FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, February 15, 2018
PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on March 2. Visit more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and businesses throughout 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. 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.
Downtown Area/Main Street District
5th & Main Espresso Bar and Cafe, 421 N. Main St.— Join us for Tea, Scones, and Poems! Open mic for poetry will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy specialty pricing on our new “sammies,” “fave” bagels, espresso, tea and scones.
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.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave.—Big things come in small packages, and the First Friday Art Walk at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center is no exception! Enjoy free admission from 5 to 7 p.m. to see Native American Fetishes, small but powerful, and now on display in the 2nd Floor Foyer. Once thought to be so powerful, the US government investigated these unique pieces of art in the late 1800’s. Zuni Fetish carvers are generally acknowledged as doing the finest work among all of the tribes. Over 70 of these fascinating carvings are on display from the Marietta Peters Collection.
Mesa Junction District
Artisan Textile Co., 121 Broadway Ave.— We are excited to showcase ceramic artist Cristine Boyd. Experience functional ceramics that double as art objects, or art objects that double as bowls, cups or plates. Cristine’s distinctive black and white with a splash of color work is at once playful and sophisticated. Enjoy a special craft at our Maker’s Table! Light Refreshments served.
The Avenue Art & Antiques, 112 Colorado Ave.— Celebrating their Grand Opening from 5 to 7 p.m.! This new business offers high-quality art, jewelry, pottery, antiques and collectibles.
Broadway Cup ‘n Cork, 100 Broadway Ave.— Featuring works by Pueblo artist Amberdawn. She is a poet, photographer, jewelry designer, singer, songwriter and activist. She hails from the Rocky Mountains of Montana and currently resides here in the heart of sunny Pueblo.
Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.— The Southern Colorado Photography Society and the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library will host an opening reception for the 2018 Annual Photography Show. The awards for this show will be presented at 6 p.m. The event is free. Come support and meet many local photographers, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
Union Avenue Historic District
The Hanging Tree Café, 209 S. Union Ave.—Celebrate our local talent at monthly open mic! Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m. Music, spoken word and comedy are welcome.
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.
Pueblo Heritage Museum, 201 W. “B” Street—Poet Kyle Laws and photographer Linda Cates will present 14 poetry photo panels that tell the story of a woman writer living alone in Pueblo in the 1920’s and 30’s. Each panel depicts the days of upstairs furnished rooms and downstairs businesses on Union Avenue. Panels and a catalog of the show will be available for purchase. The exhibit is held in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Steel City Art Works, 216 S. Union Ave.—Celebrating the opening reception of Doors. The featured artists for this month are unique in their styles. Shirley Knight uses many mediums, focusing on historical and landscape themes; she does work for the Pueblo and Bessemer Historical Societies. Diana LaMorris sculpts shrines, reclaiming upcycled materials to create a spiritual home for figures out of ceramic, wood, stone and plastic. Gary Stueve uses black ink and soft pencil to provide a realistic interpretation of familiar subjects. In addition, more than 45 other artists will be on hand with their interpretation of doors, whether in paintings, photography or an actual door.
Beyond the Creative Corridor
Blo Back Gallery, 131 Spring St.—Celebrating the opening reception of PLAYTIME, featuring paintings by Doug Mielnicki.
Arts Alliance Annex, 410 W. City Center Dr.— Beginning at 8 p.m., enjoy the free-wheeling improvisational musings of The Manly Babe Choir, featuring the guitar stylings of Michael J. O’Neill of Boulder, percussion by Ryan Seward of Denver, and strings and voice by Pueblo’s very own Bob Marsh.
The sponsors for the 2018 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.