Friday, February 5th

Happy New Year everyone! We're giving the First Friday blog a new look for 2010, so in case you were wondering: yes, you have arrived to the same information source provided by the Missoula Cultural Council.

If you didn't get a chance to see all the art on February 5th, many of these venues keep the art on their walls all month long. Call for hours.


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

Join exhibiting artist Tom Foolery for a tour of his intricate, intimate dioramas at 7 pm. stroll through these narrative vignettes built into vending machines and juke box selectors from 5-8 pm. Also stroll through the Benefit Art Auction, Variations in Portraiture, James Todd: Portraits of Printmakers, and more.

The Artists Shop
304 N Higgins

The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft presents a show by pastel artist, Clay Pape. Clay lives and works in Missoula and Stevensville. His vibrant chalk pastels often depict Missoula street-scapes. The show may be seen Monday-Saturday at the gallery, through February. There will be an artists' reception Friday, February 5-8pm.

The Little Gallery
210 N. Higgins
Suite 218

Missoula artist Laura Blaker is showing the first 15 of "100 oil paintings in a year". European and Missoula cityscapes along with other themes are being shown.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

Join us for a reception at the Monte Dolack Gallery in historic downtown Missoula on Friday, February 5th from 5 – 8pm during First Friday Gallery Night. Fresh Paint; An Exhibition of paintings and studies that explore the rich, lush colors and big sky of the high plains and prairies of Montana will be on display. The exhibition will run from February 3 – March 3. Always on view at the Gallery are Dolack’s award-winning original paintings, lithographs, limited edition prints and fine art posters, as well as paintings, prints and posters by Mary Beth Percival. Visit us at the gallery or online. 139 West Front Street Call 549-3248 Open Weekdays 10-5:30 and Sat 11-5.

Montana Art and Framing 709 Ronan Street (off 6th Street) Missoula, Montana

For the first time ever Montana Art and framing uses First Friday to highlight young Anime-inspired artists Miranda Mundt and Natalie Linn who portray thei characters in a vivid mix of digitally-created and traditional work. A reception will be Friday February 5th from 5 to 8:30 pm. The gallery is located off of 6th Street at 709 Ronan Street, Missoula, Montana. Call 541-7100 for information.

Dana Gallery
246 N Higgins Ave.

New works from Alan Chan, Troy Collins, Laura Blue Palmer, Parvin, & Theodore Waddell Opening Reception: Friday, February 5th, 5 - 8 pm. Dudley Dana and the Dana Gallery would like to extend an invitation to the opening reception of the February exhibition featuring new works by prominent and promising artists of the West. The exhibition showcases new works from San Francisco artist Alan Chan; Bozeman artists Troy Collins and Laura Blue Palmer; and a collection of works from renown Montana artist Theodore Waddell.

Other Venues

Computer Central
136 East Broadway

Akhilesh is a 34 yr. old father of 2 from Missoula. He works full time as a behavioral specialist and has been creating pen and ink images for as long as he can remember. “As I make my pieces I attempt to access a meditative state. This enables me to allow my subconscious to become driver. Most of my work is extremely detail oriented and surrealistic. Black and white is alluring to me because of the extreme contrast and the ability to act as a base for multi-directional growth as an image.” If you would like to get a hold of an art print, t-shirt or have any queries, call Akhilesh on his personal line at 406.880.1413. Please join us February 5, 2010 from 5:30-7:30 PM for light refreshments at Computer Central!

Betty's Divine
521 S Higgins

B. Martinez, artist/illustrator/writer/mother/daughter/girl with super-vision/bridge builder/most recently voted Queen of Recess by a whole class of Kindergartners...was born near the Red Desert ages ago in the high plains of Wyoming, she began her art career at a kitchen table in a small apartment in Cheyenne around the age of four, when her mother gave her scraps of fabric, a bottle of glue, a piece of paper and some crayons.Today she still works with mixed media on re-claimed/recycled and liberated paneling/particle board/canvas/wood. Come see her latest creations on Betty's walls. 5-8pm. Cookies and wine.

Alara Jewlery
312. N. Higgins

For First Friday this month Alara will be showcasing the paintings of William Hawkins Hunter of Bozeman, MT. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Will creates unique paintings using non-traditional materials and unique but uncannily familiar images found on frequent trips to second hand stores in Montana. First Friday reception will run from 5-8 p.m. and wine and snacks will be served.

Selvedge Studio
509 S Higgins

To kick off Selvedge Studio’s Design Season: We are proud to announce our involvement in a NATIONAL JACKET CHALLENGE

* We invited our customers to make a jacket
*The jackets will be judged after a fabulous (open to the public) fashion show on First Friday February 5 at 7p at Selvedge.

*Of course, there will be prizes for our winner! Various cash and gift certificates, but more importantly, the winning jacket will be featured in a spread in Threads magazine for the world to see. For more info :: :: ::

The Badlander
208 Ryman
Missoula, MT
Wonderland Bizarre is an interactive arts Marketplace brought to you by collective FayRay. In our Wonderland, you are Alice, everyone is Alice, visitors to another world where everything is new and nothing is ordinary. Quite peculiar. Come celebrate your Unbirthday in a Bedouin environment filled with dancers, artists, illusions, and more. Join us First Friday, February 5th from 6:00 until 2:00 at The Palace Lounge.For $5 you will receive tokens which can be used in the marketplace for interactive art experiences. Costumes of any kind are highly encouraged. The Bizarre will be open from 6:00 until 11:00 and a DJ dance party will follow. All profits will be donated to the Zoo Town Arts Community Center (ZACC) and Home Resource.

Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park 200 Pattee 406.532.2047

Helena artist, and former Missoulian , Victor Daniel is showing mixed media abstract paintings. Daniel’s vibrant paintings combine watercolor, ink , chalk, and acrylic. He draws his influence from the chaos of human existence, the organic structures of nature, and the flow and beauty of music.

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd West
University of Montana student Katie Hilmer will be exhibiting her work at Bernices Bakery during the month of February. This series of black and white photography taken around Montana reflects an interest in dramatic lighting and solitary places. There will be a First Friday opening on February 5th from 5pm to 8pm

Cutting Crew
220 Ryman Street

Artist and Crafter, Krissy Frost, shows her bright and beautiful Lamp Shades in a gorgeous display @ the Cutting Crew Salon! Accompanied by a new series of Window Pane Paintings by Katt Ahlstrom, these 2 funky mediums provide a fresh experience for February's 1st Friday.

Join us for art viewing, boozing and schmoozing from 5-8 @ the Cutting Crew! Party to follow at the Grand Opening of "The Central Bar and Grill", right next door!

The Celtic Connection
114 East Main

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

Design Studio
133 N. Higgins Avenue

Kelly Hart shows new work, mixed media collage, from 5-8 pm.


Anglers: Fly Fishing Film Tour 2010 Comes to Missoula

The Wilma
131 South Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 728-2521

Friday, February 5, 2010
Doors open 6:30 pm

In its fourth year, The Fly Fishing Film Tour has become the fishing entertainment event of the year. The Film Tour will be seen in well over 80 cities in 2010 and will showcase some of the best independent outdoor film makers. The goal of the Fly Fishing Film Tour is to energize the industry and inspire film makers to create new cutting edge films to both entertain and educate outdoor enthusiasts.

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