The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on April 6. Visit more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and businesses throughout the Creative Corridor! First Friday Art Walk activities are free.
Downtown Area/Main Street District
- Formulary 55, 423 W. 4th St.— Explore their line of locally made small-batch bath and beauty products during their one open studio day a month! Noon to 7 p.m. in their showroom.
- Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave.— Enjoy free admission from 5 to 7 p.m. and complimentary refreshments to view several featured shows, including: Aquarius Watermedia Exhibition in the Regional Gallery, presented by the Southern Colorado Water Color Society. This juried exhibition showcases many local and regional artists. Courage and Hope: Portraits of Mental Health and Substance Use in the Hoag Gallery, presented by Friendly Harbor Community, has the goal of educating the public and countering stigma. Representing the West: A New Frontier in the White Gallery, is another juried art show featuring both non-traditional and traditional depictions of the West, including audio and video pieces. Melanie Yazzie Coded: Works on Paper in the Third Floor Foyer features works which draw upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage, following the Diné dictum “walk in beauty.” Ruth Schnee: American Icon in the King Gallery features works by this Mid-Century American space planner and textile designer, called a “Detroit treasure” and “American legacy,” who continues to make art at 94. Finally, enjoy Native American Fetishes in the Second Floor Foyer.
- Steel City Theatre Company, Pueblo, 241 S. Santa Fe Ave.— Presenting “Reefer Madness,” a hilariously clever comedy spoof. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and beverage service, and show begins at 7:30 pm. Call 719-994-8298 for ticket information.
Mesa Junction District
- Artisan Textile Co., 121 Broadway Ave.— Spring has sprung! Come support the handmade revolution and enjoy the latest in locally, sustainably-made fashions, accessories and home goods. Find your inner artist at our Makers’ Table. Light refreshments served.
- Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo, 120 Lake Ave.— Hosting a fundraising dinner of nachos. Enjoy live performance by the dancers of Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo Studio!
Union Avenue Historic District
- The Hanging Tree Cafe, 209 S. Union Ave.—Celebrate our local talent at monthly open mic! Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m. Music, spoken word and comedy are welcome.
- JOHN DEAUX ART GALLERY and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, 221 S. Union Ave.— As you view new works by the gallery artists, enjoy live music by Nuthatch Pants upstairs in John Deaux Art Gallery while Tom Boyd performs on his Marxophone downstairs in the Turf Exchange. The artists of CREATE Art Studios will be showing and selling new paintings and sculptures in a show titled "ARTNADO" in the downstairs gallery.
- Pueblo Heritage Museum, 201 W. "B" Street—Presenting a show of drawings by artist Johnny Fuentes from 5 to 7 p.m. Most of Mr. Fuentes' collection features drawings from the Southwest done in pastels and pencil using the method of pointillism (dots).
- Steel City Art Works, 216 S. Union Ave.— Celebrating the opening reception of “Extraordinary in the Ordinary,” with featured artists Toni Labenberg, who meshes acrylic, pastels and muslin batiks into her creations, finding inspiration in the colors and shapes of nature; and Annette McGuire, who paints bold images in watercolor batik, with contrast and intense colors that pop from gardens and the people she encounters.
Our guest artist for the month is photographer Rowedean Doss, whose work includes landscapes, horses, old homesteads and the scenery of the Southwest. Doss is a member of the Southern Colorado Photography Society.
Also, Chavez-Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy will be at the Gallery First Friday to display a collection of artwork from students.
Beyond the Creative Corridor
- Blo Back Gallery, 131 Spring St.— Doug Mielnicki’s pop art paintings will continue to be on display throughout the month of April.
- Arts Alliance Studios Annex, 410 W. City Center Dr.— Beginning at 8 p.m., enjoy the free-wheeling improvisational musings of The Manly Babe Choir, featuring the guitar stylings of Michael J. O’Neill of Boulder, percussion by Ryan Seward of Denver, and strings and voice by Pueblo’s very own Bob Marsh.
The sponsors for the 2018 First Friday Art Walk are: Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Legacy Bank-Colorado, 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.