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.

ART on the streets LAUNCH PARTY JULY 7!

Friday, July 7, 5-8 pm at Acacia Park

Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places. Join us for the official launch party of the 19th annual exhibit! We’ll offer free guided tours of the new exhibit, a concert by Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, games in the park and more. Plus, visit nearly two dozen nearby galleries for their First Friday receptions.

HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH

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The Modbo Gallery

17C E. Bijou St.

The Modbo presents July’s First Friday on July 7th, 2017 with “Arcade Addicts” by Doug Mansfield-- a show of fun, poppy, arcade themed art.  First Friday’s reception happens from 5 pm til midnight, and the show remains up through Friday, July 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.

“Arcade Addicts” is a nostalgic tour through artist Doug Mansfield’s childhood.  Before Atari 2600, which allowed you to play video games at home, you had to go to the arcade game room.  Says Mansfield, “I used to get $2.00 allowance each week, and I would spend it all at the Red baron game room that was right behind my house in the Circle East Mall.”  Mansfield wanted to capture the fun and excitement that he felt when he played those games-- they took him to another world.  This show features 14 new original paintings, along with a host of merchandise ranging from 2.25" buttons to greeting cards, all bearing the images designed by the artist. There will also be swag bags for the early arrivers.

Doug Mansfield is an artist, illustrator and musician working and living in Colorado Springs. Doug has played in bands and created art since the late 1980’s but most notably known for being the guitar player and songwriter for the underground Punk Rock band The Mansfields. Since 1998 The Mansfields have been writing, recording, and touring creating a brand of music that they live and love. Underground Punk Rock, Cartoons, Lowbrow, Hot Rods, Rockabilly, Tattoos, & Monsters have been the inspiration for Doug’s art and music. “I just want to create some cool art that inspires people. This is a lifestyle that I love to create and exist in,” says Mansfield.  Doug works mostly with acrylic paint on panel but also likes illustration and photography.

Pictured: Work by Doug Mansfield. Image courtesy the Modbo.

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Plaza of the Rockies

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

Join us for the opening reception of Little Bits of Me, featuring the art of Carole Morrison from 5-8 pm in the Plaza of the Rockies lobby. Live music and light snacks will be provided.

As artists we all leave a little piece of ourselves in every piece of work.  Our love, passion, thoughts ... all in hopes that it moves someone, makes them feel something as we do. Carole Morrison has brought together little bits of of her passion. Full of spirit, color, passion and joy.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Carole has been creating unique pieces of colorful art and colorful animals all her life. She loves to create and loves to adventure into new techniques new materials.  Carole was a Cottonwood Studio Artist, and gallery curator.  She participated in the Pike's Peak studio Tour for several years, as well as many gallery shows including the Broadmoor’s “the Ten”. Carole owns and operates Off the Leash Art and AHA Gallery as well as the Manager and instructor at Painting with a Twist Downtown. offtheleashart.com

Pictured: Work by Carole Morrison. Image courtesy Plaza of the Rockies.

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Colorado Springs Conservatory

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

As part of the Downtown Partnership’s First Friday Series we will be displaying an art show for the month of July featuring art by Sandy Pfeiffer. We will host an opening on July 1 from 5:00 – 7:30PM with light refreshments. Admission is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Colorado native Sandy Pfeifer has loved creating artwork from the time she was a small child. Back then, her favorite subject was horses, and as she grew older she loved riding her horse along the Highline Canal and competing in small rodeos. Her love of horses continues to this day being active in Westernaires Harness team and she volunteers her time helping care for the draft horses of Westernaires.

Pictured: One Heart One Mind by Sandy Pfeifer

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

30 W. Dale St.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is excited to introduce works by local artist Lindsay Hand, on view and available for sale June 2-July 30, 2017 – with special First Friday Art Parties June 2 and July 7 (5-7:30p). First Friday in the Deco Lounge also features music by Craig Walter and demonstrations from artist Steve Weed.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Primarily self-taught, Hand has exhibited her work at various galleries throughout the state of Colorado. Her work was most recently shown at the Southern Colorado Coal Miner’s Museum in Trinidad and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo.  Hand’s work engages the viewer with the creation of narratives, through an exploration into the concept of spiritualism, as threaded through various cultures and religions, including ideas and intents surrounding the theory of divination. Her works are layered with a reflection of the subconscious by the incorporation of automatism into her technique.

Pictured: Work by Lindsay Hand. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

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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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GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue

25 S. Sierra Madre St.

Featuring a signing and reception with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Bob Jackson for his biography, The Shot: A Photographer’s Story. Mr. Jackson is responsible for the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Jack Ruby shooting and killing Lee Harvey Oswald. Event includes an exhibit of Jackson's photographs.

Pictured:  Promotional graphic for The Shot. Image courtesy GO-SEE.

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The Bridge Gallery

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

The Bridge Gallery presents Perspective, a juried exhibit featuring local artists working in a variety of media. They were invited to interpret the theme in ways including “a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface” or “a way of regarding situations, facts, etc., and judging their relative importance.” The exhibit opens 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 7, and runs through Saturday, July 29. The Bridge 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: Perspective promotional graphic. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.

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Kreuser Gallery

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

Kreuser Gallery is proud to present Monsters: New Works by Neil Fenton. Opening reception: Friday, July 7th, 5-8 p.m., featuring music by Xanthe Alexis. Show will run July 7th-July 28th. More info: www.abigailkreusergallery.com or 719.464.5880.

Pictured: Work by Neil Fenton. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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SPQR Experiential Art Space and Studio Gallery

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

Have you ever wondered how a piece of art is made? What are the steps, what does it look like as it moves through the process? Visit S.P.Q.R. every Friday night from 5:30-9:00 and watch artists at work.  Interact, ask questions, sit and watch paint dry.  It's like going to the zoo, but without giraffe crackers.

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Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery

122 E. Kiowa St.

Open 4-7 p.m., featuring new work by local artist Betz Smisek.

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

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The Perk Downtown

14 S. Tejon St.

The Perk Downtown is proud to present Circus Train Collection by local photographer Sandy Fales. Curated by Kreuser Gallery, the show will run May 1st-July 31st. More info: www.abigailkreusergallery.com or 719.464.5880.

Pictured: Work by Sandy Fales. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery..

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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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Colorado Photography School

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

Gallery exhibit features student works in photography.

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BarK

124 E. Costilla St.

BarK is featuring local artist Neil Fenton. Abstruse Oblectations is a selection of work spanning a decade of musings and meditations with paint on canvas. Curated by Kreuser Gallery, the show will run May 1st-July 31st. More info: www.abigailkreusergallery.com or 719.464.5880.

Pictured: Work by Neil Fenton. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

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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 July, Gallery 113 will feature the work of painter April Stark and photographer Susan Bandy. 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.  

ARTIST STATEMENTS

Susan Bandy:

I love to ‘play’ with my camera and watercolor paints. After a trip of photographing, I can't wait to get back home to download images and sort through to get THE ONE special image from the experience. The real fun for me happens on my computer when I enhance a raw image to bring out the essence of what caught my eye. I strive to show mood in both my paintings and photographs. My subject matter ranges from landscapes to vintage cars, horses, architecture and most recently Americana Relics.

April Stark:

My love of art began as a child living among the exotic animals, landscapes and flowers of East Africa.  Painting became a way to interact with the beauty around me and give that pleasure to others through the sale of my art.  Bold color mixed with laughter and a touch of drama describe my approach to painting.  I continue to study with admired artists and look forward to a lifetime of learning.

Pictured: Beach Scene by April Stark. Image courtesy Gallery 113.

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