First Friday Stroll in Montrose: Walk the Chalk
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SIDEWALK SHOW – Six-year-old Ellie Duncan and her sister 7-year-old Mia colored a yellow brick road lined with flowers on the sidewalk in the 500 block of Main Street in downtown Montrose Tuesday morning. (Photo by William Woody)
SIDEWALK SHOW – Six-year-old Ellie Duncan and her sister 7-year-old Mia colored a yellow brick road lined with flowers on the sidewalk in the 500 block of Main Street in downtown Montrose Tuesday morning. (Photo by William Woody)

MONTROSE – Time to pull out your pastels: Montrose Main Street is hosting its monthly First Friday Stroll this week. Each First Friday a theme, and June’s is Walk the Chalk. Art patrons, culinary voyeurs (Sushitini, Amelia’s and Two Sisters Gastropub will all be open), and all passersby are encouraged to pick up some chalk and create street art for this event.

Or, you can ogle what’s already there. The idea, explained A+Y Design Gallery Owner Yesenia Duncan on Tuesday, is that the chalk art from Thursday evening’s Main In Motion event, when there will be a chalk art competition, will still be “on display.” Meaning, it won’t get washed off the sidewalk overnight. At press time, the Montrose weather forecast called for sunny skies straight through the weekend, so presumably Thursday’s creators, and their sidewalk-works, are – literally – in the clear.

Indoors, there’ll be plenty going on, as well. Wil and Amy Harmsen, proprietors of the Canyon Gallery, have just returned from their spring trip to Yellowstone. They spend six weeks in Yellowstone a year, where Wil photographs wildlife to sell in the gallery. This year, he got some beautiful shots of bears (both black and grizzly), foxes and “scenic spring wildflowers just starting to bloom,” Amy said. Those will soon be on display, but meanwhile, “I’m having a sale of framed works to make way for the new stuff,” she said. Photos of eagles, bears, elk and views of the craggy San Juans will all be on discount this Friday; they were taken not only by Wil, but gallery photographer Andy Cook. Also on offer: a wine sampling from Linda Angelo of the Pour House.

Farther east on Main, you’ll find Nina Suzanne’s boutique, where Nina is having a Second Anniversary Sale on summer togs: “Cute tops, capris, and batik skirts.” She’ll also be offering discounts on jewelry. Like all participating vendors this Friday, she will also have chalk for those who feel like making art on the sidewalk. She She Boutique will offer discounts on selected items, too.

And speaking of artists, Around the Corner Gallery will be having a reception for local artist Lewis Williams this Friday. Williams did a unique apprenticeship with internationally known iconographer Brother Robert Lentz, OFM. Williams has since combined his two interests – iconography and landscapes – into what you could call his signature style. His brilliantly colored mountains, and cacti, and other indigenous flora almost appear cartoon-like, yet the lines and the shadings of these objects make them seem just as alive and vibrant as they do in photos. And much more personal, as these are Lewis’ own interpretations of the landscapes. In addition to staging exhibits, Around the Corner offers numerous art classes year-round. This month, for example, the gallery is featuring a watercolor wildflowers class with Loretta Casler (the perfect time of year for this). The class is suitable for beginning to intermediate levels. Also available are course in which yarn (“Zentangles”) and felt (Beginning Felting with Linda Balas) are the mediums. This September, the gallery will bring nationally-known watercolorist Tom Lynch in from Chicago for a four-day seminar, co-sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association. If you’d like to make art on more than just sidewalks, you can do it tonight: as it does every month at this time, Amazing Glaze is offering a two-hour pottery-painting workshop, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tonight’s class will be on how to create a weathered-looking surface on ceramics, according to shop owner Cherie McPherson.

At the A+Y Design Gallery, you’ll find art for a good cause. Montrose County Partners, the local youth-mentoring organization, offers the opportunity for local kids aged 12-17 to work with an established artist in its Art Mentoring Program. For Partners, the word “art” means lots of things: in addition to offering programs with local painters and ceramicists, the group offers a program in the Art of Riding and Caring for Horses, for example. This month, Art Partners approached the gallery about displaying some of their students’ and mentors’ work. On Tuesday afternoon, Yesenia Duncan still wasn’t sure exactly what would be on display – “unpacking is what we’re doing today,” she said. But count on seeing paintings, ceramics, and quilts, among other creations. A+Y will also host a Charter Vista School art exhibit. A+Y is also promoting youth in another way: Cottonwood 6th grader Harrison Bierschank will be playing acoustic guitar at Friday’s gathering. “He’s the friend of a friend of a friend,” Duncan said. And he’s good. The gallery will also offer food from Colorado Boy and the Horsefly Brewery, and local wines from Mountain View Winery in Olathe. And dessert: homemade gelato from Gelato Junction. You could call it dinner and a show.

Of course, if you’d rather, you could also sit down and enjoy a meal – and Main Street restaurateurs are sure to broaden your global horizons. You’ll find Japanese fare at Sushitini (hint: also try the tempura), burgers and other brew-worthy stalwarts at the recently-launched Two Sisters Gastro Pub (now open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner) and what Edward Garcia, the General Manager of Amelia’s Restaurant calls “traditional Mexican food.” There are no “specials” at Amelia’s, Garcia said, because everything is. The restaurant does, however, specialize in chile rellenos, carnitas, carne asada and other well-loved Mexican dishes. “When people try it, they like it,” Garcia said simply. Amelia’s features a happy hour from 4-6 p.m., when tap beers are fifty cents off, and house margaritas are discounted by $1. What’s the most-ordered drink at Amelia’s? The house margarita, Garcia replied. “We make the ones that have fruit in them too,” he added. “But the House Margaritas are so good, they’re also the most popular.”

Chalk it up to proper mixology.

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