PUEBLO, Colo.—April 15, 2015—The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on May 1. Shed those layers and kick off the summer with live entertainment both in the galleries and on the streets, the opening of the seasonal water rides at the Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo and fresh new art. Pick up a brand new Explorer’s Guide designed by Pueblo’s artist, John Bueno to you’re your visit of 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
Broadway Cup ‘n Cork, 100 Broadway Ave.—Featuring the work of Misti Hughes-Baros, local contemporary abstract artist. Playful vibrant colors, organic shapes and bold abstract compositions characterize her art.
Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo, 120 Lake Ave.—Live dance performances and spoken presentations on the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo and Savory Sopes from Nene’s Catering.
Pocket Change, 214 W. Abriendo—Featuring “Watercolors of Bruce Wagner.”
SAGE Art Academy, 113 Broadway Ave.—Along with SWITCH Gallery will be showing an amazing collection of artwork by the students of The McClelland School lead by long time McClelland teacher and artist Nancy Grant. ARTable open for creating. Enjoy live music and refreshments!
Union Avenue Historic District
Artcorp, 313 S. Union Ave.—In conjunction with Chicano Humanities & Arts Council and Estilos Denver presents ‘Dreaming of You’ Selena Quintanilla Tribute Art Exhibition 5-8 p.m.
Bellezza Design Boutique, 102 S. Victoria Suite 110—Kick off summer with a great ‘make it yourself’ Cocktails and Creativity “Salt Scrub Summer” with Six Mile Soap. Sweet Pea Mobile Boutique will be on site.
El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave.—Presenting an experience in tactical urbanism along with the Drop City 50 anniversary and Kadoya Gallery. Illuminated geodesic dome provided by children in the museum’s Hands-On History after school program. “Drop City Van” on display. Improvisational musical display courtesy of PICO.
Golden M. Southwestern & Indian Art, 103 W. B St.—Come out for CHALK THE BLOCK. Chalk is provided, just bring your creative flair.
Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, 1 Riverwalk Pl.—Summer kickoff event features Oliva Colletti and The Super Sonics. Enjoy the water with $2 boat rides and $5 pedal boat rentals.
John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, 221 S. Union Ave.—John Deaux Gallery is hosting a show of abstract paintings by Brent Dewell. The Turf Exchange will have artists demos and music by Salvatore Pace.
Southeastern Heritage Center & Museum, 201 W. “B” Street—Opening reception of “Fade to Pueblo’s Past” with Linda Cates and Holly Ward. Through composite photography Pueblo’s history, its’ past and the emotion of times gone by are juxtaposed with what’s happening in the world today. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Steel City Art Works Gallery, 216 S. Union Ave.—Opening of the Annual Photography Show featuring juried photographs from area photographers with awarding of prizes. Photos will hang for the entire month of May.
Stitchers Garden, 308 S. Union Ave.—Featuring the art quilts of Jackie Vujcich of Superior, CO. Vujcich designs her own original patterns of both traditional and landscape art.
Performers at Union and C Street
5 – 6 p.m. Kim Sewell
6:30 – 7 p.m. Premiere Ballet
7 – 8 p.m. Wendy Keller
Downtown Area/Main Street District
Gallery 201, 300 1/2 N. Main St.—Featuring the watercolor artwork of Rose Origer-Clark.
Kadoya Gallery, 119 Central Plaza—“Paper, Paper, Paper” Constructions by Nina Cravens-Fry.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave.—Featured exhibitions include “Mexico Profundo” by Wayne Lambert, “Unconventional Camera & Pinhole Photography” by Heather Oelklaus, “Waldo Chicken” by Cas Foste and “Remnants & Revival” by Brenda Biondo each with a distinct theme. Meet the Big Heads and Waldo Chicken from Foste’s series. Refreshments by Franco’s Bistro will be served.
Shoe Factory,300 ½ N. Main St.—Partnering with Kadoya Gallery and El Pueblo History Museum in the Drop City 50 Celebration. Geodesic dome installations and storytelling will link Central Plaza with the El Pueblo History Museum via a tactical urbanism demonstration in honor of Drop City 50.
Performer at Central Plaza
5 – 8 p.m. The Band Sparrow
Artcorp, 313 S. Union Ave.— Music/Open Mic/Comedy 8:30-10 p.m.
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.
1-Poured Landscape — Nina Cravens-Fry
2-Selena — Maria Lopez
3-Issues at Hand — Cas Foste’s
4-Levee Project — Holly Ward and Linda Cates
5-Bellezza Design Boutique