First Friday!

First Friday November:

Fall is well underway and it’s time for November’s First Friday!  Take a look at these art events taking place in Missoula:

• School of Art graduate students Nate Tonning and Will Hutchinson have teamed up to start Missoula’s newest gallery called Frontierspace (Located in the alley behind the Old Post Between Pine and Spruce).  This First Friday will be full of events as part of High Five:

At 5pm a non-traditional, humorous improv group will perform
At 6pm there will be a modern dance performance
At 7pm Prageeta Sharma and students from the Creative Writing program will read original works of poetry
At 8pm School of Art Professor Brad Allen will present an original video he produced
At 9pm Will and Nate will perform as “Rainbows” and create an original drawing from their music

• School of Art undergrad Tim Carpenter will have his latest works on display at ZooMountain Natural Care (345 Front St.) in an exhibition that promises a silent auction, raffle and keg beer.  Join Tim and others from 6-8pm.

• School of Art alumni Travis Smith and Whitney Polich will host a reception at the exhibition of their latest works at The Framing Studio (411 East Alder).  They have returned to the Montana after two years in New Mexico.  Polich was recently awarded a residency at the Paris Gibson Museum of Art in Great Falls. Smith was also awarded residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. The exhibition will present recent ceramic sculptures and paintings by each artist. The new works will address varying modes of being. The exhibition will run until January 1, 2011.

• Frankie’s Mercantile (223 W. Front St.) will be showing photography work from UM Media Arts student Forrest Rowell. Forrest strives, almost obsessively, to avoid conventional aspects in a photograph and narrow in on what gives a scene its own unique character.  Light, motion, line and form are what Forrest’s images use to draw the viewer into the “world” or persona of an image. This exhibit invites you to explore carefully selected portions of the world through his eyes by revealing things unseen without a camera.

• Join us at the Missoula Art Museum from 5-8 pm. Discover the vibrant abstract expressionist paintings of exhibiting artist Jim Poor on a gallery tour, 7 pm. He will discuss why he doesn’t separate representational and abstract notions as each has always been interchangeable in his visual vocabulary. Join this dynamic artist for a new look at the traditional landscape.View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Always free.

• The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit ,”warp. weft.”, by Jennifer Parker.  In weaving, the weft yarn is drawn through the warp yarn, creating a simple geometric pattern that results in a textile.  Jennifer Parker’s double weaves begin here, but end somewhere far more astonishing. Parker, when asked to choose between sculpture and textiles, found a way to combine the two. An exploration of opposites and tension occur as lines of thread in a grid are transformed into organic sculptural forms. The two-dimensional becomes three-dimensional.  Parker currently works as an artist in Missoula. She has a BS in Psychology from Washington State University, a BA in Education from Washington State University, and a BFA in Textiles from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.

• The Dana Gallery
would like to invite you to the opening reception of Steve C. LaRance’s show, “Contemporary Western.” Steve’s unique depiction of western icons will surely strike a chord of nostalgia in those of you who have traveled the back roads of Montana. Steve will talk about his work and how his childhood on the Rocky Mountain front set the stage for his art. You can also enjoy refreshments and the music of local band, “Steel Toe Flo’s” We hope to see you there!

• Our friends at New West invite you to view the surrealist works of Mychael Lee in an exhibition titled, “Family Tree Et Cetera” from 5-7pm  New West is located next to Frontierspace in the alley behind the Old Post Pub.

Current Exhibition:

Not a First Friday event, but be sure to stop by the UC Gallery and check out the joint exhibition of Rebecca Weed and Steph Johnsen. “Undergo” will be on display until November 23rd. 

That’s a lot of art!  We hope to see you out there this Friday enjoying the works of our amazing art community…