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.

FREE FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE

Connecting Downtown, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs — hop on and hop off the Free First Friday shuttle, hosted by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Details.

HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH

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The Modbo Gallery

17C E. Bijou St.
| 5 p.m. - midnight

The Modbo presents June's First Friday: “Catalytic” by Jeremy Grant and “Arrival” by Jeffrey de Mers

The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, June 7th. The show runs through Friday, June 28th.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: JEREMY GRANT

Grant received a B.S. in Design and Illustration from John Brown University in 2007 and currently lives in Denver, CO. He has exhibited his collage and assemblage work in individual and group shows regularly since 2008. His dense, maximalist paper collages create emotional and associative landscapes, using deconstructed and re-contextualized elements to bridge chaos and familiarity.

Grant's collages are dense and richly layered emotional and associative landscapes meant to bridge chaos and familiarity by using collage elements based on their associative attributes – relying on texture, color, and form rather than object. Compositionally, his work creates visual rhythms and movements meant to mirror mental contemplation and evoke a particular pathos or state of mind. Thematically, Grant engages with the human emotional experience; simultaneously dealing in juxtapositions of comfort and chaos, scarcity and abundance, decay and new life.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: JEFFREY DE MERS

A Colorado Springs native, De Mers was enamored in childhood by works of local artists like C.H. Rockey and Starr Kempf; their pieces stoked the flames of his imagination. Later in life, influences of surrealist artists like Max Ernst and Joan Miro crept in, giving rise to the works in his current exhibit at the Modbo. Some pieces are more deterministic in their presentation, while others are decidedly not, encouraging the viewer to come into a greater correspondence with the piece.

It has been over a decade since de Mers has had a show in Colorado Springs, having lived for nearly a decade in the San Luis Valley. This show is a collection of pieces from the last seven years or so. After a divorce, the sale of a house, and some up close and personal experiences with death, these pieces reflect a sense of rebirth and finding rainbows in the shadows of life.

ABOUT THE MODBO

The Modbo is located in Arts Alley in Downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou. Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only  $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Pictured: Catalytic #18 by Jeremy Grant. Image courtesy the Modbo.

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Cottonwood Center for the Arts

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

Cottonwood Center for the Arts is thrilled to present a juried show for the month of June, composed in the theme of accommodating consolidated space, efficient design, and a minimized lifestyle without sacrificing beauty. We bring you: Tiny Art.

Opening reception Friday, June 7 3, 5-8 p.m. Tiny Art will be on display through July 1.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Artists from across the region working in a variety of mediums, with a maximum size of artwork not to exceed 8 inches in width, height, or depth. These artists enjoy the challenge of creating within the restrictions of a small scale. Working in the realm of tiny has a sense of intimacy and required focus, when you have a limited space to create, you do so more carefully and deliberately. There is importance and value in the concept of minimalism. This philosophy strives to create an efficient space in which to exist, all without losing appealing design, color, or style.

ABOUT COTTONWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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: Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

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Jana L. Bussanich Artist Studio

218 W. Colorado

The Alvarez Gallery and Art School, Laurel Justice Gallery and Jana L. Bussanich Artist Studios are pleased to present featured artists Rebecca Berg, Chris Alvarez and Front Range Body Artists on First Friday in June.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

PARKS & REC is an abstract photography show that symbolize the amalgamation between childhood and parenthood. A small child will find delight in the tiniest detail at a playground, playing with the seat of a swing, climbing backwards up a slide or hiding in the top of a play structure. The parent uses the park to get a breather for a time so they can make it to bedtime without succumbing to exhaustion. Both child and parent are breaking down the whole into small parts. Each exists (and thrives) in the bigger picture because of an appreciation for the smaller parts.

BODY OF WORK
A live body paint exhibition by Front Range Body Artists will accompany a body of figure drawings and paintings by Chris Alvarez.

Pictured: Promotional image courtesy Under the Bridge Collective.

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Laurel Justice Artist Studio

218 W. Colorado

The Alvarez Gallery and Art School, Laurel Justice Gallery and Jana L. Bussanich Artist Studios are pleased to present featured artists Rebecca Berg, Chris Alvarez and Front Range Body Artists on First Friday in June.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

PARKS & REC is an abstract photography show that symbolize the amalgamation between childhood and parenthood. A small child will find delight in the tiniest detail at a playground, playing with the seat of a swing, climbing backwards up a slide or hiding in the top of a play structure. The parent uses the park to get a breather for a time so they can make it to bedtime without succumbing to exhaustion. Both child and parent are breaking down the whole into small parts. Each exists (and thrives) in the bigger picture because of an appreciation for the smaller parts.

BODY OF WORK
A live body paint exhibition by Front Range Body Artists will accompany a body of figure drawings and paintings by Chris Alvarez.

Pictured: Promotional image courtesy Under the Bridge Collective.

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Alvarez Gallery & Art School (AGAS)

218 W. Colorado

The Alvarez Gallery and Art School, Laurel Justice Gallery and Jana L. Bussanich Artist Studios are pleased to present featured artists Rebecca Berg, Chris Alvarez and Front Range Body Artists on First Friday in June.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

PARKS & REC is an abstract photography show that symbolize the amalgamation between childhood and parenthood. A small child will find delight in the tiniest detail at a playground, playing with the seat of a swing, climbing backwards up a slide or hiding in the top of a play structure. The parent uses the park to get a breather for a time so they can make it to bedtime without succumbing to exhaustion. Both child and parent are breaking down the whole into small parts. Each exists (and thrives) in the bigger picture because of an appreciation for the smaller parts.

BODY OF WORK
A live body paint exhibition by Front Range Body Artists will accompany a body of figure drawings and paintings by Chris Alvarez.

Pictured: Promotional image courtesy Under the Bridge Collective.

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Eclectic CO

214 1/2 N. Tejon St.

Stop into Eclectic CO from 5-8 pm on First Friday in June to add a twinkle to your tresses with woven silk strands from LUCKY LOCKS. Evergood Elixers will also be in attendance educating First Friday participants about the specialized craft of lemon wine fermentation.

ABOUT ECLECTIC CO.

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, hand crafted goods, and vintage products. Studio artists and photographers are featured in our lineup of 46 different local makers and vendors.

Pictured: Promotional image courtesy Eclectic Co.

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Kreuser Gallery

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

Kreuser Gallery is proud to present My Favorite Things by Wendy Mike and Scratching the Surface by Tish Lacy Reed, two beautiful exhibits in its new location at 125 E. Boulder St. Opening reception: First Friday, June 7, 5–9 pm with live music by Ben Hall & Matthew Bondi and a dance performance by Angela Laborde at 7 pm.

ARTIST STATEMENT: WENDY MIKE

The last fifteen months absent of shows afforded the opportunity to create a new body of work. The experience of many failures, messes, and near-misses, coupled with doubt, frustration and fear gave way to a kind of surrender and then to curiosity. One day, something I had made in a singing workshop caught my eye. Casually stowed on our back porch was a Gullah pounding stick. Created for the purpose of striking rhythms while singing in the Gullah traditional of the African-Americans from the Sea Islands off the coast of the US south, the simple wooden staff was decorated with fabric, leather, paper, ribbon, yarn, wire, and festooned with silk flowers. It was created in total freedom and innocence, absent the requirement for meaning and message that concerned past work made for public consumption. That stick revealed what I make when no one is looking. Thus the exploration of my favorite things ensued: "what do I make when it doesn’t really matter? What floats my boat, feeds my soul and thrills me? How do I 'waste time?/ What are my “guilty pleasures?” What if my work doesn’t mean anything?"

Looking for my favorite things led me to well-known thrift stores I had mined in the past for unique fashion, this time in search of suitable fabrics for sculptural creations. Architectural salvage, friend’s garages, and a keen wandering eye yielded “found objects:” rusty used metal, glass electric insulators, old kitchen tools. A fellow artist whose surfaces I admire showed me how to dye and stamp archival tissue paper. A love of copper and brass wire resulted in “stitching,” spirals and curly-cues, anchored with various metal brads. All of this came on-line, permissible inside of newfound freedom.

ARTIST STATEMENT: TISH LACY REED

The first observation of this body of work inherently explains the title of my show as it relates to the literal translation of the surface and how the texture is graphically apparent.  However, I encourage you to look beyond this literal concept to a more empirical feeling.  I hope it evokes a deeper observation and experience for each individual.

There is a definite “Urban” feel to this work. And part of my goal is to embrace the movement in society that encompasses the more sustainable neighborhood which is an  Urban design model.  This 21st-century Urban reform theory moves away from the typical suburban development towards a more continental city lifestyle. Not unlike communal living but within a culturally diverse concept to include reducing a negative environmental impact.  This will improve infrastructures and provide resources in a more efficient way for future population growth.

My goal is for the viewer to take a more critical view of social and cultural issues. These works also evoke a graffiti feel that was once considered a rebellious, defiant and controversial art movement. By bringing graffiti into a museum or gallery venue it feeds into this new “Urban” feel and is now considered Fine Art.  We might also consider the concept of “Life above the streets” and a growing issue of homelessness and finding a resolution to this ever growing problem.

Oil/Cold Wax medium offers me the ability to incorporate and evoke the emotions on a social level while still delivering fine art. The saying that “Good artwork does not match your couch” is one of my favorite sayings as I feel artwork that you bring into your environment should match “You” not necessarily your design esthetic.  Hopefully, this show will help to fulfill that desire while still making you think a bit deeper into these issues that will need resolution hopefully sooner than later.

ABOUT KREUSER GALLERY

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 Wendy Mike. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.

 

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Art 111

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

Art 111 is excited to feature artist Molly McClure on First Friday, June 7th from 6-9:30 pm. Live music and refreshments provided.

ABOUT ART 111

Mission Statement: To collaboratively support a local communal space as a collective platform to launch business endeavors including markets, fundraisers, and more.

Pictured: Image courtesy Art 111.

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Cacao Chemistry

109 N. Tejon St.

Cacao Chemistry is proud to present the work of photographer Milo Graf on First Friday in June.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Says Graf, "I grew up in New York and now call Colorado Springs home. I am an architectural, landscape, and street photographer that enjoys the challenges, and timing that goes into capturing the moments that best suit the subject at hand. I enjoy visiting new buildings and sites as I believe every space has a story to tell. My hope, when people look at my photography, is that they have a relatable moment that draws them into the image through familiarity with the settings, and the emotions that they are looking at something they have recently visited."

CHOCOLATE TASTING

Beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening, experience a guided flight of delicious handcrafted chocolates with master chocolatiers Travis Ashing and Sam Lang. Free to First Friday participants!

ABOUT CACAO CHEMISTRY

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

Pictured: Work by Milo Graf. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Berkshire Hathaway

216 N. Tejon St.

Berkshire Hathaway is pleased to present the work of local artist Deb Prewitt on First Friday for the months of May through August. Light refreshments will be served.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Deb Prewitt, owner of Blue Twig Studio, is a certified Zentangle® teacher and a mixed media artist. She has been making art and creating all of her life, finding most of her inspiration from Mother Nature (living in Colorado makes it easy to find that inspiration on a daily basis). She has developed numerous classes around the Zentangle practice and has also incorporated it into other aspects of her art. Deb believes in curiosity, creativity, and playfulness. She knows that bringing art and creativity into our everyday lives will make us happier and healthier.

Pictured: work by Deb Prewitt

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Edith Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College

825 N Cascade Ave

The Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College is pleased to present, On the Fringe: (Un)Common (En)Counterpoint, a multi-disciplinary event where video installation, movement, and sound manipulation come together to form an uncommon encounter of live exploration of counterpoint elements in performance.

June's First Friday performance features Jessica Segall, video installation artist; Iddo Aharony, composer; Pallavi Sriram, dancer-maker; Lewis Keller, sound engineer; and the festival fellows.

This event begins at 6:30 pm and is free/open to the public.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Colorado College Summer Music Festival is an intensive three-week program for advanced student musicians who work with world-class faculty to further develop their musical talents. The 2019 seasons runs from June 2-22.

The Festival has brought the very best in chamber and orchestral music to the wider Colorado Springs community since 1984. With 29+ concerts in a 3-week period, from classical to contemporary, children's concerts and free lunchtime concerts, the festival offers something for everyone.

Pictured: Image courtesy The Colorado College Summer Music Festival

 

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Local Relic at the Carter Payne

320 S. Weber St.
| 4-9 p.m.

Local Relic at the Carter Payne is proud to honor the Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC) with a gallery show featuring the work of photographer, visual artist,  and PPAC board member, Brian Tryon. Fellow PPAC member Chis O'Shea will be on hand spinning vinyl from his Needle Drop Club with a selection of famous hits from the Motown Collection (5:30 - 8:30 pm).

The Needle Drop Club has regular listening parties at The Cellar at Carter Payne/Local Relic Brewing located on the lower level that are free and open to the public. Ask for details.

BEER TASTING

Explore the 'consumable art' of craft beer at Local Relic from 4-10 p.m. every First Friday. The tasting room in the historic Carter-Payne Chapel offers a convivial atmosphere for great music, a rotating cast of pop-up restaurants, and intentionally esoteric beers that knock your socks off every time.

ABOUT LOCAL RELIC AT THE CARTER PAYNE

Built in 1897, the Carter-Payne Chapel was originally an African Methodist Episcopal church. Always intended to be a community gathering place, today it is a multi-concept space shared by Local Relic, a brewery producing 200 unique beers per year; Sao Paulo Springs, by Chef Jady Agard, serving authentic Brazilian street food; and Immerse Cuisine, by Chef Brent Beavers, serving innovative Colorado cuisine.

Pictured: Pikes Peak Arts Council 50th anniversary promotional graphic

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The Next Us

525 N. Cascade Ave.
| Open 24 hours

For First Friday, June 7, The Next Us is thrilled to host an open mic night, lip-sync contest and karaoke. Local art will be on display and art supplies will be provided for participants to create and celebrate! Food & drinks sponsored by UpaDowna. Drop in anytime 5-8 p.m.

Pictured: Promotional image for First Friday at The Next Us.

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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 Angie Schwickerath will be the next featured Deco Lounge gallery artist.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Midwestern, girl-next-door/rebel-poet, painter Angie Schwickerath was born in 1962, and as a girl, lived in a small town in Iowa, where she felt her feet on the ground with her head in the clouds. Summertime, she saw a lot of America through the car window, traveling with her parents and siblings. Her family came to Colorado to live when she was 13. She studied painting and drawing at Colorado College in the early 90s. She has worked as a baker and pastry chef, raised two sons, was married and divorced. All the while, she has been drawing, painting, learning, practicing, picking up new skills from other artists, and traveling. She has a dog and a vintage Airstream trailer. Her artwork has been exhibited in Brooklyn, Denver, Manitou Springs, and Colorado Springs, where she has lived for the past 35 years. Her paintings can be found in private collections across the country.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Says Schwickerath, "we find comfort in the familiar, and surprise and delight in the new, and herein lies the fascination with landscape. It is both momentary and eternal. The sky, the ocean, the mountains… We recognize them, but they are never the same because it is a place in time as well as in physical space. Whether I’m at home in Colorado or I’m traveling, each place has something to tell. ‘Don’t I know you? I’ve missed you. Let me show you this!’ With these paintings, let me show you some of my places. Included in this gallery show are a few of my watercolor studies of the beautiful artworks in the FAC by other artists. While not technically landscapes, looking at them is like time-traveling in someone else’s shoes."

ABOUT THE FINE ARTS CENTER

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College grew out of and expanded on the mission of the esteemed Broadmoor Art Academy and has 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 Angie Schwickerath. Image courtesy The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

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Boulder Street Gallery

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

Boulder Street Gallery presents new works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by the Boulder Street Gallery artists. First Friday opening reception is June 7, 5-8 p.m. Featured artists are Myra Patin, Michael Malta and guest artist Joni Ware.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Myra Patin a signature watercolorist, exhibits regularly in local and regional galleries and juried shows in both traditional and batik watercolor, oils, colored pencils, pastels, photography, and stained glass. A resident of Colorado Springs for over 25 years, she still brings a touch of her Louisiana Cajun heritage to her work.

Michael Malta believes that creating artwork is a forever evolving journey. Continuing his family's art tradition, and inspired by the great artists of the past, Michael produces beautifully detailed still lifes, landscapes, and portraits in both paintings and drawings that have been sold and are hanging in many parts of the world.

Joni Ware loves painting realism - landscapes, animals, and people, while Colorado's ever-changing beauty always calls to her.

ABOUT BOULDER STREET GALLERY

Boulder Street Gallery is located downtown at 206 N Tejon Street, between Terra Verde and The Skirted Heifer, and across from Uncle Wilbur's Fountain.  We suggest that First Friday participants park in the City Parking Garage on Cascade near Bijou. $1 after 3 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Pictured: Apple Blossom Time by Myra Patin. Photo courtesy of Boulder Street Gallery.

 

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UCCS Downtown

102 S. Tejon St 80903

Join the UCCS Philosophy Department for a First Friday discussion on June 7.

Event takes place 5:30 - 7 p.m. at UCCS Downtown. Light refreshments will be served.

 

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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 feature artist Adam Williams on First Friday in June from 5-8 p.m.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Adam Williams' photographic series, Reverence: Portraits of Natures Mortes, highlights his creative and spiritual practice of noticing and paying homage to the often-overlooked details of nature.

Pictured: Feathers by Adam Williams. Image courtesy Colorado Springs City Hall.

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The Machine Shop

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

The Machine Shop is excited to present Prêt-à-Porter | Collection: Colorblocking, the After-Show on First Friday, June 7th from 6-9pm.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Having recently concluded the 2019 Prêt-à-Porter Where Finish Meets Fashion Show presented by IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter on May 17th, the runway pieces will be on display at the Machine Shop for First Friday in June.

Colorado-based design teams, paired with an industry manufacturer, have created handmade garments utilizing the sponsor manufacturers available materials to align with one of the Colorblocking Collections; Collection 1: Soft | Muted | Neutral, or Collection 2: Bold | Bright. Prêt-a-porter has become Colorado’s main stage event for the culmination of architecture, design, and inspiring haute couture.

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ABOUT THE MACHINE SHOP

The Machine Shop is a collaborative 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.

Pictured: Promotional image courtesy the Machine Shop.

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