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Begin the date with some inspiration by visiting any one of a number of galleries or centers right in downtown Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College is a great place to start. For more than a century now, the Fine Arts Center has been the top cultural attraction of the Pikes Peak region offering world-class art, Broadway-worthy theatre, and arts education for all ages and abilities. If it’s paintings that move you, the 132,286 square-foot museum is chuck full of greats including works by Georgia O’Keeffe and Chihuly, alongside other revolving exhibits that will keep you coming back long after your date. There are also many local Colorado Springs art galleries that are worth you are checking out afterward. One of our favorites includes Kreuser Gallery, a spot for established artists and amateurs alike.

Abigail Kreuser established the gallery in 2011 with a passion for photography and local art–a dream realized after a childhood spent displaying her work on the walls in her family’s coffee shop. Gallery 113 won a Best of Springs Award from The Independent in 2019 displaying painting and pottery, ceramics, and woodturning. Not only is there a variety of art displayed by 21 different artists in the region, but the prices are also quite affordable, with all of the proceeds going right back to the artists. G44 Gallery is another favorite. Dedicated to solo acts, curator Gundega Stevens created a space to celebrate contemporary art and showcase some of the best quality works from artists within the Pikes Peak region.

Fueled with inspiration, it’s high time to go to one of Colorado Springs’ paint and sip venues where you can hold your glass of wine and receive step-by-step painting instructions in a small class setting. You’ll even get to take your work of art home at the end of the evening, so you can remember your date for years to come. Painting With a Twist is one of our favorite spots in town, where instructors insist that no creative or artistic skills are needed to participate. Simply connect with your partner over a glass of wine, nosh on your favorite snacks, and enjoy a night full of laughs. Canvas Creations offers another great option with setting as its main draw. Located in Broadmoor Bluffs in Colorado Springs, its garden-level studio opens up to a scrub oak-framed view of our beautiful city. There are others, too, but with this date-night idea growing in popularity, we advise (and some require) that you reserve your spot in advance. Some host charity evenings where any proceeds will support members of downtown Colorado Springs, so be sure to check the venues’ calendar or ask whoever answers your call.

Wherever it is you choose to go, most sip and paint locations are BYOW but provide glasses and corkscrews as needed. Painting supplies are all provided. It’s really a lovely way to grow together and paint the way you feel. Come to Colorado Springs to see our art and show your love on canvas. We can’t wait to host you!