MONTROSE - This First Friday, it’s all about the ladies, and we’re not just talking about the women who this monthly gallery-hopping-and-shopping event is aimed at. As it turns out, the majority of Main Street shops in downtown Montrose are owned, or co-owned, by women. Who better to understand what type of evening might appeal to those of the female persuasion? Galleries and participating stores this week will highlight numerous female artists and artisans. They’ll offer demonstrations, appetizers and beverages, and numerous in-store discounts and specials – nearly all of them chosen by one with a feminine touch.
At Canyon Gallery, photographer Robin Wadham will be displaying “All the Wild Horses,” an exhibit that captures the essence of the elegant creatures that populate the mesas nearby. Wadhams’ “Wild and Free Into the Sunset,” a photo of five equines shot in silhouette, manes flying, captures the last moment the photographer probably saw this little band. As she snapped her photo, they were off; seconds later, they had disappeared. In addition to the stirring photos, Canyon Creek will offer something to warm the palate – a selection of wines chosen by Linda Angelo of the Pour House.
The A+Y Design Gallery will featuring fiber artist Jan Ricker, who weaves art quilts, clothing and accessories. She creates abstract works in vivid tones, as well as realistic renderings of the Western landscape – in fact, her work serves as a Western bookend to Wadham’s images of wild horses. Also at A+Y, Trail Town Still (now there’s a Western image for you–it is also a homemade spirits purveyor in Ridgway) will be supplying watermelon mojitos.
Around the Corner Gallery’s featured artist this month is actually – gasp – a male: wildlife photographer Tom Soucek, who will unveil several new works this evening. In keeping with the ladies’ night theme, watercolorist Linda Nadel will be on hand to demonstrate her work, as will sculptor Ella Marolf. The gallery will offer complimentary wine and appetizers.
Tiffany, Etc., will offer a new selection of fall blouses, scarves and jewelry, with discounts to match, hand picked by the shop’s owner, Glee Westcott. Ladies who bring a friend to SheShe Boutique receive $20 in funds to spend that evening. Nina Suzanne will be spotlighting the artists Karen Little and
Sarah Brewer, who will be doing demonstrations. At Fabula, ceramicist Krystina Maxiner will be demonstrating her artistic talent (plus, there’ll be a chocolate tasting, and 20 percent off on all jewelry).
Swing by Amelia’s Restaurant once you’re through shopping, and order a Margarita in your own, liquid salute to Ladies’ Night. The drink got its name from Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German ambassador, who strolled in with her husband to Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico one afternoon 70 years ago. Bartender Don Carlos Orozco mixed tequila, orange liqueur and lime, and offered it to the lady. A star potent potable was born. After you’ve finished your cocktail, head for another sort of bar: Main Street Ice Cream Bar. There, on every rich, old-fashioned concoction, owner Kelly Hartman will be offering one free ice-cream topping “for the ladies,” she says.
A perfect way to top off the evening.