It brings me no joy to share this post today.
Opiate Gallery, one of the last remaining progressive and contemporary Fort Collins art galleries will host their next-to-last artist reception tonight during the First Friday Gallery Walk. After a year and a half of working six ways from Sunday to deliver original local and international art for Fort Collins, the gallery says they can no longer afford to keep the doors open. After this opening and another for First Friday in May, the gallery will close. We wish Fort Collins artist and Opiate gallerist Darren Mahuron the best as he continues creating some of the most unique and inspired photographic images to come out of Northern Colorado.
We hope this news doesn’t put you in the funk we’re experiencing right now. If it is, the only prescription we can offer is for you to make the rounds for First Friday Gallery Walk and know that purchases of local art from local galleries keeps uniquely Fort Collins art alive and healthy.
We want to know what remaining galleries you frequent and who you think will fill the void. Email andrew@ entertainingfortcollins . com. Note: your responses could be quoted in a follow-up post later this month.
Opiate Gallery is located at 237 Linden St, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. This month’s reception at Opiate Gallery begins at 6:00p.m. and features art by Maddy Yovanoff, James Brush, Geoffrey Gursten, George Menning, Andrew Hembd, Elinor Light, Charles Luna, Kirsten Savage, Ian Rhodes, Rachel Herrera, Ellie Rusinova, Brandan Styles, Jessica Evans, and Jordana Barrack. More information on First Friday Gallery Walk is available at http://downtownfortcollins.com.