FIRST FRIDAY DOWNTOWN
Culture in the Core of the City: Gallery Receptions. Art Openings. Performances. Food & Drink. First Friday of every month, from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.
JOIN THE HAUTE CHOCOLATE HOP On February’s First Friday Downtown, treat yourself to a progressive gourmet chocolate tasting at 14 Downtown businesses and galleries. Sweet treats pair perfectly with over two dozen free arts and culture offerings for an indulgent night out. Tickets only $10 -- reserve yours now!
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. In February, the tour will be led by Jack Malloch and Eric Fetsch of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. The tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St.) and then continue to a selection of First Friday venues. Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.
ARTS HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH Click images to view details. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download a map!
Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)
Live music from local reggae band Mo Mungus beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.
Poor Richard’s (322 N. Tejon St.)
The work of six local artists will be represented throughout the Poor Richard’s complex for Spring 2017:
Missye Bonds’ Strawberry Fields Suite, 30 beautiful chalk pastel landscapes, will be unveiled in Rico's Café & Wine Bar on Jan. 8, with a reception from 2-5 p.m. The works will be displayed alongside landscape photographs by John Fielder, on view Jan. 4 through the first week in April. 100 percent of the proceeds go to support Save Cheyenne in their legal action to preserve and protect Strawberry Fields, which has been a city park since 1885 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the front north wall of Poor Richard's Restaurant, find rotating images from local photographer Peter Zurla Jan. 4 through the first week in April. On the southern walls of the restaurants, find work from watercolorists Joan Judge & Mary Piche. Finally, in the back of the restaurant, find colorful polymer clay mosaics from Tracey Eastland.
Pictured: Work by John Fielder. Image courtesy Poor Richard’s.
Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery (122 E. Kiowa St.)
Featuring the work of local artist Betz Smisek, with fine wine served for all visitors 21-plus.
Pictured: Serene by Betz Smisek. Image courtesy the artist.
FIRST FRIDAY RESOURCES
All downtown street parking is free after 6pm, and many downtown parking garages offer parking for just $1 in the evening, and all day on weekends.