Arts Month begins with a mighty First Friday

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Kathleen McFadden from Range Gallery.
  • Kathleen McFadden from Range Gallery.
This may just be the most jam-packed First Friday this year. Firstly, there's the arts-is-for-everyone Arts Month campaign, but in Pueblo the Creative Corridor downtown is celebrating its second anniversary. Back in our own downtown, two new businesses will join in the festivities, Colorado Photography School at 14 E. Bijou St. and Flourish Arts at 324 N. Nevada Ave. For Oct. 3, CPS will celebrate its grand opening at its new location, and Flourish will team up with The Edge to show “a creative celebration, inspiration, and renewal," featuring artists Jean Pierre Debernay, Colleen Briggs, Terrilynn Zaharias, Michele Thomsen, and Maria Pompea.

Here's some of what's on the schedule, plan accordingly:

Events

41st Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair, a juried show and sale from the Palmer Lake Art Group featuring original art and craftwork from approximately 40 exhibitors, offering paintings, fiber art, pottery, jewelry and more. Proceeds benefit arts scholarships for District 38 students. Oct. 3-5. Free. Palmer Lake Town Hall, 42 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake, palmerlakeartgroup.com.

Core Culture: Spaces, Faces, Places Walking Tours, a cultural walking tour series that meets at the Perk and then moves on from there, featuring hour-long guided tours introducing the historic buildings, significant founders, and contemporary artwork of downtown Colorado Springs. A rotating schedule of three tours focuses on art on the streets, bronze sculptures, or local history on Tejon Street. Second Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.; through Dec. 13. $10, free for 17 years and under. Paid tickets include a free medium coffee or tea beverage from The Perk Downtown. The Perk Downtown, 14 S. Tejon St., 886-0088, downtowncs.com.

Evolution of Blue, an evening of local culture, with a screening of the winner of the 24 Hour Film Festival, a roast of Pueblo with Amber Tozar, James Amos and John Bueno, music from the Haunted Windchimes and more. With an after-party at Central Plaza from 9 p.m. to midnight. Fri., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, 719/542-1100, puebloarts.org.

First Friday Art Walk — Pueblo, monthly art celebrations encompassing multiple galleries, a handful of coffee shops, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and other businesses. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, puebloarts.org.

First Friday ArtWalk, monthly receptions with new art, chances to meet the artists, live music, food and drink and more. Participating galleries include: Arati Artists Gallery, Range Gallery, Second Floor Studios, Laura Reilly Fine Art, 503W, Visual Culture and others. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Dec. 5. Old Colorado City, bestartontheavenue.com.
Laura BenAmots from Kreuser Gallery.
  • Laura BenAmots from Kreuser Gallery.

First Friday Downtown, galleries, museums, cultural organizations, and retailers host art openings, artist receptions, performances, and more the first Friday of each month, through Dec. 5. Expect Sidewalk Stage street performers Oct. 3. Fri., Oct. 3, 5 p.m. 886-0088, downtowncs.com.

First Friday Downtown Bike Tour, monthly tours with UpaDowna that hit highlights from that month's First Friday activities. New routes each month feature stops at a variety of arts, history and cultural venues including gallery receptions, art openings, performances and more. Space is limited, advance registration is required. Meeting location given upon registration. Fri., Oct. 3, 5:30-8 p.m. $10 (includes use of UpaDowna bike and helmet). Downtown, 886-0088, downtowncs.com.

Second Anniversary Celebration of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, an evening of activities to honor this creative district with First Friday art receptions, a party at Rawlings Library to kick off this year's All Pueblo Reads book, The Paris Wife, ghost walk tours about Pueblo's past at the El Pueblo History Museum (every 15 minutes between 5-8:30 p.m.; puebloghostwalk.com) and much more. Fri., Oct. 3, 5 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, puebloarts.org.

Exhibits

5th and Main Espresso Bar, 421 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-1209. Featured Artist: Gary Morgan, oil paintings of adobe dwellings from this Beulah artist. Oct. 3-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 3-7 p.m.

AHA Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., #107, allheartart.com. New Works by Beckie Moss. Oct. 3 to Nov. 4. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, aratiartists.com. Tuscany Remembered, featuring watercolors from Kang Lee Sheppard, metal sculpture from Don Orr and acrylics from Dale Pittrock. Oct. 3-31. First Friday opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Bellezza Design Boutique+Studio, 102 S. Victoria Ave., #110, Pueblo, 719/543-0901. CanDoRaku, a special show from Cup & Bowl. Oct. 3 to Nov. 6. First Friday reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5 p.m.

Boulder Street Gallery, 206 N. Tejon St., 636-9358, boulderstreetgallery.com. Pikes Peak Busts, a juried show featuring a variety of media that will raise funds for breast cancer research and highlight "the female bust and body through artwork that is whimsical, challenging, thoughtful and honest." Oct. 3-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m. Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Artists Co-op, a collaboration between the society and the gallery, showcasing approximately 24 signature and associate members, with two featured artists each month.

Reveille Kennedy from Boulder Street Gallery.
  • Reveille Kennedy from Boulder Street Gallery.
The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., thebridgeartgallery.com. Breast Cancer: The Courageous & Beautiful, an all-media juried exhibit wherein part of the proceeds of sales will benefit Susan G. Komen of Southeastern Colorado. Oct. 3 to Nov. 1. Opening reception and silent auction of donated artwork, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Dream Catchers, 103 S. Wahsatch Ave., #106, 505-5476, dreamcatcherscos.com. Featured Artists: Gordon Lewis, Drake Gann and Nard Claar. Oct. 3-31. Opening reception, held in the Alibi Room, Fri., Oct. 3. 6-9 p.m., with food from PigLatin Food Truck and wine and beer tastings.

GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-3504, galleryuccs.org. Great Expectations: Marina Eckler & Donald Fodness, two site-specific installations from Eckler, of Colorado Springs, and Fodness of Denver. "Eckler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often involves text and cultural memory. Fodness employs a range of strategies to realize his ideas, from intricate drawings to assemblages, frenzied installations and performance pieces." Oct. 3 to Nov. 15. Opening reception and artist talks, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-9 p.m.

Read more about Great Expectations from this week's issue here.

John Deaux Art Gallery, 221 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8407, johndeauxartgallery.com. New Work from John Wilbar, "fresh from the Smithsonian and the Loveland Sculpture Show," a showing of new sculpture and furniture from Wilbar. Oct. 3-31. First Friday opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-9:15 p.m.

Kadoya Gallery, 119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, 719/320-6315, kadoyagallery.com. Is it Live, or is it Pueblo?, photography and dioramas by Bob Benvenuto, whose work treads a fine line between fantasy and reality. Through Oct. 16. First Friday reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5 p.m.

Read more about Benvenuto's show from last week's paper here.

Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-6347, abigailkreusergallery.com. Tempi E Segreti: Icons of the Anonymous Madonna, new works by Laura BenAmots. Oct. 3 to Nov. 4. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, themodbo.com. The Presence of Travelers, a solo show from local artist Andres Orlowski, whose contemporary figurative realism in this show relates to themes ranging from migration and death, to time and movement, to "simple exercises of form, light and character.” Oct. 3-31. First Friday opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, with a live Cabaret of the Murderous Variety at 9 p.m.

Range Gallery, 2428 W. Colorado Ave., 685-1201, rangegallery.com. Shooting History, photos from Kathleen McFadden taken from a 120-year-old panoramic film camera. Oct. 1-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.

S.P.Q.R., 17B E. Bijou St., 633-4240, themodbo.com. The Murder Show: An Invitational, a group show from locals covering themes of "murder, mayhem, and the dark side of the human condition." Artists include: Cymon Padilla, Erin Jones, Monique Viger, Neil Fenton and Caitlin Goebel. Oct. 3-31. First Friday opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, with a live Cabaret of the Murderous Variety at 9 p.m.

Steel City Art Works, 216 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/542-6838, Shoot the Town, an exhibition of photos of Pueblo shot by area photographers. Oct. 1-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.

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