Tune into the next episode of Peak Radar Live from 5-6PM this Friday, for coverage of the first hour of the July 3rd First Friday. The show will highlight gallery openings in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs, including live on-the-street segments and performances! Watch here: Facebook.com/PeakRadar
Virtual First Friday Challenge
NEW FOR JULY 3rd! For the past three months,Virtual First Friday has made a $50 matching gift when a remote purchase of $50 or more is made from any of the participating venues listed below. This month, in support of #BlackLivesMatter, the matching gifts will be directed to three community organizations that are helping to amplify Black voices, and having a positive impact in our local community.
Please join us in affirming Black lives and Black voices in our region by donating directly, making a purchase during First Friday, or both! Up to $500 in challenge dollars will be given each hour, for a total of $1,500, so time your purchases to contribute to the organization whose mission most resonates with you:
- 5:00-5:59 p.m. Challenge dollars go to Poetry719
Poetry719 works to uplift the voices of marginalized communities of people of color. They aim to connect the community through poetry, art, and creative self-expression. Check out the Women of the Mic Virtual Open Mic on July 17th at 6:30pm!
- 6:00-6:59 p.m. Challenge dollars go to COS Black Business Network
The Colorado Springs Black Business Network is an organization designed to foster relationships and facilitate economic opportunities for businesses in the Pikes Peak Region. The goal of this organization is to become 501c6 Chamber of Commerce.
- 7:00-7:59 p.m. Challenge dollars go to My Black Colorado
The mission of My Black Colorado is to facilitate and cultivate a cohesive ecosystem of the local Black community to inspire, innovate and connect local areas together. Subscribe to the “My Black Colorado” magazine!
Patrons can support these organizations directly at any time using the links above. Matching gift applies only to remote purchases made between 5-8 p.m. MST on Friday, July 3. View full FAQ here: Virtual First Friday Challenge FAQ
- Any purchase of $50 or more is eligible, as long as it is transacted between 5-8 p.m. MST on Friday, July 3.
- The match is capped at $500 per hour every hour for a total of $1,500, courtesy of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.
- Eligibility will be determined based on the timestamp listed on the proof of purchase (e-receipt or email exchange with gallery owner).
- Proof of purchase must be IMMEDIATELY sent to CLAIRE@DOWNTOWNCS.COM with the subject line “COPPeR <3 VFF.”
- Receipt submissions will be honored up to 24 hours after the end of the challenge.
- View FAQ here: https://downtowncs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Virtual-First-Friday-Challenge-1.pdf
A * besides the name indicates that the gallery will be
open for an in-person First Friday as well as a virtual one. The following galleries/venues are strictly in-person events.
Our July First Friday ArtWalk features gallery owner, Emily Fair. This July 3rd ArtWalk is In Person & Virtual. Join 45° as we gather to experience oil paintings by Emily Fair and learn more about her creative process. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Emily will be painting in the gallery located at 2528 W Colorado Ave. and may even do social media live demonstrations throughout the evening. Tune in to the 45° Instagram & Facebook page for more information.
‘How Do You See God’ is Academy Art & Frame’s largest exhibit of the year, usually showing near 70 artists. The show hangs for 2 months and they make a book of most of the images. This year they are also setting up tents and artist booths in the parking lot for the 3rd Friday Receptions July 17 and August 21.
Shop by making an appointment at the gallery.
For their July First Friday, Anita Marie Fine Art will be featuring photos of new original works by master artists Mardosz and Dahlquist.
We are featuring 6 outstanding, professional, and award winning artists in their chosen medium. Join us and see for yourself and see how uplifting an evening stroll and celebration of the creative process of art can be. Gift Cards can be purchased by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call or email to place any orders.
For their July First Friday, Art 111 will be doing both an in-store and virtual event. The show will have over 20 artists and is featuring around 200 painting by Robert McClain from the 1970’s. Read an article about the artist and the show here. The gallery will be hosting a live video the night of First Friday on their Facebook Page.
The Bridge Gallery is the oldest contemporary fine artist’s cooperative in Colorado Springs; begun in 1994. The members are professional artists who also teach art or work in art-related jobs. Join us for a show of a show of fiber art by local artists.
Join us for one of a kind 100% cotton artistic face masks, DIY necklaces, original collages, magnets, cards, and CHOCOLATE! You can shop for chocolate using the button below and you can shop for art at LaurelBahe.com.
A savory and sweet art show featuring themed artwork by Liese and Kris Chavez. For all the details, sign up for our newsletter on our website or follow Liese Chavez’ personal Facebook page.
Grant Morris, citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has arranged a virtual display of a sample of his art that you can view below. His art can be appreciated in person by visiting “Cherokee’s of Manitou”, in Manitou Springs, CO. Here you will find functional art such as bowls and hiking sticks.
We invite the public to view our Virtual First Friday video. If you would like more information about our art or would like to set up a private shopping appointment, contact us at (719) 822-1474.
Commonwheel sells wall art, jewelry, glass, pottery, sculptures and clothing. For the month of July, Commonwheel is featuring the ‘Cheers! Drink up!’ exhibition clebrating the Clay Drinking Vessel is an international juried show featuring only drinkware made from clay.
Darpino Studio Gallery features a variety of fine art and represents 30 artists that work in the mediums sculpture, jewelry, painters, pottery & clay, woodwork, photography, and hand-painted silk!
G44 Gallery is proud to present the work of Felicia Kelly in her new exhibit, “Bric-A-Brac” for the month of July.
Gallery 113 will be participating in the Colorado Springs Downtown Virtual First Friday on July 3. Our featured artists of the month are Mary Gorman and Jo Gaston.
We offer a wide variety of creative home goods, art prints, kids + baby products, and more in our online store! This month we are featuring beautiful handmade stained glass by Solasta Stained Glass, as well as art prints from a selection of emerging female artists, and check out our updated SALE section for huge markdowns as we clear out space in the store for new goodies from BIPOC makers!
Hunter-Wolff Gallery is featuring St. Charles Missouri Sculptor Adam Long for the month of July. He will be at Hunter-Wolff Gallery on Friday July 3 from 5-8 pm to meet ArtWalkers and unveil his newest sculptures, or art enthusiasts can view Adam in this introduction video. Adam creates unique and elegant Forest Figures from preserved natural objects.
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present 3 new exhibits: “Capturing Essence,” a collaborative body of work by Jasmine Dillavou, Clark Valentine, and Tyler Hays. “Reverence: Portraits of Natures Mortes,” a photographic series by Adam Williams, and “Hope Is a 4-Letter Word,” new works by Jo Carol Ciborowski.
Enjoy a few of Laura Reilly’s new works created for July’s First Friday. Starting with plein air sketches created on location in Colorado’s High Country, July’s paintings have a fresh, bold look that shows why Colorado has a hold on our hearts. The gallery will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 3. Call the gallery at (719) 650-1427, visit the entire collection at laurareilly.com, or email at email@example.com for a personal viewing appointment.
The Manitou Art Center is a workshop for artists, tinkerers, engineers and craftspeople. They revolutionize and facilitate creativity. Skill-sharing, fabricating, meeting, exploring, experiencing, designing, building and making – The Manitou Art Center can turn your idea into a reality! This is your opportunity to learn more about the MAC’s membership-based Makerspace Program!
The Virtual Museum sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center proudly introduces its exhibit “Pikes Peak Tales-The Peanut Pusher, Ghost Town Hollow and Frozen to Death”. We’ve finally lost our nutty minds by delving into the weird and bizarre. See why our museum’s Pikes Peak Peanut Pusher was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum”. Learn why Ghost Town Hollow is haunted and how it has become an unforgettable, but lost destination on Pikes Peak. See the gruesome story of how a couple on an afternoon stroll became Frozen to Death on Pikes Peak.
The Money Museum’s virtual exhibits takes popular displays and makes them available online to enthusiasts around the country and world. Learn about the museum’s spectacular rarities, explore a wide range of historical subjects, and expand your collecting knowledge and interests. These virtual exhibits allow you to view high resolution images and detailed information about fascinating numismatic objects.
Orly’s Art Gallery features some of the best local and regional artists. Current artists include Sparky LeBold, David Caton, Betty Ross, Tom Scott Reno, and Mandy Hansen. The gallery also does custom framing and other art services.
The SOLA Gallery is an online gallery featuring over 30 local artists and adding new artists and works weekly. A portion of all sales is put into a fund where local artists will soon be able to apply for micro grants!
View our collection of work online and shop for a gift for you or a loved one! Squash Blossom will be showcasing a dynamic array of live demonstrations by their featured artists: painter JR Monks, bladesmith and leatherworker Rowen Monks, and woodturner Ray Hirman at their in-person First Friday.
Please contact specific galleries to purchase art.
The galleries under the Colorado Ave. bridge are collectively the studio of Jana Bussanich, The Bridge Gallery, and the Alvarez Gallery and Art School. During First Friday there will be contemporary fine art, watercolor, oil, mixed media, photography, and sculpture.