Virtual First Friday Challenge
Match your money when you buy local art to help local galleries survive COVID-19!
Thanks to financial support from the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, when a remote purchase of $50 or more is made from any of the participating Virtual First Friday venues listed below, the venue will receive an additional gift of $50. There is a total of $1,500 in this Friday’s matching fund. Please see program details and FAQ.
Challenge gift applies only to remote purchases made between 5-8 p.m. MST on Friday, June 5.
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, June 5.
- The match is capped at $500 per hour every hour for a total of $1,500, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 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
Studio 809 will be live-streaming a podcast from 5-6 p.m. with an inside look at what this month’s First Friday is serving up! Tune in for an hour of live conversation with some of the movers & shakers involved in this month’s Virtual First Friday! Find the podcast on Studio 809’s live station, as well as on the Studio 809 Facebook page.
A * besides the name indicates that the gallery will be
open for an in-person First Friday as well as a virtual one.
Our May Virtual First Friday ArtWalk features 3 artists. Join Stephanie Moon, Andrew Wroble, and Robin Scappaticci as we gather online to experience their new collections and learn more about their creative process. In conjunction with the Virtual First Friday Challenge we will be offering the following incentives: Frame any Andrew Wroble drawing for $100. This is a 25% – 70% savings on framing depending on size of art. A free set of Stephanie Moon greeting cards with any original painting purchase. A free ornament with any Robin Scappaticci functional pottery purchase over $40.
June’s art exhibition at Academy Art & Frame Co. (AAFC) features a duo show from artists Linda Bridges and Cas Foste. Both artists are working with the liquid acrylic pour technique, Linda embellishing with painting and Cas embellishing with photography.
Watch their video here.
Shop by making an appointment at the gallery.
For their June First Friday, they will be featuring photos of new original works by master artists Mardosz and Dahlquist.
Our featured artists for June are Kang Lee Sheppard, Lisa Christopherson, Don Orr, and Lorraine Watry. Please visit our online store to see and purchase their artwork and artwork from our other local, award winning artists. Gift Cards can be purchased by emailing us at email@example.com.
Call or email to place any orders.
For their June First Friday, Art 111 will be doing both an in-store and virtual event.
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. We are located beneath the Colorado Avenue bridge. Join us for a show of paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and jewelry from the virtual show on our website
By Design Gems opened our charming jewelry store in the Old Historic District of Colorado Springs to help you craft custom pieces of jewelry for you and your loved ones. Whether you are looking for a sparkling gemstone cut just right for the perfect engagement ring, or one of our pre-made stunning jewelry pieces for a last-minute shopping gift, we are here for you.
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.
Chavez Gallery’s Curious Carnival is back! Virtually! New art and online live interactive carnival games. For all the details, sign up for our newsletter on our website or follow Liese Chavez’ personal Facebook page.
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 June, Commonwheel is featuring the Colorado Summer Art Market which is a juried event featuring artworks under $100 by 20 Colorado artists.
This is a virtual group exhibition of past artworks created during the quarantine process by Cottonwood resident artists. Featuring works by include works of art featuring animals, musicians, and more.
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!
Lupita Carrasco’s “Hope Springs Eternal” is the featured exhibit at G44 Gallery for the month of June.
For this new series of recorded virtual studio visits, GOCA’s director and chief curator Daisy McGowan invited artists from across the Rocky Mountain West to share their current studio situation, including insights into their artistic process as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by social isolation. The studio visit is among the most intimate exchanges in the art world, providing curators, critics, collectors and peer artists a chance to learn about the artist’s work and process.
For First Friday in May, Gallery 113 is featuring their member artists Norah Daly, Raquel Baiza, and April Stark. Raquel is an experienced painter who works in watercolor, alcohol inks, and other media to create beautiful and vibrant paintings of wildlife. April produces bold mixed media pieces with brilliant colors and textures in both in realism and abstract forms.
With a taste for natural materials, bold color, and a bohemian sensibility, the shop is filled with high quality goods at attainable prices. We sell the full range of Julia’s art, antlers, stationery, and vintage wares, as well as a curated mix of goods from other brands and makers. You’ll find art, home goods, plants, bath + body, jewelry, baby + kid gifts, books, fun greeting cards, and much more.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery is featuring two Colorado Artists Brian Benham and Maria Battista. Woodworker Brian Benham is introducing a new collection of unique shadow box clocks, framed in oak shadow boxes that have been treated with a shou sugi ban finish for a luxurious appearance. Maria Battista will be unveiling her 2020 spring/summer collection.
Take a virtual tour of Julia McMinn Evans studio that focuses on her paintings of abstract figures.
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present 3 new exhibits: “My Name is Nobody,” a collaborative body of work by Colorado Springs based painters Christian Medovich, Phil Lear, Dave Tweedy and Jess Preble in the West Gallery. “Urban Relics,” a new exhibition by Jon Francis and Tylan Troyer in the East Gallery and “Stich Meditations” by Liz Kettle in the South Gallery.
In our online shop you can find our entire line of letterpress paper goods and gifts that we design and print at our Colorado Springs studio. Please note we do not carry the entire inventory of our brick and mortar storefront on our online store but if you are looking to purchase something from our shop, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
From affordable petit paintings to indulgent large works, June’s collection “Colorado Coming Home” is a delightful tour of favorite places past and future.
Watch their video here.
The Machine Shop is excited to present: Distance, Presence: new work by recent studio resident Emily Sullivan. Sullivan will debut a large canvas of a billowing cloudscape, as well as a group of intimate paintings about creating memories. Additionally, the show features a series entitled “Pandemic Paintings” that responds to the current global pandemic that hit partway through her residency.
Watch their video here.
June’s Virtual First Friday is going to be an exciting one! We will have new art in all four galleries, including an opportunity to book a private tour and bid on MAC studio artist LuDel Deal Walter’s art, with all proceeds from the sales benefiting the MAC! This is your chance to own a signature LuDel piece, worth $1,000’s for only $100’s. Bidding will begin at 5 p.m. on June 5 and go through June 28.
Watch their video here.
See the Pikes Peak region’s one and only virtual exhibit of Van Briggle pottery. Learn more about Artus and Anna Van Briggle’s creation of this iconic pottery works and the connection of its later ownership and operations to historic Manitou Springs. View dozens of beautifully designed pottery creations in our exhibit.
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 Pearl Merchants at Horse Alley Studio creates custom jewelry from pearls, lapis, turquoise, sterling silver, and some gold. Our “It’s Time to Bloom” special during First Friday is offering 35% off of all purchases from now through June 6, 2020.
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!
Shop by browsing online and then calling the gallery.
S.P.Q.R. is featuring three artists, printmaker Riley Bratzler, oil painter Brett Andrus and abstract painter Clive Nyles.
View our collection of work online and shop for a gift for you or a loved one! If a customer chooses to participate virtually, we are offering an exclusive 25% off with promo-code online (exclusions apply) good from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 5, as well as free local delivery to the COS/Manitou Area.
This video spotlights the lounge and how UCCS Downtown serves all ages and types of people. We also have a series entitled “Philosophy in the City” and offer art activities on 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.