December 5, 2008

Invite your out of town friends to experience a wealth of holiday cheer, local culture and creative expression!

Meet Me in Missoula Weekend
December 5-7, 2008

Galleries & Museums

Missoula Art Museum
335 N. Pattee

Elk Dogs
Artists Gallery Talk and Artists Reception: December 5, 5-8 pm
This exhibition is focused on contemporary horse imagery created by contemporaryAmerican Indian artists. The exhibition will feature invited artists Damian Charette(Crow), Jeneese Hilton (Blackfeet) and Jay Laber (Blackfeet), as well as selected works from MAM’s Contemporary American Indian Art Collection including Susan Stewart (Crow), and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Flathead Salish/Shoshone/Cree). The exhibition will also accentuate the recently published book by The Nicolaysen Art Museum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s, She Paints The Horse, which is available in the MAM bookstore. The name "Elk Dog" comes from well-documented references originating in many Indian languages. The term Elk Dog was widespread through the Native American population as noted in the Lewis and Clark journals. The term seems to be a logical combination of the traits of the two animals. The horse was the size of an elk but used for carrying goods as well—a role dogs also fulfilled in the Native American culture.

Antique Quilts: Unique Patterns and Shapes
Exhibition Opens December 5, 2008
This festive, antique quilt collection is a selection of 16 works from the Jim and Kate Carroll Collection. Viewers will enjoy a variety of hand-quilted traditional and symmetrical patterns featuring stylized flowers and figures, with a decidedly pastel palette. Many of these 19th and early 20th century quilts are baby quilts. MAM recognizes and wishes to celebrate the influence of this historic craft and its connection to many contemporary expressions. This traveling exhibition is sponsored by Copper Village Art Center in Anaconda under the auspices of the Montana Art Gallery Directors’ Association (MAGDA).

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 Hawthorne Unit A

Holiday Show

Opening reception December 5th 5:30- 9:00 p.m. Show runs Dec 5th- Dec 24th.

Brunswick Gallery

223 W. Railroad St.

Join us for the 2008 Brunswick Artists' Holiday Open House December 4th (5-8 p.m.), First Friday December 5th (5-8 p.m.) and December 6th (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Works by Andy Brown, Emmy Cho, Claire Emery, Jennifer Leutzinger, Leslie V.S. Millar, Jenny Parker, Dale E. Sherrard and Scott Sutton. For more info, call 721-0591

The Indigo Gallery
116 W. Front Street
The Indigo Gallery is pleased to announce our special December exhibit, featuring a wide variety of artwork, including paintings, sculpture, carvings, photography, and jewelry on display as part of our exclusive Holiday Exhibit. All pieces of this artwork would make the perfect gift for the holiday season. Please join us for the opening reception during the First Friday Art Walk, December 5, 5-8pm. Open Wed. & Fri. 1:30pm - 5:30pm, Tues., Thur., & Sat. 12:30 pm-5:30pm. Call 728-1703 for more information.

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 N. Higgins, Suite 300

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art "Overlooking Beautiful Downtown Missoula", presents nationally renowned artists Marshal Noice, James Hewes and Kendahl Jan Jubb. Original artwork and archival prints are available as well as 2009 Kendahl Jan Jubb calendars, beautiful Kendahl note cards, and illustrated children's books. Open 9-6 M-F and 9-4 on Saturday. 728-7050. Email:

Gallery Saintonge
216 N. Higgins

Juried Exhibition
Gallery Saintonge is pleased to announce its first Juried Exhibition, juried by Hipólito Rafael Chacón, Professor of Art History and Criticism in the Department of Art at The University of Montana. After reviewing 546 submissions from across the nation and Canada, H. Rafael Chacón, selected 37 pieces, including 28 artists in the exhibit. The work was juried anonymously, and according to Dr. Chacón, final selections were chosen based on “intrinsic merits, in terms of the strengths of the ideas they present and their execution.” Chacón looked for work that was “the best of a genre, but especially works that critique, comment on, and/or expand upon tradition.”
Award recipients will be announced at 6:30pm during the reception. The selected work may also be viewed online at, along with the award recipients and Dr. Chacón’s comments about his selections.

Studio 12 Art Gallery
Corner of Pattee & Broadway

Studio 12 Art Gallery will be closing at the end of December. Please stop by to say goodbye and receive a 20% discount on all colored pencil drawings, limited edition prints, photo collage drawings, digital photography, note cards and giclées by Carol Hoffnagle and Peter Keefer. Located under the BIG RED NEON FINGER, below street level at the corner of N Pattee and Broadway. Open 11 –6 FRIDAY TO SUNDAY through December. Late on First Friday, December 5. 721-3880 or continue to visit us at

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 W. Front St.

Monte Dolack Gallery: Join us Friday, December 5th from 5-8pm for the release of Snowfall in Greenough Park Monte Dolack’s newest limited edition giclee print inspired by a winter’s afternoon walk. Also on display will be new paintings of the Montana landscape. 139 W. Front St. Call 549-3248. Open Weekdays 10-5:30 and Sat 11-5

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Meloy and Paxson Galleries – UM PARTV Center


Free to the public. Open Tuesday – Thursday 11am – 3pm, Friday – Saturday 4 – 8:30pm. First Friday from 4:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Montana Modernists: Robert DeWeese and His Legacy
Meloy Gallery - On v
iew through December 12
This exhibition features works by Robert and Gennie DeWeese, Rudy and Lela Autio, Peter Voulkos, Jessie Wilber, Neil Parsons, Jerry Rankin, Freeman Butts, Bill Stockton, Ted Waddell, Patrick Zentz and others who opened the way for modernism, abstraction and contemporary art in Montana.

Montana Modernists: Henry Meloy and His Horses
Paxson Gallery - On view through December 12
Follow Henry M
eloy’s watercolor, graphite and ceramic horses on their journey from sensitive drawings to bold, expressive abstractions.

Dana Gallery
246 N. Higgins Ave.

Dana Gallery Holiday Show
Dudley Dana and the Dana Gallery would like to extend an invitation to the opening reception of December’s holiday exhibition featuring new works from sixteen celebrated artists on Friday, December 5, 5 pm to 8 pm. The gallery will also host a guest artist talk by Lee Kierig on Saturday, December 6, at 11:00 a.m. Featured Artists: Dudley Dana, Hadley Ferguson, Tu Gang, Tom Gilleon, Louise Lamontagne, Jennifer Li, Caleb Meyer, Davi Nelson, Nicholas Oberling, Robert Schlegel, William Schneider, Margarete de Soleil, Janet Sullivan, Fran Switzer, Jeff Walker, and Michael Gallacher.

Other Venues

Paradigm Architects
in the alley by the Catalyst

Academy drawings and oils of Italy by Laura

Laura Blaker is best known for her murals around town (Red Bird, HuHot). Last summer, Blaker went to Florence, Italy for a month of drawing classes at the Florence Academy of Art. She will show those drawings along with oil paintings of Italy. Artist reception 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st St. West

ZACC presents a Greg Millar Cot Glass & Tile Mosaic Exhibition. Friday, December 5 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Turn toward Mount Jumbo after you cross the north-side pedestrian bridge and walk a few blocks.

New West
415 N. Higgins Ave.

Montana Sabbatical
Originally from So. California, Dacia Faison-Roe's current life path has her making hotels and airplanes home. While her travels offer photographic opportunities of a lifetime, her brief sabbatical in Missoula, MT has had the biggest impact on her creative soul. "My goal was to disconnect from city life and hunker down in Montana to finish my first novel. Fewer distractions and temptations, right? So very wrong! The experiences, the surroundings, the people, poked and nudged at the photographer in me and I couldn't resist! I've taken some of the best pictures of my life here.
On the plane from California to Missoula, I was reading a book and came across this quote by Anne Sexton; Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. I wrote in on the inside of my wrist to remind me that was all I needed to do when I got here." Did she ever finish that novel? You'll have to ask her when you meet her December 5 @ New West for Missoula's First Friday Gallery Night.

First National Bank of Montana Lobby
201 North Higgins Ave.
(corner of Higgins and Main)

Missoula Symphony's Musical Gallery

Featuring Missoula Symphony Brass Quintet.
A chance to experience some great music in First Friday fashion! A fun, casual atmosphere where downtown gallery walkers can stroll in, listen to a few minutes of music, have a glass of wine, and meet and greet musicians. Friday December 5, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Computer Central
136 E. Broadway, suite 1

Digital Organics
Please join us for the unveiling of Michael Greytak's art exhibition "Digital Organics". Michael Greytak has lived and worked in Missoula for nearly eight years and "Digital Organics" is his first art show since graduating from the U of M in 2003. Computer Central, 136 E Broadway in Missoula from 5:30 to 7:30 on First Friday, December 5th, light refreshments will be served. * Help Computer Central with their food drive to benefit the Missoula Food Bank and bring a canned good (or 2!)

The Historic Wilma Theater
131 S. Higgin
s Ave.

On Friday December 5th The Wilma will be showing the film IOUSA about the implications of our nation’s enormous and growing foreign debt. This is part of our participation in downtown’s First Friday art walk and is a free event. It is an interesting and alarming film with wide implications ranging from economics to the environment, foreign policy, domestic politics, and questions of conflict or peace. We hope to draw a diverse crowd and will hold a post film discussion so please tell your students, colleagues, spouses, political representatives, etc.

The Green Light
128 West Alder, across from the James Bar

Come join us at The Green Light, Missoula’s only healthy-living and eco-department store on December 5th from 5-8pm. We’ll be oohing and ahhing over beautiful benches made by local artist, David Barrick. Barrick utilizes scrap wood from construction sites and other locations to create his unique and functional pieces.

“My passion for woodworking was sparked as a boy, in Oregon, where my father owned a woodshop. I picked up a hammer myself in 2005. After four years of carpentry work, and a lifetime of woodworking, I am perusing this passion of mine. Reclaimed, salvaged wood is an endless resource. We all need to find alternative ways to sustain life; this is a start for me. I see great potential in using what is around me to create functional art.” -David Sean Barrick

The Ceratana Studios
801 Sherwood Ave

The Ceretana Gallery is hosting it's 3rd Annual Holiday Bizarre. Featuring handmade gifts and original fine art pieces. Also included "The Cheap Art Salon" and the "$1 raffle." First Friday Dec 5th 5-9pm and Sat Dec 6th 11-5pm.
Image left: Tricia Cards,

Crystal Theater
515 Higgins Ave.

Jennifer Bardsley Originals
Come meet the artist on First Friday from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Jennifer Bardsley is a Montana native from Helena committed to conservation of Montana native wild life. Living in Missoula, she uses her hand and fingers rather than brushes to create her original art work with paint sticks purchased at farm supply stores. For further information, call (406) 543-6215

Front Street Pasta and Wraps
247 W. Front St.

Missoula-La ville, ma ville
An exhibition of photos celebrating the people and the place of Missoula. Suzette Dussault, photographer. Join the artist at a First Friday reception, 5-8 p.m.

Noteworthy* Paper & Press
101 S. Higgins Ave.

Please join Noteworthy* Paper & Press for our First Friday reception featuring the work of local artist Dirk Lee. Dirk has been a professional artist, living in Missoula, for more than 40 years. He got his start in wood engraving and letterpress printing with Peter and Shelley Koch of Black Stone Press in the mid seventies. All his work is done by hand, from wood engraving to the hand setting of type, and he utilizes handmade papers. Join us Friday, December 5th, from 5-8 PM!

Downtown Dance Collective
121 W. Main St.

6pm - Gallery Opening with Rich Lande!
7pm - Performance by our DDC's youngest members, Linda Murphy's UM Tappers, Tangled Tones, and Dolce Canto!
$10/$8 Members - suggested for performance

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