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.
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 March, the tour will be led by curator and photographer Robin Schneider (ArtByBAMF). The tour will begin at 6 p.m. at The Gallery Below (716B N. Weber 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!
Colorado Photography School (14 E. Bijou St.)
Gallery exhibit features student works in photography.
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 and appetizers served for all visitors 21-plus.
Pictured: Serene by Betz Smisek. Image courtesy the artist.
BarK (124 E. Costilla St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, BarK is proud to present local artist Megan Larmie now through April 28.
Pictured: Weight of the World by Megan Larmie. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.)
On March 3, the FAC is partnering with GOCA to present a progressive First Friday experience presented in conjunction with the Force/Resistance exhibition at FAC and the Black Power Tarot exhibition at GOCA 121. From 5:30-6p enjoy a Spoken Word Performance by Idris Goodwin, Nico Wilkinson, and Friends at the FAC. Then head to GOCA 121 for musical performances with DJ Gravity, Idris Goodwin and friends taking place in the gallery from 6:30-9p.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s First Friday Art Party continues a new year of gallery shows in March with the photography of Bill Starr, on view and available for sale through Apr. 2, 2017 – with a special First Friday Art Party on Mar. 3 (5-7:30p).
Pictured: Failing to Levitate in the Studio by Bill Starr. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121) (121 S. Tejon St.)
The Black Power Tarot celebrates 26 prominent African Americans by using their likeness to create a tarot deck, created in collaboration with musician/artist/writer/producer King Khan, spiritual guru Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Game of Thrones artist Michael Eaton. Khan created the cards while scoring music for the documentary film, “The Invaders” (a screening is part of the exhibition).
Pictured: L’Imperatrice by King Khan. Image courtesy Gallery of Contemporary Art.
The Perk Downtown (14 S. Tejon St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, the Perk Downtown is proud to present local artist Katherine Harris now through April 28.
Pictured: Work by Katherine Harris. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
S.P.Q.R. Art Space (17B E. Bijou St.)
Presenting works by local painter Brett Andrus, with live painting demos from S.P.Q.R. students.
Pictured: Work by Brett Andrus. Image courtesy the artist.
Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St.)
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by the 27 Boulder Street Gallery Artists.Featured artists for March are Sam Newcomb, Roberta Westrick, and Marsha Markwalder, along with guest artist Bonny Van De Kamp. The gallery-wide theme for new works displayed in February is "Really Red" -- check out how the artists have met this challenge. Boulder Street Gallery is located downtown between Terra Verde and the Skirted Heifer and across from the Uncle Wilber Fountain. More info atwww.boulderstreetgallery.com, or call 719 636-9358.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sam Newcomb's diverse subject matter is primarily inspired by nature and wildlife. In depicting the rich colors and textures of her subjects, her preferred media is a combination of watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil.
Roberta Westrick's paintings follow the Santo art tradition of the Southwest. Besides work in private, college, and university collections, she also has major work incorporated into churches here in Colorado Springs, and elsewhere regionally.
From her earlier painting experience with oils, Marsha Markwalder has become an avid and skilled proponent of watercolor, as very evident in the quality and energy of her current works.
Don’t miss a chance to meet and chat with BSG Artists on any Saturday through Mar. 25.
Pictured: Carousel by Marsha Markwalder. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
The Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
The Bridge Gallery presents “Just Art,” works in various media by Betty Atherton, Deena Bennett, Michael Cellan, Laura McCracken and Susan Risinger. It emphasizes the individuality of the Bridge Gallery artists, reflecting the personal ideas, investigations and inspirations that propel its members to create art. The exhibit opens 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 3, and runs through Saturday, March 25.. The gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the bridge), is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. Information:www.thebridgeartgallery.com or 719-269-7055.
Pictured: Work by Deena Bennett. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.
Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon St.)
Presenting “Another Perspective: Paintings by Dottie Lirette.” The artist will be on-hand to discuss her work from 5-8 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
While my art is representational, my compositions reflect a unique perspective that encourages the viewer to see ordinary things in a different way. My travels provide subject matter that varies from nostalgic vintage vehicles to sweeping landscapes or close up views that become abstract designs of color, line and shape.
Pictured: Work by Dottie Lirette. Image courtesy the artist.
Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon St.)
Only for March’s First Friday, attend a beginner swing or salsa dance class with Love Springs Studios. No partner needed -- come solo or as a couple. Instructor Rachael Fromkin will conduct 45 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of DJed practice music. Come for Swing at 6 p.m., Salsa at 7 p.m., or stay for both. Classes are $5 in advance or $7 at the door; cash or card accepted.
Pictured: Dance class with Love Springs Studios. Image courtesy Rachael Fromkin.
Blank Canvas Café (103 S. Wahsatch Ave. #106)
Presenting Meet Me in Amsterdam: Photographer Renee Reiko Campbell. Opening will have selected café samples and beer & wine tasting. Exhibit is open through April 3.
In October of 2013, I had a whim, a craving, to fly to a European city. I wanted to wing it. So a few days later I arrived at Schiphol Airport, hopped onto a train, and headed to the heart of Amsterdam. My first of many adventures awaited. I stepped into a canal boat cruise ride, floating past beautiful tall buildings, bustling bicyclists, pedestrians, houseboats filled with flowers! I rode ferry boats to the quaint fishing villages of Volendam & Marken. To the beautiful Bruges, Belgium….stepping into a fairytale of lace & chocolate shops, cobblestone streets & horses! I knew instantly that I was having the experience that my gut instinct wanted.
Pictured: Work by Renee Reiko Campbell.
The Gallery Below (716B N. Weber St.)
Featuring “Dreamland” by painter Lupita Carrasco, a series of wonderfully peaceful, surreal portraits. Carrasco will also display her most recent works as a bonus. Musical guests for First Friday will be the incredible My Name Is Harriett, with Mama's Smothered Comfort food truck in the parking lot out back.
Pictured: Work by Lupita Carrasco. Image courtesy The Gallery Below.
GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue (25 S. Sierra Madre St.)
Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, photographed a hackberry tree behind his home every day for a year between January 12, 2015 and January 11, 2016. Mike’s original goal was to make a unique image every day from the same location in his backyard. He soon recognized that this exercise in creativity was becoming a metaphor for life. Through his increased connection to his surroundings and commitment to the project, he was provided with everything he needed to realize his intention. All he had to do was show up. He used a simple technique to keep himself on track, which he learned could help him or anyone else achieve what they set out to accomplish. Mike will have prints from this project on display at GO-SEE through the month of March.
Pictured: Same Tree, Different Day by Mike Pach. Image courtesy the artist.
Gallery 113 (125 ½ N. Tejon St.)
Gallery 113 hosts twenty-three local artists whose art work 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. During the month of March, Gallery 113 will feature the work of Kris Saxton, potter, and Raquel Baiza, watercolor artist. Their works will be in the two large display windows of the gallery, and they will be on hand with all the other local artists to talk about their work. In addition, March’s First Friday will feature a guest student artist from one of Colorado Springs’ public schools: Hagan Hardy, a photography student at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School.
Pictured: Work by Hagan Hardy. Image courtesy Gallery 113.
I.D.E.A. Space (825 N. Cascade Ave.)
"After Before" presents the perils and seductions of consumerism, using the canals of Venice as a locus. In this new series, acclaimed photographer JoAnn Verburg investigates a global issue – the pollution of the world’s water systems – through a close examination of detritus found in a single location. Eliding the dangers of heavy-handed social commentary, Verburg’s nuanced and hauntingly beautiful series draws attention to the tragedy that the proliferation of trash in the environment represents, while simultaneously acknowledging the inherent satisfactions of our love affair with consumer goods. To create the series, Verburg first photographs or films discarded objects she finds in Venice’s historic waterways. Here, the displaced plastic wrappers, deflated basketballs, corks, and fruit rinds that float in the canals act as poignant signifiers of consumer culture run amok. Armed with these images of found trash, she then sets out to purchase new versions of the discarded objects. In a second series of images, she then presents these everyday items, exquisitely photographed as though they were luxury goods. Placed on pedestals, awash in revelatory light, or located in ornate surroundings, these quotidian commodities transform into objects of profound desire.
Pictured: Artichoke by JoAnn Verburg. Image courtesy I.D.E.A. Space.
Kreuser Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present….
a child’s drawing
a cow’s head carried by a girl
feet scurrying under skirts
Simple images I created and adapted for years without realizing I was collecting them. Some of these figures appeared first in paintings and others in relief prints. A year ago I showed a friend a few sketches of these figures. She said it reminded her of Nancy Spero’s work. I was unfamiliar with Spero but after learning a little I began to see my group of icon-like female figures as a collection that I’d never looked at in relation to itself.
This show is a first attempt to do just that—to juxtapose the figures and look at them as a whole. Spero’s work has been called a reappropriation of the female figure. My work with the female figure I believe is more of an ongoing negotiation.
Carving the lines
The circle (or moon) theme emerged while I was working with the idea of a Vitruvian Woman. Not a new idea, but I at the exact same time a group of naked women posed in front of the Republican National Convention holding circular mirrors (yes they were organized by Spencer Tunick but I was struck by the presence of the women in the photographs, not the artist behind the camera). I knew I wanted to work with this image, whatever it was.
I incorporated that element in this work and focussed on the center—what is the center of the figure? I drew it first as a simple circle. I was thinking of it as a mirror, but viewers supplied other content: earth, the void, empty chi…..
I started this project with collage and paint expecting to use a lot of layering and complication. I soon found that I wanted to make the marks as hard as I could, to incise them deeply, to cut them into the support. Carving artist boards designed for painting (mainly with a utility blade) forced me to keep to the simplest of lines and spaces.
The man in the moon
Does the moon appear female to you? If so, I’m sure you can think of several theories why. I started with language. In Latin the word “luna” is feminine and so, in Romance languages derived from Latin—la lune, la luna—the gender follows.
But in German it’s the opposite—der Mond is a masculine moon, as is Yareach in Hebrew and alquamar in Arabic. And many many languages on this world do not gender their nouns. In all my nursery rhyme books as a child, the moon was a smiling crescent, always yellow and always male.
The images in this show have a variety of traditional roots. I used my studio process of working with them to question and think about why and how human cultures have chosen to give an orbiting rock, an astronomical object, a gender.
Pictured: Image from "gendered? moon." Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
The Machine Shop (4 S. Wahsatch Ave.)
The Machine Shop is proud to present the work of Cathleen Meadows and her newest work: GUN SHY.
GUN SHY explores the terrifying and heartbreaking effects of gun violence. Life sized human targets are collaged onto the canvas. Drawing layer upon layer with oil pastel, the human targets themselves are beautifully camouflaged…disguising the danger of the gun aiming directly at you.
Pictured: Work by Cathleen Meadows. Image courtesy the Machine Shop.
Plaza of the Rockies (111 S. Tejon St.)
Fine art photographers, Pam Soderholm and Linda Kittiel, join in presenting an eclectic collection of fine art photographs. Their photographs reflect their individual and unique interpretations of the world they encounter. Their forty prints in this exhibition, many award winners in prestigious competitions, present a wide variety of wildlife, landscape and abstract images in both color and black and white.
LINDA KITTIEL is originally from New York City, but her career as a software engineer brought her to Colorado Springs 45 years ago. It is in “Colorful Colorado” that she discovered photography as her medium for creative expression. She is pretty much a self-taught photographer, but attributes her growth as a photographer to the many workshops she has attended and the critiques, challenges, and learning opportunities provided by several photo groups she belongs to: the Colorado Photography Learning Group, the Peak Digital Imaging Society, and the Pikes Peak Camera Club.
She considers herself a “walking around photographer”, responding to subjects that capture her heart, her eye, or her emotions in her meanderings. The results are reflected in the eclectic collection of her photographs in this exhibition. Her goal, and her personal pleasure, is to capture the moment, interpret the “why” into something visual, and then share the experience with the viewer.
PAM SODERHOLM is an award winning, fine art photographer who grew up in Illinois, but has called Colorado Springs her home since 1984.
Ever since Pam was a young child she has had a great love, respect, and reverence for all of the natural world and its vast array of flora and fauna. In all of her photography she strives to portray this love and respect, and hopes that everyone viewing her images can experience those same emotions.
As a former equine professional, and all-around animal lover, she especially finds great joy in capturing the spirit of the horse, both wild and domestic. Creating unique images of her favorite natural subjects is what she enjoys the most.
Pictured: Headin’ Home by Pam Soderholm. Image courtesy the artist.
Colorado Springs City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.)
Beloved local improv troupe Stick Horses in Pants returns to downtown Colorado Springs! Join us for a night of laughs, giggles, and chuckles at the Lon Chaney Theater in the Historic City Auditorium. Every show is different and entertaining for all. Doors open at 7:30, and the show starts at 8:00. Buy your tickets at the door for $10 with a chance to win a Stick Horses performance shirt. Giddy up!
Pictured: Stick Horses in Pants. Image courtesy SHIP.
First Presbyterian Church (219 E. Bijou St.)
Join First Pres for a community art exhibition featuring more than 40 original works inspired by the parable of the Prodigal Son, as interpreted by Rembrandt, Elmer Yazzie, Thomas Hart Benton, JJ Tissot, Steve Prince and dozens more. The exhibition is on loan from the Calvin College permanent collection, and was originally compiled and donated by Larry and Mary Gerbens from their private collection. First Pres is pleased to host this exhibition throughout the Lenten season and invites people of all faith backgrounds to come and reflect on the powerful themes of grace and forgiveness inspired by this rich parable. On display Friday, March 3 through Sunday, April 16. www.first-pres.org/art
Pictured: Event flyer courtesy First Presbyterian Church.
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.