PUEBLO CREATIVE CORRIDOR: CHALKING, WALKING AND BOATING FOR JUNE FIRST FRIDAY
PUEBLO, Colo.—May 15, 2014—The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on June 6, with myriad activities in each district. Mesa Junction hosts Inner Spirit Tribal Drummers; Union Avenue gets creative with Chalk the Block Party; and the Central Plaza showcases it revival in a Grand Opening. Also, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo kicks off its annual Boats, Bands and BBQ Festival, and Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo opens the doors to Folklorico Museum. If that’s not enough, all 13 Street Beat performers will be entertaining throughout the Creative Corridor. So come visit the more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and businesses in the Creative Corridor. Ride the VanGO Art Shuttle for free, convenient traveling around the Creative Corridor loop with step-on, step-off service at 13 favorite locations. All activities associated with First Friday Art Walk are free.
Pueblo’s First Friday Art Walk continues to provide more than paintings, photography, fiber arts, sculpture, glass and pottery. Many galleries and shops have special demonstrations of “live art activities.” There will be newly hung shows, refreshments, live music and entertainment. Visitors can create their own free walking art tour of a variety of locations by starting at one gallery, picking up a Creative Corridor Explorer’s Guide, and traveling on to another destination after mingling with the artists. The free guide is available in galleries and participating businesses and includes a plan of activities and a map. More information, and the VanGO Route Map, can be found at PuebloArts.org or follow on www.facebook.com/PuebloArts. For information on the Pueblo Creative Corridor, call 855-543-2430 or find at www.facebook.com/PuebloCreativeCorridor.
Mesa Junction Area
Cup & Bowl Ceramic Art Studio and Gallery, 116 Midway Ave.—Hosting live entertainment with Inner Tribal Spirit Drummers, who will be in full regalia. Featured artist is Jessi Wright in “Pottery Jewels.” Raku firing.
Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo, 120 Lake Ave.—Special opening of Folklorico Museum, where visitors can interact with live exhibits, model costumes and receive historical and cultural information on the regions of Mexico represented. Artists include: The People's Folk Group Conservatory Dancers; Velma Roybal, costume designer; Pj Sierra (Stale Art) with live painting demonstration.
SAGE Art Academy, 113 Broadway Ave.—“Main to Mesa,” art exhibition in new Switch Gallery, showcasing works of artists of the Shoe Factory. Music by Pueblo Improvisers Community Orchestra. ARTable open for creating.
The Fire Playce Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, 105 E. Abriendo Ave.—“One-Year Birthday Bash,” with live music, giveaways, face painting and Happy Hour painting prices.
Union Avenue Historic District
Chalk the Block—First Friday Art Walk Block Party, Union Avenue and B Street—Both sides of the street will be open to children, teens and adults to draw, create, listen to music and, best of all, win prizes in this monthly contest.
Golden M. Southwestern & Indian Art, 103 W. B. St.—Jewelry displayed by local artists; silver work, bead work and wire wrapping will be available, and each will be demonstrated throughout the evening.
John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Gallery, 221 S. Union Ave.—Featuring “The Brooders,” in upstairs gallery, as well as duo with vocals and instruments. Turf Exchange Gallery features Salvatore Pace on his homemade guitar.
Pueblo Riverwalk, 1 Riverwalk Pl.—“Boats, Bands and BBQ Festival,” includes live entertainment with Cody Canada and the Departed, Blue Pepper, The Martini Shot, Landon Williams. Tickets are $5 adults, children $2.
RazMaTaz, 335 S. Union Ave.—“Crazy Daze Sale,” includes special discounts and promotions, including up to 50% off.
Steel City Art Works Gallery, 216 S. Union Ave.—Featuring Louisa Hansen, pottery/photography; Ed Hughes, paintings; Bill LaMorris, photography.
Downtown Area/Main Street
Central Plaza Grand Opening, First and Main Streets—4 p.m. ribbon cutting, tree planting, time capsule burying, bubble-making machine and other events, as well as music.
Historic Federal Building, 421 N. Main St.—Spay and Neuter Art Show and Benefit honoring the masterworks of the late Marilyn June Barkhoefer. Proceeds to benefit several animal rescue and shelter operations in Pueblo and Southern Colorado. Visitors will also have the rare opportunity to visit the old Post Office, which is where the exhibition will take place.
Kadoya Gallery, 119 Central Plaza—“Abodes and Other Abodes,” oil paintings by Gary Morgan; hand crafted and blown glass preview by Ana Luz and Arturo of Colibri; “Triangulations,” the form, function and balance sculptures by Frank Fry.
The Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza—Opening reception for “4x4: Four Artists, Four Styles” with Terry Cates, Steve Mason, Linda Cates and Maureen Keenan-Mason.
The sponsors for the 2014 First Friday Art Walk activities are Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Black Hills Energy, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Legacy Bank, Pueblo Events Powered by The Pueblo Chieftain, Boettcher Foundation, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Creative Industries and National Endowment for the Arts.
Pueblo Arts Alliance promotes the production, enjoyment and collaboration of the arts for the purposes of economic development and an enriched quality of life in Pueblo. As administrator of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, a state-certified Creative District, the Arts Alliance is supported by Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation.