Friday, May 7th, 2010

Tonight, we will have an info table set up for First Friday. There, not only will you be able to meet us, but you'll also be able to grab a First Friday walking guide, and a Meet me in Missoula brochure. You can also learn more about Streetbrew directly from the developers! We'll have a smart phone on hand to show you the map app!

And, thank goodness for good old fashioned brains, because I have been hearing about more art events today than I will have time to list on the blog. So come ask me what's going on or come tell me about your arts event and I will pass it along...I am like a human First Friday listing. Totally analog!

Plus, we're counting everyone that attends First Friday, so don't fear the suspicious character with the hand-counting-clicker and a clipboard. They don't want you to sign a petition, you're just a number to them! Comforting, right?

See you soon,

Debby Florence

First Friday is just the tip of the iceburg for May 7-9! "Meet Me in Missoula" is a weekend when Missoula seems to come out of its winter slumber and burst at the seams with arts and culture. Several event organizers have banded together to cross-promote and help kick off Missoula's busy tourist season. We've sent postcards out throughout the region, in a partnership with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Missoula Downtown Association.

You'll find several theater, music, and arts events. Everything from the Cabaret, to the Symphony, to several amazing-looking Mother's Day Brunches.

We hope you'll invite as many out-of-town friends to this event as possible--- lets see how many we can invite to "Meet Me In Missoula!" See our Facebook Event Page! Please email us if you have an event to add to this listing.

Special event:

The Second Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference
May 6-9

The conference, sponsored by The University of Montana School of Art, the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, will begin with preconference workshops for registered participants May 3-5. Conference events that are free and open to the public include:

Thursday, May 6

5-7 p.m., Montana Museum of Art & Culture: Opening reception of Western Cast Iron Art Conference Exhibition: Elizabeth Kronfield and Matthew Wicker. The museum is located in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. 7:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Theater: Kronfield and Wicker, artists and educators from Rochester, N.Y., will give the conference keynote address.

Friday, May 7

10 a.m., UM Sculpture Division Studio, at the Art Annex: Production Iron Pour.5-8 p.m., Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St.: National Iron Art Opening.7-9 p.m., Tsunami Gallery, 101 S. Higgins: WCIAC Student Exhibition Art Opening.6-10:30 p.m., Gallery 615, 615 Oak St.: Pearlsnaps: Meet the WCIAA Art Opening.

A Sundown Performance Pour is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, at the Rock Creek Lodge east of Missoula. The event, which begins after sundown, is open to the public. Admission is $10 at the gate.

Registration and additional conference information


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street

Meet your friends at MAM for First Fridays from 5-8 pm and join artists from the National Iron exhibition at a gallery talk at 7 pm. Joan Zen’s voice, full of playfulness and soul, will enliven party goers throughout the night. And Blacksmith Brewing Co. will be serving a special cast iron microbrew in MAM’s outdoor beer garden. Always free.

The Catalyst
111 S. Higgins

For Immediate Release
Contact Info Patricia Thornton 406.207.1210
First Friday at the Catalyst
Opening Reception First Friday May 7th
The Catalyst is proud to present "Recent Works" by Scott Sutton

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

Springtime in Montana; images reflecting a love of the natural world. Paintings, lithographs, giclees and fine art posters by Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival. First Friday May 7th 5-8pm. Refreshments. The exhibition will run May 5 – June 2 , 2010 at the Monte Dolack Gallery in historic downtown Missoula, Montana. Visit us at the gallery or online. Open Weekdays 10-5:30 and Sat 11-5.

The Brink
111 West Front Street
(406) 728-5251

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit big heaps/forgotten flats, by Edgar Smith. Edgar Smith’s constructions make use of recycled, found or discarded materials. They are authoritative and purposeful in their playfulness. "I have been playing with either letting the materials dictate the result, or the content or ideas inform the direction the piece takes – usually both. My ideas range from celebration of the materials and formal concerns, to ideas that I have long been obsessed with – the consequences of extractive industries, and personal, political, and social responses to place."– Edgar Smith

Gallery 48
Higgins and Broadway

Art Students at The University of Montana will exhibit contemporary work in a temporary gallery downtown during May’s First Friday. Named “Gallery 48” after the number of hours it will exist, the gallery will feature work from advanced painting, sculpture and ceramics classes at affordable prices. Located at the corner of Higgins and Broadway, the gallery will be open Friday May 7th 3:00 to 5:00 and Saturday May 8th from 12:00-7:00. Opening reception is on Friday May 7th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Mariposa Studio
What: Photography by Jamie Tipton
Where: Mariposa Studio

We plan to be open late - until 8:30
Jamie Tipton is a photographic artist from Missoula who especially loves to work with the many wild and organic forms existing in the natural world. "To me the photographs communicate a sense of our deep and essential connection to the earth. I like to bring into focus the small things that you might miss if you weren't looking." You can see more of her work at

Thanks so much,
Jamie Tipton

The Clay Studio
1106 Hawthorne Street
Intent: New Works by Renee Brown Please join us as we celebrate the culmination of Renee Brown’s two-year residency here at the Clay Studio of Missoula with a solo gallery exhibition of her most recent body of work. The gallery opening will be held Friday May 7th from 5:30 – 9:00 PM. Renee grew up in Conyers, Georgia, playing in a creek bed and catching crawfish. Clay has always been under her nails. In 2002, she left her design career to pursue clay full time. In 2007, she received her MFA from the University of North Texas, and has since completed several residencies in Montana.

Other Venues

“Seeds in the Streets”
Turning the Wheel Missoula

Meet at the XXX’s on North Higgins, 5PM

Add a twist to your First Friday! Meet Turning the Wheel facilitators at the XXX’s on North Higgins at 5PM for a 20-minute warm-up. We’ll practice simple improvised group formations, like “Group Seeds” before moving through the streets. Wear solid colors if you can (blues, reds, yellows, purples, cayennes --- think Spring!). Feel free to come and go as the night progresses. We’ll end around 7PM. Visit “Turning the Wheel Missoula” on Facebook for more! For more info, call 406-830-3285 All ages welcome!

Bernices Bakery
190 S 3rd Street West
(406) 728-1358
Quilts embellished with text and photo transfers will be on display during the month of May at Bernice's Bakery. Artist Ann Bodle-Nash uses her quilts to relate stories, be they foreign travel related, the retelling of an old memory or conjuring an image of home. Opening reception on May 7th from 5-7p.m..

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins Avenue


Becca Carson is excited to unveil her new medium to the public on May 7 with a fresh collection of watercolor/mixed media portraits which were inspired by her final semester as a creative writing student. Wine. Cookies. Fun. Plus, Abe Coley's humongous triptych "New Agey Bitterroots" remains on display in the front window of Betty's Divine through May 15th.

The Framing Studio
411 E. Alder St
If you've never dropped by the Framing Studio, now's your chance! They're inviting everyone to wander off the beaten path and enjoy a fun First Friday visit with them.

Allegra Printing and Imaging
Corner of Higgins and Broadway

Allegra Printing and Imaging announces its participation in downtown Missoula’s First Friday Gallery Night, May 7, hosting a showing of recent oil paintings by Steve LaRance. The group of new works, dubbed “Motor Oils” depicts Western culture and roadside scenes generally including older cars and hot rods. Allegra is downtown at the corner of Higgins and Broadway.

Taco Del Sol
422 North Higgins Avenue
(406) 327-8929
Abe Coley "08/09 Retrospective / Liquidation Sale" continues through may at Taco Del Sol on North Higgins. Features paintings, etched metal plates, collages, and more! (ps we hereby unofficially dub May 7th: First Friday Abe Coley Night-- he has work up in three places! )

Food For Thought
540 Daly Ave
Abe Coley presents "Prototransubstantiationarily," mixed media pieces exploring the intersection of information theory and new age spirituality, at Food For Thought.

130 W. Broadway
Pirate Booty Fashion Show? We dont know, we just saw it on Facebook.. but we think its worth dropping by La Parilla to find out.


The Badlander:
208 Ryman St.

ON DECK 5 is a fundraiser for the Montana Skatepark Association.
Blank skateboards are sent to artists around the country, customized, sent back to the MSA and then auctioned off during an online auction culminating in a live event in Missoula, MT.
All funds go towards building free, concrete public skateparks in MT. Here's a link to all the skateboards:

The Palace
147 W. Broadway
Click here for more information
BCEC Presents: Battle of the beats! This is a chance for talented producers who make their own beats to show their talent in Missoula. This battle is open up to anyone around Montana or the surrounding states to come show people what they got!
Battle of the Beats
Friday, May 7th
@ The Palace
$7 @ the door
Doors open @ 9
@ 9:30 DJ Coma
@10:30 Battle Begins!
After the Battle there will be a showcase by local hero Kris Moon

Producers Announced!

Night of:
-All audio must come from the Laptop
-Each producer is allowed one MIDI controler
-Each producer is allowed one external sound card.
-All kinds of software and music is acceptable; House, Jungle, Hip-Hop, Trance, what ever you come up with.
-Set up must fit in a 2''x2'' space
-External audio devices are NOT aloud, all audio must come from the laptop
-Producers must be able to play 3 sets for 5 minutes