First Fridays in Missoula

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.

September 2019 Events

710 Ashbury at The Old Post

The Old Post 103 W. Spruce Missoula, MT

"There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night." All roads lead to The Old Post and 710 Ashbury for our September First Friday parking lot party! Come one, come all! This is for sure to be a huge turnout and we’re excited and really looking forward to seeing everybody down here. As always, this is a family-friendly and free event.

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Upcycled 517 S. Higgins Missoula, MT

Join artist B.MartiNez and musicians Pat McKay and Jimmy Smith for a First Friday Celebration at Upcycled on The Hip Strip with a streetside parklet sponsored by Missoula in Motion.

Art Show Featuring Libba Lauchnor

PureWest - Christie's International Real Estate 101 Railroad St. W./140 Cherry St. Missoula, MT

Our September First Friday art show will feature the beautiful work of Libba Lauchnor. Wine and bites will be served at our Downtown Missoula location (across from the XXXXs).

First Friday "Changing Seasons" 4 Ravens Gallery

4 Ravens Gallery 248 N Higgins Ave Missoula, Montana

Jordan Porter a native of Whitefish Montana shares his appreciation for nature thru his blossoming oil painting career. Join us for his opening reception September 6th 5-8 PM. He will also talk about his art at 5:30 PM. On display September 3-29. M-Sat 10-6 Sun 11-5 248 N Higgins Ave. Missoula, MT 59802 406-317-1543

First Friday Art Show

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties 314 N. Higgins Missoula, MT

Herman and Suzanne Andersen’s unique and colorful show draws from the artists' personal experiences and studies. “We became interested in Native American Masks in Alaska and furthered our studies in the Southwest. We carve masks from legends and personal experiences.” Join us for light refreshments!

First Friday at FINN

FINN 100 Madison St. Missoula, MT

We will be celebrating First Friday in September with a new artist, Cathy Berendts, from Clyde Park! We are thrilled to have her art going up on the walls, and excited to celebrate First Friday with you all!

First Friday with Artist Megan Haney of Wander and Rain

Bathing Beauties Beads 501 S. Higgins Missoula, MT

We are excited to host local artist Megan Haney of Wander and Rain for our September First Friday. Join us for treats, beer, and the best moon rings in the world! Wander & Rain specializes in jewelry and curios which are deeply inspired by witches, fairytales, folklore, and forests!

First Friday with Crista Ann Ames + Aja Mujinga Sherrad

The General Public 112 W. Front St. Missoula, MT

You know what time of the month it is...First Friday! Super duper stoked to have Crista Ames and Aja Sherrard hanging out with us in the shop! Come see (and participate with) their collaborative installation.

Heather Shibahn: The Thoughts That Overwhelm

Gecko Designs 523 N. Higgins Missoula, MT

The Secret Garden Series 2: The Thoughts That Overwhelm features large-scale mixed media pieces that are sure to impress and excite. Stop by Gecko Designs this Friday for some great art and great company!

Karen Savory + Jennifer Ogden Art Show

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and The Olive Branch 519 S. Higgins Missoula, MT

You won't want to miss this First Friday with TWO of Missoula's most talented local artists - Karen Savory and Jennifer Ogden. We have all seen Savory's Simply Savory cards and prints around town; now is the chance to see her nature-inspired original paintings in person! Ogden, an artist from the Bitterroot Valley, uses recycled junk mail to create incredible collage pieces that reflect themes of home, place and belonging in rural Montana and Missoula. Come for the art, the community, the conversation, live music, free local popcorn and beverages. We can't wait to spend this First Friday with you!

Maker's Showcase: Beehive Clay Studio

Noteworthy Paper & Press 219 S. 3rd St. W. Missoula, MT

Please join us this September for our upcoming First Friday Maker's Showcase. Adriana Romeu, of Beehive Clay Studio, will be here to share her ceramics!

Naturalist Field Station Exhibit Opening + Art Show

Montana Natural History Center 120 Hickory St., Suite A Missoula, MT

Join MNHC and artist Jenah Mead to celebrate Jenah’s work and the opening of our newest exhibit, The Naturalist Field Station: Drawn to Nature. The new Naturalist Field Station exhibit will explore the work of a naturalist as an artist. Jenah’s art show will feature her fine art graphite drawings and the field station will feature the nature journals that inspired them. The field station will be hands-on and have opportunities for visitors to flip through Jenah’s journals, practice her methods, and make their own journal entries.

Opening Reception Artists Shop - "More Than Words" - Contemporary Calligraphy by Ann Franke

The Artists Shop 127 N. Higgins Ave. Missoula, Montana

Contemporary works of fine art in ink and gouache based on the letters of the alphabet. The power of calligraphy is that it unites the meaning of the written word with the beauty of the visual arts. The show runs Sept. 3-30, 2019.

Revival: A Night of Art and Music

Monk's Bar 221 Ryman St. Missoula, MT

Revival: The Art is a tribute to the artist Ronald L.Blackman, the creator of the original Tuxedo t-shirt and graphics of many editions of Grey's Anatomy. Original works from his collection will be on display in many mediums, to include sculptures, mixed media pieces, jewelry, paintings and sketches, as well as the original graphics from Grey's Anatomy. 6 - 9 p.m., family friendly. Revival: The Music is a celebration of a moment in time in Missoula hip-hop. A time of love and positivity that we so desperately need to experience once again. Performances by: Traff The Wiz w/ Traffic Jam and DJ Brand One, Farch, Shadow x Elair, Pool Boys, Thin Truk, and many more friends. 10 p.m. - close, 21+, $5 cover.

September First Friday

Dana Gallery 246 N. Higgins Missoula, MT

On display are the remaining works from our 17th Annual Paint Out, an event we do every summer where we invite a number of artists to Missoula for a few days to paint “en plein air.” This show is always amazingly energetic and really captures the beauty and essence of summers in Montana. We will also be featuring two local, extremely talented jewelry artists Debra Pollard and Mary Engstrom.

September First Friday

Witch Works 330 E. Main St. Missoula, MT

We will be celebrating First Friday in September with a new artist, Cathy Berendts, from Clyde Park! We are thrilled to have her art going up on the walls, and excited to celebrate First Friday with you all!

September First Friday with Guest Laurel Hill

APORTA Shop 117 W. Front St. Missoula, MT

Join APORTA Shop for September 2019 First Friday with guest Human Design reader Laurel Hill. $20 for a 15 minute Human Design reading, first come first serve. Human Design combines astrology, the Chakra system, the Kabbalah Tree of Life, the I’Ching, biochemistry and genetics to create a map of your personal energetic mechanics. We’re all completely unique, with different ways of tuning in, and Human Design can tell you how to sync with your own guidance system. Human Design is the map that reacquaints you with your unique way of energetically collaborating with the world.

Some Assembly Required

The Clay Studio of Missoula 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A Missoula, MT

The Clay Studio of Missoula welcomes Pocatello, Idaho based ceramic artist Chris Pickett for a solo exhibition in September. His functional works elicit physical and psychological comfort through their generous volumes and soft surfaces. Chris received his BFA from the University of Tennessee and his MFA from the University of Florida. Chris served as a long-term Resident Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation from 2012 to 2014, and was the Barbara Rittenberg Fellow at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY from 2015-2016. Chris serves as an Assistant Professor of Art at Idaho State University. Chris Pickett: Some Assembly Required will be on display from September 6-27, 2019.

The Wonderful Works of Jessica Mittal

The Annex 127 N. Higgins, Ste. 306 Missoula, MT

The Annex art gallery and Galaxy Graffiti present Jessica Mittal! This #firstfriday, come support your community and discover the beautiful paintings and photographs done by this local artist. Beverages will be provided.

Three Friends, Three Approaches

Gallery 709 in Montana Art & Framing 709 Ronan St. Missoula, MT

Artworks by Elloie Jeter, Bob Phinney and Janet Sullivan showing the Bitterroot landscape, Missoula scenes, and colorful abstraction. Live music by Toy Box.

Uniqorn Mother's First Friday @ The Break!

Break Espresso 432 N. Higgins Missoula, MT

Artist Shanen Johns will have prints, stickers and more.


Clyde Coffee 610 S. Higgins Missoula, MT

Jay Fiske is an artist & musician living in Missoula, Montana. His work communicates a relationship with earth & sky. It acknowledges resonant truths that live within the landscape of the mind. Utopia is a dream — a series that opens itself to infinite possibilities within the laws of nature & the beauty of the Universe. Painted entirely outside and incorporating earth, water, minerals, & weather, Utopia is a portal, a mandala, a song.

Women Celebrate Nature: Fifteen Women - Fifteen Visions

The Loft 119 W. Main St. Missoula, MT

“Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic,” as Annie Dillard wrote. We never know where our visions will take us. This September at The Loft, fifteen women offer fifteen very different visions of the natural world. Meet the artists, enjoy the conversation and light snacks and the cozy environment of The Loft.

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