Summer is almost over, but it doesn't feel like it with the 90 degree days. September's First Friday kicks off Labor Day Weekend - before heading to the lake, or the woods, or the river, visit the streets of downtown for another full evening of visual art, along with sidewalk music, impromptu theatre, or some other creative expression! Thanks to the upcoming Montana Art and Framing for sponsoring this month's event.
Galleries and Museums
Missoula Art Museum 335 North Pattee
Andy Smetanka is a stop motion animator who produces vivid and engaging silhouette narratives using a super 8 camera. His newest production, City in Shadows, contains meticulous attention to detail and precisely timed movements. Meet the artist and take part in thepremiere at 7 PM. Enjoy a hand crafted beer to celebrate the end of summer by the Flathead Brewing Co.of Missoula. View exhibitions in six galleries 5-8 PM and sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Always free.
Montana Art and Framing 709 Ronan
Montana Art and Framing presents the SALTMINE Group for First Friday from 5 to 9 pm and also another reception on Wednesday the 14th from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibit runs through September 30th. Formed 7 years ago, the core members are: Karen Rice, Cathryn Mallory, Stephen Glueckert (work pictured here), Edgar Smith, Peter Keefer, and Bev Beck Glueckert. All are contemporary visual artists, interested in generating a more active involvement with projects, exhibitions, and creative dialogue. They strive to exhibit their own work, and the work of others, at least twice per year. With art education as a common thread, the artists are active with their own individual studio practices and pursuits, and within the Missoula arts community. The gallery is located a 709 Ronan Street off of 6th Street. Call 541-7100 for information.
The Artists' Shop 304 North Higgins
The Artists' Shop presents Influence of a Montana Life: Moments in Cloth by fiber artist Heidi Zielinski of Stevensville. She utilizes cloth and stitch to capture moments in time and the beauty that surrounds us. The abstract style of her art encourages the viewer to reflect and define the time and place as it relates to their own experiences in the Montana landscape. Opening reception from 5-8 p.m.
The Brink Gallery 111 West Front
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition mindscapes by Pamela Caughey and Karen McAlister Shimoda. Caughey and Shimoda challenged each other with a collaboration that began with an attempt to map emotions and the resulting states of being. Shimoda is an artist and freelance editor, living in Missoula since 2007. She has a BA degree in Art History from Manhattanville College in New York, and MA degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York City. Caughey is an artist living in Hamilton. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Montana. She is currently a faculty member in the fine arts department at Bitterroot College, an extension of the University of Montana. Please join us for a reception with the artists on Friday, September 2nd, 5 - 8pm.
Monte Dolack Gallery 139 West Front
For September First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery will be featuring original paintings, prints and fine art posters featuring Rock Creek. We will be premiering the limited edition print Valley of the Moon, 2011 by Monte Dolack. Opening reception 5-8 p.m.
Murphy-Jubb Fine Art 210 North Higgins #300
Murphy-Jubb Fine Art presents new watercolors by Kendahl Jan Jubb, with entertainment by Stan Anglen on Guitar and vocals, 5-8 pm.
Dana Gallery 246 North Higgins
For First Friday Dana Gallery will be featuring the work from Paint Out, done earlier this summer in the Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Big Sky areas. Work was painted on location August 17 - August 20 by Caleb Meyer, Robert Moore, Robert Schlegel, David Mensing, Michelle Usibelli, Louise Lamontagne, Nicholas Oberling, R. David Wilson, Dick Lauritzen, Steve Oiestad, Janet Sullivan. Also featured will be new digital paintings by Dudley Dana entitled Essence of the Landscape. Reception 5-8 p.m.
The Clay Studio 1106 Hawthorne
Tara Wilson’s wood fired pottery will the featured September exhibition titled Quiet Pots. There will be an opening reception with the artist during First Friday, September 2nd, from 5:30-9 p.m. Quiet pots initially speak softly yet reveal complexity in both form and surface through continued investigation and use. Embodied in Tara Wilson’s atmospheric fired vessels is the serenity experienced by surrounding oneself in a rich natural environment. While the surfaces of the vessels represent the natural world, the forms often relate to the figure, and the inherent relationship of pottery to the figure is accentuated in Tara’s gestural forms.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography 210 North Higgins #101
Lisa M. Kurtzhals will be exhibiting Passport to Adventure at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery September 2nd through November 28th. Passport to Adventure depicts Lisa’s love of travel. The aluminum-mounted, color photographs in the exhibit span travels to eight countries. An interactive quality invites viewers to join her in a sense of adventure. Please join us at the RMSP Gallery for an opening reception on Friday, September 2nd, 5-8 p.m. and the following afternoon, Saturday, September 3rd at 1p.m. for a talk with the artist.
Zootown Brew 121 West Broadway
Zootown Brew hosts the the Missoula Youth Philanthropy Club, who are displaying their photos from the Horses for Orphans Brazil Project. Pictures will be for sale and all proceeds will be going directly to Missoula Youth Philanthropy. Reception 5-8 p.m.
Bernice's Bakery 190 South 3rd Street
Bernice's Bakery presents the work of Brendan Stewart for September. His artist's statement reads, "I've been painting aggressively since I arrived in Missoula five years ago. I work mostly with home made oil paint, but have zero limitations. I have backgrounds in carpentry and am fascinated by the process of creation. The paintings on display will represent works completed in the past several months." Reception 5-8 p.m.
The Top Hat 134 West Front
The Top Hat presents Throw Back, with Amber Bushnell & BassFace DJs at the Rock Bottom Gallery in the basement for one night only on September 2 from 5-9 p.m. All ages welcome. Bring your sunglasses - seriously! They will help with your experience. You will not just be viewing the Throw Back, you will have a chance to interact and become a part of it. Throw Back is live visual performance and experience design installation by Amber Bushnell with music support by Illegitimate Children & Iammusi Shan. Amber Bushnell, Illegitimate Children & Iammusi Shan are all a part of Missoula's BassFace Krew Artist Collective.
Lambros ERA / Riverworks 422 North Higgins Suite C
Lambros' Downtown office presents Terrisa Olson on First Friday, September 2nd, with a reception from 5-8 p.m. "I am a self-taught artist. During the 1980’s I created graphic artwork for local businesses and government agencies. This work included logos for business cards and T-shirts, Christmas cards, and magazine and book covers. Pieces of my art work were displayed at the Missoula Museum of The Arts 'Facing Our State' exhibit in February and April of 1989. During this time my work could be seen at the state capital building in Helena, a visitor center in Kalispell, and at several Missoula businesses and galleries. My initial medium of choice was watercolors. In 2008 I began working with pastels and currently I am learning to work with acrylics and oils. I have been selling my art work, including commissioned pieces, since 2006. I also have a line of greeting cards. They can be found at the Good Food Store and Zoo Town Brew in Missoula and The Crow’s Nest in Polson."
Betty's Divine 521 South Higgins
Betty's Divine presents Tabitha Beard, AKA B.MartNez, with and eccentric, ecclectic collection of wood scraps and cupboard doors inspired by excursions into the woods and along the Blackfoot in an attempt to let it go/breath out the poisons and find the balance. B. works with Recycled/Reclaimed and Liberated wood products and has a love affair with the Home Resource Center....Cookies and Beverages! 5-8pm
House Design Studio 133 North Higgins
House Design Studio presents the paintings of M. Scott Miller. Reception 5-8 p.m.
Prudential Montana Real Estate 314 North Higgins
This month Prudential's Downtown location presents Toby Mercer – Stratagraphics. After working a decade in other artistic mediums, Toby created his own original 3 dimensional medium, the Stratagraphic. These works exhibit a visual shift with a change in lighting direction or intensity, and/or with a change of viewpoint, giving them a kinetic, or living form. Toby, a Montana native currently lives and works in Kalispell. His works will be on display through September. Reception 5-8 p.m.
Butterfly Herbs 232 North Higgins
The Art Wall at Butterfly Herbs for September features painting of Mark Gutow entitled Farewell to Missoula. Reception 5-8 p.m.
Families First Children's Museum 225 West Front
Families First presents “Families First Children’s Museum Summer of Art”. Join us for the First Friday Gallery Walk featuring artwork created by a local school or community organization. Experience an evening of art appreciation, snacks, friends and fun. Admission is free from 5-7 p.m.
Yellowstone Photo 321 North Higgins
Yellowstone Photo presents Nationally acclaimed artist Thom Coffman for First Friday, with a reception from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thom uses old darkroom techniques and a unique process incorporating silver, copper or brass into the film giving the images a 3 dimensional antique look. No digital manipulation is used in producing these prints. Featured works include 4 silver limited editions which are being sold as a fundraiser for the Grizzly Scholarship Association. Thom will also be displaying wildlife and nature scenes.
Missoula AIDS Council 500 North Higgins suite 100
First Friday Double header at Missoula AIDS Council. Amanda Gabster will be showing photography from work done in Panama with Community Development Network of the Americas while Julian Ricci tickles the ivories. Come join us on September 2nd at 500 N. Higgins Avenue Suite 100 (look for the piano outside the MCAT Building) from 5-8 p.m. Like always, there will be wine and a little nosh for people to enjoy while artin’ it up!
The Loft of Missoula 119 West Main
The Loft presents an exhibit by InnerFlux Studios, the combined interests of Angela Brooker and Jason Spencer. Completely dedicated to producing art with a focus on quality of materials and the structure of each framed piece. Angela works mainly with spray paint and a seven color acrylic palate. The use of the same seven colors creates unity in each piece and unites her work as a whole. Jason works with a wide variety of materials – continuously experimenting with conventional and unconventional mediums. Never bound to the idea of there is only one way to paint. Reception 5-8 p.m.
Missoula Massage and Body Care Clinic 1116 South Russell
Karen Fisher will have artwork on display at Missoula Massage and Body Care Clinic for First Friday in September. She paints portraits of animals and people in oil. She is an associate of the Killdeer Artisan Guild in Arlee, and her work is shown at The Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee and The Red Poppy in Ronan. Reception 5-8 p.m.