The last First Friday of 2009 brings bitter cold weather. Don't let that stop you from heading downtown tonight for gallery action, wine, entertainment and holiday bazaars. In fact, we suggest you stop crying about it, bundle yourself up, take a good long sip of some hot cider and get out and see some art.
We'll be there. Starting on the Northside we'll stop in at the Ceretana Studio's (801 Sherwood) Holiday Bazaar, which boasts handmade gifts by local artists. Then we'll hop skip over to the Clay Studio to peruse the holiday pottery sale featuring local artists. Next, to the Brunswick (223 Railroad) to party like it's, uh, 2009 with an eclectic group of photographers, painters and ceramacists.
At the Missoula Art Museum (MAM) we'll take in Donna Loos' Silhouette Series while listening to the little but bold voices of the Coyote Choir before heading south down Higgins.
At this point, there's no stopping us (or you) from going to any number of warm and inviting galleries and shops. In fact, to keep your ears from freezing and falling off, you might want to step into any open door. It's also one of the best ways to discover surprising art spaces. Here's a few not to miss:
A reception for Dirk E. Lee's woodcuts, engravings and letterpress projects for a show called New Work with Too Much Substance at Butterfly Herbs.
Drawings and sculptures from various artists at Tsunami (101 S. Higgins) called Opal: A Journey of Lore to Other Lands. And, next door, local artist Martha Elizabeth exhibits Masks and Marbling, her two- and three-dimensional faces of framed marbled prints and hand-built sculpture.
Finally, don't forget to the cross that bridge when you come to it—as in the Higgins Ave. bridge. On the other side, the Hip Strip serves up its own neighborhood of artistic skills. At Betty's Divine, Abe Coley shows fresh works in Snowflakes That Are Alike: A Celebration of Togetherness in the Holiday Season.
There's more, oh so much more. Check out the listings at the First Friday blog spot and print out a portable schedule.