May 6, 2011

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

First Friday on May 6 kicks off another "Meet Me in Missoula" weekend, with numerous cultural events happening all over town.  This month's listing is the largest First Friday ever!  Visit for all the events of the weekend.


Missoula Cultural Council 
327 East Broadway
MCC has moved its office closer to downtown, with windows facing Broadway!  We'll be hosting this event with our new landlord, Watercolor Computer Training.  Feel free to stop by and meet us on your way to another "Meet Me in Missoula" event. 5-8 p.m.

Galleries and Museums

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
University of Montana 
Join MMAC for a very special First Friday Celebration in May. Barry Hood will give a talk at 3pm in the Montana Theatre (UM PARTV Center), followed by an Artist Reception from 4 - 6pm. We'll have music and food and all are welcome. Image: Barry Hood, Earth Hart, 2001, cast glass and applied earth pigment, 17 x 9 x 5 inches

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee
Big Sky High School Artists' Exhibition.  Meet the talented Big Sky High School artists who created this visual dialogue between the public high school, the museum, and the community. The eclectic composition of the exhibition expresses the excitement, Spontaneity, and freedom associated with the making of art. BSHS art teacher Dustin Hoon will talk about the student's works at 7 PM.

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce ON DECK 6, a creation of the Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) and an annual fundraiser for the organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate the construction of free, public, concrete skateparks across Montana. This year’s skate art show and auction will feature approximately 50 custom skateboard decks created by artists from across Montana and the United States.  Montana-based artists include Courtney Blazon, Matt LaRubbio, Trevor Parr,  Amber Bushnell and Kelly Smith.  Bidding will begin the night of the opening reception, will continue for two weeks online at  Please join us for an opening reception with many of the artists in attendance on Friday, May 6 from 5 - 8 pm.

The Artists Shop
304 North Higgins
The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, presents BIRDFEST 2011. This annual show (display throughout the month of May) is a group show by local artists featuring avian art in many media. Artists include oil painter Tom Melhuse, (pictured here), painter Alan McNiel, raptor specialist Kate Davis, ceramicist Steve Thorstenson, Kiki Renander (stained glass), Sue Spanke (mixed media collage), jeweler Monica Van der Mars, and others to be announced. Join us for an artists' reception First Friday, May 6, from 5-8 p.m.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 Hawthorne
Stone Container, a group exhibition curated by Artist in Residence Danny Crump,
featuring work by Dan Anderson, Edwardsville, IL; Jill Lawley, Boise, ID; Ted Neal,
Muncie, IN; Susan Harris, Cedar City, UT; David Peters, Bozeman, MT; Russell
Wrankle, Toquerville, UT, and Danny Crump, Missoula, MT.  Opening reception May 6, 5:30-9pm.  Exhibition runs from May 6-27.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front
Join us May 6th First Friday from 5-8pm for the exhibition Montana Rivers. View paintings, prints and fine art posters depicting Montana's wonderful waters. This exhibition will be up through the month of May.

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins, Suite #300
Suzanne Mingo: "Linking Land and Landscape."A masterful and powerful exhibition of classical photography.  Join Suzanne and Kendahl Jan Jubb for an opening reception.  5-8 p.m.

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins
The Dana Gallery hosts the opening reception of the “Third Thursday” April through May exhibition featuring new works by international artist Chris Robitaille on Thursday, April 21, from 5 pm - 8 pm.  A second opening reception will take place on “First Friday”, May 6, from 5 pm - 8 pm.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan
Montana Art and Framing presents watercolors of the landscape and
wild-life  by Myra Baumes. A native of Ohio, Myra visits her family from
Nine-mile and expresses her awe of the land in her paintings. A First
Friday gallery opening will be held from 5 to 9 pm  May 6.

Studio D
420 North Higgins
Studio D presents Fish Fri, with artists Brian Murphy and Daniel DeGranpre both showing new works on fish.  5-8 p.m.

Other Venues

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory
Native Plants and Pollinators: Original ink and watercolor pencil drawings by Nancy Seiler, 5-8 p.m.  This show is from a series of illustrations that Nancy did for the U.S. Forest Service publication “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants”. A western and eastern version of this publication was produced along with interpretive panels installed in Forest Service pollination gardens around the country. Native plants and seeds for sale along with native bee nesting boxes, pollinator note cards, and more!

Missoula AIDS Council
500 North Higgins, #100
The Missoula AIDS Council presents the sketches of Dale Nicholson during First Friday, from 5-8 p.m. 

Smooch Cosmetic Boutique
125 East Main

Alicia Watkinson Photography is back at Smooch!  Alicia will be  showcasing the 2011 Spring/ Summer line of  fashion designer, Meghan Manzer. Meghan is the owner and creator of Meghan Janea Designs.  Please join us at Smooch on May 6th from 5pm - 8pm.

Sotto Voce 
121 S. Higgins Avenue
During the month of May, Sotto Voce will be filled with Amber Bushnell’s experience design show entitled “Beetle Babes”. During the day, come explore the Sotto Voce to find beetles inhabiting the store in the form of animations, illustrations, & decorated objects. At night, come discover the windows that come to life with beetles crawling along Amber’s hand made environment. During the show’s opening night ONLY, viewers will be able to further become part of the experience with a chance to eat & “wear” Amber’s illustrated Beetle Babes (yes EAT & WEAR on your skin!) Come have some fun and discover a whole new side beetles through the light, layers, & lace of “Beetle Babes”. 5-8 p.m.

The Western Montana Community Center
127 N. Higgins Avenue, Suite 202
The WMCC is proud to host an open reception featuring the work of Acton Seibel: Lonely Things for Lonely Places, May 6th, 2011 from 5pm-8pm. Acton's work is best described as the re-imagining of industrial trash
into useful objects.

Women´s Care Center
500 West Broadway (St. Patrick's Hospital)

The Women's Care center presents Ecosapien Evolution II, works by Penélope Baquero. Visit

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd West
Bernice's Bakery will be hosting Marlo Crocifisso Mixed Media for the month of May. Artist's Statement: "This month marks two years of painting on large scale canvas for me. I have been using canvas as a support and experimenting with many different forms
of mediums; water, oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, and spray-paint. I continually look for new ways to integrate the stencil onto painted backgrounds. This group of paintings was created amongst hearing and seeing the world report of Nations' rebellions, disasters, and on going conflict."  First Friday 5-8 p.m.

Frankie's Mercantile 
223 West Front
Frankie's Mercantile will feature Leslie Beckman and her beautiful hand stitched leather goods and photographs with a retro feel.  5-8 p.m.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins
This month at Betty's Divine: Found objects, wood, linoleum, fruits & vegetables; printmaking in bright colors brings us closer to Spring. Enjoy Primrose Montessori School students' playful, bright artwork; and Dan Dubuque is the one man soul band from Polson playing the weissenborn lap slide guitar and charango. He plays all styles including originals and covers. 5-8pm. Wine, juice & and cookies, too!

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins 
In May we are featuring the Abstract work of Kim Anderson. Visit  The Missoula Symphony will again be featuring Art for Your Ears.  5-8 p.m.

Zoo City Apparel
139 East Main 
The main exhibition of the LAST BEST PRINTFEST is a group show of local printmakers responding to the theme: The Final Frontier. From the limit of human culture, to Star Trek, and from lithography to silkscreen, the exhibition will feature a wide range of interpretations and techniques, so be sure to stop by and check it out. 5-8 p.m.
All of the pieces will be available for sale in a silent auction as a fundraiser for the Zootown Arts Community Center Printshop.

The Tides at Bathing Beauties
501 South Higgins
The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties presents Painted Ladies & Vintage Jewelry.  Gouache paintings by L.V.S. Millar and Jewelry from the collection of Max Gilliam.  5-8 p.m.

Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula 
200 South Pattee
Holiday Inn will feature the works of Dirk Lee and Dennis Sloan.  5-8 p.m.

The Loft of Missoula 
119 West Main
Please join us for May's First Friday with Artist Sally Neilson and her incredible
show "Evolutions"
5-8 p.m. With over 2700 sq feet of area in the Loft, there is an abundance of wall space to display artwork. The loft is located in the heart of the business district in downtown Missoula, 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.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins
Butterfly Herbs presents the photographs of Lois Bergson, 5-8 p.m.


Sushi Hana
403 North Higgins
Sushi Hana presents Eve Harris, Montana Painter.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway
Chronicles of Castaways: Photography exhibit features newest works by Jackson Goodell.  Exhibit captures ambiguous narratives of characters fettered by enveloping landscapes. Join us for refreshments at the opening reception Friday, May 6th 2011, 5-7 p.m.

Pipestone Mountaineering Space
129 West Front
Silent Art Auction featuring the work of UM Art Faculty, students and alumni, with live music and refreshments.  This is a benefit for the children of Katie Jividen, who died in a car accident in January.  5-10 p.m.

Redress Clothing
Brunswick Building
223 Railroad Avenue
Redress Clothing features new hats and dresses for spring.  All clothing from 100% Recycled Materials. Open First Friday 5-8 p.m.  Call 546-0156.

Selvedge Studio
509 South Higgins
Selvedge Studio is open First Friday from 5-8 p.m. featuring a free tea towel workshop (supplies not included).  Call 541-7171. 

St. Patrick Hospital
500 West Broadway
The Institute of Medicine and Humanities is sponsoring a First Friday celebration at St. Patrick Hospital. From 4:00-7:00 p.m. there will be live music and complimentary refreshments in the foyer of the Broadway Building. Free parking! This First Friday is an extra special celebration. At St. Patrick Hospital, nursing is an art.....and our nurses are artists! Come to St. Pats for First Friday Gallery Night to see all types of artwork created by our nurses. From 5:00pm - 7:00pm, there will also be a live performance by Darah Fogarty, local singer/songwriter.

Hunter Bay Coffee
First Interstate Center
101 East Front Street
Stop by this First Friday from 5 - 7 pm to see new work by photographer Brandy Kiger, to enjoy a live performance by The Rachelle Myra Band, and to sample Hunter Bay's locally roasted coffee, gourmet sandwiches, and baked treats.

The Trail Head
221 East Front Street
The Montana Wilderness Association presents the 2011 Wilderness Walks Kickoff  on First Friday, May 6, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Music by  Jeff Turman & the Wilderness Walkers, local beer from Big Sky Brewing, local BBQ venison and beef prepared by local sportsmen.

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