Almost eight years ago, local photographer Abigail Kreuser first opened the doors of her Colorado Avenue art gallery, drawing the Springs arts scene under the bridge to enjoy a diverse array of art by local creatives. She has provided a venue for art of all mediums, modes and meanings, and built up the Depot Arts District (which also includes The Bridge Gallery and the new Under the Bridge Collective) into a must-visit First Friday destination. Now, it’s time for her to move onward and upward, and — in true Kreuser fashion — she plans to thank everyone who has helped her along the way.
Opening just in time for February’s First Friday, Kreuser’s new location at 125 E. Boulder St. should prove bigger and better than ever, stocked full of artwork by more than 100 local artists. The show, Gratitude, reflects styles across the spectrum, including paintings by Shannon Dunn and Steve Weed, sculpture by Sean O’Meallie, photography by Brian Tryon and plenty more. The exhibit’s opening reception will include live music by local Americana band Phosphene Eyes, and at 7 p.m. Jasmine Dillavou will present a performance art piece: Reclamation of Sif. Drawing on the Norse story of Sif, a goddess whose power Loki stripped away by cutting her hair, Dillavou will perform a “spiritual bath,” a ritual used in Yoruba Santeria that is meant “to help women find their power, be healed, take control.”
Should you miss the opening reception, stop by the new space throughout the month anyway. It’s rare to see this many local artists represented on a gallery’s walls.