The vibrancy of Missoula’s art scene is on full display 5 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month. First Friday Missoula presents a chance to meet friends, mingle with artists, view exhibits, purchase art, and experience the electrified creative culture that makes Missoula exceptional. Downtown Missoula’s charming streets and alleyways teem with public art—music, dance, performance, and spoken word. Museums, shops and coffeehouses open their doors for extended hours; established galleries add sidewalk exhibits and live painting; and UM’s talented art students contribute dynamic pop-up galleries. Nearby cultural organizations, like the Montana Natural History Center, The Clay Studio of Missoula and Montana Art and Framing, take part as well with late hours and unique exhibits. Missoula's energetic art walk is nourished by local restaurants and bars welcoming art revelers. First Friday events are free and open to the public, and each month is unique. For more information about First Friday visit ArtsMissoula.org.
February 2020 Events
First Friday at MAM - February
Missoula Art Museum 335 North Pattee Missoula, Montana
Experience MAM's engaging exhibitions for free after hours on the first Friday of each month from 5-8 PM. Enjoy unique art-viewing experiences and an open bar, with tunes provided by a live DJ. Special thanks to the Missoulian and KBGA for their support.
First Friday at Radius Gallery
Radius Gallery 120 N. Higgins Missoula, MT
Stop by this First Friday and explore works from the world renowned artist, Rudy Autio.
Radius Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in downtown Missoula dedicated to showcasing the skills of contemporary artists as well as fostering an energetic forum for discussing art and its vitality in the world today.
First Friday: "Avery" by Julian Weiler
Downtown Dance Collective 121 W. Main St. Missoula, MT
Downtown Dance Collective presents “Aviary” by Julian Weiler.
"I have spent the last few years driving everywhere around the US helping non-profit educators promote their programs. Along the way I've had the incredible opportunity to experience the gorgeous beauty of our country's natural spaces and wildlife. From colorful flocks of spoonbills in Louisiana, to graceful Canada geese in the Midwest, to the slowly returning population of Maryland ravens, I've been translating my experiences and inspiration into colorful works of art. My show Aviary explores the diverse world of birds, both local and exotic, solitary and gregarious. From feather to beak, I've crafted my birds with alcohol ink markers, colored pencils, watercolor, and acrylic paint."
- Julian Weiler
First Friday: "Utah Wonders" by Lee Silliman
Gallery 709 in Montana Art & Framing 709 Ronan St. Missoula, MT
Gallery 709 in Montana Art & Framing presents Lee Silliman, "Utah Wonders", Lee captures Utah rock formations in stunning black and white silver gelatin 8x10 contact prints with his large format view camera, February 7-28. Opening is First Friday February 7, 5-9 pm, at 709 Ronan Street, Missoula. Call 541-7100 or check www.montanaart.com.
Indigenous Art Market on First Friday
ZACC Main Gallery 216 W. Main St. Missoula, MT
In collaboration with the ZACC, the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center is hosting the Missoula Indigenous Art Market! The market is 100% Native led — from event organizing to vendor participation. Stop by to browse and purchase all kinds of indigenous art including paintings, beadwork, leatherwork, and more! Featured Artist Carlin Bear Don't Walk’s work will remain in the Main Gallery through the month of February, 2020.
Opening Reception Artists Shop - "Quilts - A Passion for Color & Line" - Pat Cross
The Artists' Shop 127 N. Higgins Ave. Missoula, Montana
"Quilts - A Passion for Color and Line." The medium is fabric, both commercial and hand dyed, along with embellishments on some quilts.
"As a quilter and calligrapher, Pat enjoys the details of quilting and the results of spending time working with fabric and paper, especially with combining colors in her work."
The show runs February 1-29, 2020.
Soft Landing Gallery Opening
ZACC Blackfoot Communications Gallery 216 W Main St Missoula, Montana
The ZACC Blackfoot Communications Gallery // First Friday // February 7 // 5-8 PM
This February the ZACC is collaborating with Soft Landing Missoula to host a show by three artists who are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moses Bushiri, Luc Mugondozi, and Lorenzo Mugondozi. Their work will remain in the Blackfoot Communications Gallery through the month of February, 2020.
Moses Bushiri, 32, arrived in Missoula with his family in June of 2018. His family had been living in the bustling city of Bujumbura Burundi for several years prior to his arrival in Missoula. Art has been something he has brought with him along his journey. His art depicts not only the struggles but also the beauties of where he comes from.
Luc Mugondozi, 23, came to Missoula with two of his brothers in the winter of 2019. He has a love for fashion and textiles and was quick to gather the supplies he needed to continue the art of sewing once he arrived in Missoula. He has made Missoula his home and hopes to blend the styles and textiles from Africa with those of Missoula to create a fresh and creative look.
Lorenzo Mugondozi, 27, came to Missoula via Campala Uganda in the winter of 2019. He has been drawn to the creative world since he was very young and enjoys painting, clothing design, and being a DJ. He hopes that through his art, people can get a glimpse of Africa.