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. For more information about First Friday visit

October 2023 Events

First Friday: Joeann Daley

Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St Missoula, Montana

Join MAM in celebrating the opening of the exhibition Montana Remembered, by Joeann Daley, with the artist herself! Arrive at 4pm for a tour of the gallery with Joeann. Live music by The Dawn Patrol. Using media including sculpture, drawing, lithography, etching, and collage, Daley chronicled the particularities, personalities, and quirky beauty of Montana’s people, architecture, celebrations, and landscapes—seeing as an outsider, yet immersed in the daily life of the community. Her work reveals essential but often overlooked details of place—from workers changing shifts at the Anaconda smelter to Marcus Daly’s opulent Montana Hotel, from the frescos and ornate grillwork of the Washoe Theater to Hi-line grain elevators. Daley believes that “the ordinary things of life deserve to be seen,” and considers it part of her mission as an artist to see and re-present things that are so commonplace as to go unnoticed.

Live Music with North Fork Crossing

Cranky Sam Public House 233 W. Main St. Missoula, MT

Combining Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Bass, and vocals, North Fork Crossing are the masters of blending traditional bluegrass with something a little extra. With inspiration from all types of different genres, North Fork Crossing will put on an amazing show for all types of music lovers.

Torrents First Friday: Randy Zielinski, Jess Alber, and Brian Christianson

Confluence Center 119 W Main St Missoula, Montana

The Confluence Center (Western Montana's Home for Nonprofit Events) art program Torrents is thrilled to present an action packed evening of the Arts for Downtown Missoula’s First Friday Art Walk! On October 6th we will feature three Missoula-based artists with different takes on experiencing the natural world: paintings by Randy Zielinski, sculpture by Jess Alber, and photography by Brian Chrisitianson. Randy Zielinski received his first paint set as a gift in 2008 and hasn’t put down a brush since then. An acrylic and mixed media artist, he is inspired by the ongoing changes and beauty surrounding us. His work is an expression of these experiences with the use of vivid surreal colors within a natural composition. Jess Alber is a polymer clay sculptor that translates her hyper focused view into detail-oriented 3D works. Jess takes inspiration from her love of the natural world, especially insects, and enjoys placing them in unusual contexts to create an unlikely and often distressing relationship between two objects. Brian Christianson derives great joy from getting to intimately understand a place: its light, seasons, topography, flora and fauna. As a medium, he believes photography promotes seeing, really seeing, the interplay of those factors. Each photographic outing affords an opportunity to practice, implement and evolve this practice. Every day is a new opportunity to better understand and photograph the landscape. The exhibit will be open to the public for First Friday, October 6th, 2023, 5pm-8pm, with live music by Ann Szalda-Petree. The Confluence Center is located at 119 W. Main Street, Missoula, MT. All art exhibits can be seen through the end of October by appointment with the Confluence Center.

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