Friday, February 5, 2010

First Friday rundown: Everybody's got a hungry art

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 11:30 AM

It’s art time, people! This First Friday happens to be one of the most jam-packed evenings in months, so we suggest you take as much time between 5 and 8 p.m. (the hours most art venues are open) to tour the galleries, museum and shops for shows before getting the rest of your evening under way.

At the Missoula Art Museum (MAM), artist Tom Foolery shows off dioramas that are sort of a satire on Western kitsch. It’s easy to get lost in the details of his work.


At the Cutting Crew hair salon, you’re in for the treat of two intriguing artists. Katt Ahlstrom shows off a series of her window pane paintings, which we guarantee are always either funny, thought-provoking, beautiful or all of the above. At the same time, Krissy Frost shows off her truly funky handcrafted lampshades.


In a biking town full of some serious cyclists, it’s easy to get into the art of two wheels. Tom Robertson displays his cycling photographs at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery with a reception.


One of the coolest things about Contraption Visual is you get a dose of music by DJ Kris Moon to accompany your art intake. This Friday we’ll go there to check out a variety of works by artists Luke Childress, Jeremy Haas and Kinch. After that, it’s an easy jaunt over to see what’s new at the Dana Gallery with an opening for San Francisco artist Alan Chan and Montana artists Laura Blue Plamer, Troy Collins and Theodore Waddell.


At Betty’s Divine we’ll pop in to a reception for artist/illustrator B. Martinez shows off her reclaimed/recycled mixed media of panel board and wood among the colorful racks of funky shoes and couture.


And at 7 p.m. we’re headed over to the Selvedge Studio to get a peek at the fashion show that features jackets made by customers. Homegrown duds? You never know: We might be the hometown to the next Coco Chanel.


There’s art galore, so check out the Indy calendar section or First Friday Blog for a more comprehensive guide for your art contentedness. And don’t forget that there's more to see as far as theater, film and music. For instance, the FayRay Artist Collective will fill the Palace (147 W. Broadway) at 6 p.m. with dancers, artists, illusions and music for Wonderland Bizarre in which you are Wonderland’s Alice. What does it mean? We’re intrigued and ready to part with a paltry $5. Also, it’s time you checked out the Open Field Artists, who put on a multimedia performance of dance, theater, music poetry and “clown wisdom” at 7:30 p.m. at the Crystal (515 S. Higgins Ave.) for $10.


That’s probably only the beginning of the sort of art antics we plan to get into. See you there.

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