Old Town-downtown shuttle offered during Art Walk

       The Old Colorado City art galleries' monthly Art Walk is offering a shuttle bus this year, in partnership with a group of downtown galleries.
       The second “walk” of the season will be Friday, May 4 from 4 to 8 p.m.
       People can board the free, 20-seat shuttle at any of its stops in the 2400, 2500 and 2600 blocks of Colorado Avenue, according to Sharon Wolff of the Gunter- Wolff Gallery, one of the Art Walk participants.
       The idea is to give Old Colorado City art visitors an easy way to get to the downtown stores and vice versa. It worked that way the first time the shuttle was tried at the year's initial Art Walk April 8, Wolff said.
       “We had quite a few people in spite of the weather, and a lot of them were from downtown, which was really great.”
       More than 10 galleries help to organize the walks and pay the shuttle costs in Old Town. Visitors typically are greeted with free refreshments and sometimes live music or art demonstrations at participating galleries. Even the shuttle had live music in April.
       The plan for teaming up with the downtown was worked out over the winter. This also led to the change in time - last year the Art Walks in Old Colorado City were on the third Thursday of the month. Wolff explained that most cities, including downtown Colorado Springs, have such events on the first Friday, and so Old Colorado City “decided to do what the rest of the world does.”
       The hope is to add a second shuttle bus in the summer months, if the Art Walks keep growing in popularity. “I think this will be a plus for us,” Wolff said of the bus. “It's certainly convenient for our customers.”

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