Downtown Colorado Springs kicks off First Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with exhibits, live music and more

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Downtown Colorado Springs is in full swing Friday with a list of fun events offered free to the public, which take place on the first Friday of every month.

From live music to art exhibitions and special events, there is a variety of things to explore and enjoy. Dozens of local retailers, galleries and nonprofits come together to throw a night out where people can hang out and share art, culture and entertainment.

During the pandemic, many artists and small businesses struggled to survive. Lack of inspiration, lost work opportunities, the struggle for survival, affected many artists during very difficult times.

A reception is being held tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alvarez Gallery and Art School, 218 W Colorado Ave, where a group of artists will present an exhibition of works created over the past two years, reflecting their personal experiences of COVID -19 impacting their lives and loved ones.

“Artists provide balance in these times,” says artist-curator Chris Alvarez. “This show is about the art and the artists and how they coped.” The exhibition features works by Michael Baum, Julie Kirkland, Chris Alvarez, Brie Barney and more.

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