VonCommon, a local artist collective, is holding its first "VonCarnival" on Friday, with eyes on adding a darkroom and screenprinting facility to its studio.
The darkroom will be handy for several resident artists with photography backgrounds and others with screenprinting experience. They plan on keeping it open to the local art community as a whole.
The artists have a DIY aesthetic, and plan on building the dark-room with minimum expenses by shopping for recycled materials from Home ReSource.
The collective, now mostly comprising artists in their 20s and 30s, formed about seven years ago, to have a shared space for boundary-pushing work and exhibitions. It's now based at Johnson and Wyoming streets, where it has a larger warehouse that can accommodate more artists.
Each artist has roughly a 10-by-10-foot space for an average of about $80 a month, although same have more space and pay more accordingly. Regardless, it's a bargain for a working space in Missoula.
The Friday event has an Exquisite Corpse game. Eighteen local artists will be randomly divided into teams of three, and given two hours to complete a drawing, in the fashion devised by the surrealists. The first artist starts the top third of a drawing, typically a figure. The second artist doesn't get to see the composition, only where the lines from the first third meet the second. The same rules apply to the third artist. Once the drawings are complete, they'll hold a "cakewalk" where participants have a chance to win a piece of art.
In January, VonCommon filed to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit. One of its first goals was to build the darkroom.
The VonCarnival is Friday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. at FreeCycles community bike shop, 732 S. First St. W. Admission is $10. As it is Friday the 13th, costumes are "highly encouraged."
There will be emcees and music by Cory Fay and DJ Phatnasmagoria. For more information, go to the VonCommon Facebook page.