Your guide to First Friday in October 

Art Fusion
Mixed-media paintings by Hamilton artist Laura Mae Jackson and soda-fired stoneware by Helena potter Matt Kelleher. On view through October. At 111 N. Higgins. Call 549-3596.
Art Museum of Missoula
A Curmudgeon’s Collection of Canvases, a show of work in various media by surrealist artist Marvin Messing. On view in the Upstairs Gallery through Oct. 21. Mid-show reception Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m., artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. Also, Te Ao Tawhito/Te Ao Hou, Old Worlds/New Worlds, a group exhibition of contemporary art from New Zealand. On display in the First Floor Galleries through Dec. 30. And finally, New Works, an exhibition of paintings by Blackfeet artist Neil Parsons. On display in the Upstairs Gallery through Dec. 30. At 335 N. Pattee. Call 728-0447.
Artists’ Shop
Strange Religions, mixed-media assemblages by “postmodern” artist Michael deMeng. Also, New Forms, featuring work by calligraphers/cermacists Glenn and Amity Parks. Opens Friday, Oct. 6 with a reception and artist talk from 5 to 8 p.m. On display through October. At 306 N. Higgins. Call 721-5848.
Bernice’s Bakery
The featured artist is Ray Hewitt, whose work will be on display through October. At 190 S. 3rd W. Call 728-1358.
The Catalyst
Now seeking artists to display their work. Wall and shelf spaces are available. Stop by 111 N. Higgins or call 542-1337.
Catlin Galleries
Twenty Years Later: Teacher/Student, photographs by Lauren Shaw and D.S. Catlin. Opening reception Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. On view through Nov. 11. At 241 W. Main Street. Call 327-6688.
Counting Coup Indian Arts Cooperative
The featured artist for October is Blackfeet painter Cecil Crawford. Opening reception Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. On view through October. At 135 E. Main. Call 728-4722.
Hockaday Museum of Art
Equine Illustrations, recently discovered illustrations by Eleanor Iselin Wade. Opens Friday, Oct. 6 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. On view through Jan. 27, 2001. Also, Jay Rummell: A Montana Original, a retrospective show of work by legendary Missoula painter and printmaker Jay Rummell. On display through Nov. 4. In addition, Echoes, a display of landscape paintings by Ralph Weigmann. On display through Nov. 4. And the new Flathead Valley featured artist is Linda Katsuda, whose work will also be on view through Nov. 4. Plus, don’t forget A Montana Treasure: The Poindexter Collection of the Montana Historical Society, an exhibit of abstract expressionist works, including paintings by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. On view through June 2, 2001. At 302 Second Street in Kalispell. Call 755-5268.
Miss Zula’s
A Show of Masks, masks made by the teens of the Boys and Girls Club in conjunction with the Masked Bingo Ball fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 28. Also showing, the photographs of Lizabeth Houcin. Opening reception Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. On display through October. At 111 N. Higgins. Call 541-7376.
Monte Dolack Gallery
Publication party for the release of Dolack’s new book, Monte Dolack: The Works, featuring 178 color reproductions of his work. Reception Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. At 139 W. Front. Call 549-3248.
The Raven
Methods for Better Timekeeping, paintings by Ron Lewis and mixed-media work by Gerald Sonessa. Opening performance Friday, Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m., with music by Sonessa and SJB, HALO2 and members of Portable Winter. At 130 E. Broadway. Call 829-8188.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Dream-like photos by photographer and printer Jerry Uelsmann. On display through October. At 210 N. Higgins, Suite 101. Call 543-0171.
Southgate Mall
Hallways to History: A Photographic Walk Through Missoula’s Past, featuring 90 historic photos on display throughout the mall’s three main hallways. Call 721-5140.
Sutton West Gallery
Canvasing the West, featuring painters from around the West, including Donna Howell-Sickles, Ed Sandoval, Ann Huston, George Gogas, Bill Schenck, Kevin Red Star, Thom Ross, Larry Pirnie and Howard Post. Opening reception Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. On view through Oct. 31. At 121 W. Broadway. Call 721-5460.
UC Commons & Gardens
On the first floor mezzanine of the University Center, Persephone’s Robe, a felted design by Amy Lanning and oil-and-charcoal work by Jennifer Erickson. In the Second Floor North Lounge, Master Paintings, selected works from the Master Painting class, along with The Persistence of Joy, an oil painting by Jacqueline Hope Brazil, and the clay sculpture of Andrea Tuinstra. In the Computer Lounge, Designs by Tom Rippon. In rooms 222 and 223, Magic Flute, paintings by Marianne Vigeland. In Conference Rooms 215 and 216, Fear, color photographs by Jennifer Yaros. In the Gardens, Dancing Figure mixed media sculpture by Mary Richards plus Dancing Moon Spirit and Free Spirit, metal sculptures by Daniel Kraus. And on the third floor, selected works from UM students, faculty and alumni, from the permanent collection of the UM Museum of Fine Arts. On permanent display. In the University Center on UM campus. Call 243-4991.
University Center Gallery
Belle Machina, paintings and mixed media works by Dawn Hunter. On view through Oct. 20. On the second floor of the University Center on UM campus. Call 243-4991.
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
Small Tales From the Big Sky by Edgar Smith and Hands, Faces and Hearts, collaborative ceramic works by Joe Batt and Kelly Connole. On view through Oct. 20. In the Social Science Building on UM campus. Call 243-2813.
UM Museum of Fine Arts
Forty Freedoms, an exhibition held in conjunction with the Wild Rockies Rendezvous, featuring work by 14 artists from around the Northern Rockies that deal with environmental themes. Runs through Oct. 15. In the Henry Meloy and Paxson Galleries, in PAR/TV Center on UM campus. Call 243-2019.
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