Friday, March 2, 2012

First Friday Raditude

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 7:32 AM

From the listings desk: The first week of any month is usually pretty hellacious when it comes to listings. When you write up about 100 events manually — they aren't automatically uploaded, you know — it's sometimes hard to get excited about what all's going on around town. Mea maxima culpa.

That said, learning about and sharing cultural happenings in our town is all in a day's work, and that, as my colleague likes to say, is rad.

Here is a sampling of the art openings and events to help you plan your First Friday:

• Art Exhibits

The Accessibility Store, 729 S. Tejon St., 219-8182, Rocky Mountain Artists with Disabilities Showcase, an exhibition of works in various mediums created by local artists with disabilities. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5 p.m.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Through Our Eyes, a series of Colorado Springs photographs by members of the Pathways ACCESS Center Photography Essentials group. March 1-30. Artist reception, Wed., March 28, 4:30-6 p.m.

ARTSpace Gallery
  • ARTSpace Gallery

The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Jobs, Chairs, Nudes, Power Pole, Red Shoes, Snow, Night, Pizza, Jesus, Burgers, Building, Zen, Prom Dress, Floors and, Stuff, a collection of work by Michael Cellan. In the Commons Gallery, pieces by Bridge Gallery artists. March 2-25. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, The Big Chair Project Art Show: What's in a Chair?, a collection of artwork commemorating last year's Chair Project, led by local artist Sean O'Meallie, in which 671 empty chairs were lined up along Manitou Avenue. March 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5-8 p.m., with entertainment by Ormao Dance Company, The Storys, Judeth Shay Burns and more. Gallery talk with Chair Project photographers, Carol Dass, Lilian Critchlow, Billie Allor and others, Sat., March 3, 11 a.m.

Domino, 10 S. 25th St., 310-1070, A Modest Gift of Who I Am, an exhibition of the changing work of French painter Sigolène McCarthy . Through March 31. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 4 p.m.

  • Domino

Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040, reVISIONED Ugly Beautiful, a show built on the theme of "taking a second look," with works by Betty Ross, Pat Musick, LuDel Walter and Tim Davis. March 2 to April 20. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5-7:30 p.m.

Downtown Studio Gallery
  • Downtown Studio Gallery

Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, Earth Works at Play, a collection of sculpture made from found, natural items by Donna Becker. March 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5 p.m., featuring poetry by Robin Izer, music by Crystal and the Curious and free yoga with Kat Tudor.

Mediterranean Cafe, 118 E. Kiowa St., 633-0115, Most Valuable PlaceMonument Valley Park: Most Valuable Place, an exhibition of photos Rhonda Van Pelt — a freelance writer for the Indy — took of Monument Valley Park. 10 percent of proceeds from any photos sold benefit those restoring the park's historic stonework. Through March 31.

Mediterranean Cafe
  • Mediterranean Cafe

Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, Chris Alvarez and Joe Bonomo, a dual show by these local artists. Alvarez captures neighborhood scenes from daily life while Bonomo's new work explores steampunk culture and art dedicated to themes such as the seasons and the arts. March 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, with live music by The Ivory Banks.

Chris Alvarez at the Modbo
  • Chris Alvarez at the Modbo

Purple Mountain Roastery and Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-6347, Featured Artist Roland Hawkins. March 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5-8 p.m.

Soirée Events & Celebrations, 1003 A&B S. Tejon St., 351-7191, Spotlight Gallery: Audrey Gray, a solo show by this local artist, who uses natural, found materials in her work (Read more on Gray here.) Through May 26. Artist reception, Fri., March 2, 5-8 p.m.

S.P.Q.R., 17 B E. Bijou St., Michael DeVore and Cecilia Thorell, an exhibit by these classically trained painters who met while studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. March 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, with live music by The Ivory Banks.

Self portrait by Michael DeVore at S.P.Q.R.
  • Self portrait by Michael DeVore at S.P.Q.R.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, Visions of Light, a exhibition of local and national photographers capturing landscapes, architecture, portraits, nature and abstract subjects. Through March 24. Opening reception, Fri., March 2, 5-8 p.m.

• Art Events

blackHistory@blacKiowa, a closing show honoring Black History Month with art and performances. Fri., March 2, 7 p.m. The blacKiowa Gallery, 745 E. Kiowa St., 471-4215.

First Friday Art Walk — Pueblo, monthly art celebrations encompassing multiple galleries, a handful of coffee shops, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and other businesses. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, Union Avenue, Pueblo,

New Work by Gary Jensen, held at the Taos-Maos/Dancing Fox Art Gallery (2513½ W. Colorado Ave.) Sat., March 3, 4-7 p.m. 322-1581.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Presented by the Modbo and Peaks and Pasties, an open figure drawing session with a model from our local burlesque troupe, Gezelle Za Belle. Afterward, the gallery will host a special afterparty with Leonhardt, Antique Scream and The Men of Deep Throat ($5 for Dr. Sketchy's participants.) Sun., March 4, 6:30-8 p.m. $12 donation. Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240,

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