With February First Friday, the Missoula arts scene emerges in full force, as the holidays are long past and students have returned to campus and downtown.
Two galleries are featuring Valentine's-related – or somewhat Valentine's-related – openings.
At the Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main St., local artists have made Valentine's-themed works that stretch from the pretty to the twisted. The show will be up through the 14th, with a First Friday opening from 3 to 8 p.m.
Over at Real Good Studios, only twisted gifts will be available.
You can get a thrift-store painting altered by University of Montana professor and artist MaryAnn Bonjorni. For "Icon-O-Clash," she and fellow artists will improve upon such dollar-store works brought in by gallery-goers. Think "War on Kinkaide," the series by artist Jeff Bennett, who went viral by mashing up "Star Wars" battle scenes with paintings by the ubiquitous and trademarked "Painter of Light."
In addition, Real Good founder Jack Metcalf will present "Mechanical Reproduction in the Digital Age," a print-based installation, and an "interactive shooting range."
Real Good is located at 1205 Defoe St., No. 1, on the Westside across the street from the Clay Studio of Missoula. It's only open on First Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m.
In FrontierSpace, ceramic artist Jonathan Fitz will present a clay and wood installation called "Polar Drift." The University of Montana student is interested in creating multiples of his objects, thoughtfully arranging them and grouping them, and experiment with categories via minimal colors. The gallery is open on First Friday only from 6 to 9 p.m. on West Pine Street between the Thomas Meagher Bar and Sushi Hana.