May 1, 2009

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

Meet Me in
Missoula Weekend
May 1-3, 2009

Galleries & Museums

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

Monte Dolack Gallery presents Paintings from France. Experience the ancient villages, cafes, and landscapes of Provence, the Dordogne and Burgundy with an exhibition of new paintings from Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival's recent October travels in France. Join us on May 1st from 5-8 p.m. for a reception to celebrate art and France. Open Weekdays 10-5:30 and Sat 11-5.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
216 N. Higgins

Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery is excited to announce its inaugural exhibition grow. with work by Eileen Rafferty. Fusing archival imagery and traditional techniques with modern technology and contemporary visual culture, Rafferty’s work seems to exist in a time outside of time – like standing still in a moment one remembers that hasn’t quite happened. The exhibition opened April 1 runs through May 29.

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

On May 1, let the exotic music of the Manik Harum Gamelan* performances transport you to far off places, 6-7 PM. At 7 PM, MAM Exhibitions Curator Steve Glueckert will talk about the playful, mixed media work of M.A. Papanek-Miller’s exhibition A Snowman Cares for Our Memory of Water. MAM will also celebrate Blackfeet artist Darrell Norman's newly installed sculpture Guardian Spirits, on view on the north lawn of MAM.
*A gamelan Is a percussion orchestra consisting of 24 gongs and metalophones plus drum and bamboo flute.

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

Murphy~Jubb Fine, in conjunction with St. Patrick Hospital and Health Foundation and The Montana Cancer Center, presents the unveiling of "Renewal", a new bronze by Arthur Norby. A reception with hospital staff and the Norby's will be held on Friday May 1 from 5-8. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund of St. Patrick Hospital Foundation. New work by Kendahl Jan Jubb will exhibited as well.

The Clay Studio
1106 Hawthorne

The Clay Studio presents Vision Place, works by Christopher McElroy. Opening Reception 5:30-9 p.m. The show runs through May.

The Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

The Dana Gallery extends an invitation to our May exhibition, “Celebration of Missoula Artists” Show. The opening reception takes place on Friday, May 1, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. Please join us in celebrating Missoula’s creative community by welcoming more than 80 local artists (image: Hobie Hare, "North Fork of the Flathead" photograph 16x20).

The Artists Shop
304 North Higgins

Unique clothing made in the Missoula area will be on display during May at the Artists Shop. This is the second annual garment show and will feature designs by a dozen or more clothing makers. A reception for artists will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1. The crafts gallery at 304 N. Higgins is open from 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan Street

New pencil studies by Stephanie Frostad, Photographs by Christofer Autio, oil stick paintings from the “Bear Series” by Nancy Erickson, prints by Kendahl Jan Jubb and watercolors by Don Mundt. A First Friday opening is on May 1 from 5 to 9 pm and special gallery hours from 9 to 3 pm on Saturday May 2.

Montana Museum of Art and Culture
University of Montana - PAR/TV Center

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents two exhibits from now through May 16: Campus Picks: Permanent Collection Works Selected by the Campus Community at the Meloy Gallery, and The Fra Dana Collection: Preservation and Conservation in the Paxon Gallery. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am-3pm, Fri.-Sat. 4-8:30pm

Other Venues

International Wildlife Film Festival - Roxy Theatre
718 South Higgins

Celebrate the 32nd IWFF Poster Art Contest Winners and the Kids Wildlife Artwork Club (KWAC)! This special First Friday art celebration is another way to “Meet me in Missoula!” and is for families, visitors of all ages, and Gallery Walk enthusiasts to see the art submissions of dozens of area classrooms for the Kids Wildilfe Artwork Club (KWAC art will be displayed in Missoula businesses the week of May 9-16, 2009). First Friday pop and popcorn will be served from 5-7 at the Roxy! Sven Lindauer, winner of the 32nd IWFF Poster Art Contest will be signing IWFF Commemorative Posters as well as original art viewing by other winners Jennifer Bardsley and Donna Love. IWFF Merchandise will be available for sale as well as tickets for IWFF films and events!

Betty's Divine
521 S. Higgins Ave.

Talented young artist from Portland makes his way to Missoula with new, unique acrylic paintings. Kevin Sweet delivers styles that are sure to impress. Opening reception from 5-8pm. Beer, wine, cookies...

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd West

Bernice’s Bakery will be hosting an Artist’s Reception and Book Release Party for Photographer Scott Hevener, on Friday May 1, from 5-8 PM. Scott will be showing portraits from his Baking Life Project. Bernice’s will be giving away 16 varieties of FREE cupcakes during the reception to help kick off “Cupcake May-nia”.

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st St. West

May's SECOND Friday Art Opening at the Zootown Arts Community Center Missoula is the Cairo of the Northwest: Collaborative works by Ladypajama and Courtney Blazon 5:30-8:30pm on Friday, May 8th.

Miss Zula's
111 North Higgins

Miss Zula's and Marc Moss are proud to announce a Marc Moss retrospective this First Friday, May 1st, 2009. Reception 5PM – 8PM. Abstract paintings, collage, assemblage and photography, all affordably priced at recession special prices. Just in time for Mother's Day and Graduation. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Zootown Brew
121 West Broadway

Throughout May, Zootown Brew (former location of Sutton West Gallery) will be showing images of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front by photographer Jeff Van Tine. Jeff’s photos will be accompanied by the poetry of Jennifer Thompson, “Front Poems”. The opening of this show, Friday May 1st will be part of a Kickoff Event at Zootown Brew for the 2009 Montana Wilderness Association Convention. Photography
223 West Front Street

Steven Begleiter is excited to be exhibiting a collection of photographs celebrating Motherhood. The portraits range from recent portraits of Missoulian pregnant women to older portraits of mothers and daughters. Included is a portrait of academy award winning actress Piper Laurie and her daughter. The exhibition opens May 1 and runs through May 29.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway

“Tribute to Film” - Come join us at Computer Central on May 1st for a First Friday celebration of original black and white film photography. This show will feature new photographs by Jackson Goodell that depict photography as it was before the age of digital. This series plays with film at its basics, with powerful images that embody the original beauty of photography.

Engen for Mayor Campaign Office
137 East Main

Join Mayor John Engen to celebrate the kick-off to his re-election campaign and enjoy the work of local artist Kim Anderson, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

J. Elaine's Boutique
311 North Higgins

J. Elaine's Boutique presents Jane Goffe Photography and Dani’z Designz. Experience tranquility while enjoying Jane’s beautiful artwork of quiet landscape.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins

Butterfly Herbs features screen prints, watercolors and mixed media form Missoula's Head Start program. Opening reception May 1 5-8 pm.

Riverbend Restaurant at Holiday Inn at the Park
200 South Pattee

The Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park presents, original works of art by Michael J. Fehr. Opening Reception will be Friday, May 1, between 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.; featuring wine tasting and music. The show runs through May at the RiverBend restaurant and Brooks & Browns Bar.

Blackbird Kid Shop
525 South Higgins

Missoulian Erik Ellingson is presenting photos from his African Trip during First Friday, 5-8 p.m.

Living Art of Montana
725 West Alder

Living Art presents a preview of The Light Show, a Fundraiser for Living Art dedicated to the memory of Carol Brunner. Artists transform lamps and mirrors into works of art for live and silent auction on Saturday, May 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Preview is at the Living Art Office from 5-8 p.m. on May 1.

The Celtic Connection
114 East Main

The Celtic Connection presents live traditional Irish music from 6-9 p.m.