Friday, February 4th

News from the Missoula Cultural Council
The Missoula Cultural Council is participating in two studies this year to measure the vitality and economic prosperity of the arts in Missoula. The data from both studies will be sent to Americans for the Arts, who will generate a report. These studies help cities carry out economic development initiatives, and help arts groups understand more about their impact. If you are interested in volunteering for this effort, please call 532-3240.
Also, the Missoula Cultural Council's Annual Awards luncheon is just around the corner. We are accepting nominations for several categories. One new category is Arts Educator ( K- University), and another is for innovative programming. If you know someone you would like to honor for their contribution to the arts and culture of Missoula, now is your chance! Nominations will be accepted until February 22. Click here to learn more.
Galleries and Museums
Missoula Art Museum
335 N Pattee

MAM is closed on First Friday. MAM will be preparing for the 39th Benefit Art Auction: Art & Soul on Saturday, February 5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 5 PM.

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Meloy & Paxson Galleries

Join the Montana Museum of Art & Culture for First Friday from 4 – 6pm. On view are Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection. These exhibitions offer an unprecedented opportuity for Montana citizens and visitors to experience firsthand selected works by some of the most notable artists from the late 18th to the early 20th Century.
Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

Missoula, MT 59802-4303
(406) 549-3248

Please join us at the Monte Dolack Gallery this First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm for the premiere of a new limited edition archival digital print Flathead Moon, available in two sizes. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan Street
between 6th and Russell
Call 541-7100

Montana Art and Framing features oil paintings by Marvie Redmond. The paintings in this show are among her first works in oil in the nineties, focusing on the ponderosa pines and aspen around her. Now that her work deals primarily with skies and abstracts, it is interesting to see that the sky was more than background and instead more of a driving force. A gallery opening will be held February 7th from 5-9 pm at 709 Ronan Street in Missoula between 6th and Russell. Call 541-7100 for info.

The Brink Gallery
111 W Front St

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit Strange Angels, by
Michael deMeng.

Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist who travels the world teaching and
creating mixed media shrines and deMeng-ted toys. His medium is found objects
and finds great joy transforming the discarded into the seemingly sacred. He
has exhibited throughout the world with is unique style of “shrinalism”. His
book, Secrets of Rusty Things, published by North Light Books, was released in
May 2007. His second book, Dusty Diablos, was released in 2010.
In Strange Angels, deMeng plays with the idea of an angel. “Traditionally
perceived as soft, fluffy, ethereal things that float through clouds like
butterflies huffing helium, I decided to reinterpret these strange beings.
Since they were allegedly created before the tangible universe, it seemed to me
that these creatures might need to make certain adjustments in order to enter
the physical realm. My goal was to transform these messengers into a combination
of physical and supernatural manifestations. Like mystical mechanisms, they
remain ethereal and otherworldly yet with a dose of the familiar and tactile.”
(Michael deMeng)

Brunswick Building
223 Railroad St

Come see what's new at Redress Clothing--One Part History, One Part Art.
Presenting artisan sweaters, tops, dresses, fingerless gloves and more, all
handmade and repurposed from locally-sourced, post-consumer garments. We
specialize in the beautiful, unique, and colorful. Stop by to say hello,
see how we make our products, or just take a break from the action on First

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
210 N Higgins Suite 300
Phone: 728-7050
Kendahl Jan Jubb: New Watercolors
Stan Anglen & Friends: Singers/Songwriters

The Dana Gallery
246 N Higgins Ave
(406) 721-3154

The Dana Gallery's Annual Collectors Resale Show will open Friday, February 4 with an opening reception from 5-8 PM. Now in its 10th year, this popular event, held in the form of a Silent Auction, will run only through Sunday, February 6th this year. The lineup is a veritable whos who of highly recognizable names including Rudy Autio, Edgar Paxson, Jay Rummell, Francis Senska, Elizabeth Lochrie, Walter Hook, Lee Nye, Tu Baixong and many more.

Other Venues

Top Hat

Look out for the Wrongside Printshop Team on the first Friday of February at the Top Hat Lounge’s DIY Bazaar. They'll be on scene screen printing cool new designs all night long so grab something to print on and come on down. Only $3 if you bring your own shirt or other printable material to print on and $10 if you buy one of the Wrongside Printing Station's shirts.

Living Art of Montana
725 W. Alder, #17
(Warehouse Mall)

(406) 549-5329

Living Art of Montana has been using the arts and nature to support healing since 1993. We celebrate all the many wonderful Missoula area artists who have been behind the scenes and on the front lines of this work! A select group of these artists have come together to join us as we host “Artists of the Light.” At this enlightened show you will find an array of works including jewelry, sculpture, fabric arts, paintings, mixed media and photography. Artists involved include: Myra Ducharme, Melanie Gardner, Bev Beck Glueckert, Stephen Glueckert, Odette Grassi, Hanna Hannan, Hobie Hare, Toby Hunter, Beth Jaffe, Vickie Johnson, Adrienne Keith, Peter Kola, Kay Langland, Elizabeth McCubbin, Shana Mattheis, Barbara Morrison, Juan du Santa Anna and Karl Stein.
Please join us for this festive event from 5 – 8 pm. Art will be open to the public 11 am - 1 pm Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of February.

Frankie's Mercantile 223 W. Front St. 406 543-0898
Frankie's Mercantile will feature "beeting hearts" and other "heartful" prints by Trumbly Designs. The 12x18 images are printed on a paper that is 100% recycled post consumer waste, elemental chlorine free. They are placed inside a clear plastic artists sleeve. Each print is individually signed.

Betty's Divine
521 S Higgins
Missoula, MT 59801
Meow! Come down to Betty's Divine for a feline-themed First Friday art show by Melissa Clark and David Lusk entitled "Nine Lives. Mobiles and monoprints." Handsewn felt cats will hang from the ceiling (mobile-style) and cat monoprints will grace the walls. A portion of the proceeds from sold art will go to Animeals. There will also be an Animeals donation jar, so bring some spare change for the homeless kitty cats! Wine, cookies, and canned cat food. 5-8pm.

New West
415 N Higgins Ave
(Across the parking lot from Wordens)

This month New West hosts two well known Missoulian craftsmen. Their legend follows :
The Tainted Saints - Maxon Zorro McCarter and Wesley Worthen Saint John were born in the depths of Hades along the shores of the river Styx. Feasting on a steady diet of black paint and beer their beards grew long and they clawed their way into the world of man.... Or in this case Missoula. For the last ten years this disaster of a duo has plied their really fun yet slightly doom ridden trade of ruining the minds of innocents across the northwest.

Sponsored by Big Sky, Missoula Food Co-op, and Ten Spoon come join the Friday fun at The New West.Net world headquarters.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802-443
(406) 728-8780
5th Collaborative Erotic Art Show... art pieces made in collaboration between lovers. All orientations are welcome.

304 N. Higgins
(406) 543-6393
The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, 304 N.
Higgins, downtown Missoula, presents "Rock, Tree, Sky," by Missoula artist Ria Cody de Neeve. Ria's playful mixed media work looks at personal journeys of healing and transformation. The show
may be viewed at the gallery Monday-Saturday through February. There will be an artist's reception Friday, February 4, from 5-8pm. Some of artist's images are attached. The Artists' Shop will also be holding "Love Fest" a food drive for the Missoula food bank during February (Feb 10-28). Stop by on First Friday to learn more!

First Friday at St. Patrick Hospital
5:00 PM Foyer of the Broadway Building at St. Patrick Hospital

St Patrick Hospital
500 W Broadway
(406) 243-4576

The Institute of Medicine and Humanities is sponsoring a First Friday celebration at St. Patrick Hospital. From 5:00pm-8:00pm there will be live music and complimentary refreshments in the foyer of the Broadway Building. Free parking! Start your First Friday at St. Patrick Hospital and then walk downtown!

Frontier Space
Located in walking-alley behind New West
Which is in the car-alley of the parking lot of the Old Post and Wordens
Which are near the corner of Higgins and Spruce.

Benjamin Love: JMH Is My Spirit Guide Friday, January 28thth- Wednesday, February 23rd, 2010 Opening reception for the artist: Friday, February 4th, from 6:00-9:00pm FrontierSpace is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Benjamin Love.

JMH Is My Spirit Guide will be the first solo exhibition of Love’s most recent body of work, following his recent participation in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work explores the role of affectation in both visual art and popular culture. The work in the exhibition spans various media including digital video, sound, sculpture, and installation. The sound piece Ultra Depth Pas Life Regression, leads the listener into a relaxed state, then guides them to reflect on a past life experience to be able to get insight into how it is affecting their current life.

The Transfiguration Of JMH, a digital video loop, traps the performer, forever in his moment of transfiguration. Through the reinvigoration and recontextualization of cast off material and subject matter, Love’s work examines the cult of the individual, revealing its destructive and consumptive power. Benjamin Love’s work has been shown recently in the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Stuttgart Germany, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Washington State University Museum of Art in Pullman Washington, and Nagoya Zokei University in Japan. His work is in the collections of the Boise Art Museum, the Princeton University Graphic Arts Collection, and the Green Door Printmaking Studio Archive in Derby, UK, among others.

He has been awarded residencies with The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ox-Bow School of Art snd Artists’ Residency, and Three Walls.
Check out the interview with Ben Love in this weeks issue of the Independent!!

For further information about the artist, visit


Break Espresso

Wolf Redboy is performing at Break Espresso. .. here is a quote from Joe Nickel at Nickel's Bag:

“With a voice so pinched he sounds like he’s being strangled after inhaling a helium balloon, Wolf Redboy will never count among history’s great smooth crooners. Rather, his voice – both lyrically and musically – falls in the long line of earnestly oddball singers who’ve given grain to the glow of American popular music over the past half century: the Dylans and Reeds, Byrnes and Youngs.Maddening men all, with their squeaking voices pronouncing profound thoughts, sometimes only barely keeping a tune, always commanding attention. Redboy, a Missoula-raised musician who has played his original music around town for the past several years, may not yet stand shoulder to shoulder among those greats. "

Venue: The Crystal Theatre
Address: 515 S. Higgins Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 239-8627

The Sound of Planes

The Sound of Planes
By Larke Schuldberg
Directed by Kaet Morris
6:30PM Gala Opening Night
January 21, 22, 26-29 & February 2-5
Show begins at 7:30PM

This is the World Premiere of locally grown playwright Larke Schuldberg's poignant and beautiful work, "The Sound of Planes." It is a coming of age story, relevant to the youth of today, but timeless in its message. Tickets will be available a week prior at, and will be $12 Wednesday & Thursday, $15 Friday & Saturday. The Gala Opening Night requires no extra cost, and will feature hors d'eouvres & drink. Come to meet and mingle with the playwright and the director!

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