Meet the Colorado Creators' Guild and We Us Our Artist's Market Friday



Though it only just formed in January, the Colorado Creators' Guild already counts 41 members and has a retail outlet to boot, which will open for the first time tomorrow night at 111 E. Bijou St.

The We Us Our Artist's Market will run much like a co-op, with work from the member artists and a featured show each month. The media represented will be as diverse as the artists, which hail from all across the state.

The Guild, according to core member Maggie Quinn, is primarily a group to promote community and the arts, with a non-exclusive policy, meaning that beyond a light jurying process, the Guild is open to anyone from painters to poets to performance artists. (Those interested in joining can find an application here.)

The idea for the Guild only came up late last year, and soon after the budding group learned of the 111 Bijou location. "It was a concept last fall and the reality was, we found this fabulous location and didn’t want to let it go," Quinn says.

Knowing they had to move quickly to obtain it, they started the Guild formally at the beginning of 2015, then quickly organized a fundraiser — the Black Heart Ball at the Flux Capacitor — in February.

Come Friday, the Downtown Partnership will perform a ribbon cutting on the new space at 4 p.m. and the enterprise will have a grand opening celebration for First Friday. Expect live music from R. L. Cole mobdividual with Curtis Boucher as well as a special showcase of works from Tylan Troyer.

If We Us Our sounds familiar, it's because it's a "revisit" of a former art gallery in Manitou Springs, co-founded by Quinn and Bobby Grubb. The gallery, located on 10 Ruxton Ave., closed in 2009 after a few years in business. After that, Quinn worked at Comcast while continuing her own artwork in clay before retiring.

We Us Our will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will soon offer workshops and classes (raku firing, monoprints and glass beading are in the works), along with events and a monthly featured show. "It may be an installation, it may be a jeweler and a painter," Quinn says, "you just don’t know."

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