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.
NEW PUBLIC ARTWORK Eleven new artworks are on display downtown through May 2017. For a map of this year’s Art on the Streets sculptures, stop by the Swingin’ Launch Party or download in PDF.
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 July, the tour will be led by Dr. Allan Bach of Gallery 113. The tour will meet at 6pm at Gallery 113 (125 ½ 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.
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 July, the tour will be led by Dr. Allan Bach of Gallery 113. The tour will meet at 6 p.m. at Gallery 113 (125 ½ N. Tejon St.) and then continue to a selection of First Friday venues including Boulder Street Gallery, Citizen Art Gallery, GOCA 121 and possibly the Fine Arts Center, time and weather permitting. 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!
Meredith Ann's Solo Show
Meredith Ann's knowledge and experience has transformed her artwork into an affinity for the tradition of collage. With strong attention to composition, all of her pieces represent an abstraction of her emotional process which is reflected in each interaction with the individual works. Exhibit runs through July 29.
Collage artwork by Meredith Ann. Image courtesy of Dream Catchers.
Kreuser Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present Landscape of Mind: new work by Tim Davis.
Pictured: “Phobos” by Tim Davis. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
The Perk Downtown (14 S. Tejon St.)
The Perk Downtown is proud to present local photographer Peter Zurla. Meet the artist on First Friday at 5 p.m.
Pictured: “8 Spruce St” by Peter Zurla. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Coquette’s Bistro (321 N. Tejon St.)
Featuring works by British artist Clive Nyles, who draws inspiration from automatic surrealist painters like Gustave Moreau and Max Ernst. Nyles works in a way that tries to interface with and react to the subconscious, allowing it to come forward.
Pictured: “Awaken” by Clive Nyles. Image courtesy Coquette’s Bistro.
Aha Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Aha Gallery is proud to present "Missing the Point," new works by Caitlin Goebel.
Pictured: Work by Caitlin Goebel. Image courtesy Aha Gallery.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave.)
Featuring two openings: "30 Gray Lines," a solo fiber show by Felicia Kelly, and "Why I P.A.I.N.T.," a group show by the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire.
Inspired by strong women in her life 30 Gray Lines represents the tearing apart and sewing back together of bodies and souls. Every life has rips and tears both literal and figurative and the way we choose to repair ourselves makes us stronger, however also changed. Felicia's work is informed by lines and texture and speaks to viewers with expression and sometimes even pain.
“Why I P.A.I.N.T.” (which stands for Present my Authentic, Individual and Nonbiased Truth) is a show about “self-expression, acceptance and empowerment. We are misunderstood, mis-gendered, and mis-profiled. We are happy, joyous, responsible, loving and proud. We are human.” Since 1976, the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire has promoted and supported “inclusion, equality, education and awareness in the community.”
Pictured: Work by Felicia Kelly. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon)
Featuring new works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by Boulder Street Gallery artists including Jacqueline Pearson and Robert C. Murray II, with guest Dianne Gidley, Fran Schaffer and Marie Puterbaugh.
Pictured: “Mother Nature Rocks” by Jacqueline Pearson. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
Acineau Galleries (113 N. Tejon St.)
Acineau’s Pretty Pianos will be located on sidewalks throughout Downtown for First Friday. Tour all of these decorated, publicly-accessible, playable pianos with gallery staff while visiting other participating First Friday venues.
Pictured: Pretty Piano in front of COPPeR. Image courtesy Daniel Owen of The Gazette.
313 Gallery Studio (313 N. Tejon St. above Odyssey Gastropub)
Featuring works by April Lauren (acrylic painting), Seth Weber (watercolor painter), Justin May (ink on board illustrations), and Robert Grey (photographer).
Pictured: “The Seers” by April Lauren. Image courtesy 313 Gallery Studio.
BarK (124 E. Costilla St.)
BarK is featuring local artist Wanda Veltkamp May 2nd until July 29th.
Pictured: Work by Wanda Veltkamp. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B & C E. Bijou St.)
5:30 p.m. - midnight
In The Modbo, you’ll find new works by Denver artist Tony Achilles. Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Internal Logic: New Works by Claire Swinford.” Both shows are open Fridays through July 29th.
In a new series of drawings and oil paintings, Colorado artist Claire Swinford explores reversals, permeating the perceptual boundaries between dark/light, child/adult, artist/subject, alone/surrounded. Each figure projects drama from within a cocoon of transparent fabric, but the narrative remains opaque, resulting in rich images that are best understood according to their own inner logic. “Internal Logic: New Work by Claire Swinford” showcases six months of intensive sketching and painting at The Modbo, an award-winning gallery in downtown Colorado Springs.
Tony Achilles is an oil painter, illustrator, mural artist, and art teacher, born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is presently working from his studio in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver. Though he studied under master painters such as Ron Hicks, Margaretta Gilboy, and Mark Daily at the Art Students League of Denver, Tony considers himself to be primarily a self-taught artist. Achilles has been showing publicly since 1989. Says Achilles, “My work is an exploration of ephemeral beauty, relationship, and life as a sensual experience. Among my major themes are relationship, and personal freedom (or, more specifically, the experience of reaching one’s ‘divine’ potential). Subjects and images that recur in my work as sub-themes and narrative devices include: the human figure, flowers, fish, birds, bird nests, and tethers.”
Pictured: "Woman with Irises" by Tony Achilles. Image courtesy The Modbo.
Entwine (327 N.Tejon St.)
See current artists at work on their latest projects, and take advantage of a holiday weekend sale on retail items.
Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)
The band Mo Mungus is playing at The Goose Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
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.
Colorado Photography School (14 E. Bijou St.)
Gallery exhibit features student works in photgraphy.
Escape Velocity (19 E. Bijou St.)
Escape Velocity will host a special First Friday signing with local artist Langdon Foss to celebrate his latest release from Marvel Comics: "Vote Loki!” Food and drink will be available as well.
Pictured: Artist Langdon Foss. Image courtesy Escape Velocity.
Gallery 113 (125 ½ N. Tejon St.)
Featuring Margarete Seagraves and Susan Bandy.
Seagraves’ paintings are inspired by her native Germany and European travels. Her studio in Monument is where her abstract expressionism comes to life. Color, shapes and textures reflect the southwestern beauty, which surrounds us.
Bandy traveled in Europe for thirteen years visiting every major museum between Stockholm to Madrid. She taught art for thirty-five years in the school system and studied, earning her masters in art from Purdue. She is currently a student of Martha Mann. She exhibits her paintings and photography nationally.
Pictured: Work by Margarete Seagraves. Image courtesy Gallery 113.
The Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
The Bridge Gallery will present “Woman, Nature, Man,” an exhibit of acrylic paintings by Stephen Morath of Manitou Springs. The exhibit runs through Friday, July 29.
Pictured: “Angelus ad Virginem” by Stephen Morath. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.)
July 1 brings the opening of a new kind of exhibit created in collaboration with Springs Rescue Mission: A collection of photographs that will change your view of our homeless neighbors. “Periphery” runs through September 4.
Pictured: Work by Aaron Anderson. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Seeds Community Café (109 E. Pikes Peak Ave.)
Alterni-Tee promotes peace, nonviolence, and political/environmental awareness through graphic T-shirts. For the month of July, the Seeds gallery will be home to a 40-plus-year retrospective of their T-shirts, which will be marked by an Alterni-Tee open house at Seeds on Saturday, July 16, with a play by First Strike Theatre.
The Urban Cyclery (109 E. Bijou St.)
Paint night at the bike shop! Calling all musicians, graphic artists, photographers and performers to come meet “other young artists like you” for an evening of free art demos, Polaroid photos and opportunities to paint on canvas. Open to adults 21 and up.
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.