First Friday November 4, 2011

News from the Missoula Cultural Council
The leaves are falling, and we're told to expect another hard winter.  All the more reason to get out and enjoy Montana's crisp Autumn while we can!  First Friday Gallery Night continues to grow and present us all with a great opportunity to take part in our local creative energy.  Thanks to the Murphy-Jubb Fine Art for sponsoring this month's event.

Galleries and Museums

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee
Visit MAM for First Friday from 5-8 pm. Haddon Hufford is a master silversmith practicing his craft near Frenchtown. Learn about his journey into metal-smithing and the tools of his craft at 7 PM. Always free. Thanks to the Missoulian for their support of MAM’s First Fridays. 

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
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Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents War Torn: The Art of Ben Steel in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries.  One of 8,000 American and 40,000 Filipino survivors of the Bataan Death March and a prisoner of war in Japan, Steele endured unparalleled cruelty and savagery—41 months of starvation, dehydration, hard labor, torture and a journey on notorious ‘hell ships’ to the Japanese homeland.  Crippled by a combination of dysentery, pneumonia, malaria, blood poisoning and beri beri, Steele miraculously survived before being liberated in 1945. In an effort to conceal their actions, the Japanese destroyed photographs and documents. His depictions of the Bataan Death March are some of the only surviving images of this historical event.  Reception 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins #300  
Murphy Jubb presents new works by Kendahl Jan Jubb, including Dancing Dragons (pictured here),  and music by Stan Anglen, guitar and voice.  Reception 5-8 p.m.

The Artists' Shop
304 North Higgins  
The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, 304 N. Higgins, Missoula, presents "Up from the Earth . . . dust back to mud," Fine Art Rodeo images created by Seeley Lake Photographer Juan de Santa Anna. You are invited to an artist's opening reception on First Friday, November 4, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through November (open Mon-Sat.)

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins  
Dana Gallery presents new works by Matt O'Connor.  Pictured here is Momma Bear, a 30" x 40' watercolor.  Matt O’Connor is originally from Texas, but moved to Montana with his family when he was in High School.   He received a degree in drawing from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon.  He works in watercolor and is self taught in the medium.  He was selected  as the featured artist on the 25th anniversary International Wildlife Film Festival Poster.   He currently makes his home in Missoula.  Reception 5-8 p.m. 

Studio D Gallery
420 North Higgins   
Studio D for November will showcase new works from M. Scott Miller.  Montana Landscapes  First Friday 6 to 8 p.m.

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front  
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Ideal Girls, Ideal Women, a series of gouache paintings on rag paper by Missoula artist Leslie Van Stavern Millar.  She has been working with gouache, a one-time neglected watermedia, for over 3 decades.  Her work with gouache is a contemporary version of traditional Persian and Indian Miniature painting.  The Ideal Girls, Ideal Women series was inspired by Indian instructional posters from the 1970's.  These posters served as templates for young Indians, depicting the behavior expected of them by their parents and the society at large.  Millar has updated this concept to provide environmentally and socially correct guidance for the young women of today - the need to tend a garden, write letters to relatives, wash the dishes and brush one's teeth. During October 2011 Leslie was in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts working on new paintings in this series. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, November 4th, 5 - 8pm.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front  
For November First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery will be featuring an exhibition of new original paintings from Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival's travels last year to Brittany, Provence and the Dordogne in France. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Pictured here is "Carnac, 3 stones", Monte Dolack, 2011.   Reception 5-8 p.m.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan 
Montana Art and Framing presents "Walter Hook Revisited", an exhibition and sale of watercolors, oils, and collages from a Missoula favorite. The opening reception is First Friday, November 4th from 5-9 pm and the show will run through November 26th. The gallery is located at 709 Ronan Street, Missoula, Montana. For more information call 541-7100.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106-A Hawthorne  
This November, the Clay Studio of Missoula opens up its gallery space to showcase the diverse and exciting work created by our students, members, and studio artists. Open to all who have participated in the Clay Studio in 2011, this exhibition promises to be a great show, as well as a reminder of the strong artistic talent we have right here in our Missoula community.  The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from November 4-18,  with an opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5:30-9pm.  Gallery events are free and open to the public.


Other Venues

Destination Missoula 
MSO Hub - 140 North Higgins  
Destination Missoula will feature its unique cultural partnership with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography this Friday during First Friday Gallery Night. Destination Missoula has featured the work of students enrolled in the RMSP 2011 Career Training, not only scattered throughout their 2011-12 Destination Missoula Official Visitor and Relocation Guide, but also as the guide’s featured cover art.  Join us for First Friday, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for an unveiling of the 2011-12 cover art and a progression of cover art throughout the years. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway 
Computer Central presents Ellipsoids, an exploration of primordial formations, by Keith Levi.  Come join us for First Friday November 4, from 5-7:30PM. Refreshments will be provided.

Lambros ERA
422 North Higgins, suite C  
Lambros ERA presents Watercolors by Patrick Bruce, 5-8 p.m. 

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins
House presents Christy Greene and she'll be showing watercolor and textiles.  5-8 p.m. 

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins 
The Art Wall at Butterfly Herbs presents Lucas Grossi: After Time. All the black and white images are digital negative transfers, printed on silver gelatin fiber paper in a traditional darkroom. Digital photography meets analogue technique.  5-8 p.m. 

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins 
Prudential presents Pen and Ink drawings by Brian Murphy.  Brian uses a technique referred to as stippling or pointillism to create the forms within the images.  Once the pen work is complete, he applies an array of colored mediums on top of the black and white images to breathe life into the picture.  Each picture requires endless hours of work.  Brian was raised in Missoula and is a graduate of MSU.  Show will continue through November.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins 
The Dark Room presents Photographs of old Bonner Mill by Corbin Ross. 5-8 p.m.

Smooch Cosmetic Boutique
125 East Main
Smooch is happy to host Debbie Erbacher for November's First Friday.  Debbie will be showcasing her beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Rings, necklaces, many great pieces to choose from! Please join us from 5 -8pm, on November 4th , for a great evening at Smooch! Champagne and treats will be served!  

Zoo City Apparel
139 North Higgins 
Zoo City Apparel presents Sam Berry: "American Values." Americana at it's highest class, this exhibition of large format Wood Block prints explores values that we hold as common as Americans.

The Tides at Bathing Beauties
501 South Higgins
"Earth and Stone" by Terra Parchen showcases one of a kind, unique necklaces and earrings designed from hammered and wire worked metals embellished with high quality semi-precious gemstones.  Reception  5-8pm

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd West
Bernice's Bakery presents a multi-media exhibit by artist Tom Melhuse. 5-8 p.m. 

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins
Dave Phenegar, a self-taught painter, presents his recent work in Abstract Expressionism. He works with acrylic on paper or mixed media collages to explore color and shape. He mounts his work on painted Styrofoam as opposed standard framing.  Wine and treats. 5-PM. 

Top Hat
134 West Front  
The Top Hat's Rock Bottom presents Jason Bohman: Big. New. Drawings.  Join us on First Friday from 5-9 for the premier of Jason Bohman's latest works in Big. New. Drawings. While most people are familiar with the expansive painted canvases Bohman creates during live music shows, this exhibit will showcase his foray into abstract drawings on paper.

Press Box
835 East Broadway
The Press Box presents "The Art of Sustainable Campaigning," a Charity Art Auction of the work of Maer (Mary) Seibert, candidate for City Council Ward 1.  7:00 - 10:00 PM

The XXXX's
North Higgins
Come join us for the annual Take Back the Night march, beginning at the grizzly bear statue on campus at 4 pm on Friday, November 4th. We will hold a few moments of silence for all those affected by violence in their lives. From there we will march downtown, along Higgins to the X’s and back to our final destination Caras Park. If you can’t make it for the march, please join us at Caras Park at 6pm for refreshments, speeches from members in our community about violence and what resources Missoula has to offer, and music. Let’s start a dialogue together about fighting violence in all its forms in our community and throughout the world.

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street
MNHC presents Missoula Calligraphers Guild: “Illuminating Nature Through Calligraphy.”  The Missoula Calligraphers Guild is an eclectic mix of artists who share a common love for beautiful writing.  Through this creative expression, the power of the written word is elevated to a level beyond common type.  It becomes a vessel to convey thought and emotion.  In recent years, the world of calligraphy has expanded into nontraditional forms that are more gestural and expressive.  Painted backgrounds, collage and even computer enhancements have served to further broaden the interpretations that the calligrapher desires to impart.  The show will run through December. Gallery Hours: Tuesday– Friday, 12:00-5:00pm & Saturday, 12:00-4:00pm.  Friday, November 4th, 4:30-6:30pm 

Buttercup Market and Cafe
1221 Helen
The Buttercup Market is pleased to host printmaker Jen DuToit's "Seventeen Buttons", a collection of prints and drawings that embrace family and relationships. Her playful compositions reflect her experimentation over the past two years, recognizing maturity while finding comfort in memory. The show runs from November 1 - 30, with a First Friday reception from 3 to 5 PM.

A&E Architects
222 North Higgins
Stroll Downtown Missoula on Friday, November 4, between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m., and you will see the beauty of Habitat for Humanity on display.   At A&E Architects, 224 N. Higgins, our “Art of Building” photography exhibit will once again be part of Missoula’s First Friday art walk.   Organized by photographer Mark Gorseth, the exhibit will feature 30 photographs by five photographers:  Dennis Bangs, Jamal Cahoon, Robert Ciriola, Brad Fruechte, and Mark Gorseth.  All the photographs were taken on the two building sites this year, blending the art of photography, the craftsmanship of building, and the spirit of volunteerism.  Some photographs show volunteers at work, enjoying the common goal of helping families to home ownership.   Others reveal the beauty found in the intricate detail of wood, tools, and cement in sunshine and under the cover of clouds.  And at the end of the exhibit, delicious refreshments await you.  5-8 p.m.

Joseph's Coat
115 South 3rd West 
Weaving Experience with Bonnie Tarses, an Artist who happens to weave. Weavings on display. Friday afternoons in November Bonnie will be at Joseph's Coat to facilitate a weaving experience for participants. She will teach you how to weave in three minutes! 

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st Street West 
Missoula’s homeless community is pleased to announce the first release of a biannual art magazine entitled, “30 Days In” on First Friday, November 4th. The event, which begins at 6pm, will feature readings and performances by members of the local homeless community who have envisioned, assembled and distributed Missoula’s first organized publication by the homeless. Local bands Spirit Ditch and Joey Running Crane will perform.

Frontier Space
The Alley between Pine and Spruce 
For the Month of November FrontierSpace welcomes Ohio artist Keith Benjamin.  Using everyday materials, Keith will be exhibiting a sculptural installation created specifically for FrontierSpace and the Missoula community.  Please join the artist for an opening reception on Friday, November 4th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  FrontierSpace is located behind the Old Post; one block west of Higgins in the alley between Pine and Spruce.  Please feel free to contact us at with any questions or inquiries regarding this exhibition.

Noteworthy* Paper & Press 
101 South Higgins  
Stop into Noteworthy* Paper & Press this First Friday to see the 11th annual Festival of the Dead steamroller prints by the students in the Advanced and Intro to Relief Classes at The University of Montana's School of Art. This is your chance to see all these unique and larger-than-life prints up-close! This Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Light snacks and wine will be served. 

517 South Higgins      
Mirrors and Metal - a celebration of a good run at the Ceretana, First Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. 
14 new one of a kind works of functional art for you to check out.  The show runs through the month of November.

Ceretana Granary 
801 Sherwood   
Harvest Apple/Cider Pressing - Family-Friendly. If you have apples, bring them and containers to take your cider home; or buy apples from us to take home in your own container or one of ours. Fees based on how many apples you press, purchase of our apples and/or our containers. Sample some yummy baked goods and hot apple cider!  Pumpkin & Apple pie (gluten-free too) for sale! 5:30-7:30 p.m.