First Friday rundown

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September's First Friday started with an autumn chill in the air, but this evening should be nice and pleasant. The galleries and other art venues open their doors somewhere between 5 and 5:30 p.m. and close around 8 or 9.

We're taking that window of opportunity tonight to see a couple of intriguing shows. For a full listing check out First Friday blogspot where you can print out a schedule of tonight's art shows and artsy events to take with you for the evening.


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The Clay Studio (1106 Hawthorne St. #A) presents an opening reception for Heidi Kreitchet.

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Andy Smetanka (Indy film reviewer) and Martin McCain present their exhibit Let a Little Light In at the Catalyst (111 N. Higgins Ave.) which showcases 12 of their light boxes.

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Graphic designer and mural painter Laura Baker presents her oil paintings at Bernice's Bakery (190 S. 3rd W.)

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The Missoula Now exhibit shows several eperimental works from established and emerging artists at the Ceretana (801 Sherwood).


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Freeman Butts was a big deal back in the day. From the 1970s to the 1990s, Butts amassed an impressive portfolio of painted landscapes and women. Family Gifts at the Missoula Art Museum (MAM) (335 North Pattee) shows several of his pieces.

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The Autios, a local artist dynasty, show their works at Montana Art and Framing (709 Ronan St.) including pieces by Lela Autio, Lisa Autio, Lauren Fletcher (Lisa's daughter) and Chris Autio.

After the art shows close up for the night we'll be heading on down to the Crystal Theatre (515 S. Higgins) for No Shame Theater, a night of public theatrics—essentially an open mic of performances for which you can sign up to participate at 9:30 p.m. See you on stage. Maybe.

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