Florence art galleries present a 2nd Saturday Art Walk, August 13 from 4 to 8 pm. Six galleries will feature works by local and regional artists, refreshments, demonstrations by the artists and live music in the galleries and on the street.
These participating Florence galleries on Main Street from east to west are: Blue Heron, on the north side of the 200 East block, features the western and wildlife paintings of Rudl Mergelman and other realist painters as well as woodcarvings, weavings and pottery. On the south side of the street, Royal Contemporary invites everyone to a reception for Mix It Up, Contemporary Mixed Media. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Down the block is @ Florence Gallery offering the unique contemporary two and three-dimensional work of several local artists and featuring the oil paintings of David McKean. Barn and Barrel, in the center of the 100 block of Main Street, features paintings and demonstrations by resident artist Tom Lockhart. Blue Frog on Main, Florence’s newest studio/gallery is upstairs in the middle of the block. Ed Penner the owner and resident artist, with several other artists represented, will be demonstrating. Blue Spruce Art and Antiques, nestled between the old Hotel Florence and the Rialto Theater on the 200 West block, features the painting, photography, sculpture, glass, and fiber art of 20 Colorado artists. Currently, Blue Spruce is hosting their annual Miniatures Show.
In addition to the art galley events, the Historic Rialto Theater will feature tours of the old theater now undergoing renovation, an exhibit of historic photos, and homemade ice cream. At 5:30 pm, Bell Tower Cultural Center at Petroleum and 2nd Street will serve BBQ and root beer floats, a new local tradition, followed at 7 pm by a country music concert featuring Evelyn Roper. Enjoy the Contemporary Wall Hangings exhibit in the gallery as you listen to the music.
Come spend a terrific Saturday evening walking the Florence Arts District on August 13 from 4 to 8 pm, and on the 2nd Saturdays of every month through the end of the year!
Florence is located on Highway 115, 35 miles south of Colorado Springs, between Pueblo and Canon City, just off Highway 50.