June 5, 2009

Galleries & Museums

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

Meet your friends at MAM for First Fridays from 5-8 PM. Join thought-provoking artist Kerri Rosenstein for the Opening Reception of her exhibition kerri rosenstein. At 7:00 PM, meet in the gallery to explore the large-scale, sculptural installation made up of hand painted, rose-colored stones that the artist gathered on her daily walks. Each visitor will be invited to take one “rosen stein” (rose stone) with them to leave out on a walk or wandering in the world, redistributing the sculpture back into the environment. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wines, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Always Free.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

Join us at the Monte Dolack Gallery in historic downtown Missoula on Friday, June 5 from 5-8 pm for First Friday Gallery Night. On display will be Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival's recent travel paintings from abroad as well as the limited edition prints and fine art posters that celebrate spring in Montana.

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

This exhibition pays homage to Montana artist Walter Hook (1919 – 1989) on the 20th anniversary of his passing. Hook was a faculty member and chair of the UM Department of Art and well-known for his surrealist style. He employed an intense color palette in both abstract works and paintings of everyday objects. The artist’s sense of humor is clearly evident throughout his vast and varied body of work. On Friday, June 5, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, there is an opening reception in the lobby of the UM PARTV Center.

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

Featuring an exhibit of artwork by James Hoffmann, local architect and watercolor artist. James paints building and landscapes of Missoula, Western Montana, and images from his travels in Europe and Cuba. Show runs June 5 through July 11. Opening reception June 5 from 5-8 pm.

The Artists Shop
304 North Higgins

The Artists Shop June show will feature sculpture by a world-renowned artist now living near Potomac. Laury Dizengremel is calling this show "Memories of China" - pieces representing work over the past eight years. The sculpture includes larger-than-life busts and figures from her "Artists of the Silk Road" series. The artists reception is Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Artists Shop is open seven days a week for the summer season.

The Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

The June Exhibition at the Dana Gallery is “People's Choice: The All Star Show.” This annual exhibit will showcase new works from our most popular and celebrated artists. Featured Artists: Tom Gilleon, David Mensing, Caleb Meyer, Robert Moore, Davi Nelson, Nicholas Oberling, Parvin, Robert Schlegel, Carol Spielman, Francis Switzer, R.David Wilson, and Theodore Waddell. Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 5 - 8 p.m.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan Street

“Lions, Women and Bears,” the First Friday Reception at Montana Art and Framing, is from 5-9 p.m. on June 5. Mixed media paintings of cougars by Nancy Erickson, photographs by Christofer Autio, paintings by Stephanie Frostad and Don Mundt. On view elsewhere: paintings by Frostad and Mundt at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Third Floor Gallery, through July.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
216 N. Higgins

Day 231: Hidden Lake and Ghost Town Girls by Jeffrey Scott French & Steve Stockin. June 5 – July 31. French and Stockin both completed RMSP’s Career Training program, a 5-month intensive photography and professional studies course based in Missoula, Montana, in October 2008 (231 days ago). Hailing from the southeast shores of Florida and South Carolina, their work that stemmed from that time in Montana reflects the impact the place had on them. Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. on June 5.

Other Venues

Paradigm V2 Architects
125 1/2 West Main

First Friday art opening celebrating local artist, Jennifer Bardsley's new "Conceptual Montana Landscape & Elements." Jennifer's love for an intense color palette is displayed with new abstract paintings. These Montana elements such as water, mountains, trees, rocks and sky are broken down to clean forms of color and rich texture. 5-8 p.m. Visit www.jenniferbardsleyart.com/id76.html

Riverbend Restaurant at Holiday Inn at the Park
200 South Pattee

First Lisa Hester is a local artist with an eye for finding an unexpected and unique perspective in the realm of everyday life. She enjoys snapping candid portraits that capture the elusiveness of a moment. Lisa also expresses her experience of life through abstract paintings which explore a combination of shape, line and words. Come meet and see Lisa’s Art at the Riverbend Restaurant located at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Music, food and wine will be flowing from 5:30 to 9:00.

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st St. West

Zootown Arts holds a reception on the SECOND FRIDAY, June 12, from 5:30-8:30. This month's exhibit is "Faces of the Pov," 1992 series by Marilyn Bruya. There will be a discussion with the artist and the Poverello staff at 7:30 concerning “Homelessness in Missoula & Experiencing Poverty”, with hors d'oeuvres by The Pov Kitchen. On FIRST FRIDAY, drop your kids off at ZACC Kids' Night on your way to First Friday events. Instructor Holly Jeremiason will help them paint pottery, and/or create other artwork. They'll get pizza, and you'll get to see their creations in a KID GALLERY when you pick them up! Pre-registration preferred, but drop-ins are accepted. Call 549-7555 to sign up.

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd West

This Month Bernice's Bakery presents "Montana Impressions," an exhibition of acrylic landscape paintings of local and Western Montana scenes by Marvin Soroos, a Missoula native and retired faculty member of North Carolina State University. Reception June 5, from 5-8 p.m. Visit www.marvinsoroos.com

Betty's Divine
521 S. Higgins Ave.

Photographer Matthew Murphy's show will be up for the month of June. The artist says, "Since I picked up a camera two years ago I have been attracted to the energy of New York City; the people, the objects, the buildings, all seem to have a unique pulse that I attempt to feel, both visually and physically as I shoot. " Delicious cookies and cheap wine from 5-8 on June 5th.

Children's Museum Missoula
225 West Front Street

Experience an evening of art appreciation, snacks, friends and fun at the Children’s Museum. During First Friday, admission is free from 5:00-8 pm.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway


Just in time for graduation & Father's Day! Join us at Computer Central for a First Friday celebration June 5th from 5:30-7:30 pm featuring live entertainment, light refreshments and a NON-SNOB ART PRESENTATION for minimum-wage art lovers. GONZO ART CARDS are one of a kind original art pieces, a mailable art show from IMUR ART MAD STUDIO. Kat, the artist, used paper & art materials for everything. Making beautiful stuff from trash started what has morphed into a conviction to create art from post consumer runoff. Kat does not buy card blanks, papers, or envelopes nor canvas board or images. “I glean 98% of all my supplies”.

Alara Jewelry
312 North Higgins


Alara Jewelry will be hosting art for the month of June by local artist Kevin Sweet. Gorgeous, unique acrylic paintings. Opening reception on First Friday from 5-8pm. Enjoy some beer, wine and snacks with the artist.

Fisher Video Conferencing
135 West Main

“Wild Blue Yonder” is an exhibition by photographer Tyler Pfiffner, who will be showcasing pieces of his large format photography. The First Friday reception is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. According to the artist, "I was drawn to the Rockies and Montana about thirteen years ago and have been fascinated with the land and photographic opportunity since. For me, photography is about the balance between control and curiosity. And although I am currently exploring digital avenues, the painted effect of these images was achieved through a combination of traditional film methods. "

Begleiter.com Photography
223 West Front Street


Begleiter.com Photography will be celebrating the 20th year of the publication Steven Begleiter's book Fathers and Sons. On display will be artist proofs, media releases, portraits that never made the book and of course signed copies of the book will be for sale. The fun will begin at 5:30 and go till 8:00 p.m.

Noteworthy* Paper & Press
101 South Higgins Ave


Works on display by local artist Maggie Connors, who specializes in photography, printmaking, and other paper arts. Reception June 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Zootown Brew
121 West Broadway

Throughout June, Zootown Brew (former location of Sutton West Gallery) will be showcasing “Celebrating Wild Montana”, images of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front by photographer Jeff Van Tine. The photos are accompanied by “Front Poems”, the poetry of Jennifer Thompson. Jeff's pictures include people, flora and fauna, but his true love is the large unspoiled landscapes that epitomize the long history of good stewardship on The Front. Open until 10:00 p.m. Visit jeffvantine.com/zootownbrew/

Yellowstone Photo
321 North Higgins


First Friday at Yellowstone Photo features the work of Peter Keefer, June 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

415North Higgins
(in the alley)


In June, NewWest is hosting Karen McAlister Shimoda and her show, The Pillow Book of Sei Sh┼Źnagon: Disintegration and Enduring Wisdom at the NewWest.Net offices. Come join us for a First Friday opening this June 5 at 415 N. Higgins, in the alley.

The Celtic Connection
114 East Main

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

The Downtown Dance Collective
121 WestMain

Elizabeth Hughes Bass has designed hand-painted silk scarves and evening bags for over 20 years. Her ink and watercolor illustrations have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Her oil paintings include cityscapes, figures, and plein air landscapes. She lives in Northwestern Montana with her husband and two daughters. First Friday reception 6-8 p.m.

Engen for Mayor Campaign Office
137 East Main

Join Mayor John Engen at an open-house for his re-election campaign and enjoy the work of Missoula Native and New Yorker cover artists N. Scott Miller, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

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