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January 2022 Hours of Operation


The Exhibition Joseph Slusky & Katie Hawkinson Collaborations and Tangents is extended through January 31, 2021. Also, during the month of January, the museum and Made in Walsenburg Gift Shop will be open:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm

and Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Call 719-738-2858 for more info or to make an appointment. For School-Tour Visits please email your preferred dates and times to:

welcome to the museum of friends

The Museum Of Friends (MoF) is a contemporary art museum that opened in October,  2006 in the Southern Colorado rural community of Walsenburg. Brendt and Maria Cocchiarelli’s shared vision for the new museum was to create a place where everyone feels welcomed and the art created by all people valued. The initial collection of 600 works given by their friends became the core of the collection. Over the last 15 years it has grown to over 1600 works that includes paintings, sculptures, fine art prints, drawings, photographs and digital media.  MoF occupies 10,000 square feet of museum display space, with classroom areas, a gift shop and a lower level. MoF's inclusive and egalitarian open door policy intents to uplift the community through engaging programs to develop creativity, inclusion and educational opportunities.  Many exhibits public and educational programs explore cross cultural understanding and tolerance the necessary ingredients for a just and peaceful society.

MoF’s grand opening in October, 2007 encouraged the community to explore the building with tours on the 2nd floor that included: the permanent collection, the administrative offices, an art  resource library, visiting artist apartment and two galleries devoted to the Pacific. These explore pre-Columbian Mexican, Australian, Japanese, Southeast Asian and focus on Aboriginal Polynesian artifacts.  The works on display are greatly treasured by Brendt Berger as they have been passed down to him from his Native Hawaiian ancestors. 

In 2010, MoF began to occupy the entire building including the first and lower level establishing the changing exhibition and educational programs, and gift shop Made in Walsenburg.

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Joseph Slusky & Katie Hawkinson

Collaborations & Tangents - Joseph Slusky & Katie Hawkinson

Collaborations and Tangents

Exhibition is extended through
the end of January 31, 2021.

30 Years of Making and Exhibiting Art Together


August 13th from 5 to 7 pm Exhibit
August 14th at 2 pm Artists’ Talk & Demonstration

The Museum of Friends is pleased to announce the opening of Joseph Slusky and Katie Hawkinson exhibition Collaborations  and  Tangents, 30 Years of Making and Exhibiting Art Together on August 13th from 5 to 7 pm. The artists will be in attendance and refreshments will be served. If you are not fully vaccinated, we require you to wear a mask. The following day on August 14th at 2 pm Slusky and Hawkinson will present an artists’ talk on art public program that includes a demonstration to describe their process.


Exhibition is extended through
the end of January 31, 2021. 

Ezra Li Eismont's Happening

The Taco Truck piece was the result of a collaborative mural installation from the Alter:State a celebration of living art a happening which I organized at Cell space in San Francisco in 2007. Artists who were involved with that piece are “Saze One” aka Ajene Moss R.I.P. , Sirron Norris, Ezra li Eismont, Ader, Alex, Neon, Nome Edonna, Seren Dune, Peripheral Media Projects (Garrison Buxton / Ray Cross), Mark Wagner.

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The Taco Truck
The Taco Truck

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The Taco Truck
The Taco Truck

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The Taco Truck
The Taco Truck

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The Taco Truck, Acrylic on Wood, 2007

Time lapse video of Valrie Eisemann painting a mural for FAROUT Murals, a collaborative project.

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