in realistic portrayals of aspen trees and the Rocky Mountains, a perfect feature at this time of year. Don’t miss this Friday!
Pictured: Work by Sharon Hagar. Image courtesy the Warehouse.
UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121)
121 S. Tejon St
Join us for GREAT EXPECTATIONS, featuring the work of Erica Day, Nathan Hodges, Stephanie Kantor, Suzie McMurtry, Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Elizabeth Selby, Frankie Toan, Streeter Wright, Ryan Wurst, Dustin Young. The evening includes a reception sponsored by Cerberus Brewing Co. with DJ set by Ryan Wurst.
This biannual exhibition surveys emerging artists working along the Colorado Front Range corridor. Artists working in Colorado in 2017 are diverse and this exhibit at our downtown GOCA121 site aims to reflect that reality. The artists featured are working across a broad range of media - painting, drawing, sculptural installation, new media, and performance - and creating contemporary art in exciting and challenging ways. Great Expectations will introduce you to some of the brightest (art) stars from the Front Range of Colorado.
Full details + related programming:
Pictured: Promotional image for Great Expectations. Image courtesy GOCA.
Wild Goose Meeting House
401 N. Tejon St.
Live music from local reggae band Mo Mungus beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.