December 2, 2011

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

Autumn has come and gone.  That was quick!  Now begins the Holiday Season, and this month's First Friday Gallery Walk offers a great opportunity to begin all that shopping, or to visit with others and view the new exhibits.  There are also musical performances at some venues.  There is no shortage of First Friday events, as you can see below.  Thanks to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana for sponsoring this month's event.

 Galleries and Museums

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
UM Campus - PAR-TV

Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents the Opening Reception for Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies and Frances Carroll Brown: Bitterroot Portraits in the PARTV Center, University of Montana Campus from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Visit for regular hours and more information.


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

Visit MAM for First Friday from 5-8 pm. Enjoy the "Gaudete: A celebration of the season with Dolce Canto" at 6 PM. Then join Willem Volkersz for a talk about his sculpture Childhood (Lost). Explore the ways in which it incorporates and contrasts symbols with objects from popular culture at 7 PM. Always free.

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

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins  
Dana Gallery presents its annual Holiday Art Show, along with an opening reception for the exhibit "To Be a Woman"  featuring the artwork of Iranian artist Rashin Kheiriyeh. Kheiriyeh  is a leading children’s book author and illustrator, animation director, and painter.  She has published 19 original picture books, garnering numerous awards in Iran and globally, and has illustrated a total of 40 picture books in Iran, France, Spain, Korea, Italy and India.  Her paintings have been featured in numerous group and solo shows in Iran, France, Germany and Austria, and the US.  Pictured here is Robert Moore's Winter Aspen, part of the Holiday Art Show. 

The Artists' Shop
304 North Higgins  
The Artists' Shop, a gallery of regional art and fine craft, presents "Artists Showcase" - work by members of The Artists' Shop.  Woodworking, stained glass, jewelry, photography, fused glass, calligraphy, ceramics, t-shirts, rock work and hand woven garments.  You are invited to an artist's opening reception on First Friday, December 2, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through December (open Mon-Sat.).  Pictured here is work by Monica Vander Mars

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
216 North Higgins  
Rocky Mountain School of Photography presents Emerging, an exhibit of the 2011 Advanced Intensive Graduates.  Reception 5-8 on December 2. 

Studio D Gallery
420 North Higgins   
Studio D for December will showcase new works from M. Scott Miller, along with "Bannack Days" posters.  First Friday 6 to 8 p.m.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106-A Hawthorne  
This December the Clay Studio of Missoula presents the annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale.  Featuring work by current and past Clay Studio residents, local and national artists, our December sale is just the place to take care of your holiday shopping. Whether you are looking for a new mug for your morning coffee, a vase for a bouquet of flowers, or sculptures to decorate your home, the Clay Studio will be offering a variety of exceptional ceramic art. Special extended holiday gallery hours make shopping at the Clay Studio an easy way to find that unique gift for all of the special people on your holiday gift list-including yourself.  With an opening on First Friday, December 2, the sale will be open every day through December 23.  Holiday gallery hours are 10 am-6 pm Monday through Friday, and 11 am-5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  In support of our holiday sale, the Clay Studio will host a Holiday Open House with hands-on throwing demos, a kid’s holiday decoration station, raffle items, and refreshments on Saturday, December 10th from 2 – 6 PM.  Gallery events and our Holiday Open House are both free and open to the public.  Pictured here is a bowl by Clay Studio artist Alison Rientjes

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front  
For December First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery will be celebrating the release of a new limited edition archival digital print Yellowstone Falls, 2011. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.   Reception 5-8 p.m.


The Brink Gallery
111 West Front  
The Brink Gallery The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition Reshuffle, with Steven Krutek, Jonathan Marquis, Brandon Reintjes, Travis David Smith. Steve Krutek teaches art at Sussex School and at the University of Montana, in Missoula. Jonathan Marquis co-founded a local Missoula art blog and has recently opened the Burns Street Studios, a gallery and studio for local Missoula artists. Brandon Reintjes is the Curator of Art at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana. Travis David Smith is pursing his MFA in drawing and painting at University of Washington-Seattle.  Please join us for a reception with the artists on Friday, December 2nd, 5 - 8pm.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan 
Montana Art and Framing will present Artful History Reproductions shown by Kim Lugthart. The exhibit and sale is a collection of maps from Montana's Territorial days and beyond. Framed in reclaimed hardwoods from the same era, these evocative reproductions draw us into the history of this place in a very direct manner. A First Friday gallery opening will be held December 2 from 5 to 9 pm and is on display through December 30th.  Call 541-7100 for information.

Brunswick Gallery
223 West Railroad
The Brunswick Artists' Studios Holiday Exhibit is at the Brunswick Gallery for six days: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17.  Artists showing: Behan, Brown, Carlson, Leutzinger, Millar, Parker, Swanson, Valenzuela. First Friday Reception from 5-8 p.m.

Other Venues
Computer Central
136 East Broadway 
Computer Central presents nationally published sports artist and Montana native Dan Stromme. He will share some of his most recent sports memorabilia art titled "Painted Jerseys." Light refreshments will be served.  Custom orders will be taken during the event.  December 2, 2011 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Central Bar and Grill
143 West Broadway 
Local photography enthusiast Scott Adler will be displaying some of his photographs at the Central Bar & Grill.  In this display, Scott shows his view of some of the artistic architecture in Butte.  The show will run between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00, on December 2.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins 
The Dark Room presents the UM Wilderness Institute: A Collection of Wildlife and Landscape Pictures.  5-8 p.m.

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins
For December First Friday, House will be featuring a solo exhibition from Jennifer Bardsley. Original new paintings reveal abstracted forms that are derived from geological strata, geographic topography, and the layers of sediment. Last year Bardsley lived in New Zealand and was inspired by the similar geology to Montana for this new body of work.  Reception 5-8 p.m. For more information visit,
Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins 
Prudential presents Artists’ Retrospective, Best of 2011.  Featured Artists from our Gallery Nights throughout the year will contribute works for this comprehensive year-end show.  Many of the works will be affordable prints suitable for gifts.   Show will continue through December.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins 
For December The Art Wall at Butterfly Herbs presents "new work" by Dirk E. Lee.  5-8 p.m.

Lambros ERA
420 North Higgins, suite C  
Lambros ERA presents First Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and First Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Handcrafted for the Holidays: The Art of Missoula.  Unique Gifts – Paintings, Prints, Jewelry, Stationary Cards, and more.

The Loft
119 West Main
The Loft presents works of Marti de Alva of River Song Photography in Arlee.  Visit

The Zootown Brew
121 West Broadway
Zootown brew presents work of Jessie McGee.  She was raised in Laurel, graduated from Laurel High School and attended college at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where she earned her bachelors degree in Education and minored in Music and History.  In addition to her academia she also excelled in two collegiate sports, basketball and softball. Sports have always been a major part of her life, as has music.  In 2007 her life was dramatically changed when she suffered a traumatic brain injury.  She has since been opened up to a world of art.  These are her interpretations of life, pain, and happiness.  She hopes you find them intriguing as well as a source of inspiration and hope. 

Smooch Cosmetic Boutique
125 East Main

Smooch is happy to host Debbie Erbacher for December'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 December 2. 

Brooks and Browns at the Holiday Inn
200 South Pattee  
Brooks and Browns in the Holiday Inn Downtown will be showcasing Missoula based guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer John Floridis. He has been named Missoula's best musician by the Missoula Independent and performed in the Western region for over a decade CD's on Sale for $10 6-9 p.m. There will be Art from various artists on Sale and Free Wine at start of show.

The Tides at Bathing Beauties
501 South Higgins
The Tides at Bathing Beauties presents Montana Poet Laureate Sheryl Noethe presenting A Poet's Jewels.  Reception 5-8 p.m.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins  
Rosemary Visser, an aspiring artist (as well as a mother, barista and student) loves all forms of art but does paintings as a hobby.  Her show will include pieces that depict women of the 1940s-1950s inspired by Alberto Vargas and the the flirty innocence of the women he painted. Beauty and sex appeal then was still left to the imagination and these fun, sassy pieces will make cool conversation pieces in any home or an amazing gift for Christmas time. Each painting has a little pop of modernism to it.  Her work is done on canvas with acrylic and mixed media.  Wine and Bernice's treats for all art lookers.  

Crystal Theatre
515 South Higgins
The Crystal is ecstatic to be presenting a First Friday experience for all the senses. Join us at 515 S. Higgins, behind The Silk Road, between 5pm-8pm to watch, listen, feel, smell, and taste this event from many different local artists. 

Hunter Bay Coffee at First Interstate Bank
101 East Front 
Local artist Melissa Lent, invites you to join her for live music and beverages during the Opening Reception of “The Silent Interaction”, a collection of contemporary fine art photographs that celebrate traditional photomontage processes.  Located across from The Wilma at 101 East Front Street in the spacious lobby between Hunter’s Bay Coffee and First Interstate Bank. Reception begins at 5 pm. 

Sotto Voce
111 West Main
The Angel Band plays a vast array of traditional musical styles. Long time Missoula musicians Ellie Nuno and Stuart Williams merge a unusual combination of instruments to create an enchanting sound. This acoustic duo brings the fiddle and concertina to life. Sure to provoke dancing and make the winter in Montana feel a little shorter.  First Friday December 2nd from 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

A Carousel for Missoula
101 Carousel Drive
First Friday marks the beginning of the Holiday Art Show at the Carousel.  Many of the artist who continue to volunteer at A Carousel for Missoula will be displaying and selling carvings and other works of art at the Carousel, in Caras Park. This special holiday display and sale will begin Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:00 pm, just in time for First Friday, and will continue until Christmas, or until all items have been sold. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Carousel and Dragon Hollow Playarea.  During First Friday, from 5 to 8pm, on Dec. 2, artists will be on hand; cookies and punch will be served.  For more information, please call Theresa at 549-8382.

Families First Children’s Museum
225 West Front Street

The Families First Children’s Museum presents the opening of the Hawthorne Elementary Flagship Program. Fun for the entire family! Admission is FREE from 5pm to 7pm. Visit for regular hours and more information.

Noteworthy* Paper & Press
101 South Higgins Avenue 

Noteworthy* Paper & Press welcomes local artist Bonnie Tarses for December's First Friday opening. Bonnie's show - "Where Weaving and Paper Meet" - will display woven paper collage, virtual wall quilts and kaleidoscopic woven images including works by participating artists and students in her paper weaving classes over the last decade. Join us this Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Light snacks and wine provided.