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.
DOWNTOWN OLYMPIC CELEBRATION Celebrate the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Friday, August 5 from 5-10 p.m. in Downtown Colorado Springs. This celebration is a city-wide event that is free and open to the public. Visit Tejon Street for live entertainment, interactive activities for kids and families, and food. The theme is "Brazilian Carnival," so appropriate dress is encouraged -- or support Team USA by wearing red, white and blue.
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 August, the tour will be led by Eric Fetsch and Jack Mallock of Boulder Street Gallery. The tour will meet at 6 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!
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.
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.
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.
Escape Velocity (19 E. Bijou St.)
Featuring work by local artist Kitty Katherine. Free food and drink provided.
Pictured: Tell Me the Story of How the Sun Loved the Moon by Kitty Katherine. Image courtesy Escape Velocity.
The Urban Cyclery (109 E. Bijou St.)
Art-Cycle: A painting event taking place in an existing bike shop. We provide paint, brushes, easels and canvases. Beverages will be served. We paint, party and listen to music. No excuses not to have fun and be creative.
Pictured: Art Cycle. Image courtesy the Urban Cyclery.
Aha Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Aha Gallery is proud to present artist Karen Simkiss. Show will run August 5th-August 26th, 2016.
Pictured: Work by Karen Simkiss. Image courtesy Aha Gallery.
BarK (124 E. Costilla St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, BarK is proud to present local artist Amanda Jean now through October 28.
Pictured: Work by Amanda Jean. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.)
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s First Friday Art Parties are a great place to chill out this summer and view stunning selections by local artist Betty Ross. Ross’ extensive studio career shines in this exhibit as she unites her best talents in representative, narrative abstraction, acrylic, watercolor, and collage works – on view and available for purchase Aug 5-Oct 2, 2016.
Betty Ross invites chance and seeks harmony in her studio practice. She endeavors to capture, in the words of Hilton Als, the “rush and chaos of nature” by using different modes and diverse artistic mediums. Some pieces evolve from photographs and on-site sketches, some aim to capture a narrative, while others are simply formal collage explorations.
Pictured: Cordoba Mosque by Betty Ross. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
The Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
The Bridge Gallery will present “8 x 8,” an exhibit of mixed media on 8-inch-by-8-inch canvases by gallery member Betty Atherton. “My birth date number is 8 and I’ve researched the symbolism in numerology as well as Tarot to gain more knowledge,” she says. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Aug. 27.
Pictured: Image 8 by Betty Atherton. Image courtesy the Bridge Gallery.
Colorado Square (130 E. Pikes Peak Ave.)
Featuring a live demonstration by award-winning sculptor Timothy Nimmo as well as paintings from the Tracy Miller Gallery. Says Nimmo of his work, “My sculptures are a synthesis between my love of nature and my respect of the great artists who have come before. As an avid hiker and hunter, I have never lost my sense of wonder about the beauty of a leaping deer, the power of bull elk fighting, or the grace of antelope running.”
Pictured: Dying Ibex by Timothy Nimmo. Image courtesy Tracy Miller Gallery.
Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla St.)
Featuring The Natural, Unnatural and Supernatural: Prints and Illustrations by Emma Kearney. Working prolifically and passionately, Kearney trains her eye on subjects near and far: plants and trees, haunted houses, repeating patterns, and mysterious textures.
Pictured: Work by Emma Kearney. Image courtesy Mountain Fold Books.
Gallery 113 (125 ½ N. Tejon St.)
Featured artists at Gallery 113 this August 5 are both painters, Julia Evans and Karen Standridge Evans paints in an abstract expressionist style in bold, bright acrylic paint while Standridge paints in watercolor, oil, and acrylic more representationally portraying landscapes of Colorado and scenes of Europe where she has visited and/or lived. First Friday Downtown Art Walk at Gallery 113 will offer guests a wide variety of complimentary snacks and beverages, and an opportunity to meet and chat with the other 18 artists who show and sell in Gallery 113.
Pictured: For the Love of Golf by Karen Standridge. Image courtesy Gallery 113.
Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR)
Opening reception for Tracey Eastland's show "Microcosmic: A Little World, Small Version of Something Larger." Come and meet the artist behind these energetic and vibrant mosaics! Tracey Eastland uses polymer clay, a plastic modeling compound that is oven-baked to a permanent hardness. Eastland’s imagination and his love of science and microscopic life forms are limitless inspirations for his work. Stimulating shapes and designs are all the basis of his handmade craftsmanship. Eastland creates his one of a kind mosaics with a patchwork of dream-like tiles. He uses glow in the dark clay to keep the art alive once the lights go out.
Pictured: Seabed by Tracey Eastland. Image courtesy COPPeR.
Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA 121) (121 S. Tejon St.)
In GIRL CRUSH, Amber Cobb and Laura Shill use found objects to investigate the abject and the body through collaborative sculptural and installation works. The artists' focus on the abject - a common human feeling of disgust for our own "corporeal reality" as mortal beings - is a unifying thread through their respective bodies of work. Visitors will be invited to engage with environments of objects featuring fleshy tones and dichotomously seductive and repulsive forms.
Pictured: Girl Crush. Image courtesy Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Dream Catchers (103 S. Wahsatch Ave.)
Join us in exploring new works by illustrator and contemporary artist Elena Clark. Elena specializes in watercolor and ink surrealism portraiture. Her work explores the different ways human beings are represented through dream-like manipulation of geometric and floral forms. Live music by acoustic singer-songwriter Chase Kinter. Free parking in the back of the Dream Catchers building.
Pictured: I Follow Rivers by Elena Clark. Image courtesy Dream Catchers.
Cacao Chemistry (109 N. Tejon St.)
Featuring landscape paintings by Colorado artist Pam Holnback.
Pictured: Work by Pam Holnback. Image courtesy Cacao Chemistry.
Kreuser Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.)
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present The Shadows Move When You Close Your Eyes: New and recent work by Brett Andrus. Show will run August 5th-August 26th, 2016.
Pictured: Work by Brett Andrus. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon)
New works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic by the Boulder Street Gallery artists. Featured for August are Linda Shelley, Lisa Dillmann, and Barb Midyett, with guest artist Mary Sue Copeland.
Pictured: Flower by Lisa Dillmann. Image courtesy Boulder Street Gallery.
The Machine Shop (4 S. Wahsatch Ave.)
Come join us for a truly experiential take on art. Colorado Cones will be on hand for some cool refreshment as well! Hunter Chambers' tenure as artist in residence has come to an end. Expect reduced prices on your old favorites. This is the last time you'll get the chance to snatch another PBDB (Pretty Bright Dutch Boy) or a new scene involving everyone's favorite Tuesday morning cartoon - Gün. Prices are hot and the Art is low. Get it while time lasts!
Pictured: Everything Must Go by Hunter Chambers. Image courtesy the Machine Shop.
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B & C E. Bijou St.)
5:30 p.m. - midnight
The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present August’s First Friday on August 5th, 2016. In The Modbo, you’ll find new works by Cymon Padilla. Meanwhile, in S.P.Q.R., it’s “Yesterlights” by Monique Viger. Both shows are open Friday nights through August 26th.
Cymon Padilla’s current body of work is an over-caffeinated exploration of internet aesthetic and the world of figurative painting, peppered with the occasional art historical reference. “It's literally some dank memes painted using techniques of the Old Masters,” says Padilla.
In Monique Viger’s new series of paintings titled "Yesterlights," the artist attempts to capture the play of light. She hikes and runs and is sometimes stopped in her tracks to admire the way light is filtered or reflected through, or on, just about anything. At times, she feels like a simple, silly cat reacting to things unnoticed by other creatures and hopes that you will feel what she sees.
Pictured: Work by Cymon Padilla. Image courtesy The Modbo.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave.)
Opening reception for the Fine Arts Center Docents Show, as well as open studios and a performance of Counter/Weight Theatre Lab's "Seventh Seal" at 7:30 p.m.
Pictured: Work by Ruth Lynne Snow. Image courtesy Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
The Perk Downtown (14 S. Tejon St.)
Curated by Kreuser Gallery, the Perk Downtown is proud to present local photographer Seana McCroddan now through October 28.
Pictured: Work by Seana McCroddan. Image courtesy Kreuser Gallery.
Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)
River North Brewery Pint Night from 6-8 p.m., with live music from Mo’ Mungus beginning at 9 p.m.
GO-SEE Art Exhibition Venue (25 S. Sierra Madre St.)
Featuring the Pikes Peak Camera Club group photography exhibit, including images by Deborah Milburn, Mary Smith, Ralph Streifel, Bruce du Fresne, Alfred M. Schwecke and Tim Starr.
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.