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Thursday, May 18, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on June 2. Although activities will continue across Pueblo Creative Corridor, this month’s featured district is Mesa Junction. Stroll the sunny streets of downtown Pueblo and 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 features 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.— You are invited to come watch how local wool is spun into yarn, and how yarn is then woven into fabric. Also featuring a mixed media show by local artist Donna Graham, who uses knitted, woven and crocheted pieces in her paintings. “Make and Take” a hand-colored pinwheel! Refreshments served.
Broadway Cup ‘n Cork, 100 Broadway Ave.— Displaying artwork created by members of Pueblo’s 4-H program.
Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo Studio, 120 Lake Ave.— From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., presenting a display of historic dances alongside a fundraising dinner featuring quesadillas.
Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.— Pueblo City-County Library District will host Build a Better World: Family Kickoff Concert and Fun from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Dance to live music from The Flock (featuring members of Friberg Friday), get your face painted by Sisters 3 Art, and more! Complimentary refreshments served. You won’t want to miss this night of family fun! Free and open to the public. All ages welcome.
Also featuring the opening reception of the Discover Tech exhibition at 6 p.m. on the 4th floor. Bring the entire family to the opening of Discover Tech, a national traveling exhibition that explores the roles that engineers play in our lives. The exhibit features hands-on and multimedia components that allow exhibit visitors to interact with exhibit content in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives about engineers and their vital work.
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. Come to the studio between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. for a lesson on making a clay object. A $30.00 fee covers materials, class time and firing.
Bridged by Design presents May Flowers, a group show with a focus on energetic understandings, the beauty of nature and creating from the earth. Fine art, jewelry and clothing created by local artists will be available for purchase from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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 Pueblo hip hop artist Martyr Thompson.
John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, 221 S. Union Ave.— As you view new works by the gallery artists, enjoy live music by Nuthatch Pants upstairs in John Deaux Art Gallery while Tom Boyd performs on his Marxophone downstairs in the Turf Exchange.
Steel City Art Works, 216 S. Union Ave.— Hosting opening receptions for two shows: People and Places and Remembering the Past. People and Places features artwork by Lynn Chapman, Kathy Chavez, Nancy Goodenough and Sally Lincoln. The show will include Chapman’s pastels representing the people of the planet, Chavez’s oxidized copper wire weaving with gemstones jewelry, Goodenough’s pastels of her favorite Hawaiian places and Lincoln’s oils chronicling a recent trip to Ethiopia. The evening also includes guest watercolorist Edmond Gallegos, whose pieces in Remembering the Past reflect on the canyons, mesas and architecture of the Southwest along with the simplicity and lifestyle of the past—all inspired by his cultural, historical and religious roots.
Downtown Area/Main Street District
Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza—Opening reception for Survey of Life and Land No. 4. The Bar will offer Happy Hour half-off drinks as well as hors d’oeuvres during the 5 to 8 p.m. reception. The show features photographs by Linda Cates, still lifes by Steven Mason and animals by Mo Keenan-Mason.
Formulary 55, 423 W. 4th St.—Explore their line of locally made small-batch bath and beauty products during their one open studio day a month! Noon to 7 p.m. in their showroom.
Steel City Theatre Company, 241 S. Santa Fe. Ave.—Opening their annual production of After Dark at 9:00 pm. This production takes a look at the fun and seedier side of Broadway and pop music. Tickets are available at 719-994-8298 and sctcpueblo.com.
The sponsors for the 2017 First Friday Art Walk are: Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Legacy Bank, Pueblo Events, Pueblo Arts Alliance, Colorado Creative Industries and National Endowment for the Arts. Pueblo Arts Alliance’s mission is to promote and collaborate in the development of the arts economy in Pueblo. As administrator of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, a Colorado Certified Creative District, the Arts Alliance is supported by Colorado Creative Industries.