Friday, September 3, 2010

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

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.

First Friday MAP:
Take a look at this fun hand-drawn map of some of tonight's openings designed by artist Hannah Spry! If you click on it, you'll be able to see it larger.

Image courtesy of the Montana Kaimin


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street

Meet your friends at MAM for First Fridays from 5-8 pm. Explore the traditional photography of Snippets from the Bright and From the Shade with nationally known artist David Spear, 7 PM. The tour of Spear’s work moves from Montana in the 70’s, to NYC & East Harlem in the 90’s, and returns to Montana’s Salish/Kootenai Reservation. Join this versatile and multitalented photographer for an evening of discovery. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Always free.

Montana Museum of Art & Culture Main Hall, Room 006

On view through October 23: The Original Man: The Life and Work of Montana Architect A.J. Gibson. MMAC celebrates the legacy of the area's best-known and most beloved architect A. J. Gibson, who defined great architecture in Western Montana and Northern Idaho. Gibson designed and built private homes, grand residences and civic structures—including the first five buildings on the UM campus, the Ravalli and Missoula County courthouses and the Daly Mansion. Included are models constructed by members of the American Institute of Architects-Montana chapter, reproductions of Gibson’s architectural plans, original drawings, scrapbooks, photo albums and architectural fragments. Please join us!

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

This First Friday at the Monte Dolack Gallery there will be an exhibition of acrylic paintings featuring “Views of Glacier” by Monte Dolack. This coincides with the 100th anniversary of Glacier National Park.

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

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 N. Higgins STE 300

Kendahl Jan Jubb “New Watercolors” Stan Anglen & Friends “Guitar & Vocals”

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

ARTISTS: Renee Adams, Howard Barlow, Justin Colt Beckman, and Justin Gibbens EXHIBITION: Call of the Wild DATES: September 3 - 25, 2010 RECEPTION: Friday, September 3rd, 5-8pm GALLERY HOURS: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12pm – 5pm The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit Call of the Wild, by Renee Adams, Howard Barlow, Justin Colt Beckman, and Justin Gibbens.

Exploring myths, mysteries, and stereotypes of the (wild) west, Call of the Wild showcases four artists from rural central Washington. Renee Adams' sculptures explore ideal beauty and the natural world, as she scrutinizes two species endemic to the Northwest, the jellyfish and the mushroom. Howard Barlow analyzes contradictions that arise when danger and threat result from attempted safety and protection. His latest sculptures combine antlers with hand-knit wool coverings and vintage military rifle stocks. Justin Colt Beckman an urban transplant from Los Angeles, examines the habits and activities associated with his past ten years in Eastern Washington through photo-based media and video. And, Justin Gibbens using his signature brand of subversive natural history transforms the once-familiar ornithological images of John James Audubon's and others into new and peculiar manifestations. By lifting the formal conventions of classic natural science illustration, Gibbens imagines legendary and diabolical beasts through the lens of an 18th century field artist.

For more then a decade, these artists have made their home in Kittitas county located at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. In the Spring 2006, they opened PUNCH, an artist-run gallery located in Seattle, Washington as a way to plug into Seattle art scene. And though Seattle's art community has its appeal, they have each chosen to remain out in the sticks. Along with the romance of the accessible wilderness, open skies, and affordable real estate, these contemporary artists confront and define what it means to be artists in a bucolic, small town.

Clay Studio
1106 Hawthorne Street
(406) 543-0509

Soda Salt National exhibition continued. No First Friday reception this month, but please stop by during regular hours.

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan

Montana Art & Framing presents Nancy Erickson, " Quilted Works
1998-2009 till September 25th. If you missed the opening of this
fantastic show, you will have another chance to meet the artist First
Friday September 3rd from 5-9 pm. The exhibit includes 17 pieces from museums and juried shows, shown together for the first time. The free form fabric art is made of painted and sewn fabric, consisting of wolves, a tiger, and of course, Polar bears. Most of the works are large scale measuring 4
to 7 feet wide. The gallery is located at 709 Ronan Street in
Missoula. For information call 541-7100.

Ceretana Studios
801 Sherwood

5pm - 11pm

First Friday Sept 3rd 6 -10:00pm. The Ceretana Studios is proud to announce, it's 4th annual, "Missoula Now", Missoula's established and emerging artists. This years 2D artists are Eileen Rafferty, Renee Taaffe, Steph Johnson and Brian Elling with musical performances by, Shanti Ma Kirtan Collective and Wolf Redboy and films by Fictio...n Clemens
Ceretana Studios 801 Sherwood St. Missoula, Mt. 59801
Other Venues

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street

Just off the River Trail by McCormick Park.

Join us for our First Friday gallery opening featuring the artwork of celebrated Bitterroot artist and naturalist Joe Thornbrugh, creator of our fantastic new license plate. Come out and see many more of his beautiful pieces, enjoy delectable refreshments, and mingle with your fellow Missoulians. We hope to see you there!

The Catalyst
111 N. Higgins
The Catalyst is proud to present, Marcy James...... sketching. For those who like to daydream.

“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!

Taco Sano
115 1/2 South 4th Street West

Taco Sano will feature black and white photography and original film prints by Lori Lynch. The exhibit includes a series taken from a bike around Missoula, and photos of San Fransico.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins Avenue


Imaginary scenes inspired by one-of-a-kind Missoulians are on display in mixed media at Betty's Divine. During the transition of moving away from this beautiful town, Amber Sturgis created these works for some of the loved ones who made saying fair-well so bittersweet.

We will also feature, for one night only, Mystic Mtn. Originals- designers of personal, vehicle, and home adornment.

Cookies for the munching, wine for the sipping, and art for all. 5-8pm

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

Shana Mattheis, mixed-media artist

The Amazing Bee Show

An encaustic tribute to bees and the influence they have, such as crop pollination and honey and beeswax production. Encaustic is the art of painting with a mixture of beeswax and resin. The encaustic medium can be utilized in many different ways and there will be several different techniques on display.

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

Barb Schwartz Karts, Original Oil, Acrylic, and Mixed Media Paintings