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.


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 before they sell out!


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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 announce Colorado Springs artist Pamela Quarles as the featured artist in the Deco Lounge on First Friday in January, 5-7:30 p.m.


Pamela Quarles is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana but has lived in Colorado for the past nine years. When her own children were younger, she bred and raised Clydesdale horses from the historic Starbuck Ranch in Divide before moving to Colorado Springs three years ago.

With state certifications in Colorado and Louisiana for K-12 art teaching, a Bachelor of Arts photography degree and graduate work in Art Education, Pamela just finished her 10th year teaching visual arts to K-8th grade public school children and over 25 years teaching private lessons to students ages 3-70. With a love of science, art history and multiculturalism, her artwork is often photorealistic, ethnic or modern artist based in theme.

Her original artworks include black and white and color photography, altered images and photo collages. She also paints in oil, acrylic watercolor and mixed media. Pamela’s 3-D artwork is mostly stained glass, ceramic or china mosaics. Most recently she has mastered oil painted pet portraiture on a commission basis. But the most unique and popular selling pieces she creates are “single continuous contour line portraits” in black ink.

Pictured: Image courtesy The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

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Cottonwood Center for the Arts

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

Cottonwood Center for the Arts presents Eight Create, a collaborative collection of eight local artists for its first exhibition of 2020 in the main galleries. Opening reception: Friday, January 3, 5-8 p.m.; show on display through January 25.


This installation brings together eight local artists that represent a broad spectrum of subject matters, compositions, disciplines, techniques and backgrounds. Ranging from abstract impressionism, to photo realism, mixed media, painting, drawing and beyond -- Eight Create is sure to keep you guessing and leave you inspired by a fresh view of the world through these artist’s eyes.


Cottonwood Center for the Arts is a nonprofit arts complex located in Downtown Colorado Springs. Run out of a refurbished office building, Cottonwood holds gallery spaces, artist studios, and classrooms. Our diverse programming includes monthly First Friday events, popular wheel-throwing pottery classes, and calls for entry that allows artists from throughout the region to display their pieces in juried shows.

Pictured: Artwork from Eight Create. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

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Kreuser Gallery

125 E. Boulder Street
| 5-8 p.m.

Kreuser Gallery presents Community and A Whisper and a Shout, two different collaborative shows featuring over a dozen local artists, with live music by Curtis Boucher, 5-9 p.m. Friday, January 3. Exhibits run through Jan. 30.


A collaborative exhibit featuring Adam Williams, Lois Sprague, Julie Kirkland, Abigail Kreuser, Brian Tryon, Muriah Allen and Chris Alvarez. Each artist will use their chosen medium to showcase their interpretation of our community.


An exhibition featuring artists Don Orr, Harriet Lee, Juel Grant, Jill M Spear, Sandy Friedman and Darla Slee. This show explores the viewer’s relationship with the artwork.

A “whisper” may beckon the viewer closer, creating a sense of intimacy between the viewer and the art. A “shout” may require the viewer to step back to take in the scope of the work. Some elements defining artwork as “whispers” or “shouts” are size, detail, composition, texture, color, value, theme and the perception of the viewer.

Artwork will be hung and pedestal displayed in alternating “whispers” & "shouts." Each participant is invited but not required to explore and exhibit examples of both “voices.”


Kreuser Gallery opened in the Depot Arts District in February of 2011 and relocated to its current space in January 2019. Its mission is to create and maintain a dynamic, independent forum providing a venue for established and up-and-coming local artists. Kreuser Gallery fulfills the need for personal growth, communication and a sense of community among artists and viewers.

Pictured: Work by Chris Alvarez. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.


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The Bridge Gallery

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

The Bridge Gallery presents Uncommon Clay, a show of non-functional sculptural work with eight regional artists participating: Deena Bennett, Rui Haagen, Marc Jenesel, Robert LeDonne, Liz McCombs, Karen Pierce, Lance Timco and Judith Marie. Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 3, 5-8 p.m.


The Bridge Gallery is located at  218 W. Colorado Avenue and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. Information: or 719-269-7055.

The Bridge Gallery is a contemporary fine art cooperative owned and operated by local artists. It was formed in 1994 by a group of 12 artists who met while members of another co-op that had closed. Still interested in working with each other, they found another location in an early 20th-century granary near the railroad tracks, in the original part of downtown Colorado Springs.

The Bridge Shop in the rear of the gallery contains artwork priced at $150 or less. Items include jewelry, cards, and other items perfect for gifts. All work is created by member artists.

Pictured: Work from Uncommon Clay. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.

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UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121)

121 S. Tejon St

Join GOCA 121 (Downtown location) for the opening reception of Great Expectations on Friday January 3, 2020. Opening reception 5-8 p.m., with artist talks from Sierra Montoya Barela, Erica Green, Jeff Page, and Sean Winters & Kevin Sweet starting at 6 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is requested here:


Great Expectations includes eleven artists living and working along the Front Range of Colorado: Bradley Benedetti (Colorado Springs), Erica Green (Boulder), Robert Martin (Boulder), Marsha Mack (Denver), Sierra Montoya Barela (Denver), Cymon Padilla (Colorado Springs), Jeff Page (Denver), Matte Refic (Pueblo), Deborah Schoen (Colorado Springs), and Sean Winters & Kevin Sweet (Boulder).

Great Expectations is the fourth biannual survey of emerging artists living and working along the Front Range of Colorado. Artists working in Colorado in 2019 are exploring and innovating their contemporary art practice. This group exhibition will feature new works in a wide variety of media, including drawing, ceramics, installation art, painting, fiber art, and new media. This exhibit will introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we are sure to expect great things.


GOCA 121 is UCCS' satellite gallery in Downtown Colorado Springs. The space opened in February 2010, and is the product of a 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  the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR). Open hours are First Fridays 5-8 pm and First Saturdays 1-6 pm or by appointment at 719-255-3504.

Pictured: Promotional graphic for Great Expectations. Image courtesy GOCA 121.


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UCCS Downtown

102 S. Tejon St 80903

The UCCS Philosophy Department presents Create 20/20 Vision, a collaborative First Friday discussion featuring appetizers and conversation with speakers Tamara Moore (RELEVEL, LLC) and Garrett Gatlin (Deep Water Collective) 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.


"Are you inner-resourced enough to achieve your vision?" Learn how to foresee and overcome obstacles that will challenge you. All attendees are invited to create a 2020 Vision Board collage using provided supplies!

Pictured: Tamara Moore and Garrett Gatlin. Image courtesy UCCS Downtown.

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Gallery 113

125 ½ N. Tejon St.

Gallery 113 is featuring all of our member artists for the month of January! On display is a mix of two- and three-dimensional pieces including paintings, photography, silk, wood, sculpture, and jewelry. Join us on Jan. 3, 5-8 p.m. to meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.


Gallery 113 hosts twenty-three local artists whose artwork 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. 

Founded in 2011, Gallery 113 is a prominent Colorado Springs art cooperative that shows the work of twenty-plus artists with a wide range of artistic styles.

If you can’t make it for First Friday, the gallery is open every day from 11 am to 5 pm.

Pictured: Happy Napper by Dana Lee Stoner. Image courtesy Gallery 113.

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Alvarez Gallery & Art School (AGAS)

218 W. Colorado

Visit the Alvarez Gallery and Art School and Jana L. Bussanich Artist Studios on First Friday throughout the year. On January 3, AGAS presents new work by local painter Suz Stovall in the Commons Gallery, with an opening reception 5-8 p.m.


Suz Stovall passionately explores color through vibrating color fields and thin, spontaneous line. Stovall's abstract works invite the viewer to look deeply and enjoy the visual feast of color.

Pictured: Fallingwaters by Suz Stovall. Image courtesy AGAS.

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Poor Richard’s

322 N. Tejon St.

Poor Richard's is proud to feature the work of five talented artists for First Friday in January, with live music by Amy Hindman 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Work by Pete Hokanson, Mary Piche, Joan Judge, Karen Anderson, and Jillian Lund will be on display throughout the building.


Poor Richard’s welcomes Amy Hindman to the Rico Stage. Amy is an award-Winning Singer/Songwriter who captures in song and verse her transformative life experiences. She invites us to be a part of her Soul’s intimate journey as she navigates her way through the challenges she faces in being human: where we are called to be greater versions of ourselves. Influenced by the social and political zeitgeist of the 1960’s folk traditions, she is an inspired storyteller. Arun Gandhi said of her song Gandhi and King: Becoming the Dream “a beautiful song, sensitively and melodiously sung. May it touch millions of hearts around the world.”


Your hosts Richard Skorman and Patricia Seator welcome you to Poor Richard’s, where Downtown Colorado Springs residents, employees and visitors have been making themselves at home for more than 40 years. From simple beginnings as a restaurant and bookstore, Poor Richard’s has evolved to become a downtown Colorado Springs landmark—a warm and friendly family of businesses under one roof that’s the only one of its kind in the country.

Pictured: Amy Hindman. Image courtesy Poor Richard’s.


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Eclectic CO

214 1/2 N. Tejon St.

Stop into Eclectic CO anytime 4-8 p.m. on First Friday in January to add a twinkle to your tresses with woven silk strands from LUCKY LOCKS.


Eclectic CO began as part of the Downtown Partnership's Holiday Pop-Up Program in 2018. The boutique style-makers’ market specializes in local art, handcrafted goods, and vintage products. Studio artists and photographers are featured in our lineup of 46 different local makers and vendors.

Pictured: Lucky Locks promotional graphic. Image courtesy Eclectic Co.

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The Next Us

525 N. Cascade Ave.
| Open 24 hours

Start your First Friday at The Next Us where you will find FREE PARKING just a few short blocks from the city's center. During normal business hours, The Next Us acts as a co-working space but on First Fridays, the doors are open and the public is welcome to share in creative experiences, live music, and refreshments.

On First Friday, Jan. 3, The Next Us will present a New Year's Ball featuring live music, a fire pit and axe throwing in the front courtyard from 5-8 p.m. Inside, tour local art displays in the hallways, attend an open mic with Poetry 719 and Hear Here Poetry from 6-9 p.m. in the library, or join staff in the Venue for $10 for food, drinks and dancing with DJ Calawei. We will be decorating paper lanterns to send off at midnight. Kids welcome until 8 p.m.!

Pictured: Image by The Next Us.





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Citizen Art Gallery at Historic Colorado Springs City Hall

107 N. Nevada Ave.

The Citizen Art Gallery at City Hall is proud to present the mixed media work of Kate Hudgens on First Friday, Jan. 3 from 5-8 p.m..


This set of new mixed media pieces by Kate Hudgens incorporate various forms of paper to create colorful, textural movement.

Pictured: Work by Kate Hudgens. Image courtesy the artist.

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Cacao Chemistry

109 N. Tejon St.

Cacao Chemistry invites you to enjoy the work of featured artist Lorraine Danzo on First Friday, Jan. 3 with live painting demos by Lorraine and Laurel Bahe 5-8 p.m. The show will highlight her colorful zany animal portraits and include abstracts and landscapes.


Cacao Chemistry turns fine French chocolate into exquisite confectionery products in this locally-owned business.

Pictured: Work by Lorraine Danzo. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Crafted Colorado Handmade Market

327 N. Tejon St.
| 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Stop in to Colorado Crafted Handmade Market from 4-8 p.m. on First Friday to browse local handmade goods from dozens of artisans. Stick around and pay a small materials fee to participate in a facilitated workshop to make your own hand-painted sign to adorn your home.


Crafted Colorado Handmade Market launched as part of the Downtown Partnership's Holiday Pop-Up Shop Program in December 2017. Since that time, the business has grown to over forty local makers offering unique items. A perfect venue to find one-of-a-kind gifts.

Pictured: Hand-painted signs. Image courtesy Colorado Crafted.

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Anita Marie Fine Art

109 S. Corona St.

Anita Marie Fine Art presents A Natural World, a collection of small works by local artists, for First Friday in January. The show features these accomplished painters together for the first time in one show: master artists-in-residence Chuck Mardosz and Richard Dahlquist, with guest artists Chris Alvarez, Dean Mabe, Karen Storm, Joanne Lavender and Sparky Lebold. Exhibit runs through Jan. 20.

Anita Marie Fine Art is open 5-9 p.m. on First Fridays year-round. Find the gallery across the street from Cottonwood Center for the Arts in the former Mardosz Fine Art building. Gallery open house hours:Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2p-7p, Saturdays 12p-2p.


Traditional fine art is always a mark of good taste and enduring elegance. Our gallery displays fine art as you may see in a contemporary, minimalist decorating scheme that allows the painting to flourish in your space.

Sunny landscapes, colorful cities, snowy forests, laughing children, and Western scenes capture the imagination and stimulate a yearning to be in this spot.

Every person is touched by some element of fine art in a way unlike any other type of art. We want you to fall in love with a painting and bring it into your home or office as a source of uplifting beauty and inspiration to enjoy every day.

We also have a studio workshop offering classes throughout the week, including small group classes with Master Artists offering advice to develop your personal style. See our schedule of classes.

Pictured: Interior of Anita Marie Fine Art. Image courtesy the proprietor.

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