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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States

719-520-1899

FIRST FRIDAY

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FIRST FRIDAY
juLY 5, 2019 | 5 PM TO 8 Pm

WORKS ON DISPLAY THROUGH JULY 30


nsr gallery | SAMANTHA DISNEY-SAXTON, SHANNON DUNN, EMILY SULLIVAN

Cottonwood Center for the Arts is proud to present the art of Colorado based artists Samantha Disney-Saxton, Shannon Dunn, + Emily Sullivan for the month of July.

Shannon Dunn’s painting style is inspired by her background in printmaking and her love for stylized, simplified drawings. Shannon paints in oils, ink, acrylic, and resin. While her work is largely focused on the human figure, she draws inspiration from the natural world, observations of social behavior, and her spiritual beliefs.

Emily Sullivan's paintings reflect transitions. The sky holds predictability -- familiar moments framed above interchangeable localities. Unstable horizons stutter or halt the otherwise expansive sky. The clouds in these paintings represent dichotomies: predictable as a daily ritual, but also ephemeral from one moment to the next -- in perpetual transition.

Samantha Disney-Saxton’s current installation work is a melding of several mediums including clay, and fabric passed down from her grandmother. She believes the most important heirlooms are those that contain a personal story or memory. Each individual pod in this installation is reminiscent of the embrace of a family member. This assortment of pods together are representative of her family, personal community, and her support system, along with those that she supports and cares about.

This pairing of unusual and striking installation art with equally enchanting two-dimensional work brings the gallery to life, creating a fully engaging exhibition for patrons to immerse themselves in.

spittler gallery | AARON GRAVES: Campi di sogni

Aaron Graves approaches installations using all three of his disciplines (photography, fashion design, and display work). He does so with the intent of creating a dramatic experience that evokes a fashion magazine editorial - one that you can walk through. These installations are homage to the dying art that is window dressing, using mannequins and one-of-a-kind original hand sewn garments.

reception gallery | embroidery by ROB WATT

hanson gallery | CASS MULLANE: ghosted

Johnson gallery | HEATHER COTTERMAN + LAURA “GATES” BROWN: THREADS AND BRISTLES

COTTONWOOD UPSTAIRS

Long Hall Gallery East | Faces and Figures: works by the Cottonwood Life Drawing Artist Group

Long Hall Gallery Center | Assorted works by Cottonwood studio artists

Long Hall Gallery West | works by Gary Snyder

Topaz Gallery | Things That Fly by LeAnna Tuff

Spruce Gallery | Inside the Wheelhouse/Body:Explore by Lori Patton O’Hara

Bighorn Gallery | Lisa Villanueva

Rosa Gallery | Laura “Gates” Brown

Cottonwood Upstairs has a constant rotation of work created and displayed by our resident artists. Paintings large and small in every medium, textile art, found object sculptures, fine woodworking, handcrafted paper, and jewelry are some examples of the diverse art that can be found throughout Cottonwood’s 2nd Floor.

FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE BUS
The First Friday Shuttle Bus is a great way to explore First Friday in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs – all from the convenience of a free shuttle. Find all the details at PeakRadar.com/FirstFriday.