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. January’s First Friday Walking Tour will be led by Ted Skroback, leaving from the Citizen Art Gallery at Historic City Hall (107 N. Nevada Ave.). The tour will begin at 6 p.m. 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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The Colorado Refuge
220 N. Tejon St
New to the Downtown scene, The Colorado Refuge features demos by its independent artisans every First Friday. From hand-tooled leatherwork and handmade precious stone jewelry to one of a kind welded metal designs, The Colorado Refuge offers something for everyone.
The Colorado Refuge will push the boundaries of your definition of art and afford you the opportunity to walk away with the perfect treasure for a loved one this holiday season.
Pictured: Interior of the Colorado Refuge. Image courtesy the proprietor.
Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
121 S. Tejon St., Suite 111
The Cultural Office is pleased to present a solo show of artwork by Claire Swinford, on exhibit in the Cultural Office & Arts Info Space this winter. Open every First Friday from 5-7 p.m. or by appointment. Show runs through March 2019.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
These works by Swinford are united by their exploration of the concept of “liminality,” defined as a transitional period when an idea or identity is in flux. Depicting human figures draped in blankets exploring a wide, wild natural environment, the works are dreamlike, playful and powerful, evoking moments half-forgotten or yet-to-be.
ABOUT THE CULTURAL OFFICE
The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “Connecting residents and visitors with arts & culture to enrich the Pikes Peak region.” Governed by an engaged Board of Directors, and with the leadership and passion of a small but dedicated staff, the Cultural Office is all about elevating the visibility, value and impact of the creative sector.
Pictured: Promotional image for Liminality. Image courtesy the Cultural Office.
Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery
122 E. Kiowa St.
Enjoy the musical sounds of the Wayne Wilkinson Trio along with a special holiday exhibit by resident artist Betz Smisek on First Friday.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
It is said that if one creates 1000 cranes, the creator's wish will come true. Artist Betz Smisek has created and hung 1000 handmade origami cranes throughout the gallery with a wish for peace in everyone’s heart for the coming year.
The Colorado Springs Conservatory presents Jazz Nite at the Conservatory from 7-9 p.m. on First Friday at the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.
Jazz Nite features Wayne Wilkinson's trio with Wayne (guitar), Andy Burtschi (bass) and Todd Williams (drums), Ian Ferguson (piano), along with conservatory mentor Tom Fowler (saxophone). We'll also welcome some of our students sitting in with the pros.
$15 ticket includes wine and small bites. Purchase tickets here.
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: Handmade origami cranes. Image courtesy The Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery.
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 at Pikes Peak Market on First Friday.
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 Bon Bon Bombardier, COS 'bucha, Wilder Bag Co, Azteca Gourmet will offer their creative wares. Coffee and adult beverages available for purchase.
Pictured: Promotional image provided by Pikes Peak Market.
322 N. Tejon St.
First Friday at Poor Richard's in December 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 November 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.
UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121)
121 S. Tejon St
For December’s First Friday, join GOCA Downtown for the exhibition opening of Gadzook!
Light refreshments including craft beer courtesy of Brewer’s Republic and Bristol Brewing Co. will be served.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The centuries-old practice of letterpress printing has been invigorated — and in many cases reinvented — by contemporary artists. Breaking boundaries in this medium simultaneously connects to its roots, on a continuum with an incredibly rich history of innovation that began with the advent of moveable type in the west. Whether reimagining the printed broadside through the lens of western identity and magical realism or conducting a formal investigation of the visual vocabulary and aesthetics of the type itself, the regional, national and international artists featured in this exhibition explore a range of concepts grounded in contemporary letterpress printing practice.
The exhibition will include a collaboration with The Press at Colorado College, a film screening of “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film” directed by Erin Beckloff, artist talks and workshops.
Curated by Michelle Winchell.
ABOUT GOCA 121
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). Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 1-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Pictured: Promotional image courtesy GOCA.
Wild Goose Meeting House
401 N. Tejon St.
Live music from local reggae band Mo Mungus beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.
Local Relic at the Carter Payne
320 S. Weber St.
| 4-9 p.m.
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: Local Relic beer label featuring Project Angel Heart. Image courtesy Project Angel Heart.