First Friday, April 2011



The Dana Gallery (246 N. Higgins) will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibition of the University of Montana School of Art Permanent Faculty James Bailey, Kevin Bell, Mary Ann Bonjorni, Elizabeth Dove, Julia Galloway, Matt Hamon, Trey Hill, Beth Lo and Bobby Tilton. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 1st,  from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  The Show runs through April 30.  Be sure to check out the works of the dedicated and talented School of Art faculty!

















Join School of Art graduate and and undergraduate students for a First Friday exhibition and reception at the Top Hat (134 W. Front).  Grad students Jack Metcalf, Brett Hargesheimer, Burke Jam and maybe Will Hutchinson will be joined by undergrad Louis Habeck for this one night only multimedia installation event.  Join us from 5-9pm and view the work they describe as “tasteless, yet well done.” 






























As you should know by now, grad students Nate Tonning and Will Hutchinson have themselves a sweet little gallery in the alley behind the Old Post Pub which they call FrontierSpace. For the month of April, and its First Friday exhibition, the gallery will be displaying the works of Laura Alich. Join us for the reception on April 1st from 6-9pm. 












Brandon Reintjes and Nate White:

Painters Brandon Reintjes and Nate White will exhibit new work for First Friday, April 1 at A&E Architects (222 N. Higgins). The exhibition will continue through May 28, 2011. Reintjes’ work consists of shaped paintings on aluminum which use regular and irregular geometric shapes to explore abstraction as a form of play.  White cobbles together disassociated narratives using depictions of animals, objects and landscapes to create vivid, almost hallucinogenic, works.












Laurie Fendrich:

Stop by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture for April First Friday activities in conjunction with the exhibition, “Sense and Sensation: Laurie Fendrich, Paintings and Drawings 1990 – 2010”. At 3 p.m., New York based contemporary artist Laurie Fendrich will give a talk in the Masquer Theatre. From 4 – 6pm, a reception will be held in her honor featuring food and live music. The PARTV Center is located on the north end of campus near the Adams Center.












Missoula Art Museum:

Be sure to head over to the Missoula Art Museum for a First Friday reception to honor the work of local artist Andy Smetanka. Mr. Smetanka creates stop-motion silhouette films which will be presented at 7pm.  In addition, check out the work of School of art Professor Cathryn Mallory also on display in the museum.




























From 5:30-9:00 PM the Clay Studio of Missoula will host a First Friday gallery opening featuring a diverse array of works donated by local, national, and international artists for the organization’s annual POTSKETCH auction.  Visitors will be able to view over sixty unique drawings and nearly twenty ceramic pieces from both emerging and established artists, including works by Julia Galloway, Beth Lo, Richard Notkin, and Akio Takamori.












Nici Holt Cline:

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “sow, mend”, by Nici Holt Cline. As an artist and a mother of two young children, Cline’s choices are dictated by her daily life. Using egg shells from the chickens in her backyard, and the lint from the dryer, she creates from and within her now.  “Because of both convenience and concept, my creative choices are honest, everyday, and present. I think about generations, purpose, seasons, impermanence, landfills, dust, growth and physicality. These things inform my parenting, my writing, my art-making, my home-making. It’s all interconnected and interdependent.” (Nici Holt Cline)  Reception Friday, April 1, 5-8 pm