The Pikes Peak region is home to over 65 galleries that carry diverse, original artwork by local and nationally-known artists. From long-established collections of museum-quality heirlooms to off-the-beaten path showcases of emerging artists, our local galleries will surprise and delight you. They also offer gift ideas far more unique than anything you can find this season in a box store, at a variety of prices, shapes, and subjects. Many offer special holiday shopping events for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25.
The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) produces a comprehensive, free Gallery Guide available online at tinyurl.com/GalleryGuide2018 or in print at galleries around the region. We hope it inspires you to get to know our incredible visual arts community!
Here are 5 suggestions of galleries you may never have visited that are perfect for holiday shopping:
Bella Art & Frame
183 Washington St., Monument, CO 80132
This cornerstone of the art scene in Monument, CO offers a custom framing studio specializing in fine arts, sports memorabilia, and military decorations. Bella’s extensive fine art gallery carries pottery, jewelry, paintings, and photography by some of Colorado’s best artisans, plus unexpected gift ideas like unique walking sticks, mirrors, and miniature art. Great days to visit include the Downtown Monument Holiday Open House on November 3-4 and Monument’s Small Town Christmas on December 2.
Fare Bella Studio and Gallery + Tracy Miller Gallery
14 and 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829
These adjacent galleries offer two very distinct styles in a connected floorplan for easy browsing. Fare Bella is an eclectic, contemporary mix of fine art, jewelry and decor by local and regional artists. Its collection is fresh and delightful, with a wide range of prices. Tracy Miller Gallery specializes in “Art of the New West,” perfect for contemporary Western décor and hip cowboy types on your list. Her annual Holiday Show, featuring paintings as low as $100, begins Thanksgiving weekend.
45 Degree Gallery
2528 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
If your holiday shopping list includes hard-to-buy-for young adults, you’ll find a haven of cool, surprising, and delightful contemporary wares at 45°. This newer gallery in the Old Colorado City strip features paintings, jewelry, pottery, furniture and home accessories from over 50 artisans. Potter Tony Guido’s handmade aspen dishware is particularly popular – request the custom option to have your gift recipient’s initials carved into the bark of the aspens on his whimsical dishes, mugs, vases, and serving platters.
Art Gallery of the Rockies
Union Square Shopping Center, 5051 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
If you prefer online shopping but want your holiday spending to benefit our local creative economy, Art Gallery of the Rockies has a fabulous website that puts their extensive inventory of fine art at your fingertips (or mouse click). Family owned and operated for over 20 years, they display art by Colorado and nationally-known artists including landscapes, wildlife, and Western subjects in traditional and contemporary styles. They also specialize in appraisals and conservation.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Ave., Downtown Colorado Springs, CO 80903
In addition to large gallery shows and a constantly evolving boutique of items crafted by local artisans, Cottonwood is home to 80 working artist studios. Wander the halls and visit with artists while shopping the wares for sale in their own creative space, or watch the perfect gift created before your eyes. Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25) features Cottonwood’s annual Under $100 Holiday Art and Gifts Sale.
To learn more about COPPeR, visit www.culturaloffice.org.