Friday, December 3

First Friday News:
The big news this month is simply "NEW." Just in time for the holiday season, it looks like a lot of new art-related stores and galleries are opening up downtown. Additionally, new organizations join First Friday all the time, like St Francis Xavier Church. So, while you're visiting your favorites, try something new this month, and check out the new Gallery at 4th & Oak; or Artsiehorse and Clover, both on E. Main Street between Higgins and Pattee. The NEW exhibit at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture is your chance to see very famous art right here at home. If there are any other new spots you have been meaning to see, we challenge you to enjoy as much "new" as you can on December 3rd. Maybe it will whip up some new inspiration of your own. (NOTE: the information below is constantly being updated. Please check back often to see what's NEW)

Speaking of new: We're seeking new links! Are you an artist , gallery, or arts-related business with a blog? Send me your link and I will include it on our blogroll.


Street Performance

Keep a lookout for the mobile art performance by Amber Bushnell with her original Magic Mirror & Hat , "I AM. "

This will be Amber's second First Friday appearance, so if you missed it in November, be sure to check it out this time! Artist Statement: "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. The illustrations and animations used in I AM evolved from lines inspired by water, another important element in my life."

Route Schedule:
6:00 to 7 - Front St.
7 to 7:30- Higgins (between Front St. & Broadway)
7:30 to 8- side walk outside Missoula Art Musuem (Pattee St.)
8-9 - Higgins (between Front St. & Pine)

* This may be subject to change depending on crowds, etc... However, Amber will remain downtown in the main gallery areas. For more information on the Accessorize Project go to

Missoula Art Museum
335 N Pattee
Performance by Dolce Canto

Meet your friends at MAM for First Fridays from 5-8 pm. “Come Away to the Skies” with Dolce Canto as they share inspirational a cappella choral music to warm the heart and soothe the soul for the winter season. The choir will sing hymns and spirituals by Dmitry Bortniansky, Undine S. Moore, Alice Parker, as well as new works by Ola Gjeilo—one of today’s leading young choral composers. Music at 6 and 7 PM. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Always free.

Galleries and Museums

137 E. Main St
Artsiehorse is a brand new gallery and retail store , downtown Missoula. This month's First Friday opening will present Marshall Hibbard, a local photographer, as well as work by Melanie Gardener, owner of Artsiehorse. See who else Melanie is featuring , on her blog:

The Gallery at 4th & Oak
615 Oak

Missoula Artist Laura Blaker Completes 100 Painting’ Goal
You can view Laura’s entire collection of “100 Paintings in One Year” during the First Friday Art Opening on December 3 at her new studio/gallery – The Gallery at 4th & Oak located at 615 Oak
Street, upstairs in the old brick building in Missoula, Montana. The gallery has extended hours, until 9 pm on December 3.

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture
University of Montana
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture invites you to a First Friday Celebration. MMAC proudly presents Renoir, Magrite, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection. These exhibitions provide an unprecedented opportunity for Montana citizens and visitors to experience firsthand selected works by some of the most notable artists from the 18th to the early 20th Century. 4 - 6pm, Meloy and Paxson Galleries, PARTV Center lobby, UM Campus. 243-2019. Meloy Gallery: Includes works by some of most notable European artists from the late 18th Century to the early 20th Century. Exhibited will be portraits by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Rene Magritte, William Bougeureau, John William Waterhouse, Max Ernst, Théophile van Rysselberghe and others. Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection Paxson Gallery: Includes never before exhibited prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Charles-Nicolas Cochin (after Carl van Loo), Nicolas De Larmessin (after Nicholas Lancret), Jean-Michel Moreau and François Boucher (after Antoine Watteau), as well as more familiar works by Honoré Daumier, Jean Louis Forain, Eugene Delacroix, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro.

The Dana Gallery

We would like to invite you to December’s “First Friday” reception for a spectacular seasonal display of new works , on Friday, December 3 rd, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Newest works from celebrated impressionist landscape painter Robert Moore ; Dana Gallery’s “Holiday Show” featuring newest works from a host of local and regional artists including Dudley Dana, Wesley Drake, Paul Dykman, Hadley Ferguson, Tom Gilleon, Louise LaMontagne,Jennifer Li, David Mensing, Caleb Meyer, Davi Nelson, Nick Oberling, Parvin, Robert Schlegel, Carol Spielman, Janet Sullivan, Francis Switzer, Andree Van Nuys, Shirle Wempner, and R. David Wilson. December Continuing Exhibition: “The Dramatic Voyage of Flossy: A Tale by Courtney Blazon” The exhibit features both 2-D mixed media drawings and 3-D assemblages from celebrated Missoula artist Courtney Blazon.

Clover Studio
114 East Main Street

Clover presents Missoula-based sculptor. Maryann Eikens, who mainly does limited edition pieces in bronze with occasional pieces in slip cast clay. Her subject matter is mainly animals, (elk, dogs, large cats, bears, etc.) the human figure, (fly fishing, running, female and male) and portrait busts. She discovered sculpting later in life, and for the past few years has started showing and selling sculptures in the west; participating in juried shows such as The Western Heritage Art Show in Great Falls, The Roots Festival in Missoula, and Loveland Sculpture Invitational in Loveland Colorado. Her studio is located in the Grant Creek canyon, where the wildlife and beauty of the area are a constant inspiration.
Maryann Eikens :

New West
415 N Higgins Ave
Beth Gibson, "Rooted." Photography.

In the alley near New West
415 N Higgins Ave

Show Title: Minutes, Daydreams, and Recollections
Artist Name: Israel Davis

FrontierSpace will feature sculpture and installation by Israel Davis incorporating ceramic and mixed media.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan Street

Much of Barbara Morrison's work is informed by myth, folklore, and dreams. "I get my ideas from folk art, ethnic art, from children and from stories. The human form is central to my work, and I have been fascinated by juxtaposing the ancient idea of “doll as fetish” with the modern idea of “doll as toy”. One way I achieve this is to offset the archaic body forms with intricate detail made from paint, cloth, paper, or found objects, another way is through the use of bright color. I like to make use of things that I find in everyday living, in markets or as packaging that I can re-use by transforming it. Lately the art I have been making is inspired by my time in China- the pieces are made wholly from things that I have found or recycled
in Beijing, and some of the pieces are inspired by Chinese folklore,
and by the language, written and spoken, as I learn it."
A First Friday opening will be held December 3rd from 5- 9 pm.

The Brink Gallery

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit Mending Broken Limbs, by Amy Bilden.

Amy Bilden’s mixed media drawings and installations are internal and external landscapes mapping her emotional and physical space. Raised in a family with 150 years of history in North Dakota, Bildens’ work is informed by the west and by her family’s pioneer work ethic. Specifically, her grandmother and an experience with her serve as inspiration for this exhibition.

Bilden received her BFA from The University of Montana. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs in India and has work in permanent collections including The Montana Museum of Arts in Culture and Lotus Art Centre, Delhi, India. Currently, Bilden is a co-curator of Factory Underground, Norwalk, and a member of S.P.A.G. studios.

Recently Amy was awarded an emerging artist grant from The St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston. Current exhibitions include Art of the Northest with curator Katie Rashid.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, December 3rd, 5 - 8pm.

Noteworthy* Paper & Press
101 S Higgins

Noteworthy* Paper & Press will be hosting local bookbinder Audra Loyal, owner of The Vespiary Book Restoration & Bindery. She will be showing a sampling of her unique bindings in addition to demonstrating some binding and repair techniques. Audra has been constructing and repairing books for nearly 9 years, learning the skill in apprenticeship fashion. Her craft work follows a tradition hundreds of years old - all items are made from scratch. Her work was recently featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Missoula Magazine. Many of her items utilize recycled maps of different kinds. Featured in this show will be leather limp vellum sketchbooks, Japanese folding box sets of books, buttonholes bindings, stab bindings, and flag books.

Brunswick Artists Studios
223 W. Railroad Street

The Brunswick is having their Annual Holiday Open Studios and Sale Thursday December 2nd 5 - 8 PM, Friday December 3rd 5 - 8 PM and Saturday December 4th, 11 AM - 4 PM. 8 artists are participating this year - Barbara Behan, Dave Bell, Renee' Brown, Jennifer Leutzinger, Leslie V. S. Millar, Jennifer Parker, Christian Swanson and Shalene Valenzuela.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 W Front St

Ten Years After, A Decade of Selected Works, 2000 - 2010 Since the millennium, Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival have continued to create iconic landscapes both regionally and globally. This exhibition showcase the past decade of their work. Please join us at First Friday, December 3rd, 2010 from 5 to 8pm at the Monte Dolack Gallery, 139 West Front St. Missoula, MT (406) 549-3248

304 N. Higgins

The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, 304 N. Higgins, downtown Missoula presents "Best of Show," new work by member artists. This annual Holiday mixed media show will feature the work of area artists from the FLATHEAD, BITTERROOT and MISSOULA valleys. Wood, fiber, rock, glass, photograhy artists, jewelers, ceramicists will present new work within or outside of their usual media. The show may be viewed at the gallery through December. There will be a Holiday openhouse and opening reception reception Friday, December 3, from 5-8pm.

Other Venues

Missoula Aids Council
500 N Higgins
Suite 100

1st Friday Art Walk at the Missoula AIDS Council will feature digital art and mixed media works from artists Amanda Armstrong and Susan Reahard. Their unique perspective on digital art and design is shown through dramatic imagery and strong composition. Please stop by check out their works, grab a glass of wine and a condom or two while you're there.

Computer Central

Please come to Computer Central 1st Friday December 3, 2010 from 5-7:30pm for the 2nd installment of Digital Organics. Michael Greytak furthers his exploration into the natural work via computers, advancing his process and style all the while delving into the world of living creatures too strange and beautiful to be fictitious!

Frankie's Mercantile

Frankie's will feature Katydid Jewelry, for the First Friday Gallery Walk in December. Katydid Jewelry, by Katie Seidenschwarz offers pieces for all occasions. Some pieces are playful, bold with lots of color; some pieces are dramatic, yet elegant enough to wear to a black tie dinner; and some pieces are simple, yet very beautiful, because the elements are allowed to speak for themselves. Each piece of jewelry is individually designed and created. You can wear katydid jewelry with confidence knowing that it is well-made and unique. Several unique regional artwork and handcraft items will be available as well. Great holiday shopping opportunity.

Betty's Divine
521 S Higgins
Artist, Gutow, is showing at Betty Divine this December. Works in oils, watercolors, and photography. Come to the opening on First Friday and be Divine. Treats and wine for art onlookers. 5-8pm

Butterfly Herbs
Butterfly Herbs Art Wall for December 2010 will be: Alex Wolf, 5 new paintings with street art stencils - Kimjae Foley, with four new paintings and Marlo Crocifisso with 3 new paintings.

St. Francis Xavier Church
420 W Pine

From 5pm to 7pm the Church with its many frescos will be open to the public. A public presentation about the artist, Joseph Carignano, a Jesuit brother, and organ music will be featured. This program is artistic and not religious in nature. Evening prayer followed by a social hour will be held after the open house.

Eternal Springs Healing Center Second Floor 180 South Third Street West, (Next to Bernice's Bakery, above Meadowsweet Herbs)
Holiday Artist's & Crafter's Bazaar

Featuring local Artists & hand made items by local Cratfters. Bead & leather work, paintings, jewelry, quilted & sewed crafts & more. Mix, mingle, find those special one of a kid holiday gifts & enjoy free refreshments. See pics @

Studio Metro
114 W. Front Street
Local artist Sandy Elmore unveils "La Primera", a magical collection of fine print art. She has captured the spirit and beauty of the Wild Horses in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.

Studio Metro is also presenting a unique collection of sterling silver and 14 kt jewelry by designer, Kim Williams.
Transitioning out of her role as a stay-at-home mom of identical twin boys and possessing her own passion for jewelry, Kim started Kim Maree Designs in May 2010. In July 2010, she received national recognition from In Style Magazine, Las Vegas Magazine and even Robin Leach for the unveiling of her first design collection. In the past, she had been involved with "in home" direct sales of jewelry lines, and decided to expand her horizons and create her own unique pieces. She recently discovered her great-great grandfather was an artist in Ireland that worked in a variety of mediums including silver, so she is very excited to discover this passion for jewelry has been passed down through the generations.

Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop
215 W Front Street

Grizzly Hackle is holding a showcase of artwork by Colin Cordell, music by Dara Fogarty, FREE Chicago-style hotdogs by Casedogs, and the unveiling of the Grizzly Hackle's new website and online store. There will giveaways and fly tying demonstrations as well.

The Badlander 208 Ryman

The Bad Contraption
A Digital Art Installation

The "Bad Contraption" is a world of intense bold colors, crazy abstract machines, and topsy-turvy physics. It is an immersive experience that transports you into an unknown world. It originated as an experimental movement of artists exploring the utilities of digital technology and its use as an artistic medium. Come explore the "Bad Contraption" at the Badlander, starting the First Friday of December and running through December 11th! Brought to you by the Dream Team (a.k.a. Media Arts students Ali Gray, Lindy Jones, Sari Jones, Preston Schulz, and Fine Arts student Chelsey Von Ehrenkrook).

The Loft
119 W. Main
Killdeer Artisans Guild is pleased to announce the opening reception for their group show this First Friday in Missoula. Please join us at The Loft in downtown Missoula. 5-8:30 pm, 119 W. Main St (upstairs above the Missoula Dance Collaborative. Look for the sandwich sign out front.) Featured in this show will be work by artists from Arlee, St. Ignatius, Dixon, and Moiese. Included will be paintings by Jerry McGahan, Joan Mason, Linda Johnston, Karen Francis Jeneese Hilton and Karen Fisher; sculpture by Danny Kraus, photography by Joe Weydt, and multi-media photo tapestries by Marti de Alva, photo montage & archival giclee' prints of original batik prints by Crystal Kingston, and light sculptures by Karl Stein.
Please note that this opening reception is the only time this show is open to the public, so please join us! (More work by Guild members can be seen at Hangin' Art Gallery in Arlee, located on Hwy 93 northbound. (, 726-5005)

Other openings Debby Florence has seen floating around on Facebook but not enough time to track it all down! Here are the basics.. if you need directions to these places try Google Maps, or you are welcome to call us at 532-3240 for information.

Zoo City Apparel
137 E Main
NEW SHOP! Worker -owned collective!
406 shirts, Art opening & music, etc

The Top Hat
Huge DIY Bazzar with handmade crafts and music and art. At least one UM art student will be there.

Downtown Dance Collective
A lot of dancers! Turning the Wheel will be there, & according to their invite, so will other groups

10 Spoon Winery
El- 3- OH!
Jazz trio, playing from 6:30 to 8:30.