Red Lodge has done art walks of some variety for years, usually focused around the warm summer weather. Recently, though, the Red Lodge Clay Center has been pushing the cold winter months. Their artist receptions at the beginning of each month expanded into an artist event in several stores at the south end of downtown Red Lodge called the First Friday Artwalk.
Stores stay open late on the first Friday of each month, highlighting the artwork of various (often local) artists and offering complementary goodies and beverages like a smaller art-focused version of the Christmas Stroll. Officially, the First Friday Artwalk runs until 7:00 p.m., but shops often stay open later than that.
The First Friday Artwalk has now expanded throughout downtown Red Lodge, including retail stores, galleries, jewelers, and more. A lot of this expansion happened because of lobbying efforts by Cynthia Rozamus of Kids Corner, who contacted stores all over town and encouraged everyone to participate. There will be music offered as well.
The Pollard Hotel, which regularly features the work of local artists in the lobby and restaurant, is providing live music in the Pollard Pub by Big Jim and the Twins from 6:00 to 9:00. The Bull ‘n Bear will have live music by the Red Elvises.
Here are this month’s participants:
Base Camp Images, Dick Forehand’s photography studio, focuses on Montana and Wyoming wildlife and nature.
Boomerang Beads, which usually offers wine and appetizers, brings in unique jewelry focused — as the name implies — on beads and beadwork.
Honey’s changes up their theme each month, offering beer, wine, and signature sweets.
Kibler & Kirch, which features Western-themed home decor, is the northernmost participant in the First Friday Artwalk.
Kids Corner will be offering cider and baked goods.
Mad Woman Marketplace focuses on tactile arts, which is owner Nancy Dunlap’s specialty. She’ll be serving freshly-made chicken kabobs.
Monie’s Unique Boutique is a women’s clothing store with a new spring line on display to get us thinking about the coming warm weather.
Montana Gallery & Studio, which features the work of owner Tyler Murphy along with other painters, will be serving wine.
Mystic Mountain Stones & Jewelry, a new business operated by former geologist Sharon Lewis, will have baked treats.
Red Lodge Books & Tea will be featuring Montana cookbook author Seabring Davis, the artwork of local painter Ivan Long, and wine-inspired tea blends & tea-infused cookies. Matcha tea fans will appreciate handmade pottery matcha bowls by Karin Solberg.
Red Lodge Clay Center‘s theme this month is Within:Without, a group exhibition about carriers of content and large jars.
Sagebrush Sirens focuses on wearable art in the form of western-themed clothing and jewelry for women.
If any other stores would like to participate, all you need to do is stay open until 7:00, put out some treats, and let us know so we can add you to the list!