FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. — The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on May 5. This month’s featured district is Union Avenue. Although activities will continue across Pueblo Creative Corridor, Union Avenue will be highlighted with special entertainment and happenings. 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.
Union Avenue Historic District
Featuring live music by Wendy Keller, Ed Hill and Papa Ours on the corner of Union Avenue and C Street.
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.
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 Alamosa-based emo-pop musician Randall Rahn.
Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, 1 Riverwalk Pl.— Celebrating the official opening of boat season with $2 boat rides and happy hour all weekend long! Live music begins at 4 p.m. Friday night is also the kickoff for the Outlaws Car Show!
John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, 221 S. Union Ave.— Longtime gallery artist Marilyn Leuszler’s sumi-e (Japanese black ink paintings) will be featured upstairs. The Turf Exchange Gallery will show new works by Joel Carpenter. Tom Boyd will perform on his Marxophone downstairs while Nuthatch Pants entertain upstairs.
Southeastern Heritage Center & Museum, 201 W. “B” Street— Hosting an opening reception for It’s a Family Affair: Two East Side Kids, featuring paintings by Dorothy J. Mendoza and photographs by James K. Holst, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Steel City Art Works Gallery, 216 S. Union Ave.— Featuring the opening reception of their annual photography show, Picture This, which features both professional and emerging artists and will showcase a variety of processes, including black/white and color, and types such as landscape, portrait, architectural, nature and more.
Wix Gallery, 102 S. Victoria Ave., Suite 130—Celebrating Japan Style with Japan ‘s Children’s Day (celebrated on May 5 in Japan) by flying the traditional koinobori (flying carp) and showcasing the Industrial Tokonoma Series by gallery owner and artist Randy Wix. The Gallery will also feature works by its core artists Randy Wix, Kim Faiella, Paul Krueger, Cristine Boyd, Justin Reddick and Liz McCombs. Come Celebrate Pueblo Style!
Mesa Junction District
Artisan Textile Co., 121 Broadway Ave.— ATC continues to embrace Japan Style in May, featuring the Art of Saganishiki (Japanese silk & paper brocade weaving) by textile artist Sandra K. Wells, as well as her book by the same name. We will be celebrating Japanese Children’s Day all day with our “Make and Take” carp windsocks for kids of all ages. Refreshments served.
Downtown Area/Main Street District
Bingo Burger, 101 Central Plaza—Featuring live music by The CooperSonics from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave.— Japan Style exhibitions are free and open to the public from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., sponsored by Jeff and Paula Chostner. Also featuring a free Japanese whiskey and beer tasting for patrons age 21 and over and complimentary refreshments.
At 5:30 p.m., Henry Wyeno will give a multi-media presentation called “Being an American – Challenges and Opportunities,” which will provide a brief history of Americans of Japanese ancestry who faced many challenges during World War II and the efforts they made to prove their loyalty to the United States.
Japan Style: The Art of Form and Function continues 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.
Steel City Theatre Company, 241 S. Santa Fe. Ave.— Presenting An Evening of One Acts! Sometimes the best plays come in small packages, and we’ve got three fun ones for you: WASP by Steve Martin, Kiss Me Quick, I’m Double Parked (a classic farce), and Women and Wallace (a dramedy about the women in a man’s life). Tickets are available at sctcpueblo.com or 719-994-8298.
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.