Spokane's monthly arts showcase features events, including gallery receptions, live music and a chance to meet local artists, across the downtown core and beyond. Receptions for this month's event happen on Friday, May 4, from 5-8 pm, unless otherwise noted below, where events are listed alphabetically by venue. These listings were compiled from information provided by First Friday's organizer, Downtown Spokane Partnership, as well as host venues and artists. Red stars denote Inlander staff picks; for additional information visit firstfridayspokane.org.
Art Seed Spokane, 1115 W. First
"Pow!!! An Art Exhibition" features works by local artists in various media. Reception 5-10 pm.
Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main
"3 Minute Mic;" readers can read up to three minutes' worth of poetry. Starts at 8 pm.
Avenue West, 907 W. Boone Ave.
"The Trees of Ancestors" features acrylic collage and watercolors by Nancy Rothwell.
Barili Cellars, 608 W. Second
Featuring pastels by Vicky Cavin and mixed-media pieces by Linda Malcom. Reception 4-9 pm.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.
Spokane artist Melissa Cole showcases a collection of colorful, textural paintings, alongside music by "Lonesome" Lyle Morse.
Bistango, 108 N. Post
Featuring music by Kosh, with happy hour specials from 3-6 pm.
Bridge Press Cellars, 39 W. Pacific Ave.
Photography by Mary Jo Rawlsky and music by Maxie Ray Mills, from 6-9 pm.
Bruncheonette, 1011 W. Broadway Ave.
Watercolors by Megan Perkins from her "Artist's Eye on Spokane" series. On display through May 31.
A continuation of the exhibit "Flourish," featuring nature-themed photography by Seattle-based artists Melinda Hurst Frye, Tara McDermott and Meggan Joy.
Community Pint, 120 E. Sprague
Photography by Kristen Black, with live music by Deb from 6-8 pm.
Core Pilates and Wellness, 1230 W. Summit Pkwy.
Craftsman Cellars, Paintings celebrating nature by Linnea Tobias.
Craftsman Cellars, 1194 W. Summit Pkwy.
Paintings by Pamela Van Kirk; winery open from 2-9 pm.
"Kindred Spirits" features art by LuAnn Ostergaard and her son Joseph Rastovich, both inspired by metal and open spaces.
Hills' Restaurant & Lounge, 401 W. Main
Music by the Back Porch Trio: Michael Robinson, Alan Fischer and Rick Singer, from 6:30-9:30 pm.
Iron Goat Brewing Co., 1302 W. Second
Railroad-themed photography by Frederick Simon.
"An Unusual Show Title" features drawings, paintings and mixed media by artists Garric Simonsen and Ruth Mortensen. Reception 5-9 pm; on display through May 26.
Liberty Ciderworks, 164 S. Washington St.
A continuation of a showcase of pop culture-themed art by L.A.-based artist Byron Black. Reception 4-9 pm.
Marmot Art Space, 1202 W. Summit Pkwy.
"Italian Hilltowns, Etc." by Gordon Wilson, alongside art by Melissa Cole, Alfredo Arreguin, Ruben Trejo, Rick Davis, Jim Dhillon, Michael Dinning and Ken Roth.
Maryhill Winery Spokane, 1303 W. Summit Pkwy.
Art by Kathy Baldwin and live music by Gil Rivas from 4:30-7:30 pm.
Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St.
Art by Hara Allison, also featuring work by her daughters, Savana and Sonya, with music by Christy Lee. Reception 6-10 pm.
New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague
The gallery showcases art by Sister Betty Bradley, alongside new works by Kay West. Reception from noon-5 pm.
Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington
May's show "Images and Ash" features guest artists Cindy Sustman and Shirley Johnson.
Resurrection Records, 1927 W. Northwest Blvd.
"Mother: A Psycho-Themed Show;" a portion of proceeds benefit the cancer funds of Susan Webber and Kelly Fay Vaughn. Reception 6-9 pm.
River City Brewing Co., 121 S. Cedar St.
The brewery's monthly garage party includes beer, local food trucks and live music by Ragtag Romantics from 4-10 pm.
Robert Karl Cellars, 115 W. Pacific Ave.
Featuring mixed-media art by German-born artist Irene Dahl.
The gallery features "Underpinnings," a print and stop-motion animation collection by Margot Casstevens, and "Embrace the Struggle," a sound installation, by Dan McCann.
Senator Guitars, 618 N. Monroe
Featuring art by members of the Vet's Garage, including wood turned vases and bowls, drawings, metalwork and acrylic paintings.
Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy.
"Virtual Reality First Fridays" offers an opportunity to experiment with games and creative tools in a virtual 3D space. From 5-6:45 pm.
Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland
"A Reluctant Compromise" features new art by Joseph Tomlinson.
"Spokane Women Together: Portraits and Stories" by Rick Singer and Hilary Hart is a photography collection exploring Spokane's diverse population of women.
STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave.
An outdoor concert by Spokane musician Nick Grow, from 5-6 pm.
Steelhead Bar & Grille, 218 N. Howard
"What I See" features photographic art by local high school junior Nick Nelson.
Taste Cafe, 180 S. Howard
Pencil, ink and charcoal drawings by Michael Mihaylov-Momo.
"Fusion & Fibrant" showcases work by local fiber artists, including Lou Lou Pink, Margaret Mount and members of Craftivists of the Inland Northwest.
Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, 115 S. Adams St.
"Spring Flowers" showcases unique ceramic vases, planters and other sculpted works that highlight the beauty of floral forms.
V du V Wines, 12 S. Scott St.
Art by Jim Dhillon, along with music by Crushpad, from 5:30-9:30 pm.
Vino! A Wine Show, 222 S. Washington
Art by Dan Harris, along with a tasting of selections from the Wine of the Month Club, from 3-7 pm.
William Grant Gallery & Framing, 1188 W. Summit Pkwy.
Landscape and floral watercolors by Becky Gromlich. ♦