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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on April 7. Stroll downtown visit more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and businesses in the Creative Corridor. First Friday Art Walk activities are free.
Pueblo’s First Friday Art Walk continues to provide more than paintings, photography, fiber arts, sculpture, glass and pottery. Many of the Creative Corridor’s art galleries and shops have special demonstrations of live art activities. There will be newly hung shows, refreshments, live music and entertainment. Visitors create their own walking art tour of a variety of locations by starting at one gallery, picking up a free 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 can be found at PuebloArts.org or follow on facebook.com/PuebloArts. For information on the Pueblo Creative Corridor, call 855-543-2430 or find at facebook.com/PuebloCreativeCorridor.
Mesa Junction District
Artisan Textile Co., 121 Broadway Ave.— In solidarity with the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, ATC is embracing Japan Style this April and May. We are featuring the weaving works of Southern Colorado textile artist Yumiko Kato, as well as her private Japanese collection. In addition, our resident artists are showcasing their interpretation of the Japan Influence in contemporary textile works and art. “Make and Take” origami cherry blossoms with Mary Lynn of Origami Odyssey. Refreshments served.
Broadway Cup ‘n Cork, 100 Broadway Ave.— This month’s featured artist is Debbie Knobbe.
Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo Studio, 120 Lake Ave.— Featuring historical presentations of Mexican Folk dance as well as a $6 fundraising dinner. This month’s menu will feature quesadillas.
Union Avenue Historic District
Arts Alliance Studios, 107 S. Grand Ave.— All Clay a.k.a. Cristine Boyd will be hosting the first part of a two-part Raku workshop during the Art Walk. On April 7, come to the studio between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. for a lesson on making a clay object. Part two will be held on May 13, during Second Saturday Open Studios, and we will Raku fire what we made. A $30.00 fee covers materials, class time and firing.
The Hanging Tree Café, 209 S. Union Ave.— Celebrate our local talent at monthly open mic! Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by local musician Dante Macy.
John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, 221 S. Union Ave.— In conjunction with the Sangre de Cristo Art Center’s Japan Style show, John Deaux will host the CREATE Art Studio’s show Atomedia downstairs. Longtime gallery artist Marilyn Leuszler’s sumi-e (Japanese black ink painting) will be featured upstairs. Tom Boyd will perform on his Marxophone downstairs while Nuthatch Pants entertain upstairs.
Southeastern Heritage Center & Museum, 201 W. “B” Street—Featuring recent and early works of artist Maria Westy Bush.
Steel City Art Works Gallery, 216 S. Union Ave.— Presenting the opening reception of Dee Ford’s Middle Class America through the Eyes of the Whooping Crane, which portrays the plight of Middle Class Americans—the newest endangered species—through whooping crane paintings. Also, Chavez-Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy will display Art for All Ages, which includes a collection of artwork from students and art teachers, and showcases spirit masks, rubber stamp art and a variety of class projects.
Wix Gallery, 102 S. Victoria Ave., Suite 130— Grand Opening Show continues through April 19, featuring contemporary fine art from Randy Wix, Cristine Boyd, Paul Krueger, Kim Faiella, Justin Reddick and Liz McCombs. During First Friday, the Gallery will introduce its new platform honoring video art from around the world, with an introduction on the Top 10 living artists today as well as several local favorites.
Downtown Area/Main Street District
KINspire Dance Studio, 127 N. Santa Fe. Ave., Suite B—Hosting a night of free classes! Each class will be 45 minutes, with a 15 minute performance following to showcase the choreography and skill of the company dancers. Classes include: 5:00-5:45 p.m.—Pre-K combo for ages 3-6; 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.—ballet for any age; 7:00 – 7:45 p.m.—hip hop for any age. Refreshments provided.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave.—New exhibitions honoring Japan Style are free and open to the public from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Featuring complimentary refreshments with Kayoko Morton performing on the Japanese Koto (stringed musical instrument). Presenting Japan Style: The Art of Form and Function in the White Gallery. Discover the many techniques and applications developed by Japanese artisans over hundreds of years. The collection of Gregory Howell focuses on works created during the 18th through 20th centuries.
Japan Style: Netsuke from the collection of Charles Trent is presented on the 2nd and 3rd Floor Foyers. Pronounced “nets-keh,” these small, intricately carved sculptural objects made of ivory, wood, metal, or ceramic, were originally used as a button-like fixture on a man’s sash.
Also presenting Japan Style: Regional Contemporary Art of Japan in the Regional Gallery, Japan Style: Kimonos and Prints in the King Gallery and Japan Style: Contemporary Ceramics in the Hoag Gallery.
Sponsors for the 2017 First Friday Art Walk include: Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Koncilja & Koncilja, Legacy Bank, Pueblo Events, Pueblo Arts Alliance, 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 Colorado Certified Creative District, the Arts Alliance is supported by Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation.