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 TOUR

Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene and hear from exhibiting artists on the Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown Tours.

On Foot

The free one-hour First Friday Walking Tour will visit a selection of galleries on the up-and-coming East Edge of Downtown. November’s First Friday Walking Tour will be led by Chris Cipoletti, leaving from the Pikes Peak Market (315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.). The tour will begin at 6 p.m. and then will continue to a selection of First Friday venues.

By Bike

The 90-minute First Friday Bike Tour will be led by Claire Swinford of Downtown Partnership and Jolie NeSmith of PikeRide. Tour begins at 6 p.m. at the PikeRide bike share station just south of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.; just look for all the purple bikes) and then will continue to a selection of venues throughout Downtown. Please arrive early to check out your very own PikeRide bike for the tour (no cost, it’s on us).

Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.

TAKE THE FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE

Less driving; more art! Now through December, 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. New in 2018, the shuttle now includes Art Walk destinations in the State-Certified Creative Districts of Downtown and Manitou Springs, as well as Old Colorado City.

Please follow this link to see a list of First Friday events by corresponding shuttle bus stop.

HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH

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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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Pikes Peak Market

315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
| 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pikes Peak Market invites you to enjoy the art of food and local craftspeople on First Friday, October 5, with a special salon-style curation by S.V Yu, local poet and owner of Wilder Bag Co. featuring four artists, three photographers and one printmaker; all local to Colorado Springs.

Visit our local food vendors to learn about the passion and drive that they have to make the art of food - locally sourced, locally crafted, healthy options - meaningful.  Pikes Peak Market vendors including BonBon Bombardier, COS 'bucha and Azteca Gourmet will offer their creative wares. Coffee and adult beverages available for purchase.

Pictured: Promotional image provided by Pikes Peak Market.

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Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery

122 E. Kiowa St.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory presents Jazz Nite at the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery on Friday, October 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., as part of First Friday Downtown. New in the gallery this month are resident artist Betz's signature winter felted designer hats.

The concert will feature a performance by the Wayne Wilkinson Trio with Wayne on guitar, Andy Burtschi on bass, and Lewis Keller (drums), along with conservatory mentor Tom Fowler (saxophone) and Conservatory students who will sit in with the pros.

$15 tickets include the concert, wine, and small bites and can be purchased here.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Jazz Nites are graciously underwritten by CorderaLawrence Dryhurst Gallery, and the Springs' new jazz radio station Jazz 93.5FM.

ABOUT LAWRENCE DRYHURST GALLERY

The Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery is an upscale gallery of contemporary art located in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs. Artist-in-residence Betz Smisek describes her discipline as "relational art," painting in glass, oil and acrylic, but the gallery also featured handmade items such as greeting cards, jewelry and hats.

Pictured: Jazz Nite. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory.

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Poor Richard’s

322 N. Tejon St.

First Friday at Poor Richard's in September features four different artists' work hanging on the walls of Rico's and Poor Richard's, with live music by The Storys from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Featured artists for October are Teri Homick, Mary Piche, Joan Judge and Karen Anderson.

ABOUT POOR RICHARD'S

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: Work by Teri Homick. Image courtesy Poor Richard’s.

 

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Colorado Photography School

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

Gallery exhibit features student works in photography, including images from the 2017 solar eclipse.

ABOUT COLORADO PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL

Dedicated to helping you understand your camera and take better pictures through photography classes and workshops. Visit ColoradoPhotoSchool.com for more info or call (719) 502-9045

Pictured: Colorado Photography School logo. Image courtesy the proprietor.

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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) presents work by Lisa Fabiano through November 2018 with a special First Friday Art Party from 5 – 7:30 p.m on Friday, October 5. Details here.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

“In my creative process, I focus on ways of accessing and using intuition to draw out the contents of my subconscious, which continuously generates new material for my abstract/non-objective work. Oil paint is my medium of choice, due to it’s pliable, supple, and workable qualities.

"For me, intuition and the subconscious are not to be taken for granted as part of the creative process, but are worthy of special attention because they help me understand human capabilities.  With paint, color, and movement, I can tap into energy experiences, memories, and the non-verbal flow of life.

"In addition to the paintings here in the Deco Lounge, my other work can be viewed and purchased at the FAC Museum Shop, at G44 Gallery, and at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.” www.fabianoart.com

ABOUT THE FINE ARTS CENTER

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College grew out of and expanded on the mission of the esteemed Broadmoor Art Academy, established in 1919, to become one of the only multi-discipline arts institutions in the nation. Today it remains a rarity — a museum, theatre and art school, essentially an entire arts district, under one roof.

Pictured: Work by Lisa Fabiano. Image courtesy The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

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