September 5, 2008

L.A. Design
337 E. Broadway

The Missoula Symphony Association & Guild present twelve painted violins, to be auctioned on September 26 at a gala dinner. Twelve prominent artists have transformed violins and generously donated them for auction. Their creations will be exhibited at LA Design on First Friday, September 5. For more information about the dinner, visit

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 N. Higgins Suite 300

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art will be featuring new sculpture by James Hewes as well new watercolors from Kendahl Jan Jubb and oil and pastel from Marshall Noice. MJFA 210 N. Higgins Suite 300 (overlooking beautiful downtown Missoula). Hours are 9-6 M-F and 9-4 on Saturday. 728-7050

POR Gallery of Missoula
at Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st St. West

Zine~sceen! An Art Extravaganza featuring:

Slumgullion, a community-oriented project that seeks to empower under-represented voices, promote literacy for all ages and provide off-the-beaten-path publishing for Missoula.
  • Type A Thon artifacts by Debby Florence
  • This Street Has Strange Houses Between Us by Courtney Blazon
  • Bla Bla Bunny Slippery by Lady Pajama

New West
415 N. Higgins Ave.

Internationally renowned artist and illustrator Joey DeRuy is showing an entirely new body of work at NewWest.Net in September. DeRuy's work is colorful and abstract, often inspired by his time in Africa, Hong Kong and Scandanavia. But for this show, opening Sept. 5 at the NewWest.Net office, DeRuy is focusing soley on Montana, specifically Missoula, where he had his first show at the age of 11 and where he found his early inspiration. He says he hopes to paint Missoula with the same spark that helped him to the success he's achieved and that "the reason for the show for me was to connect in a way." "My first fender bender in a car, job, date, the buildings, streets and alleys, have more then raised me," he says. "They helped to form me…" Welcome DeRuy and his new body of work at 415 N. Higgins, in the alley behind the Old Post Sept. 5 from 5-9 p.m.

Catalyst Cafe and Espresso
111 N. Higgins Ave.

Works by Nancy Seiler and Beth Warren are on display the month of September at the Catalyst Café. There will be a First Friday Opening on September 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Visit or call 728-5691.

Gallery Saintonge
216 N. Higgins

from the 5th of September
Gallery Saintonge is excited to announce the upcoming exhibit/ event from the 5th of September with local Missoula artist Sam Manno. Sam Manno is notorious for finding ways to probe our thinking and engage his audience in its own sort of process. Creating scenarios and situations where being a passive observer is not so much an option – whether it is through subject matter or performance/interaction, Manno stirs a level of confrontation. Constantly raising question, Manno’s work ranges in format and offers refreshing insight and introspection.

from the 5th of September addresses the unfolding event of a few hours of one day and the days that follow, stumbled upon as if a catalyst. The exhibit entails a sense of unpredictability and internal stirring. Given the Missoula enthusiasm and participation in the First Friday Art Walk, Manno will be documenting the audience at Gallery Saintonge on First Friday, September 5th. The evening will begin with a mostly blank gallery space. As people arrive at the gallery for the Opening Reception, they will be confronted with having a Polaroid photograph taken of their face. Provided with a Sharpie marker to make their signature on it and a silver thumbtack to hang it on the gallery wall, the show will build as the evening transpires.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 W. Front St.

Join us Friday, September 5th from 5-8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Now on view Monte Dolack’s newest fine art poster Light in the Wild inspired by the high country near Glacier National Park and commissioned by Backpacking Light Magazine. Also on display will be the paintings, prints and posters of Mary Beth Percival. Open Weekdays 10-5:30 and Sat 11-5. Call 549-3248.

Missoula Art Museum
335 N. Pattee

The Wide Open
The Wide Open is an exhibition featuring three of the most accomplished contemporary photographers working today: Lee Friedlander, Lois Conner and Geoffrey James. The works in this exhibition comprise the artist’s interpretations of the high plains of Northeastern Montana where the American Prairie Reserve is being created. Opening Reception & Gallery Talk by Dick Dolan: Sept 5, American Prairie Foundation, 5 - 8 pm

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran
MAM is pleased to announce Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran, an exhibition of more than 60 works of photography and video installations by 20 of Iran’s most celebrated photographers. The exhibition gathers personal perspectives of contemporary Iran filtered through individual sensibilities, while simultaneously addressing public concerns. Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: September 5, 7 pm

The Indigo Gallery
116 W. Front Street

Come enjoy the breathtaking floral paintings of emerging Missoula artist Leah Snyder. The September exhibit will continue to showcase Caribbean art from Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, including Mopa Mopa handmade woodcrafts, the perfect gift for anyone. Opening reception Friday, September 5, 5-8pm. Open Wed. & Fri. 1:30pm - 5:30pm, Tues., Thur., & Sat. 12:30 pm-5:30pm. Call 728-1703 for more info.

The Big Sky Film Institute
Wilma Theater Screening

Big Sky Films Series continues the 2008 season with the independent feature documentary SECRECY. In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs the production of open knowledge. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either the key to victory in our struggle against terrorism, or our Achilles heel. But is so much secrecy a bad thing?

An engaging, stylistic film about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy, SECRECY focuses on classified secrets, and the government's ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security. SECRECY explores the tensions between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy.

The Big Sky Film Series is a periodic monthly screening series highlighting traditional and innovative nonfiction film and video. It is held the first Friday of the month as part of downtown Missoula, Montana's "Art Walk." All screenings are held in the Historic Wilma Theater and are free and open to the public. The series is programmed by the staff of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Call (406) 541-FILM or email for sponsorship information.

Dana Gallery
246 N. Higgins Ave.

Celebrating Dana Gallery’s 12th Anniversary
Dudley Dana the Dana Gallery would like to extend an invitation to the opening reception of the September exhibition, “Two Visions” on Friday, September 5th, 5 pm to 8 pm. We are celebrating the 12th anniversary of the gallery with a sensational show with both artists present for the opening, continuing on Saturday, with an artist talk and painting demonstration, 10 am- 1pm. Longtime friends Robert Moore and Scott Switzer will present new paintings that have been described as “alive”. Switzer’s work reflects his vision of relationship and the connections we all share while Moore’s paintings speak to the connection we share to the earth and to nature.

Studio 12 Art Gallery
Corner of Pattee & Broadway
The Dog Days of Summer may be over, but not forgotten. Come see Noelle Naiden’s drawings of her best friends, Bungee and Pogo. Also small works by gallery owners, Carol Hoffnagle and Peter Keefer. Located under the Big Red Neon Finger, below street level at the corner of N Pattee and Broadway. Open Thu-Sat, 11-5 and 11-8 on First Friday, September 5. 549-1108.

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Meloy and Paxson Galleries, PARTV Center
The University of Montana

Weaving Cultures...
Highlights of the Helen Cappadocia Collection of Southeast Asian Textiles
Featuring a wide variety of historic and contemporary textiles and artifacts created by Hmong cultures and Tai Lao people from Southeast Asia

Featuring the latest work of the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Steven Young Lee.

Please join us for a reception for both shows, 5-7pm, PARTV Center at The University of Montana. Exhibits will run September 5 - October 25, 2008. Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11-3pm; Friday - Saturday 4-8:30pm

Noteworthy Paper & Press
101 S. Higgins Ave. near the Wilma

Please join us for our September First Friday reception and see the vibrant work of talented Missoula printmaker Keith Miller. Keith is a regular participant in the Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project and most recently worked with the group Artists for Obama.This Friday, September 5th from 5:30-9:00 pm.

The Artists' Shop
304 N. Higgins Ave.

Featured in September: Four decades of work by professional Hamilton photographer Richard Paup: "Time Was--40 Years of Photography." Artist reception, Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Ceretana Studios
801 Sherwood St.
Featuring "Missoula Now," new works by up-and-coming contemporary artists, including Jonathan Marquis, Brad Allen, George Ybarra, Jennifer Leutzinger, Tim Thornton, Carrie Maynes, Frank Stepek, Ericka Schenck, Shalene Valenzuela, Tricia Opstad, Patricia Thornton, Courtney Blazon, Adelaide Every, Sally Hickman, Ladypajama, Edgar Smith, Gretel Stoudt, Carol Lynne and Andy Smetanka. Opening reception, Friday, 5-10 p.m. with music by the InHumans, the Pharmacy and Front Street Jazz Group, and films by Nestor Cordova.

Whooping Crones Gallery
508 E. Broadway

Featured through Sept. 27, acrylics and sculptures by Barbara Lwanga Ashley and porcelain ceramics by Lisa Ernst. First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m.

Brunswick Building
223 W. Railroad St.

Featured Sept. 4-6: "Portraits," an exhibition of recent oil paintings by Scott Sutton. Hours: Thursday, and First Friday 5-8 p.m. Saturday, 11a.m. - 4 p.m.