Friday August 6th, 2010

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

We can't believe we're already to the last First Friday of the summer! Don't forget to look for the printed walking guide downtown, to help you remember where all the openings are. This month, look for the BID ( Business Improvement District) Bicycle-powered Information cart. It has a blue umbrella, and will be parked somewhere along Higgins, bearing the First Friday Walking Guide! Thanks BID!

Missoula Storefront Art Project announces its first storefront display. Go check it out this First Friday. Its located at 314 North Higgins Avenue, in what was previously Moose Creek Mercantile.

This project is dedicated to connecting the Missoula Art Community to Downtown property owners by way of Storefront Art and Exhibitions in vacant commercial spaces. The goal is to allow short term exhibits in empty downtown storefronts to demonstrate Missoula''s commitment to the arts, while beautifying downtown areas and allowing artists a unique canvas. It also highlights Missoula's arts and cultural organizations to celebrate their contributions to our community. This first storefront celebrates the Zootown Arts Community Center. To get involved, go here for more information.


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street

Meet your friends at MAM for First Friday from 5-8 pm. Join Missoula artist Peter Keefer as he talks about his exhibition Images of the Great War, 7 pm. Inspired by historical events, these contemporary, expressive works are collage drawings with a great depth of meaning. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Always free.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street
(406) 549-3248

Once again, Monte Dolack is teaming up with Animeals during the
August 6th First Friday from 5-8pm in the Monte Dolack Gallery. Animeals is thrilled to announce that Missoula's most recognized artist, Monte Dolack, will be painting a piece exclusively for Animeals on August 6th during First Friday Gallery Night. Mark your calendars for a rare chance to see the artist perform his trademark craft! This special event will take place in the Monte Dolack Gallery on 139 W. Front Street from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. We hope you will come out and watch this local legend as he creates a one-of-a-kind work of art! You will also have the chance to take home the finished painting through a silent auction. Bidding will start that evening and continue on line during the month of August at and The highest bidder will not only get a Monte Dolack original, but also help feed hungry and homeless animals across Western Montana! Please join us at the Monte Dolack Gallery on August 6th for this exciting First Friday evening!

Dana Gallery

246 North Higgins Avenue
(406) 721-3154

The Dana Gallery is hosting the eighth annual Paint Out beginning Friday, July 16h. Painting plein air, literally “in the open air” will be twenty artists from the region . They take the challenge of working in the elements- heat, shifting light, and moving subjects, like horses that turn around just when you’re trying to finish the coloring of light on their manes- for love of capturing a single moment of time in the painting. Plein air artists follow in the footsteps of the French Impressionists from the late 1800s and the early 1900s American artists from the coast and southwest who followed the railroads west, painting scenes that informed the nation of Western grandeur. The Dana Gallery is proud to continue the tradition of plein air work through sponsoring this annual event. The plein air work, as well as studio work from each artist, will hang in the gallery for one month, July 22nd-August 31st . The show opens with a private reception for sponsors on Wednesday, July 21st.

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

The Brink is taking a vacation for August, and will be back in September!


Clay Studio
1106 Hawthorne Street
(406) 543-0509

Soda Salt National is a group exhibition not to be missed!

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan

Nancy Erickson, famed fabric artist and painter is having a 2 month show, August and September with accompanying First Friday gallery nights, August 6th and September 2nd from 5-9 pm. The show is exhibiting "some-never- before- seen- in- Missoula" fabric art consisting of wolves, a tiger, and of course, bears. Most of the works are large scale measuring 4 to 7 wide. One is 9 feet long. The gallery at Montana Art & Framing is honored to have this show that was last hung in the Holter Museum in Helena.

Ceretana Studios
801 Sherwood

5pm - 11pm

This art show will include works by ladypajama and Josh Ludwick. Besides the art on the walls there will also be open participation performance art.

We will be staying open late so stop over after you have seen every thing at First Friday down town.

615 Oak Street
(4th & Oak)

Missoula artists, Laura Blaker and Nancy Seiler join artistic forces to open a new studio and art gallery. The new Missoula art space is called The Gallery at 4th & Oak. It opens August 6 during Missoula’ First Friday Art Opening. The public can view Laura and Nancy’s newest artwork on display during the gallery’s opening reception. The Gallery at 4th & Oak opening reception runs from 5-9 pm. It is located at 615 Oak Street, upstairs in the old brick building in Missoula, Montana.

Other Venues

Frankie's Mercantile
223 W. Front St

Frankie's Mercantile will feature Missoula photographer, Sarah Ross. Local nature photographs and greeting cards. Meet Sarah and view her lovely work.

The Catalyst
111 N. Higgins

Cathryn Sugg and Jonathan Marquis both have an identity and so do you. Sometimes it seems our identities are patterned after existing phenomena like a sexy cowgirl or a bad ass super-hero, but more likely it's something less fantastic. Where do these patterns come from, and how ...and when do we assume them? Sugg and Marquis don’t claim to have the answers, but they encourage you to join them in exploring these questions at an exhibition of their artwork. It seems in this slippery and relative reality, all we can do is ask and explore these questions. The works of art in this exhibition are reflections of this exploratory process.

“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 All ages welcome!

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

You've enjoyed their delicious cupcakes, buttery warm croissants, and fueled your day on their strong coffee. That's right! This First Friday Bernice's Bakery would like to show you their other-worldly talents at the Annual Employee Art Show. Come by to grab a snack, a cup of joe and enjoy everything from paintings, pottery, photography, and fashion.

Western Montana Community Center

127 North Higgins Avenue
This month's featured artist is Sequoia Raymond. To find this upstairs location, look for the Western Montana Community Center's sandwich board on the sidewalk outside their building.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway

Floral Expressions Come enjoy the beautiful floral creations of Dorothey O. Myers. Dorothey has been painting with acrylics for nearly 50 years and has a great passion for what she does. Please join us August 6, 2010 from 5:30-7:30 PM for light refreshments at Computer Central!

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins Avenue


Have you ever wondered what the inside of rock and roll looks like... The guts, the psyche, the idealism? It looks a lot like a piƱata! Total Fest IX First Friday at Betty’s offers your first foray into Total Absorption. Total bands, Total art, Total swill, Totalitarianism. Put your head inside it. The noise swells. The bat whistles by your ear. Join us. Wine and treats. 5-8pm

Claws Salon 101 South Higgins

Take a Walk Through Wonderland.... Come experience Wonderland in Missoula at Claws Salon. Our "walking" art show will take you right along on the adventure with us. Come and enjoy all your favorite Wonderland characters, music, snacks, amazing photos by Deserae Pollock Photograph, hair designs by Shear Art Salon, Makeup by Alchemy Mineral Blends, and Flowers by Habitat Floral Studio. Don't be late for this very important date!

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

Marc Moss , "The Leaving and the Left". Including new works and thematic pieces.

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