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.

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 May 5, the tour will be led by Han Sayles and Peyton Kay Davis of Peach Press. The tour will begin at 6 p.m. at the Proof Gallery at Ladyfingers Letterpress (113 E. Bijou 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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Art 111

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

Presenting the work of Katherine Harris.

Pictured: Event poster. Image courtesy Art 111.

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BarK

124 E. Costilla St.

Curated by Kreuser Gallery, BarK is proud to present local artist Megan Larmie now through April 28.

Pictured: Weight of the World by Megan Larmie. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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Cacao Chemistry

109 N. Tejon St.

On April’s First Friday, attend a beginner salsa or tango dance class with Love Springs Studios. No partner needed -- come solo or as a couple. Instructor Rachael Fromkin will conduct 45 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of DJed practice music. Come for Salsa at 7 p.m., Tango at 8 p.m., or stay for both. Classes are $5 in advance or $7 at the door; cash or card accepted.

Cacao Chemistry is also proud to present photographic work by John Rosner, on display throughout the month of April. Rosner, a New Mexico native, wears many hats: wedding photographer, small business owner, and Resident Prosthetist-Orthotist, just to name a few. But nothing has stolen his heart quite like traveling the world and discovering all its beauty through his lens. John seeks adventure and always hikes that extra mile (sometimes up-hill in a monsoon) for the perfect photo, just to capture a glimpse of serenity and share it with the world.

Pictured: Dance class with Love Springs Studios. Image courtesy Rachael Fromkin.

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Dream Catchers

103 S. Wahsatch Ave., Suite 106

Proudly celebrating its 10th year, Art Aloud is an all-ages, all-media opportunity for writers, poets and artists to share their work and collaborate in appreciation of National Poetry Month. Artists are prompted to create work based on a poem, story, lyrics, quotes, or anything to do with the written word, and vice versa for writers and authors. Both the artwork and written word are displayed together but not necessarily designed as one piece. Led by Academy Art & Frame Company, the exhibit spans multiple galleries and locations across Colorado Springs for a truly dynamic exhibition of local artists and writers. 2017 Art Aloud venues include AAFC, Hooked on Books, Sand Creek Library Branch, and The Blank Canvas Café at Dream Catchers. At the Dream Catchers opening reception on April 7 from 5-8 p.m., all are invited to share their work or favorite poet. Music is absolutely “aloud” to be shared! Click here for more information.

Pictured: Event poster. Image courtesy Dream Catchers.

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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.  Featured artists for April are Sherri Moore and Laurel Bahe, along with guest artist Marsha Markwalder. Boulder Street Gallery is located downtown between Terra Verde and the Skirted Heifer and across from the Uncle Wilber Fountain. More info at www.boulderstreetgallery.com, or call 719 636-9358.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sherri Moore, a native Coloradoan, is a self-taught, award winning artist working in various mediums, who also loves teaching others the beauty of watercolor, especially as her students' paintings start taking shape and come alive.

Laurel Bahe, noted for her unique owl portraits in particular, exhibits regularly in several local galleries, as well as local, regional, and national shows.  Whimsical, feisty, lively, bold, and always interesting are adjectives that best describe her work in both watercolor and acrylic.

From her earlier painting experience with oils, Marsha Markwalder has become an avid and skilled proponent of watercolor, as very evident in the quality and energy of her current works.

Pictured: Golden Circle by Sherri Moore. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.

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The Bridge Gallery

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

The Bridge Gallery presents I’m Looking but Something Is Not Quite Right, digital photography by Bridge Gallery member Michael Cellan, who took moving iPhone panoramas of locations in Portland, Oregon. The exhibit opens 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 7, and runs through Saturday, April 29. The gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the bridge), is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. Information: www.thebridgeartgallery.com or 719-269-7055.

Pictured: Work by Michael Cellan. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.

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Colorado Springs Conservatory

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

On display at the Conservatory for the month of April is work by Black Forest artist Carol McIntyre. Free opening reception features light refreshments from 5-6:30 p.m., with Jazz Nite at the Conservatory beginning at 6:30 ($15 ticket includes wine and small bites). Jazz Nite will feature the CSC student jazz combo and CSC Mentor Artists Wayne Wilkinson, Todd Williams, Tom Fowler, Andy Burtschi, Ian Ferguson, Lewis Keller and guests.

Pictured: Jazz Nite. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory.

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

30 W. Dale St.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s First Friday Art Parties continue their photography theme with photo-based collage works by Denver-based artist, Patricia Barry Levy,  on view and available for sale April 7-May 28, 2017 – with special First Friday Art Parties on April 7 and May 5 (5-7:30 p.m.).

Pictured: Balancing Bear by Patricia Barry Levy. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

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Escape Velocity

19 E. Bijou St.

A special reception featuring local comic artist Matt Garcia, co-creator of Multiversity Comics and a member of the Escape Pod Creators group. Food and drink will be served, and Garcia will be selling and displaying pieces from his web comic "Oakley Rushie" (preview at https://tapastic.com/episode/460516). Click here for additional event information.

Pictured: Work by Matt Garcia. Image courtesy the artist.

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Entwine

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

Attend this open-studio event from 5-8 p.m. to watch a loom-weaving demo and learn from Entwine’s knitting and crocheting experts. Individuals are invited to bring their own projects to work on, or start a new one on-site.

Pictured: Entwine logo. Image courtesy the proprietor.

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First Presbyterian Church

219 E. Bijou St.

Join First Pres for a community art exhibition featuring more than 40 original works inspired by the parable of the Prodigal Son, as interpreted by Rembrandt, Elmer Yazzie, Thomas Hart Benton, JJ Tissot, Steve Prince and dozens more. The exhibition is on loan from the Calvin College permanent collection, and was originally compiled and donated by Larry and Mary Gerbens from their private collection. First Pres is pleased to host this exhibition throughout the Lenten season and invites people of all faith backgrounds to come and reflect on the powerful themes of grace and forgiveness inspired by this rich parable. On display Friday, March 3 through Sunday, April 16. www.first-pres.org/art

Pictured: Event flyer courtesy First Presbyterian Church.

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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. During the month of April, Gallery 113 will feature the work of KC Sandidge, photographer, and Mary Gorman, silk painter, as well as a guest student artist from one of Colorado Springs’ public schools. Featured artists and other gallery members will be on-hand to talk about their work throughout the evening.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

KC Sandidge began his series, The Drops of Simplicity, after stumbling across a unique way to capture water drops with his camera's lens. His macro-photography is all done by hand, which is a challenging process. He has a keen eye and a love of the trade.

Mary Gorman’s pure silk paintings are inspired primarily by nature. Scarves and wall hangings are beautiful expressions of her unique style and the many places where she’s been. Mary rounds out her work with matted watercolors and cards. She is one of the long-standing artists within Gallery 113.

Adam Brook Best is the student artist displaying from Mitchell HS for the month of April. His colorful work is dynamic and a nice addition to the other artists' work. Artists at Gallery 113 are happy to inspire his creativity.

Pictured: Work by Adam Brook Best. Image courtesy Gallery 113.

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GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue

25 S. Sierra Madre St.

Presenting work by fine art photographer Peter Zurla.

Pictured: Work by Peter Zurla. Image courtesy GO-SEE.

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I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College

825 N. Cascade Ave.

Curated from the Schnitzer Collection by IDEA and the Alexandria Museum of Art (Alexandria, Louisiana), Beyond Mammy, Jezebel + Sapphire features images that examine and interrogate culturally constructed controlling images of Black women. From the suffering mama, to the stoic victim, to the sassy broad – the images presented in the exhibition question and overturn entrenched archetypes of Black femininity.

Engaging a wide range of experiences and artistic practices, the nine artists featured in this exhibition challenge the controlling images of Black women that continue to pervade our culture and influence perceptions. Their artworks jar loose expectations and replace simplistic narratives with nuanced, sophisticated meditations on contemporary identity. Frankly addressing idea such as frailty, sexualized power, and racially bounded ideals of beauty, Reclaiming Images presents us with compelling and nuanced examinations of multiple Black female identities and experiences.

Exhibit runs March 28- May 16; closed April 19-23.

Pictured: Delta Doo by Alison Saar. Image courtesy the Schnitzer Collection.

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UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121)

121 S. Tejon St

GOCA 121 is UCCS' satellite gallery in Downtown Colorado Springs. The space opened in February 2010, and is the product of a great partnership between UCCS and Nor'wood. 121 features work by locally, nationally and internationally renowned professional artists and hosts many of GOCA's signature programs (like ART&WINE and ChitChat). Located in the Plaza of the Rockies South Tower, next door to Nosh Restaurant and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR).

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Kreuser Gallery

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

Kreuser Gallery is proud to present Skateboarding - Not One Ounce of Compromise, brought to you by Chris Mike and Rob Miller. Chris Mike and Rob Miller have been skating together in Colorado Springs since the 1970's. As skaters now in their 50's it's very apparent that the love for the sport is still in their blood and continue to skate as often as possible. Not only is there no end in sight but they are thrilled to share a some of the journey that they have been on.

This show will take you down a road that not only gives a view of the Colorado Springs skate scene from the last forty years but will also give you a window into current scene.  It is no surprise that some of the artistic elements showcased by industry graphics are on display as well, since personal expression has often helped us unorthodox rebels find a family. Whether looking for a rolling meditation in order to find that taste of freedom or upping those skill sets to world class mastery, it's always a great ride.

SKATE AND CREATE: A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Sk8-Strong

Pictured: Image from Skateboarding - Not One Ounce of Compromise. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery

122 E. Kiowa St.

Open 4-6:30 p.m., featuring the work of local artist Betz Smisek. Fine wine and appetizers served for all visitors 21-plus.

Pictured: Work by Betz Smisek. Image courtesy the artist.

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The Machine Shop

4 S. Wahsatch Ave.
| 6-9 p.m.

The Machine Shop is acollaborative workspace co-founded by four independent creative studios as a shared studio space, with room for a few like-minded creative folks to join along the way. Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this former automotive garage is now home to artists, architects, developers, designers, writers and video wizards. The Machine Shop also hosts events, classes, art shows, and an artist-in-residence program.

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The Modbo Gallery

17C E. Bijou St.

The Modbo presents April’s First Friday on April 7th with Rites of Spring by Ingrid Morath and Jon Orr.  This show features intricate woodcuts by Orr and playful embroidery by Morath.  First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, April 28th.  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 themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Spring is a time of renewal. Rituals of spring honor humanity’s tie to the earth and beg blessings for a good growing season.The earth transforms from its stasis under the cold and dark of winter into new life. The quiet wakes to the ecstatic.  Echoing the process of the seasons, humans’ rituals reflect and embody the transformation of the life cycles in the crossing of thresholds, the facing of trials, confrontations with death, and continual resurrection.  “Rites of Spring” is a conversation between Jon’s intricate woodcuts and Ingrid’s lighthearted hoops.

Merging the current and the traditional, Jon explores cross cultural themes and common narratives inherent in mythic structures that reflect human existence and modern crises, creating a cyclical series in laser etched pine.  In playful colored stitchery, Ingrid explores her personal journey of transformation from periods of waiting to change, to awakening, and finally to hoped-for arrival--embodied in figures that are wild girls, mythic and modern, powerful and joyous.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Ingrid Morath is an amateur linguaphile and full-time feminist kill-joy who makes art while drinking wine and binge-watching Netflix. She is a self- and family-taught watercolor painter who experiments with textiles, dabbling in sewing, costuming, and crochet. She picked up embroidery on a whim in late 2015 and has come to love the quirky result of her whimsical illustrations expressed in thread and cloth. She considers herself the lucky heiress of ancestral pictorial tapestries and the urban craft movement, and wherever this modern incarnation of a historically woman’s craft takes her, she loves the mindfulness of the work, and the lesson of focusing on one stitch at a time.

Jon Orr is an optimistic fatalist, an idealistic pessimist, a pragmatic romantic, a prolific procrastinator, a technophobic technophile and also, somehow, an educator, humanist and sporadic, erratic, syllabic semi cruciverbalist.

Pictured: Suck It by Ingrid Morath. Image courtesy the Modbo.

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The Perk Downtown

14 S. Tejon St.

Curated by Kreuser Gallery, the Perk Downtown is proud to present local artist Katherine Harris now through April 28.

Pictured: Work by Katherine Harris. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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Plaza of the Rockies

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

Calling all wildlife and nature lovers! Please join Front Range Wildlife Photographers for the opening reception of its photography showcase Wildlife of the Western States. Meet the photographers, and chat with them about the images they've taken in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico, from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, April 7th in the lobby of the Plaza of the Rockies building. Light refreshments will be provided.

Pictured: Owl Eyes by Kevin Rutherford. Image courtesy Front Range Wildlife Photographers.

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The Proof Gallery at Ladyfingers Letterpress

113 E. Bijou St.

Sometimes it isn't the huge actions that make change. It can be the conversation with the person who bags your food at the store or the young person who sees you at the bookshop and realizes they are not alone. Join us as we celebrate the work of artists, activists and alternative fact-questioners THIS Friday, April 7 from 5-8pm at the Proof Gallery at Ladyfingers. Over 15 local and national folks present their messages on totes and folks - it's Totes Radical but it shouldn't be.

Pictured: Totes Radical illustration. Image courtesy Ladyfingers Letterpress.

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Poor Richard’s

322 N. Tejon St.

The work of six local artists will be represented throughout the Poor Richard’s complex for Spring 2017:

Missye Bonds’ Strawberry Fields Suite, 30 beautiful chalk pastel landscapes, will be unveiled in Rico's Café & Wine Bar on Jan. 8, with a reception from 2-5 p.m. The works will be displayed alongside landscape photographs by John Fielder, on view Jan. 4 through the first week in April. 100 percent of the proceeds go to support Save Cheyenne in their legal action to preserve and protect Strawberry Fields, which has been a city park since 1885 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On the front north wall of Poor Richard's Restaurant, find rotating images from local photographer Peter Zurla Jan. 4 through the first week in April. On the southern walls of the restaurants, find work from watercolorists Joan Judge & Mary Piche. Finally, in the back of the restaurant, find colorful polymer clay mosaics from Tracey Eastland.

Pictured: Work by John Fielder. Image courtesy Poor Richard’s.

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St. George Anglican Church

217 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
| 5-8 p.m.

St. George Anglican Church is an operating historic church that occasionally hosts art exhibits open to the public. For more information, email Sarah Stonestreet: sarahstonestreet1@gmail.com, or visit www.stgac.org/st-george-art-gallery.html.

Pictured: Work from Faces of Mercy. Image courtesy St. George Anglican Church.

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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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Cottonwood Center for the Arts

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

April at Cottonwood will feature a new juried exhibition, as well as a special First Friday event devoted to performance art and activism.  

The show, divine living, is an all-media exhibit devoted to the questions we ask ourselves about how to live more meaningful lives and our search for connection with something greater than ourselves

In addition, through a partnership with Together for Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Council for Justice, the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission and SURJ Colorado Springs, the evening will include a special program of performance art, film and activism centered on John B. Smith, a founding member of the civil rights group, the Invaders, who organized the seminal Memphis sanitation workers strike.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a talk by Smith, followed by live music by a local band, and an interpretive dance performance by Tre Newman of Colorado College. Throughout the night there will be an ambient screening of the feature-length documentary film, The Invaders, which tells the story of the strike. Find more information at: https://goo.gl/MxirAD.

Pictured: Work by Jess Preble. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

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Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Art Gallery

100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
| 5-7:30 p.m.

Presenting Breaking the Line, work by David McKean and Justin Reddick. The mind inescapably searches for and applies meaning to the lines, marks and colors we encounter in art. Come and see for yourself. Opening reception is free and open to the public with live music from Jazz Interpretations.
Pictured: Work by David McKean and Justin Reddick. Image courtesy Pikes Peak Community College.

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