IT IS the first Friday of the month and here in Missoula that means locals will be heading downtown for another First Friday celebration of the arts.
Between 15 to 20 galleries, museums and other downtown businesses will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to give Missoulians an opportunity to check out new exhibits, visit with artists and business owners and to enjoy another busy evening downtown.
Along with all of the art to be viewed, there will be music to listen to, appetizers and drink to indulge in and a chance to run into friends, family and co-workers.
This month's First Friday is to feature more venues than in the past and with temperatures expected to be in the 20s, organizers expect a large turnout. To find the event, head downtown. From there, it will be hard to miss.
A few of the venues being featured during the art walk include:
- VonCommon Art Studios and Exhibitions, 127 E. Main, Suite 316. Music by Mountain Breathers and DJ Mermaid and art by Jonathan Marquis, Becky Jean Swantner, Chase McBride and
- Monte Dolack Gallery, 139 West Front Street. An exhibition by Dolack and music by Dan Dubuque.
- Selvedge Studio, 509 S. Higgins, 6:30 p.m. The Project Selvedge fashion show, an amateur fashion design competition includes live fashion show and judging.
First Friday at Mismo, 1900 W. Broadway. Music by The Whizpops and a chance for the kids to enjoy face painting, pizza and the Bounce House. There is a fee for this.
Families First Children's Museum, 225 W. Front Street. Art from area students.
Dark Room, 135 N. Higgins. Dramatic landscape photographs by Eric Pallister.
There also are numerous other exhibits, events and musical performances scattered throughout the downtown area.
My best advice is to put on a warm coat, walking shoes and head downtown. From there, just start exploring and see what you find along the way. The odds are good you'll run into someone you know and something you like.
Grant Sasek works for Real Estate Pipeline, an on-line lead generation service.