First Friday- April 2018 predicts a high of 44 this afternoon in Missoula. Let’s take a look at some of the First Friday events in store:


School of Art graduate students invite you to their alternative exhibition venue in the alley behind the Old Post Pub for a new exhibition and reception. Clever|Layer is a joint exhibition of works by Courtney Starrett and Susan Reiser. From the FrontierSpace website:

Courtney Starrett is an artist, assistant professor of fine and digital art at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and co-owner of Plural Studios. She has previously been associate professor at Winthrop University, visiting lecturer at SUNY New Paltz and assistant professor at Kendall College of Art and Design.
Susan Reiser is an educator with a private sector background in software development and network support. In addition to her corporate work, she developed visualization applications for Duke’s Basic Arrhythmia Lab. She is currently obsessed with Processing and Arduino.

The reception will run from 5-9pm.

E3 Convergence Gallery:

Two School of Art graduates, Elisha Harteis and Kelly Packer, will present their works at the E3 Gallery this First Friday. Join these talented alumnae for a joint exhibition titled A Glimpse of Clarity. The gallery website describes the show as, “Montana artists… addressing the inherent vulnerability of being human. In Packer’s The Bleeding Necklace series of paintings, she opens up the figure allowing color and shapes to spill from their dark backgrounds. Meanwhile, Harteis uses large scale ceramic and metal figurative sculpture to capture a dark moment from a childhood story.” The First Friday reception will run from 5-9pm with musical entertainment by Jami Kidd.

Radius Gallery:

Our friends at Radius are hosting a First Friday reception titled Eurythmic from 5-8pm. Featuring the works of Lucy CapehartAmanda JaffeTim Nielson, and Brooks Oliver, folks at Radius tells us that this show promises to delight the eyes and stir the mind.

Clay Studio of Missoula:

In advance of their 15th annual PotSketch fundraiser, the good folks over at the Clay Studio are showcasing works that will be featured in that auction. Venture just a bit off the First Friday downtown path and check out the goods from 5:30-9pm. Silent auction bids will be accepted! From their announcement:
POTSKETCH 2018 features drawings and ceramic artworks from local, national, and international emerging and established artists. All artwork is part of a silent, online, and live auction to raise funds for the Clay Studio facilities and programs. The preview exhibit continues through April 18.

Missoula Art Museum:

MAM is excited to host the exhibition and reception for Corwin “Corky” Clairmont this First Friday. Their website tells us that Corky is “One of Montana’s most important living artists. He is a soft-spoken man who has expressed his strong convictions through art for five decades. He spent the 1970s as a practicing artist and professor at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he was influenced by his contemporary, John Baldessari, and the conceptual art movement that was gaining steam.
In the exhibition, the half-prints that Clairmont retained are used to create new works related to each of the 37 sites along the Missoula-to-Fort McMurray trip. Using the same process, Clairmont created unique works from sites around the country and in China. One site is at Standing Rock in North Dakota, and connects the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy to this project, years after Clairmont’s visit to the tar sands. These works are combined in the exhibition to remind the viewer that the consequences of decisions made in one place and time affect all life on the planet.”

The reception will run from 5-8pm with a gallery talk at 7.

Corwin Clairmont: Two-Headed Arrow/The Tar Sands Project

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