February 3, 2012

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

Happy New Year from MCC!  With the recent snowfall it finally seems like winter in Montana.  Downtown Missoula is full of berms, ready for some snow-carving!  This month's First Friday includes some new art venues, along with the regulars.   Thanks to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival for sponsoring this month's art walk, and don't forget to see some of the films from February 17-26.  Visit www.bigskyfilmfest.org

Galleries and Museums

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

Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents a First Friday 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 http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum for regular hours and more information.  Reception 4-6 p.m.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

For February First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery will be premiering a new limited edition archival digital print, Temple Moon, 2012 by Monte Dolack. Refreshments will be served from 5 to 8 pm at the gallery and everyone is welcome.

The Brink
111 West Front Street

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition I pass by, a series of photographic silkscreens by Pennsylvanian artist Benjamin Lee Sperry.  "My work is a conceptual form of photography, it deals with a wide variety of themes ranging from youth and ambition to uncertainty and desire. The work is meant to be a form of visual narrative that evokes feeling from its viewers. I present questions with my work that require a level of audience participation in order to generate any type of answers." Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, February 3rd, 5 - 8pm.

The Artists' Shop
304 North Higgins Ave.

The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, presents "See what the fire hath wrought: Wood-fired ceramics from The Clay Studio Anagama Kiln." At a mountain-side kiln here in Missoula, for the past four years, a group of artists have been striving for perfection in the science and art of wood-fired ceramics. The kiln, dug into the earth and built according to the structure of ancient Japanese Anagama kilns, takes a community of up to 30 artists to fill and fire. Each firing is a ten-day effort requiring diligence and patience, coordination and cooperation, and unflinching focus. The atmospheric effects coming from the kiln can be described by a host of interacting factors, but the unique appearance of the objects it produces are indescribably magical. The last firing of the kiln took place in November of last year and produced close to 2000 pieces of art. To see a sample of the ceramic art produced, attend the February show at The Missoula Artists Shop.  You are invited to an artists' reception on First Friday, February 3, from 5-8 pm.  The show may be viewed through February (open 10-6 Mon- Sat.)

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins #300

For February First Friday Murphy-Jubb Fine Art presents New watercolors by Kendahl Jan Jubb and  Etched glass by Larry Burton.  Reception 5-8 p.m.

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

The Dana Gallery would like to extend an invitation to all for our “11th Annual Collector's Resale Show” with opening reception Friday, February 3, from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit will showcase an eclectic and exciting selection of artwork and collectibles. Silent bids may be placed on each item through the month of February.   Pictured here is "Cat with Eggs" by Walter Hook.

Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne

International Cup 2012, sponsored by the Clay Studio of Missoula, is an exhibition showcasing ceramic work that explores the infinite possibilities of the idea of a cup. Juried by accomplished potters and cup makers Jayson Lawfer and Emily Schroeder Willis, 40 cups have been selected from the 175 applicants from all around the world. Accepted cups are from the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from February 3-24 2012, with an opening on Friday, February 3, from 5:30-9pm.  Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Liquid Squid 
415 North Higgins #111
Join us at the 2nd smallest gallery in Missoula for a mix of painting, fashion design, dance and music. The theme this month is Skin, Canvas & Cloth. Featured artists are: Weyaka (fashion designer), Suzanne Shope (painter), Rick Phillips (painter), Joy French (choreographer), Cynthia Knutsen (Painter), Geoff Pepos (photographer, musical alchemist).  Open at 5:00 p.m. Performances start on the half hour starting at 6:00 p.m.  Visit TheLiquidSquid.com or call 214-2083

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan
Montana Art and Framing presents George Gogas exhibiting the Judith Basin Encounter with the adventures of Charlie Russell and Pablo Picasso. These are colorful reproductions of the eight original oil paintings. A First Friday gallery opening will be at 709 Ronan Street from 5 to 9 pm. For more information call 541-7100.

Rising Lions Gallery
131 East Main
At the Rising Lions Gallery at 131 E Main is having an art opening for Akhilesh with free live music by 907Britt.  Jaime Jacoby will also be there with a massage chair to provide free massage
to guests.  5-8 p.m.

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee
The Missoula Art Museum is closed for First Friday this month in preparation for the 40th Annual MAM Auction at the Holiday Inn Downtown on Saturday, February 4. Visit www.missoulaartmuseum.org 

The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties 
501 South Higgins
The Tides Gallery presents Reel Time: New Photographs by Carmine Leighton, with an opening February 3 from 5 - 8 p.m. The show runs until March 1.  This timely photograph exhibit features the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival crew in the Wilma Theatre, dressed to represent the centuries of anonymous and infamous movie-goers from 1865 to the present.  

Other Venues

The Mood Boutique
208 North Higgins Ave
Maryann Eikens is a Missoula-based sculptor who mainly does limited-edition bronze art; both relief and traditional sculptures.  Wildlife and figures are her main focus.  Visit www.maryanneikens.net or the Artist Dreams Gallery in Big Fork to view and/or purchase.  The opening reception at the Mood Boutique will be from 5-8 p.m. 

Computer Central
136 East Broadway   
Computer Central presents Charles Raffety: Connection Code, an exploration of our constantly connected technological and mobile world. It is also a reflection of the history of technological advances and global industrialization. Embedded throughout the work are smart-phone scannable QR codes, each containing a connection to somewhere else. Observers are encouraged to actively explore the augmented canvas, scanning it with their personal devices. Come join us February 3, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. for refreshments on the opening night.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins
The Dark Room presents  "Wakeful Impressions." by photographer Stuart Garney.  Large format, black and white, silver gelatin, landscape photography consisting mostly of the Arizona desert outback. Inspired by Ansel Adams and Ed Weston.  5-8 p.m. on February 3. 

Zootown Arts Community Center 
235 North Street West 
ZACC presents a SECOND Friday opening reception of Imagining Our Global Family: A Celebration with International Dolls, February 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Almost all cultures make artistic representation of the human form, and if you add colorful ethnic, regional, or national clothes,  you have an international doll!   International dolls are fun and festive and appeal to our sense of curiosity about other cultures!  They are evocative of travel to far-away and exotic places, of international friendships, and of the global community.   Mona Mondava, Educator at UM, and Director of UM’s popular annual International Culture and Food Festival,  will showcase vibrant international  and cultural dolls from her vast  private collection: dolls of every size and shape  with beautiful and colorful costumes, regalia or native dress , made with  a variety of materials such as china, paper mache, leather, wood, cloth, vinyl,  or bisque.  These special dolls, many of them hand-made,  were all collected  over many years through personal travel and friendships from around the world, including from Mona’s international students at UM, and they represent many cultures and countries.   This exhibition hopes to inspire a connection between the viewer and  global family and is hosted in support of the Missoula International Friendship Program, a community non-profit organization that fosters friendships between the Missoula Community and UM’s international students.

Holiday Inn
Downtown at the Park 
The Holiday Inn presents the Steve Kalling Jazz Quartet on First Friday. We will also feature free wine at the start of the show with art on sale from various artists. 

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins 
B.MartiNez works on recycled, reclaimed and or liberated wood and wood products w/mixed media. She loves glow sticks, campfires, artillery shells w/extra fuse-line and long treks in the woods w/her soccer ball, mud, rain, snow or sunshine.  Reception 5-8 p.m. 

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins 
The Butterfly Herbs "Art Wall" presents John Ryan: Recent Work for the month of February. 

Families First Children’s Museum
225 West Front Street Herbs
The Families First Children’s Museum presents the opening of the Missoula Valley Montessori School. Fun for the entire family! Admission is FREE from 5pm to 7pm. Visit www.FamiliesFirstMontana.org for regular hours and more information.

Lambros ERA
420 North Higgins suite C
Lambros ERA presents sculptor Mari Bolen and landscape artist Michele KaporMari Bolen is well-known for her studies in bronze of Native American Culture. Her series, "Children of the Earth", is comprised of 32 Plains Indian Nations and is very popular amongst her collectors.  Michele Kapor (work pictured here), a native of Montana, has been a student of the landscape all of her life. The interplay of light, color and shadow are all passionately deployed in her exquisite paintings of rural and mountainous areas.  Reception 5-8 p.m. 

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street
The Montana Natural History Center is proud to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening: 'Nature Journals' presented by MNHC Master Naturalists. View the drawings, observations and many visual representations of the local environment. Master Naturalists used a variety of mediums including pen, ink, watercolor and pencil to record what they saw outside- and the result is just beautiful.  Reception February 3, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins
Prudential Montana Real Estate presents paintings by Eric Ashcraft.  Reception 5-8 p.m. 

Yellowstone Photo
321 North Higgins
Brian Herbel presents an array of images, largely for the rural Intermountain West and Plains, but also including The South, SE Alaska, and points abroad.  His photography is, with few exceptions, as shot and not post-processed and represents an affinity for rural abandonment and landscapes, with particular attention to composition and use of natural light.  Please join us for an exhibition of his work beginning Friday, February 3 from 6-8pm.  Visit yellowstonephoto.com

114 East Main 
Clover presents Floor Art by Laura Blaker, featuring her first series of floorcloths featuring, folk art, trompe l’oeil animal skins will be on display Friday, February 3. “Floorcloths” ― art you can walk on ― is an art technique first used in England during the early 18th century.  Laura said the idea to design and create floorcloths came about when she was trying to figure out what do with remnants of canvas she had leftover from painting murals. “I wanted to produce a product that would compliment my fine art,” explained Laura. She is known for her oil paintings. Last year, she completed a goal of painting 100 oil paintings in one year. This year her artwork is in the Missoula Art Museum auction on February 4.

Le Petit Outre
129 South 4th West
Please come to le Petit for a First Friday opening featuring the work of Cait Finley. Witness bizarre species that thrive in dangerous environments, and socialize in a great space. February 3 from 6 to 8 pm.

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main
Collective Energy at the Loft of Missoula - Friday February 3. Energy comprises and surrounds us. The force which can neither be created nor destroyed also gathered you here today for a glimpse of our journey. We've converged our Collective Energy to show you pieces on the path of transformation to who we are becoming and the world we hope to represent. Artists include Summer Little, Michaela Davis, Ashley Bosse, and J Bouchee. The Loft is located above the Downtown Dance Collective. 

Britta Bloedorn, Clinical Herbalist
210 N Higgins # 318
Britta Bloedorn, Clinical Herbalist, opens her office to present “Frozen Flow” -  Photography by Jamie Tipton.  A prismatic look at the evolving fluidity of ice. Jamie Tipton is a photographic artist from Missoula who especially loves to work with the many wild and organic forms existing in the natural world.  Join us for treats and libations on our 1st First Friday opening on February 3, 5 – 8 pm.

Noteworthy* Paper and Press
101 South Higgins
Students ranging from 1st grade to high school took part in a student art contest, creating fantastic posters depicting Montana's US Highway 93N wildlife crossing structures — it's time to show them off and announce the poster contest winners!  Over 340 poster entries were received. Many will be on display at Noteworthy Paper and Press for First Friday.  The art contest was put on by the People's Way Partnership, a coalition of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes wildlife biologists, US93N wildlife researchers with Western Transportation Institute, and Defenders of Wildlife.

The Top Hat
134 West Front Street
Stephanie Kenny and Shelby Baldridge come together in a collaborative show entitled Birds, Bees and Airplanes. The show will include a combination of Shelby’s hybrid creatures and Stephanie’s keepsake imagery. Both artists would like to share their fascinations in different aspects of our world with you. Stop by for food, drinks, music, and of course, awesome art this Friday for a fun filled one night event at The Top Hat’s Rock Bottom! 

133 North Higgins Ave
House hosts Beth Jaffe for First Friday February 2012. A Shot of Sanity Doodles explores a range of color palettes with mixed media and water color. Abstract concepts meander along dreamy paths while bold strokes translate energy with a clear unique language. Meditation maps. Spiritual landscapes. Sanity Doodles. These works are accessible for wallets of all tastes and sizes.

Mismo Gymnastics 
1900 West Broadway 
Mismo Gymnastics provides child care that is out of this world on First Fridays! We encourage folks to send their kids to Mismo during First Friday events so more parents can be downtown and enjoy First Friday activities.  Visit www.mismogym.com or call 728-0908

A&E Architects 
222 North Higgins  
A&E Architects presents "Waterworks," new fluid acrylics are inspired by Waterworks Hill by Nancy Seiler. Opening reception Friday, February 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Art on view through February.  Visit www.nancyseiler.com

Taco Sano 
115 1/2 South 4th West
Local Missoula artist Kelly Loder will be showing artwork at Taco Sano in the month of February. Kelly also displays at Raja Smoke Shop and the local Mental Health Center. All work can be viewed at: kellyloder.webs.net.