It's First Friday, art fanatics, and now that the weather is clearing up you should be planning your descent into downtown. We gave you a few ideas in this week's paper about excellent art shows, including Wendy Red Star at the Missoula Art Museum. Here we offer three more not-to-miss exhibits that will feed your art hunger. Check it out:
Skateboard culture has been a part of Missoula since the early days of Vans and skater haircuts. But it was just a few years ago that a group of skateboarders rose up and created a skatepark called MOBASH, which opened in 2006 with Tony Hawk as special guest. It wouldn’t have happened without several local key players, including photographer and skateboarder Andrew Kemmis. His exhibit, titled “5,” is a collection of portraits depicting people who made MOBASH. It opens at The Brink Gallery (111 W. Front) with a First Friday reception from 5 PM to 8.
If you’re a latecomer to the Clay Studio of Missoula (1106 Hawthorne St. #A), you’re just in time to connect with its history. Jayson Lawfer, former executive director of the studio, shows his new exhibit “Bending the Line,” which features wood-, soda-, and electric-fired pottery. The artist has gotten some experience since leaving Missoula, including living in France, Italy, San Diego and Chicago. His pottery style is all about bending the surface lines, which give his pots personality. The exhibition opens First Friday, August 5, from 5:30 to 9 PM. Free.
A couple of weeks ago you may have noticed people painting “en plein air”—the French term for the outdoor painting tradition. The ninth annual Paint Out included 21 renowned artists from Missoula and beyond, painting scenes from Missoula sidewalks and landscapes on the outskirts of town. The fruits of their labor, plus other studio work, are now on display at the Dana Gallery (246 N. Higgins), with an opening reception First Friday, August 5, from 5 to 8 PM. Free.