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, with a Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown walking tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. In June, the tour will be led by Jon Khoury. The tour will meet at 6pm in the Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Avenue) and then continue to a selection of First Friday venues. Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.
NEW PUBLIC ARTWORK Enjoy several new art exhibits downtown during this month's First Friday.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH (scroll to page bottom to download a map)
IDEA Space at Colorado College
"reSOURCED: Collage and Assemblage Source Material Explored." This exhibit features four Colorado artists.
Sport Fishing, Pikes Peak Natioanl Seashore, collage, 2012, by Dave Armstrong. Image courtesy of IDEA Space at Colorado College.
Wishing Well by Megan Larmie, graphite, charcoal, and spray paint on layered acetate. Image courtesy of Blank Canvas Cafe at Dream Catchers.
- Darlene Hoffacher, painter
- John Box, photographer
John Box, 2015. Image courtesy of Gallery 113.
Cosplay character makeup workshop. Although the workshop is sold out, you are invited to watch the fun!
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Image courtesy of Zeezo's.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Featured Artist: Deb Komitor
A constant thread throughout Colorado Springs, painter Deb Komitor’s art career has been expressing the emotions conveyed in nature. One feels the energy in each brushstroke as her paintings evoke both the force and serenity in nature. Her decision to portray these works in an almost pixelated fashion asks the viewer to take a step back in order to see her works fully realized. This, in turn, draws you in and keeps you there while her warm interpretations make you stay and take in the details. Her paintings seem alive. You are not just drawn into Komitor’s paintings; they come out and get you.
“I want my paintings to bring the viewer back to nature. I want them to slow your breath, clear your mind, and ease you into quiet peace.” – Deb Komitor
Stretching To The Clouds by Deb Komitor. Image courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Boulder Street Gallery
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by 28 members of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society (PPWS). Featured Artists are Nancy Nuttelman, Jo Gaston, and Angie Coleman, with Guest Artist Cathleen Savage.
- Nancy Nuttelman's watercolors, oils, and acrylics, both realistic and abstract, have been widely exhibited and awarded in juried and invitational shows, often depicting the interesting nooks and crannies of her global travel experience.
- As an art major who grew up on a farm, Jo Gaston creates watercolors of familiar ranch and garden subjects, which are very realistic and recognizable, while she uses light and color freely to intensify the abstract forms inherent in each composition.
- A long time resident of Taos, Angie Coleman's oils, pastels, and color woodblock prints, inspired by the New Mexico and Colorado landscape, have won printmaking awards and inclusion in national juried shows and art collections.
- Cathleen Savage's watercolors of American wildlife and nature, exhibited in local, state, national, and international venues, are luminous, delicate, and highly detailed.
Rico's Cafe & Wine Bar (322 N. Tejon)
Poor Richard's Restaurant (324.5 N. Tejon)
Rico's Cafe & Wine Bar is featuring the encaustic paintings of Sheary Clough Suiter.
Poor Richard's Restaurant features Tracey Eastland (in the back); photography by Daniella Kudelka (north wall); and Joan Judge and Mary Piche (south wall).
Untitled by Mary Piche. Image courtesy of Poor Richard's Restaurant.
The Modbo's show celebrates The Modbo’s 7th birthday, featuring: Brett Andrus, Lorelei Beckstrom, Shannon Dunn, Lindsay Hand, Phil Lear, Christian Medovich, Cymon Padilla, Jess Preble, Troy De Rose, Doug Rouse, Elizabeth Selby, and Monique Viger.
In S.P.Q.R., "The Hollow Men and the Fine Art of Detraction" by Heather Bingham and "Post-Partum" by Sarah Tenney. Both shows run Fridays through June 24.
Untitled by Heather Bingham. Image courtesy of The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.
The Bridge Gallery
"Mankind's Most Wanted" - an exhibit of acrylics by gallery member Devin Arnold. The exhibit runs through June 25.
This series is primarily of genomic disorders. I believe there is a great deal of chance and risk inherent in the creation of each life. The ability to attach an image to these uncertainties gives us a symbol to use in our fight against them. Science has given us a glimpse into the world of chromosomes and the genome with the invention of banding and other photographic techniques. These paintings incorporate that world, the beauty of nature that science struggles to understand.- ~ Devin Arnold
rnadna3 s by Devin Arnold. Image courtesy of The Bridge Gallery.
Second annual "Branching Out for CASA" art show by Amanda Jean. Show runs through June 24.
Untitled by Amanda Jean. Image courtesy of AHA Gallery.
Featuring the band Mo Mungus. No charge.
A Travelers Retrospective
Peter Olson photography
Images courtesy of GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue.
Triple S Brewing Company
Featuring a new exhibit of underwater photos by Jeff Mallo.
Photo by Jeff Mallo. Image courtesy of Triple S Brewing Company.
Presents Holographis: new works by Daisy McGowan. Show runs through June 24.
Spirals, encaustic paint and graphite on panel, 2016, by Daisy McGowan. Image courtesy of Kreuser Gallery.
The Commons Gallery
Curated by Kreuser Gallery. Presenting ""The Black Forest Series" by Stephanie VonFange. Show runs through June 24.
Image by Stephanie VonFange. Image courtesy of The Commons Gallery.
Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa
We're having a goody bag drive for victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. Donations will be delivered to T.E.S.S.A and Restore Innocence. Desired items (new and unused) are: deodorant, soap, shampoo/ conditioner, feminine products, lotion, makeup, underwear and socks.
Purchase tickets for the Healing Through L.O.V.E fundraiser event (noon-6pm on June 26th at the City Auditorium) and pick up a nomination form for the Unsung Heroine Award.
Up to 85% off select items! Get an additional 10% off your spa or fashion purchase with a donation. Wine and refreshments will be provided.
Image courtesy of Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa.
The Machine Shop
Please join us as we celebrate our second year anniversary! View this year's past design work by shop members, CoPilot Creative, Design Rangers, Echo Architecture, Fixer Creative Co. and Schmid Studio. Chris Alvarez will be showing new works and sharing some sweet tunes. Hang on the patio, play ping-pong, snack on Potato Potato, and be one of the first to sample new Loyal Coffee amazing pour-overs.
Hope to see you there!
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.