The Pueblo Chieftan

Florence’s gem comes alive downtown

When it comes to the antique capital of Colorado — or, for many, antique capital, period — a little town just down the road from Pueblo West comes to mind.

And when it comes to this antique capital called Florence, there’s something for everyone, and every second Saturday of the month, there’s even more than that.

The Florence Arts Council, the Florence Restaurant Association and the Florence Merchants play host to the popular “Second Saturday” every month in downtown Florence.

It’s a little gem where people can watch artist demonstration, listen to live music and, on hot or cold days, hydrate with free refreshments.

During the summer months, artists will be painting outside, for a festive “pleine-aire”atmosphere.

Second Saturday in Florence can be an interactive experience for people.

If you walk into any of the many antique stores, you’ll be given a sheet of paper that maps each participating store, you get a sticker when you visit.

Paul and Gail will showcase the art of wheel thrown pottery at Willie’s Antiques.

Bob Wood will demonstrate photography and printing, and Svetlana will paint outside at her gallery, Raindrops.

An open invitation has been extended to all painters, so there will be artists throughout town.

In addition to the outside artists, Earth Art and Lapidary will offer jewelry demonstrations, and Rudl Mergelman will showcase his painting at Sagebrush studio, located inside Touch of Grace. Music begins in the afternoon and runs through the evening at various venues.

The John C. Fremont Library will feature the works of Jon MacManus.

This talented artist will display his oil paintings along with his pen and ink sketches in a method known as stipple, or pointillism.

There’s plenty more to see while you browse through the shops along the main street corridor.

For more information, call 719-784-1339.

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