PUEBLO, Colo.—MAY 15, 2015—The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on June 5. Visit 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. 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 cozy shops have special demonstrations of “live art activities.” There will be newly hung shows, refreshments, live music and entertainment. Visitors can 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 www.facebook.com/PuebloArts. For information on the Pueblo Creative Corridor, call 855-543-2430 or find at www.facebook.com/PuebloCreativeCorridor.
Mesa Junction District
Cup & Bowl Ceramic Art Studio and Gallery, 116 Midway Ave.—Tapas y Bocaditos. Featuring Matthew Mejia. Raku demonstrations.
Grupo Folklorico Del Pueblo, 120 Lake Ave.—Featuring Salsa and Salseros along with salsa lessons. Nene’s catering will provide different nacho and salsa combinations.
SAGE Art Academy, 113 Broadway Ave.—Showcasing works by Christa Phillips & Friend in “2 Broads on Broadway.” Paintings in oil, pastels & watercolor. Refreshments will be flowing. SAGE ARTable will be out for creating.
Union Avenue Historic District
Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, 1 Riverwalk Pl.—15th annual Loaf ‘N Jug Boats, Bands and BBQ. Live music by “Jason Boland and the Stragglers” and “Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Bands” among others.
John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, 221 S. Union Ave.—The John Deaux art gallery will have the guitar and vocal stylings of “Nuthatch Pants.” The Turf Exchange will have artists painting and music by Salvatore Pace.
Southeastern Heritage Center & Museum, 201 W. “B” Street—Showcasing Karen Wallace’s “Impressionistic Scenes from Nature.” Museum exhibits open.
Steel City Art Works Gallery, 216 S. Union Ave.—Feature artists are George Ivins, Frank Nemick, Paul Barnett and Gary Stueve with a theme of “Old Geezers’ Art.” Guest artist will be Lynn Stenzel. Gallery exhibition feature will be “Paint A Freakin’ Chair.”
Downtown Area/Main Street District
The Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza—Opening Reception of “The Survey of Life and Land II” with artists Steven Mason, Linda Cates and Mo Keenan-Mason. The Bar will offer Happy Hour half-off drinks as well as hors d’oeuvres during the reception.
Gallery 201, 300 1/2 N. Main St.—Shawn Vidmar Devine, traveled photographer, presents a unique selection of her favorite photos from her travels in the show “La Coleccion.”
Kadoya Gallery, 119 Central Plaza—Featuring “Threading Labor: Interpreting Everyday Heroes” a special fiber arts exhibition honoring the working class of Pueblo. Bob Benvenuto opens the book of the new Pueblo City-County Library Idea Factory Maker-in-Residence Program with his photo montage images of Rawlings Public Library.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave.—43rd Anniversary Gala. Tickets required.
Shoe Factory, 115 N Main Street on Central Plaza—Featuring a series of tactical urbanism installations in “Repurpose” at Central Plaza. Display created by artists using ordinary objects with a twist.
Street Beat Performers
All 14, 2015 Street Beat acts will perform throughout the corridor during the two-hour Art Walk. First Friday goers won’t miss the sights and sounds filling the Corridor.
Steel City Theatre Company, 241 S. Santa Fe Ave.—Presenting annual R-Rated, adults only musical review “After Dark.” Features songs and dances from the seedier side of Broadway and Pop Music. Drinks at 8:00, and show at 9:00 pm. Passwords required- check Facebook for more info.
The sponsors for the 2015 First Friday Art Walk are: PuebloEvents.net, Legacy Bank, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Black Hills Corporation, Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Creative Industries, Boettcher Foundation and Pueblo Arts Alliance. 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.