Friday, June 4th, 2010

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

During May's First Friday, we did an informal count of foot traffic to get a rough idea about attendance. Gallery 48, a temporary gallery set up in the Dana Gallery building, counted 1300 people. The Missoula Art Museum reports 1300 people also passed through their doors. On the corner of Higgins and Broadway, an average 100 people passed every 10 minutes. We also had two volunteers "do First Friday. " They divided up the First Friday map, and counted the number of people they found inside each gallery. Each of the smaller galleries had anywhere between 12 to 60 people inside when our volunteers entered for 10-15 minutes. Thank you to our volunteers, and thank you to everyone that loves to come out and support the arts! Don't forget to buy art while you're out there!


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street

“The power of the parable lies in its ability to speak directly about our reality while existing completely outside of that reality,” states photographer Joshua Meier about his new exhibition of photographs at the Missoula Art Museum. A traditional parable is a succinct story, fictitious in nature and with a moral or religious lesson that touches on a universal truth. Meier carefully and meticulously stages models and props to create his photographs of visual parables. The images certainly evoke surrealism, with dream-like worlds and improbable scenarios, but they are more. The artist crafts each individual narrative from personal milestones, frustrations, doubts, sadness and joy. “Like a parable,” Meier says, “each image is a distillation of my own reality as it relates to the greater society.”

The Catalyst
111 S. Higgins

The Catalyst is proud to present The Pattee Canyon Ladies' Salon, a group of women artists in Missoula, Montana who draw inspiration from the female nude, as well as from each other’s work, ideas, and companionship. Now celebrating its 24th year in existence, the informal organization meets to draw twice a month at the studio of quilt artist Nancy Erickson. Members of the group work in various media, including pencil, oil pastel, oil pain, gouache, fabric, plaster and ceramics

The Brink
111 West Front Street
(406) 728-5251
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit "misfits, monsters and pretty things, part V: the rocky mountains", by Patricia Thornton.

Patricia, influenced by folk art, outsider art and Art Brut, strives to challenge and surprise as she experiments with all media. Pushing the boundaries with her curiosity, she merges techniques and materials in new and refreshing ways.

In this series, the mixed media drawings and paintings are a combination of printmaking, graphite, colored pencil, acrylic paint, oil pastel and sewing. A quickly drawn, childlike monster named Manny Rose makes his appearance once again, spending time with other monsters, misfits, and even worms. The pieces are simple but complex, silly yet serious, and very optimistic.

Patricia Thornton currently resides in Missoula and has worked as an educator, artist, and curator. She has a BA from Sonoma State University in California. Her work has been exhibited in various group and solo shows, both regionally and nationally.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street
(406) 549-3248
Presenting, In Retrospect, paintings and prints by Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival. The gallery has the most complete collection available of Dolack posters crafted and designed by nationally known artist Monte Dolack for over 30 years. We have rare and vintage poster editions with only a few remaining prints as well as more recently released images such as The Missoula Valley. Upcoming: to commemorate the centennial of the fires of 1910, Monte Dolack has been commissioned by the US Forest Service to create a poster to honor those lives that were touched by the Big Burn. The image on the left shows Big Burn Study 6. You can see other studies for this poster at

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins Avenue
(406) 721-3154
Celebration of Missoula exhibition 2010 Celebration of Missoula Artists, June , 2010. Join the Dana Gallery in celebrating over 100 talented artists from the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys. This eclectic display of local talent is not to be missed!

Other Venues

Frankie's Mercantile
223 W. Front St

June 4th, First Friday Frankie's Mercantile will feature, Shanna Trumbly prints and cards.
The 12x18 images are printed on a paper that is 100% recycled post consumer waste, elemental chlorine free. They are placed inside a clear plastic artists sleeve. Each print is individually signed.

“Seeds in the Streets”
Turning the Wheel Missoula

Meet at the XXX’s on North Higgins, 5:15PM

Add a twist to your First Friday! Meet Turning the Wheel facilitators at the XXX’s on North Higgins at 5:15 PM 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!

Bernice's Bakery
190 S 3rd Street West
(406) 728-1358

New works by watercolor artist Kim Shirley. This body of work is a continuing exploration of rural western Montana images. First Friday opening starts at 5:30 and ends at 8:00.

Swift Building
315 South 4th Street East
(2 blocks east of the Missoulian)

Ecology Project International (EPI) will be exhibiting wildlife art during First Friday on June 4th by Sven Lindauer, Jennifer Bardsley, and photographer Jim Main at the historic Swift building, 315 South 4th Street East (2 blocks east of the Missoulian) from 4 – 7 pm. Located by the river trail and Missoula’s native prairie, you will experience art depicting nature while in a natural setting. Refreshments provided.

Claws Salon
101 S. Higgins Ave Ste. 10

Claws Salon would like to take you to the Circus! The Girls are at it again. Come see the “Walking” art at Claws. A Ringleader and Clowns, Music, and Popcorn too! Funky and chic clothing designs by Meghan Manzer, Makeup by Alchemy Mineral Blends, Hair by Shear Art Salon, Flowers and designs by Habitat Floral Studio, and Photography by Green Door Photography. A great group of people with great big talents all coming together to give you one big show!

Western Montana Community Center
127 North Higgins Avenue
DeAndria Gutzmer writes of her photography series, "Journey with me and capture the timeless images inspired by the people, land and cultural beauty that is uniquely Ireland. Are you in present day, walking the surf of the Irish Sea or the rugged Atlantic and feeling very grounded, while experiencing the misty veil upon your face. Or have you stepped back in the rich history of this awe inspiring place of 6th century monastic settlements and Neolithic passage tombs over 5000 years old? The peaceful simplicity and immense joy I felt as I traveled immersing myself in the folklore, history, families, and the incredible beauty that is Ireland, is why I had to create this show."

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins Avenue


"Viva El Futbol!!"  Betty's Divine celebrates the World Game with original artwork by L. Alexander Wolfe.  Bring in the World's biggest sporting event in style.  Vino, cookies, and good times.  5-8pm.

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan
Montana Art & Framing presents the Western Montana landscape.
Elloie Jeter, Teresa Garland Warner, Elizabeth Hughes Bass, Elene
Weege, Stephanie Frostad and Don Mundt exhibit their unique
styles. The Bitterroot Valley and the surrounding area figures
prominently in the paintings from very small pastels and
watercolors to large oils and acrylics. The show runs through June
26th. A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 9 pm at 709
Ronan St. off of 6th St. For information call 541-7100 or check out

Computer Central
136 East Broadway, Suite 1
Join us for the opening celebration of Foreign Landscapes a genuine medium format photography exhibit featuring works by Jackson Goodell.

House- Contemporary Design Studio
133 N Higgins
House is pleased to announce the recent contemporary paintings by Montana native, Jennifer Bardsley. Jennifer Bardsley paints with non-toxic livestock markers known as oil paint sticks. This medium is typically used by ranchers use to mark sheep and cows. Jennifer also makes use of recycled, found or discarded materials including metal, wood and copper montage.
"I feel that use of livestockmarker as a medium provides a unique connection to Montana heritage. Also, this medium is great to push the visual concept of landscape images because of the paint is so vibrant and contemporary."– Jennifer Bardsley Don't miss Jennifer Bardsley's abstracted landscapes paintings! This is her last art exhibit before moving abroad to New Zealand.


June 4th & 5th, 7:30pm at The Crystal Theatre
515 S. Higgins Ave

How I Lost My Voice
Set in the tumultuous aftermath of WWII, during the period now known as the McCarthy era, a child struggles to make sense of her confusing, humorous and frightening experiences. Interwoven with story, music and archival footage from the 1950s, this one-woman play is by turns powerful, funny and inspiring. For reservations visit

Kira Means CD Release: "Hello"
6:00 pm to 9 pm
Break Espresso
432 N Higgins

Kira Means is a fifteen year old singer/songwriter. Special guests at the concert will include Tom Catmull and Eden Atwood. Kira recently recorded her first CD "Hello" at Club Shmed Studios in Missoula. The CD includes 8 originals and 2 covers, including the original "Hello" that was the winner at the First Night Idol competition.