june FIRST FRIDAY
june 1, 2018 | 5 PM TO 8 PM
ART LIVE + WILDEST DREAMS
Have a surreal experience at Cottonwood Center for the Arts! This First Friday art extravaganza features the ART LIVE performance art of Diego Arnedo as well as the opening of our surrealism inspired show Wildest Dreams. Live painting from Arnedo incorporates conceptual lighting, visuals, and illusions into his color changing work which allows the viewer to experience two realities within the same piece. The use of ultraviolet light elevates fantastic and unused colors into our realm of vision. Music, acrobats, and more will round out this interactive experience.
ART OF THE ART THERAPIST + JOURNAL
Art of the Art Therapist features the work of local professionals who use creative art-making, the creative process, psychological theory and knowledge of human experience when working with their clients. Featured artists include Susan Jacobsen, Barbara Wegener, Tamara Herl, Colleen Froehlich, Kim Griffis, and Joy Brewer. Works by Cottonwood artists continue the theme in a corresponding collection called "Journal."
THE KNITTING CIRCLE | NIKKI STITCH + FELICIA KELLY
An encore presentation of the work of Nikki Stitch and Felicia Kelly inspired by women and the elevation of craft into fine art. Knitted pieces explore the history, tradition, and artistry of traditional "women's work" and speak on the topics of media, pop culture, and contemporary issues.
JUNK | CHRIS KELLY
Chris Kelly creates works that call for the viewer to be as intellectually invested in the experience as he was while creating his pieces. Inspired by Joseph Kosuth’s “One and Three Chairs” he asked “Which is the real chair?” and sought to look at words differently. Working with found objects allowed him to place elements in new and unfamiliar ways and explore the way words and definitions are read by a variety of different people. His ultimate goal is to display multiple definitions in harmony in order to encourage viewers to think outside their preconceived boxes and look at the world in a different way.
JUNE FIRST FRIDAY KID'S CLUB
Join us in studio 113 for open painting! Kids ages 5 and up will have the opportunity to use washable paint, brushes or fingers, and canvas to finish a painting to take home. Crafts will run from 5 pm to 8 pm during the rest of Cottonwood’s First Friday festivities. $5-10 requested donation, all materials provided. Please wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty. *We will be away for July, see you at August First Friday!
FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE BUS
The First Friday Shuttle Bus is back! Grab your friends and check out the Art Walks 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.
These events are made possible by support from Colorado Creative Industries.