Local galleries open their doors for Downtown Fort Collins First Friday Art Walk

The stereotypical weekend routine for students may be to require the services of RamRide, but the first Friday of every month offers a much more dignified option: the First Friday Art Walk.

The event takes places at local art galleries and museums to celebrate local artwork and the creative spirit. Close to 20 galleries in downtown Fort Collins participate by opening their doors to the public from 6 to 9 p.m.

CoCOA (Colorado Coalition of Artists) is hosting their second annual Juried Art Exhibit, which allows a “juror” to judge and award prizes to artists competing. No guidelines are set, giving artists free reign on media, size and subject. More than $13,000 in cash awards and merchandise are available this year.

“We have different shows every month and we can’t have people to pay to be on our walls,” said Marcy Silverstein, director of CoCOA. “It’s different here every month.”

Centennial Gallery is hosting a special show with works from Bob Coonts, a local artist who uses a traditional figure of an animal and inside the animal uses colors and symbols to depict how he feels about that animal.

“It’s very imaginative design,” said Lynne Deunton, the owner and manager of Centennial Gallery. “He uses very very colorful, bright deep colors, mostly paints in acrylics. He also does mixed media sculptures, very interesting bronze work.”

Centennial Gallery strictly represents Colorado original artists.

“The only prints we carry are some that these artists that we represent have done, but it’s traditional art,” Deunton said.

The gallery carries western art, abstract, landscapes, ceramics, jewelry, blown glass and bronzes.

“We like to think we have something for everybody,” Deunton said.

Just around the corner at Art On Mountain, three dimensional and two dimensional artwork is displayed.

“We do have artwork from 30 different artists and — unlike some galleries — we don’t just hang pieces on the wall, we have three-dimensional things, woodwork, jewelry and pottery,” said David Kehrli, co-owner of the gallery.

Artists are required to bring in new pieces every month, with a rapid turnover in artwork, making a unique group of art.

Kehrli, however, mentioned that they’re not unique in their food offerings with a table set up for guests.

“Come a little hungry, not on a full stomach,” Kehrli said.

 

Gallery Guide:
ART LAB
239 Linden St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
970-368-2278

ART ON MOUNTAIN
102 W. Mountain Ave.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
970-223-6450

BAS BLEU
401 Pine St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
970-498-8066

LANYON SPIRIT GALLERY
246 Pine St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
970-221-1778

CENTENNIAL GALLERIES
233 Linden St.
Fort Collins, CO
970-221-5290

THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
400 N. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524

COCO Artist Studio
11 Old Town Sq. Suite 121-A
Fort Collins, CO
970-430-5113

FORT COLLINS MUSEUM OF ART
201 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
970-482-2787

Juiced on Imagination
115 N. College Ave. Suite 220
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
970-301-9695

OPIATE GALLERY
237 Linden St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
(970)443-4861

RENDITION GALLERY
251 Jefferson St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Phone: (970)484-2601