April 1, 2011

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

Spring is on the way! It's finally warm,and the days are longer. That's good for being downtown on First Friday Gallery Night. 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

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee 
Meet your friends at MAM for First Friday from 5-8 p.m. Take a step back from modern computer technologies and view various stop-motion silhouette films by Missoula artist Andy Smetanka. Smetanka is also in the process of creating one of these labor-intensive movies within MAM. We are honored to present his work at 7 PM. View exhibitions in six galleries and a cash bar. Admission is always free. Thanks to the Missoulian for their support of MAM’s First Fridays.

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
University of Montana
Stop by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture for April First Friday activities in conjunction with the exhibition, “Sense and Sensation: Laurie Fendrich, Paintings and Drawings 1990 – 2010”. At 3 p.m., New York based contemporary artist Laurie Fendrich will give a talk in the Masquer Theatre. From 4 – 6pm, a reception will be held in her honor featuring food and live music. The PARTV Center is located on the north end of campus near the Adams Center. Everyone is welcome.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

The Art of Trees, A Forest Gallery, is a re-creation of the February/March 2011 Exhibition at the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland. Celebrating 2011- The Year of the Forests - and featuring forest-themed fine art posters by Monte Dolack.  Friday April 1st, 2011 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  549-3248, www.dolack.com

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 Hawthorne
On April 1, 2011 from 5:30-9:00 PM the Clay Studio of Missoula will host a First Friday gallery opening featuring a diverse array of works donated by local, national, and international artists for the organization’s annual POTSKETCH auction.  Visitors will be able to view over sixty unique drawings and nearly twenty ceramic pieces from both emerging and established artists, including works by Julia Galloway, Beth Lo, Richard Notkin, and Akio Takamori.

Artsiehorse Studio & Gallery
137 E. Main Street
Beth Martin: "Depraedor Deletum."  The Northwestern landscape is the subject matter, which has become the springboard for a series, which tackles the premise of structure, progression, obliteration, and demolition.  This compilation is an interpretation of the natural landscape after the infiltration of technology, modern communication, methods, and the endless search for resources that support the ways in which we live.  

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit "sow, mend", by Nici Holt Cline.  As an artist and a mother of two young children, Cline’s choices are dictated by her daily life. Using egg shells from the chickens in her backyard, and the lint from the dryer, she creates from and within her now.  “Because of both convenience and concept, my creative choices are honest, everyday, and present. I think about generations, purpose, seasons, impermanence, landfills, dust, growth and physicality. These things inform my
parenting, my writing, my art-making, my home-making. It’s all interconnected
and interdependent.” (Nici Holt Cline)  Reception Friday, April 1, 5-8 pm

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 N. Higgins Suite 300
Watercolors by Kendahl Jan Jubb. Stan Anglen & Friends/ singer/songwriters.  728-7050

The Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins
The dana Gallery hosts an opening reception for our April exhibition featuring works by University of Montana School of Art Permanent Faculty James Bailey, Kevin Bell, Mary Ann Bonjorni, Elizabeth Dove, Julia Galloway, Matt Hamon, Trey Hill, Beth Lo and Bobby Tilton.  Opening reception on Friday, April 1st,  from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The Show runs through April 30.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan
 "Changing Seasons." New works and landscape paintings in oil and pastel by Teresa Garland Warner and Elene Weege. First Friday opening April 1, 5-9 p.m.  541-7100

The Artists' Shop
304 N. Higgins
Join us at the Artists' Shop for a night of art and dance, First Friday April 1, 5-8 p.m. Photographer William Munoz presents  "Dance in Concert, Exploring the Creative Process." UM dancers will perform short dances from upcoming performances throughout the evening. William Munoz's images are the work of 1 1/2 years of documenting dancers in their creative process.  Munoz says his work explores the "interactive creative process that is dance, and the mutual respect and joy of dancers working together to make beauty". Heidi Eggert, UM Theatre & Dance Department, says, "He understands us." William Munoz photographs may be viewed at the gallery through April. 

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
216 North Higgins
Rocky Mountain School of Photography is pleased to announce the upcoming gallery exhibit Cityscapes and Landscapes by the Fine Grain Group. Cityscapes and Landscapes will open Friday, April 1.  Some of the artists will be present at the opening, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Other Venues

Missoula Mercantile Bldg
110 N Higgins

Celebrate Missoula
Storefront Art Project

Computer Central
136 East Broadway 
Celebrating Montana LandscapesPlease join members of the Rocky Mountain Photography Club to enjoy and discuss some of their recent photographic adventures.  Partake in light refreshments for the opening at Computer Central.  April 1, 2011 5-7:30 p.m. Featured artists include: Pamela Dunn-Parrish, Ken Masterson, Debbe Neiss, Robin Poole, Hoshua Sanders, Bob Scott, Bret Tate, and Peter Tucker

Smooch Boutique
125 East Main
Smooch is happy to host local photographer Alicia Watkinson. Her striking photographs capture color and fashion. We are excited to have her kick off our 'First' First Friday event, April 1st from 5pm - 8pm.

Downtown Dance Collective 
121 W. Main Street
Spirit At Play, a non-profit early childhood development center is celebrating the Spirit Of Missoula through the eyes of children and local artists.  This family friendly event includes refreshments, art, live music and a silent auction to benefit Spirit At Play.  Local artists will be on hand to inspire creativity in the young and old alike.  Great silent auction items include an outfitted river trip and gift certificates to local restaurants.   Please join us at the Downtown Dance Collective from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on April 1st.  Contact Judy at 728-7001 for more information.

Sushi Hana  
403 N Higgins   
Aric Williams, Missoula Debut

Bernice's Bakery
109 South Third Street
Hanna Hannan. 
Hanna's artworks include the following mediums: watercolor, pencil, ink, wax, wood, and vellum and acrylic paint. Animals, the plains, and rural areas have played a key role in her subject matter for years. She moved to Missoula from South Dakota eleven years ago. She enjoys the process of taking her black and white photos, sketches, and drawings and breaking the images down to their
basic shapes and composition for printmaking and painting.

The Darkroom of Montana
135 North Higgins
UMT Journalism School
Mixed Photography

The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties
501 S. Higgins Avenue
The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties will be showing the art jewelry of Miranda Orante during the month of April. The title of the show is "Wrapped & Woven". Contact for more info: Leslie Millar at 721-0591.

House Design Studio
133 N. Higgins Ave
New Works by Patricia Thornton.  This event is co-hosted by the Missoula Symphony who will perform live from 6:00 - 7:30


St. Patrick Hospital
500 West Broadway
Start your First Friday activities in the foyer of the Broadway Building at St. Patrick Hospital.  We will have refreshments and a performance from the Jacob Thomas Trio.  The Learning Center will also be open for exploration.  This event is sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and Humanities.  5:00-7:00 p.m.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins
John Ryan with landscape paintings in the tradition of the Surrealists.

A&E Architects
222 North Higgins
Painters Brandon Reintjes and Nate White will exhibit new work for
First Friday, April 1 at A&E Architects. The exhibition will continue
through May 28, 2011.
  Reintjes’ work consists of shaped paintings on aluminum which use regular and irregular geometric shapes to explore abstraction as a form of play.  White cobbles together disassociated narratives using depictions of animals, objects and landscapes to create vivid, almost hallucinogenic, works.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins
Stella Latwinski is a self taught artist and illustrator who comes to Montana from a tiny lake town in northeastern Pennsylvania. Stella has been drawing since she could pick up a pencil, but it was not until 2007 that she decided to share her work with the public.  Primarily working with ink and colored pencil on wooden panels, her illustrations have been described as both sweet and unsettling.  Stella strives to create a fairytale land that is inspired by nature, dreams, and daily life~ sometimes dark, other times full of whimsy.  Vino and cookies for art lookers.  5-8pm.

MCT Center for the Performing Arts 
200 Adams
ACROtainment is sure to delight every member of your family, youth and adult alike. This year's ACROtainment is a variety show with live music, lots of comedy, trampoline acts, dance, and acrobatics. ACROtainment features youth performers from Bitterroot Gymnastics as well as community and professional artists. Friday- April 1at 6:30 p.m.  Call 728- 4258 for tickets

Top Hat 
134 West Front
Holy Hell will be a multimedia spectacle under, yet over the Top (Hat), combining the vision and woodcuts of Jack Metcalf with colorist Brett Hargesheimer, sound artist Burke Jam, sculptures by Louis Habeck, and a video by Will Hutchinson. The event employs the likenesses of Patrick Swayze, and James Earl Jones activating humor as a vehicle to present contradictions in contemporary society. Preaching that the contradictions simply exist, but not necessarily asking them to change. Basement of Top Hat 5-8 pm

Selvedge Studio
509 South Higgins
Project Selvedge presents the Annual Fashion Design Competition. All fashion shows are open to the public, free, and start at 6:30 at Selvedge Studio, 509 S Higgins Ave. 

Noteworthy* Paper & Press
101 South Higgins
Join Noteworthy* Paper & Press as we welcome local artist Kyle Ferris. Thrown house paint collides with canvass medium and the simplicity of black and white. Cubist works and pottery alongside multi-media branch art and sunset paintings. Fresh baked bread showcasing the art of natural leavening will be served to accompany.  5:00-8:00 p.m.