In the former Smokebrush Gallery space at 218 W. Colorado Ave., Cottonwood Center for the Arts artist and Phantom Canyon curator and employee Abby Kreuser will debut the Kreuser Gallery at Purple Mountain Roastery.
The opening will coincide with First Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, and Kreuser will display her own abstract floral-themed photography for this month, to be followed by new shows with other featured artists monthly. As part of the grand opening celebration, bags of Purple Mountain Roastery coffee will be half-off with the purchase of a regular priced bag.
Also, Kreuser will collect items such as coats, gloves and hats and sell cups of coffee to benefit Bill's Kids (an initiative honoring recently deceased Springs artist Bill Hyer) and Urban Peak).
As for the coffee component, Kreuser and her mother, Pat Ellis, have run that business, which was previously Monument-based, since 1998. It has a retail component at 7601 N. Union Blvd., which they sold in 2006 but continue to distribute to. Now, they'll run their wholesale operation from the new space — the room that Smokebrush used as its back office now holds the roasting unit, complete with an afterburner to limit the smell of burning chaff and reduce emissions in an environmentally friendly manner.
To be clear, the new venture is basically a roaster inside a gallery, but not a coffee shop — Abby says to think of it as like a High Rise or BB Bean, where you can sample cups of coffee and buy beans or ground coffee to make at home.
The tentative hours will be: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with special First Friday openings from 5:30 to 8:30. Call 630-6347 for more.