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



SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 | 5 PM TO 8 PM


Cottonwood Center for the Arts is delighted to announce the opening of its next juried exhibit, messthetics, and First Friday opening reception activities with the Rocky Mountain Food Report.

Messthetics tasked artists with the challenge of harnessing the power of the ugly aesthetic. In its purest form, messthetics is about impact rather than imperfection. It’s deliberate smearing, rebellion and play. In addition, Cottonwood will display artwork by the docents of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and those of Japanese textile artist Mizuo Hasuo (on display through mid-September). Hasuo forms dramatic shapes “through complex bending, folding and stitching of fabric” to explore natural mysteries and "organic expressions of the living world in its purest form."

The Rocky Mountain Food Report will celebrate its second birthday during First Friday, with food and drink from Rooster’s House of Ramen, Craving4More, R&R Coffee Café, and others, including information about the upcoming Pikes Peak Market.

Cottonwood is excited to be a stop on the First Friday Artwalk Free Shuttle Bus. The hop-on, hop-off bus stops at various outlets throughout Downtown and Old Colorado City over the evening. For more information, visit peakradar.com/firstfriday.

These events are made possible by support from Colorado Creative Industries.