July First Friday

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

Now that First Friday has passed for July, don't forget these exhibits are still up until August. So, if you missed something last First Friday, you can always visit these locations sometime this month.


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street

June 26:A Road Runs Through It Opens June 26 at MAM in the Travel Montana Lobby in the Andrew Precht Addition. MAM is proud to display six wood engravings by Missoula artist Claire Emery that capture the civic spirit of our community. The limited collector s edition of A Road Runs Through It is a special project of Wildlands CPR, a national conservation group that works to prevent off road vehicle abuse of public lands and promotes watershed restoration through road removal. The set includes a leather-bound, numbered copy of the collection of essays A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places, signed by all 26 living contributors, and the set of six signed and numbered wood engravings by Emery. Supporters of MAM and Wildlands CPR raised the money to purchase and donate the book and prints to MAM s Permanent Collections.

105 Gallery
111 West Front Street

(in the same building as El Cazador)

105 Gallery is proud to announce the representation and upcoming exhibit for “Animals” by Gould. Gould has a variety of Animal pieces reflecting the natural innocents and beauty of our earth creatures. Bright vivid color schemes, backed by a whimsical play on the personalities they express. Each piece is created in Acrylic mixed media and are from the studiogould collection. Gould’s techniques and expression are ever present this is exhibit. Gould is a local Missoula artist and has been a staple at the 105 Gallery. His work can be found at www.Studiogould.com .

The Brink
111 West Front Street
(406) 728-5251
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit iClaw, by Ben Bloch and Caroline Peters.

Goatsilk is a collaborative art duo comprised of Ben Bloch and Caroline Peters. Goatsilk was formed in 2002 as an experimental gallery space on the outskirts of Missoula, Montana (http://www.goatsilk.com). In a garage once used for parking semi-trucks in winter, Bloch and Peters created projects such as The ebay Show, Fill:Full, and The Bowhead Project. Expanding their ideas beyond a specific locale, Goatsilk now engages the Internet as a site of continual metamorphosis and as an artwork in and of itself. They use painting, sculpture, video, performance, interaction, pop culture, and the Internet to showcase themes such as immateriality, magic, human/animal consciousness, technology, cheap ugliness, connectivity, and religion.

For the upcoming exhibit iclaw, Goatsilk celebrates the bizarreness of life with an exploration of desire, interactivity, economy, art, technology, and marketing. Anyone who buys one of the 4 paintings on display painting will receive a free iPad. Additional works will include and/or require audience use of concert lasers, puppets, and an air compressor.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street
(406) 549-3248
Information Coming Right Up!

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins Avenue
(406) 721-3154

The Dana Gallery opens its doors to the public every First Friday. Go to the Dana Gallery website to find out more about the special receptions and art openings they hold throughout the month.

Clay Studio
1106 Hawthorne Street
(406) 543-0509

Ritual Elements. Reid Schoonover is a studio potter living and working in Clintonville, WI. He received his B.A.E. from the University of Wisconsion-Oshkosh and his M.F.A. from the University of Montana. He has displayed his work extensively throughout the United States.
opening reception Friday July 9th 5.30- 9 pm. Show runs from July 9th - July 30th.

Other Venues

Frankie's Mercantile
223 W. Front St

For July's Art Gallery Walk, Frankie's Mercantile will feature clocks and other works by Terry McIlrath. Terry formerly taught art in Montana. He now resides in Oregon.
Terry is a painter and recently began making whimsical wooden clocks.

“Seeds in the Streets”
Turning the Wheel Missoula

July 2: 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 www.turningthewheel.org. All ages welcome!

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

JULY 2: Printmaking and Poetry: Reflections on Perspectives at Bernice's Bakery Opening Reception July 2nd 5:-8:00. Twelve young artists from the 2010 Gifted Education Conference will be exhibiting work tackling topics surrounding "perspective". Works exhibited will consist of mono-prints and text. Works were inspired by local artist Katie Ludwick, otherwise known as Ladypajama.

Butterfly Herbs

Pete Davies, pen and ink drawings. "Pete picked up a pencil at age six and it was love at first draw. Pete has travelled throughout the Southwest doing his pen and ink drawings of scenery and fantasy. He especially enjoys drawing in coffee-shops and cafes.

Claws Salon
101 S. Higgins Ave Ste. 10

Information TBA

Western Montana Community Center

127 North Higgins Avenue
Information TBA

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins Avenue


JULY 2: Kyle Ferris presents re-used barn wood and found-prairie-firewood-shelving, along with soda fired pottery displays. Wine, a Kettlehouse keg, and fresh-from-the-oven Bernice's Bakery artisan bread (also made by the artist) will enhance your viewing pleasure. True to his renaissance character, Mr. Ferris will also be providing a danceable soundtrack for the evening. An evening not to be missed!

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan

JULY 2: 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 www.montanaart.com.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway, Suite 1

Information TBA

House- Contemporary Design Studio
133 N Higgins
(406) 541-6960

Information TBA


There are always several arts events that take place after 8pm. Check back here to see what's going on after hours!