To get you in the spirit for First Friday art shows tonight, here is a music video sent to me by local artist Leslie Van Stavern Millar. It's an art history lesson of sorts called "70 Million" by Hold Your Horses.
April's art walk tonight (between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) promises more art than you could ever realistically take in. And yes, that's a challenge.
As for us, we're heading down to the Spring Show at the Dana Gallery, to check out new work by some artists of the West: Robert Moore, Carol Spielman, Robert Schlegel, David Mensing, Caleb Meyer and Montana Artists Refuge Interim Director Melissa Bangs. Bangs is a fourth generation Montanan and her watercolor, graphite and pastel exhibit is called Baring Bones.
After that, we're going to the Little Gallery, located at 210 N. Higgins in Suite 218, to see what it's all about. Artist Laura Blaker shows off 32 paintings of chairs, cacti and landscapes all or which boost her goal of finishing 100 oil paintings in one year.
At Noteworthy, Bitterroot artist Linda Stoudt shows off her works on paper and sandpaper. She most often displays her work in and around Hamilton, so this is a chance for Missoula folks to get a good look. Stoudt told the Indy once that the sandpaper and cardboard she works on isn't archival. Cardboard has acid in it and disintegrates over the years, and color on sandpaper fades and washes off easily. But she likes how fleeting that makes her pieces.
On the other side of the tracks we'll peruse the assorted paintings and pottery that The Clay Studio of Missoula will feature in their upcoming Potsketch fundraiser, including pieces from Joseph Pesina, top, and Renee Brown, as well as online auction items from several artists including Eva Champagne, bottom, and Janet Whaley.
While we're in the neighborhood, we'll stop in at the Ceretana and check out Indy production assistant Jonathan Marquis whose talents go far beyond artfully laying out the pages of the paper. His exhibit Pointing at the Moon consists of large-scale paintings and installation exploring relationships between religious figures and comic book characters.
Finally, we'll stroll across the Higgins bridge so we can get a look at Sean Kochel's guitars at Bernice's Bakery. You'll probably see the folk instruments, which are made out of reclaimed materials, at the farmers' market this summer, but here's a chance to really see them in as an artistic exhibit.
That's just a skeleton itinerary of what we plan to see tonight. Check out our calendar or the First Friday blog for plenty more amazing art shows happening in galleries, shops and at the Missoula Art Museum. Wine, snacks and good, creative people abound.