Friday, November 5, 2010

First Friday News:
The Missoula Storefront Art Project installed three exhibits in one morning on November 3rd! Go to 125 E Main Street downtown Missoula, where the old Staggering Ox was. There are three windows there. One has photography by Kelly Hart, another has paintings by Abe Coley, and the third has the exhibit, Faces of the Pov. But don't stop there! Head down the block toward Pattee street, and you will see one more art exhibit in Artsiehorse, a brand new gallery. And yep, that gallery has an art show this First Friday, so stroll right inside, too. These storefront windows were provided thanks to Matt Ellis, Joe Easton, and Missoula Property Management. Missoula Storefront Art Project has a committee - special thanks to Desarae Muller and Melanie Gardener. This project also thanks its partners, the Missoula Downtown Association and the Business Improvement District. If you would like to apply to show your art, or if you want to lend a window... click here to find out how. The before and after effect of this installation really was striking. No wonder this type of project is taking off like wildfire in other towns.

UPDATE: The Missoula Storefront Art Project made the front page of the Missoulian! Check it out here!

Galleries & Museums

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street

Meet your friends at MAM for First Fridays from 5-8 pm. Discover the vibrant abstract expressionist paintings of exhibiting artist Jim Poor on a gallery tour, 7 pm. He will discuss why he doesn't separate representational and abstract notions as each has always been interchangeable in his visual vocabulary. Join this dynamic artist for a new look at the traditional landscape.View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Always free.

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Main Hall, Room 006

This museum is off the downtown path, but well worth a visit. The collection is far more vast than the size and number of galleries suggest, and the exhibits change regularly. First Friday Celebrations will take place from 4 - 6pm in the lobby of the PARTV Center.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street
(406) 549-3248
It all started back in August 2010 when Animeals asked Monte to paint live during the August First Friday Art Walk to benefit Animeals. Monte stepped up to the plate and painted Mount Jumbo Moonrise during the event. Due to popular demand Monte is releasing Mount Jumbo Moonrise as a limited edition print. Please join us at First Friday, November 5th, 2010 from 5 to 8pm at the Monte Dolack Gallery, 139 West Front St. Missoula, MT (406) 549-3248

The Dana Gallery 246 N Higgins Ave

The Dana Gallery would like to invite you to the opening reception of Steve C. LaRance's show,
"Contemporary Western. " Steve's unique depiction of western icons will surely strike a chord of nostalgia in those of you who have traveled the back roads of Montana. Steve will talk about his work and how his childhood on the Rocky Mountain front set the stage for his art. You can also enjoy refreshments and the music of local band, "Steel Toe Flo's" We hope to see you there!

The Brink
111 West Front Street
(in the same building as El Cazador)
(406) 728-5251
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit warp. weft., by Jennifer Parker.

In weaving, the weft yarn is drawn through the warp yarn, creating a simple geometric pattern that results in a textile. Jennifer Parker’s double weaves begin here, but end somewhere far more astonishing. Parker, when asked to choose between sculpture and textiles, found a way to combine the two. An exploration of opposites and tension occur as lines of thread in a grid are transformed into organic sculptural forms. The two-dimensional becomes three-dimensional.

Parker currently works as an artist in Missoula. She has a BS in Psychology from Washington State University, a BA in Education from Washington State University, and a BFA in Textiles from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, November 5th, 5 - 8pm.

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan
This month we will be hosting the art of Mychael Lee. Acrylics and Colored Pencils.

Located in the alley behind the Old Post
Between Pine and Spruce
A new gallery devoted to contemporary art from around the nation.

105 Gallery
111 West Front Street
(in the same building as El Cazador)

105 Gallery is proud to announce the representation and upcoming exhibit of Wood Creations by Artist Taylor Haworth. Taylor has a variety of new wood pieces reflecting the natural innocents and beauty of wood. Each piece is a craved reflection of Mother Nature. Taylor's crafted techniques and expression are ever present this is exhibit. Taylor Haworth is a local Missoula artist and is Owner Operator for Haworth & Sons woodworking since 1999. ~ Come down and enjoy.

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 N. Higgins STE 300

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

THE GALLERY at 4TH & Oak 615 Oak St., 370-1254 Hours: Open November 5th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. or by appointment.
(One block south of 3rd and RR tracks)

Featuring more than 50 original botanical illustrations by Nancy Seiler for three posters for Missoula County Weed District: Montana Native Plants, Montana Noxious Weeds, Montana New Invaders. Pick up your FREE posters at the gallery only on November 5. View fine art, illustrations and design at

Artsiehorse Studio & Gallery
137 E Main

Kim Shirley
"Italy in Watercolor"

Other Venues

The Dark Room 135 N Higgins Ave
Photography by Ray Nelson

Frankies Mercantile
223 W. Front St.
406 543-0898

Frankie’s Mercantile will be showing photography work from UM Media Arts student Forrest Rowell. Forrest strives, almost obsessively, to avoid conventional aspects in a photograph and narrow in on what gives a scene its own unique character.

Light, motion, line and form are what Forrest’s images use to draw the viewer into the “world” or persona of an image. This exhibit invites you to explore carefully selected portions of the world through his eyes by revealing things unseen without a camera.

Eternal Springs Healing Center
180 South Third Street West,
(Next to Bernice's Bakery, above Meadowsweet Herbs)
SPOOKY Art Show:

Featuring local artists; Spooky paintings by Lacy Z of Blue Coyote And Stella Latwinski, and Metal sculptures by Jason Gatz of Steel Roots.
Mix, mingle, & enjoy free refreshment

Swift Building
315 S 4th St
(2 blocks east of the Missoulian)

Ecology Project International (EPI) and Sustainable Business Council (SBC) will be hosting a joint exhibit with nature-inspired artwork at the Swift building from 5-7 pm. Be sure to get there early for wine and appetizers!

The Framing Studio
411 East Alder
721 2288

The Framing Studio will host an opening reception for artists Whitney Polich and Travis David Smith of Great Falls, Montana. Polich and Smith are graduates of the University of Montana who now reside in Great Falls, Montana. They have since returned to the state after two years in New Mexico. Polich was recently awarded a residency at the Paris Gibson Museum of Art in Great Falls. SMith was also awarded residency at the Vermont Studio Center in
Johnson, Vermont. The exhibition will present recent ceramic sculptures and paintings by each artist. The new works will address varying modes of being. The exhibition will run until January 1, 2011.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway,
Suite 1

Greg Siple, who once toiled on freelance editorial cartoons for the Missoulian and Missoula Independent, has turned his attention to more frivolous subjects, with a series of whimsical pencil drawings, PencilEctomy2. He invites you to come and enjoy them. Opening reception: First Friday, November 5, 2010 at Computer Central (around the corner from the
Missoula Art Museum), 5:00-7:30 pm. Light refreshments provided.

Western Montana Community Center
127 North Higgins, Suite 202

Trans-Lives is a unique and diverse exhibit of art from across the globe, and is as diverse as the community it focuses on, composed of transgender and transsexual themed art, as well as art that focuses on gender diversity, this exhibit displays just how fluid the system of gender truly is. Trans-Lives is in honor of Montana’s annual Transgender Day of Recognition, a day of education, awareness, celebration, and remembrance focused around honoring those of diverse gender identities throughout Montana and beyond. This year’s Transgender Day of Recognition will be at the University of Montana on November 17th.

Street Performance By Amber Bushnell

Time: 6:30-9pm
Location: The side walks of downtown, Higgins, Broadway, Pattee St.

"I AM" - A Self Portrait & Mobile Installation by Amber Bushnell
My art defines a part of who I am. It accessorizes me on a daily basis, whether visually through my drawings and animation or as a vision, yet to be created. In this project, my art will become me and I will be come my art. During this installation my illustrations and drawings will visually accompany me on a journey through downtown, giving viewers (and me) an unexpected experience, and a look at who I am. "I AM" is part of an installation series call The Accessorize Project. To find out more, visit

Sushi Hana
403 N Higgins Ave

Marc Moss is proud to present the Recession Retrospective: Affordable Art Studio Clearance. Reasonable prices for beautiful art. Come on down, have some sushi, a glass of sake and enjoy the art. Marc’s making room for more art in the studio; everything must go. Pieces from Marc’s entire collection: assemblage made from rusty metal, reclaimed glass and wire, as well as collage pieces on view throughout the month of November. More info at, or 406.203.4683. 15% of all proceeds to benefit the Missoula Food Bank.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins Avenue


Karen Jorgenson has been pursuing various mediums of art for over 25 years. During that time she operated her own home-based art studio and sold oil and acrylic paintings, pen & ink Christmas cards and antler art. She has also staged successful art exhibitions of her work in Minnesota and Montana. Art goes well with wine and Bernice's treats, so we'll have those too!

Bernice's Bakery
190 S 3rd Street West
(406) 728-1358
"Living at Home with Alzheimer's; COMMUNICATION SENT; NOT RECEIVED..." is a personal, artistic sharing of photographs, text and illustrations by Rick and Feather Sherman about our family's transformational journey caring for my 97 1/2 year-old father, Victor, who is in a wheelchair with advancing Alzheimer's. How do we manage?.....with unconditional love, humor, patience, creativity and support from family, friends and the Missoula community.

Missoula AIDS Council
500 North Higgins
Suite 100 Missoula, MT

Join Missoula AIDS Council and Bobbie Zenker with her show "Fall into Spring." A delightful art exhibit that will keep you thinking about Spring and Summer, long after all the leaves have fallen off the trees and the snow finally flies. The show is open from 5-7 p.m. at 500 N. Higgins Avenue Ste. 100 (Across from the Iron Horse Pub & Grill). Free wine and food provided. See you there!

Yellowstone Photo
321 North Higgins

Award-winning Bitterroot photographer Steve Akre will be the featured artist at Yellowstone Photo for the Month of November. Steve has had images published in state and regional magazines for over decade. Shooting primarily wildlife and abstract images he strives to remain "ready to be lucky" in the field. His business Outwest Photo is dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources. Visit to see his work. Meet the photographer and enjoy refreshments First Friday November 5th 5-8pm