Jun 30, 2010 1:28 PM by Greg Boyce

First Friday features Pueblo art

Pueblo's First Friday Art Walk is back, featuring a self guided walking tour of downtown art.

Art galleries are open for extended hours from 5 to 8 p.m. exhibiting newly hung shows, refreshments, and music. You create your own free walking tour by starting at one gallery, picking up a guide, and travelling on to your next destination. Galleries participating on July 2nd and throughout the year include High Vista Fine Art Gallery, Williams Studio, Steel City Art Works, John Deaux Art Gallery, Turf Exchange Art Center, Cup & Bowl, Daily Grind Café, Wireworks Coffeehouse, 5th & Main Espresso Bar Gallery, Lane's House of Glass, The Cookie Ladies and more! And this summer free performances are brought to you by the Pueblo Performing Arts Guild at Union Avenue and C Street.

Members of the Pueblo Performing Arts Guild will perform live from 5-8 p.m. at the corner of Union Avenue and C Street. Performances on July 2nd include the musical talents of Ed Hill, the beautiful performances of Dream Dancers Dance Academy, and the great jazz/blues beat of the Blue Pepper Trio to finish off the evening's entertainment.

Up on the Mesa Junction, The Cup & Bowl, will feature an evening of "Starry Nights" Ceramic Arts from 6- 8 p.m. at 116 Midway. Join the potters for a hands-on demonstration of raku firing. Watch as a piece of clay is pulled from the kiln while glowing red hot, placed into reduction, and transformed into a work of art. You will see the results in about 20 minutes. Browse the gallery for wonderful works of art, enjoy refreshments, look over class schedules and relax on the patio to live music. Also, Lane's House of Glass, 111 Colorado Avenue, will host a reception in their new gallery with stained and fused art glass gifts, including jewelry, bowls, frames, and home accessories.

Steel City Art Works, at 216 S. Union Steel City Art Works, 216 S. Union, presents their featured artists for July: Lynn Chapman, Ivy Cartier, and Aaron Williams. The gallery will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary during the First Friday Art Walk with a public auction of art provided by each co-op artist. The auction will start at 6 p.m. Don't miss your chance to acquire original quality art. Steel City Art Works offers this fun opportunity to thank loyal customers and fans for their support over the past three years. Make sure you arrive early to find the perfect piece for your bid.

Also, on Union Ave, the Daily Grind Cafe will be showing photography by Joel Hecht. As well, John Deaux Gallery and Turf Exchange Art Center will hold artist receptions and be open until 9 p.m.

On the Riverwalk, the Williams Studio, at 102 S. Victoria #120, features a gallery and gift shop with locally handcrafted ceramics, pottery, paintings, jewelry and more. The Studio is open 5-9pm during First Friday Art Walk. Also on the Riverwalk, Wireworks Coffeehouse and The Cookie Ladies have newly hung displays by local artists.

Continuing further north, the High Vista Gallery, located inside of the El Pueblo History Museum will feature a juried exhibit of watermedia paintings by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. And the 5th & Main Espresso Bar Gallery in the Federal Building will be open with a newly hung show.

Pueblo's First Friday Art Walk Guide is available in all galleries and participating businesses. The guide includes a plan of activities, a map, and coupons.





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