Made of wet boots and rain
and shiny black ravens
on chimney smoke lanes
November seems odd
you're my firing squad
Before the snow flies, and that could be later tonight, we're going to get bundled up and tour the November First Friday shows. We already told you about artist and Bataan Death March survivor Ben Steele whose work can be seen at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the UM PARTV Center from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight.
Here are a few of the shows we're excited about:
At the Missoula Art Museum (335 N. Pattee) you can check out a number of amazing exhibits including the must-see Ansel Adams one. Opening for First Friday is the silversmith work of master and award-winner Haddon Hufford of Frenchtown who will tell us his smithing secrets at 7 p.m. And, finally, we're going to check out Dog's Journey: A 20 Year Survey by Rick Bartow, whose images of tricksters and animals seem very mysterious and, I'm heard, start dark and end with a kind of redemption. Go from 5 to 8 PM.
Speaking of mysterious, we're also going to head down to Frontier Space (one block west of Higgins in the alley between Pine and Spruce) because there are always interesting/odd shenanigans going on there. This month is Ohio artist Keith Benjamin with a sculptural installation that was made especially for the back alley space.
Always a hit with First Friday goers, the Dana Gallery (246 N. Higgins) has a new show by local water-color artist Matt O'Connor. His outdoor pieces have a certain dreamy charm, which might be why he was selected as a featured artist for the International Wildlife Film Festival. Reception from 5 to 8 PM.
Bonner Mill has a very deep history and the industrial imagery tells a story about Montana's past. At The Dark Room (135 N. Higgins) we're going to see how photogenic the bones of a dead mill can be by checking out the photography of Corbin Ross. 5-8 PM.