The Museum of Friends (MOF) is a not-for-profit (501 c-3) educational contemporary fine art museum located in the heart of downtown Walsenburg. MOF brings together the works of art from friends of its two founders, Brendt Berger and Maria Cocchiarelli. Nearly all the artwork is a gift of friendship to its founders, hence the name Museum of Friends. The current collection comprises nearly 600 pieces – drawings, prints, photographs, paintings and sculpture created between 1950 and 2010. It represents artists from across the United States and abroad. In the world of art museums, MOF is unique by being inclusive and by the warm, colorful and personal stories told by its founders, bringing to life the artists behind the art. MOF also presents two rooms full of artifacts from the Pacific with emphasis on Hawaii and Polynesia. Many of the artifacts are pre-European acquired from Brendt Berger's Hawaiian ancestors. There's also a reference library available to the community, and most recently the museum has doubled its floor space by taking over the ground floor since the departure of Duckwalls store.
The current exhibition features 3 community artists, Peggy Zehring, Linda Fleming and Brendt Berger, open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. In addition, MOF offers community outreach programs such as yoga, with certified Hatha Yoga instructor Arleen Feiccabrino; a K-12 curriculum-based school tour program; and a new series of artists' talks on art. Stop by to discover the art of friendship.