March 4, 2011

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

March is like the Wednesday of seasons. We're practically "over the hump" of our cold and dreary weather! And yet, all winter First Friday Gallery Night seemed as busy as ever. Thank you to all who are enthusiastically supporting the arts! Check back throughout the month to see updates to this page's First Friday listing.

Galleries and Museums

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

Mythos, a retrospective showing of Magic Realism and Mythologically inspired works by Monte Dolack, including Paintings, Constructions, Prints and Fine art Posters.  Reception  and refreshments from 5-8 pm. 549-3248,

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

Meet your friends at MAM for First Friday from 5-8 PM. Meet local artists Phoebe Toland and Marvie Redmond as they come together to discuss both of their exciting exhibitions. View beautiful sculptural forms within two-dimensional prints inspired by world events in Toland’s High Impact. In Redmond’s Skyscapes, admire atmospheric paintings depicting the skyscapes unique to our area. Her savvy sense of realism communicates beauty and transcendence in the world around us. Let Toland inspire at 7 PM and reflect with Redmond at 7:30 PM. View exhibitions in six galleries and enjoy a cash bar. Admission is always free.

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
PAR-TV Building, University of Montana
Join the Montana Museum of Art & Culture for a First Friday Celebration on March 4 from 4 - 6 p.m. On view "Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection", and "Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection". Food and live music. All are welcome.

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

The Dana Gallery features R. David Wilson's Simultaneadades; Simultaneaties. The work in this show revolves around repeated trips to Mexico City and an obsession with the city’s metro. The subway is a fascinating mass of humanity—where several million people a day cross paths—in seemingly chaotic, yet amazingly organized transit. The layers of the metro are littered with artifacts and spirits of Aztec culture that commingle to create a rich “simultaneity”. The shadows, myriad faces, sounds, modern and ancient architecture are all woven into a magic-realist pastiche that has provided me endless inspiration. The seven paintings are a culmination of being in and coming up from the metro. The videos cycling amongst the paintings were part of my recording, capturing, and fragmentizing of the metro experience. Please join us for the opening reception of this exclusive show on March 4th.

The Brink
111 West Front

The Brink presents Danny Crump, "seeing constructs," wood-fired ceramics March 4 - 26, 2011. The opening reception is Friday, March 4th, 5-8pm. Crump is currently the wood-fire resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula. He has a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Utah State University in Logan. He has exhibited nationally and completed residencies in Utah, Montana, and New Zealand. He has also studied porcelain in Jingdezhen, China, and will begin a residency at Da Wang Art Center in Shenzhen, China in April.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 Hawthorne Street Unit A
The Clay Studio of Missoula presents Temenos: new work by
artist-in-residence Lauren Sandler. The work will be on display March 4-25, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 5:30-9pm

137 East Main

In this fresh and insightful installation, Missoula artist ladypajama,  weaves together collage and drawing. Caught in a web of string and lace the viewer will certainly be intrigued by these fragments of ladypajama's mind -- each piece is a window into the artists inner blundering. What is entangled here? Memories, pieces of the past, hopes for the future, evidence of life -- lived and loved.

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins
Kendahl Jan Jubb – Arizona Desert Watercolors.  Stan Anglen and Friends – Guitars/Vocals.

The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties
501. S. Higgins Avenue

Disks and Domes: Wearable Art Sculpture by Katie Ghen Simpson
Opening 5 - 8 PM Friday March 4th
Runs through March 29th

The Artists' Shop
304 North Higgins
The Artists' Shop, a gallery of regional art and fine craft, presents the Missoula debut of Bozeman area artist Traci Isaley, with an opening artist's reception First Friday, March 4, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Call 543-6393 or visit

Other Venues

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St. Missoula, MT
 image  ©Gabrielle Sivitz

 The gallery at the Montana Natural History Center will host a collection of original watercolor and acrylic paintings by Gabrielle Sivitz, featuring birds from Montana and beyond. These works were inspired by Gabrielle’s extensive travels throughout North America observing, photographing and sketching nature, particularly birds. The exhibit will continue through April. Gallery hours are Tues - Fri 12-5, Sat 12-4.

The Max Wave 1st Friday Event: 
Hunter Bay Coffee
First Interstate Bank on Higgins

The Max Wave is pleased to feature six young artists as part of Missoula’s First Friday celebration on March 4th.  Works include pieces by Max Wave Vice President Justin Ryan and Web Designer Amber Bushnell.  Please join us for refreshments, live music, and local culture at Hunter Bay Coffee, 101 East Front Street, in the First Interstate Bank building downtown.  We look forward to seeing you there!
To find out more about The Max Wave, go to

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins
Butterfly Herbs will be showing works about clowns by Melanie Chord.

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd Street
Bernices presents Erika Burleigh's exhibit, The Treehouse, a series of  oil paintings, with one gouache piece. The paintings are on a variety of surfaces, canvas, panel or paper. Various sizes.  Erika writes, "The Treehouse represents a space where creativity can preside. Having been invited to play with my nine-year old sister last December, I was reintroduced to the poignancy of toys and their ability to invoke story lines and imply interactions.  These paintings capture the abstract vitality in plastic figures."

House Design Studio

133 North Higgins
Missoula artist Karen McAlister Shimoda will be showing "The Experiments" at House in March. The works include scratchboard, water color, foil, acrylic, ink, and graphite.  Live music by the Missoula Symphony Woodwind Quartet

Frankies Mercantile
223 West Front St.

Frankie's Mercantile will feature art show, "Making Thoughts Stand Still" by UM art majors; Bonnie Clark is a art and psychology major focusing on oil painting. Sean Breyers, art pieces created by layering alternative art materials.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins
The Dark Room presents an exhibit of photographs by Rick Rice, 5-8 p.m.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins

Elaine Davis creates art that reflects her view of society, especially in terms of interpersonal relationships and the affects of modern technology on the human spirit. She focuses specifically on how technology has fostered a diminishing of human interaction while seeming to put everyone “in touch”. Elaine flies free with her ideas yielding a body of work she calls “Fresh Reflections,” on display for the month of March. Cookies and wine. 5-8pm.

Sotto Voce
121 South Higgins (their new location and grand opening).  

Sandy Elmore will be displaying her photographs of the Wild Horses of Pryor Mountain, Montana.  Sandy captures the very souls of these horses and gives you a look into the family bonds that these horses share with each another.  Come read the story about each photo and learn more about this magical herd of horses.

A&E Architects 
222 North Higgins Ave
Works by Nancy Seiler through March.  First Friday reception from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Noteworthy* Paper and Press
101 South Higgins Ave
Please join Noteworthy* Paper & Press as we welcome students from The University of Montana’s MFA program. They  will exhibit mixed-media works that illustrate-- or are in conversation with-- original poetry and text generated from their graduate workshop with poet Prageeta Sharma. You will find them exploring the poetic impulse through sound pieces, assemblage, painting, and other visual media. The work ranges from traditional narrative to experimental play, and of course everything in between. This Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

St.Patrick Hospital
101 South Higgins Ave
Please St. Patrick Hospital is hosting an exhibition of work by the University of Montana's Institute of Medicine and Humanities, from 5-8 p.m.

University of Montana Turner Hall
Dell Brown Room
The University of Montana Creative Writing Department hosts a reading by reading by Rick Moody at 7:00 p.m.

Selvedge Studio
509 South Higgins
Project Selvedge is an amateur fashion design competition (modeled loosely after Project Runway).  Each week designers are given a specific challenge and guidelines.  They have one week to sew (all supplies are provided by Selvedge), and each Friday we have a live fashion show and judging here at Selvedge.  One designer will be eliminated each week until we have a winner.  Join us this First Friday, March 4th at 6 pm for a fashion show and competition. Free, open to the public

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main
Join us at a refreshingly different gallery space this Friday! The beautiful Loft of Missoula is located in the heart of the business district in downtown, just a few doors off Higgins on the First Friday art walk at 119 West Main, across the street from the parking garage and above the Downtown Dance Collective.  For more information, call 824.7700 or visit

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