April 6 2012

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

April is here - everything is looking a bit greener, daylight is a bit longer, and First Friday looks as good as ever!  This month also features Jazz Week in Missoula, with Jazzoula and the Buddy Defranco Jazz Festival at the University of Montana.  Also this month marks the inaugural Create Missoula Festival, sponsored by the Missoula County Public Schools, and also sponsor of this month's First Friday Artwalk!  Visit www.createmissoula.org

Galleries and Museums

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee 
MAM presents James Lavadour: Horse Stories through May 25, with a First Friday Artist’s Reception April 6 from 5-8 p.m., and an Artist’s Gallery Talk at 7 p.m.  There will also be a Tour and Reception with James Lavadour and Raphael Chac√≥n, April 7, 1:00 p.m. 

Studio D Gallery
420 North Higgins
This month Studio D features "April Showers" by M. Scott Miller.  Reception April 6, 5-8 p.m. 

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins
This month Dana Gallery  features Arlee area artist Janet McGahan.  Reception April 6, 5-8 p.m. 

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming mixed media exhibition "Antediluvian", by Bernadette Vielbig. Concerned with the rapid rate of obsolescence in our contemporary culture, Vielbig questions the amount of our acquisitions, as well as the amount of our waste. “Relics of personal communications, interactions, and education from my childhood era had a shelf life of several decades.  Today the newest incantations of those tools have a standard life span of approximately 4 years.” (Vielbig)  Ms. Vielbig earned her BA in studio art from Humboldt State University and an MFA in studio arts from Louisiana State University with a concentration in sculpture. She has taught sculpture, design and drawing for LSU, the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Central Michigan State University and is currently tenured faculty at Spokane Falls Community College. She exhibits nationally and is also a member of the Saranac Art Projects coop gallery in Spokane.  Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, April 6th, 5 - 8pm.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan
This month Montana Art and Framing presents the work of Patricia Forsberg. Spring breezes carry the scent of plum; Wabi sabi, freshness and patina. Breathe in the fragrance. A show of paintings by Patricia Forsberg, "Plum Blossoms and Wabi Sabi"   Reception 5-8 p.m.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front
For First Friday, April 6: The Monte Dolack Gallery will feature Works from the Collections of Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival , a retrospective exhibition and sale of original paintings, prints and posters from Monte and Mary Beth's private collection spanning over 30 years. This unique collection features local and indternational art including vintage rock posters and important American artists. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dan Dubuque, refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome. 

Sharrott Creek Gallery 
401 West Broadway 
In My Merry Oldsmobile. For April, the Sharrott Creek Gallery salutes the beginning of Missoula's car show season with an exhibit of vehicles photographed on the road, along the road, or at the various western Montana car shows over the past couple of years.  All photographs taken by gallery owner Bryan Spellman.

The Clay Studio of Missoula   
1106 A Hawthorne   
Now entering its 9th year, the Clay Studio of Missoula’s POTSKETCH 2012 features drawings and ceramic artworks from local, national, and international emerging and established artists, including works by Julia Galloway, Beth Lo, Richard Notkin, and Ron Meyers. All artwork is part of a silent, online, and live auction to raise funds for the expansion and development of the Clay Studio facilities and programs. Bidding on silent auction artwork begins April 6th  at the Clay Studio, and continues through the Live Auction Gala, held at the University Center North Ballroom at the University of Montana, Missoula on Saturday, April 21 from 6-10pm.

Rising Lions Gallery  
131 East Main   
Rising Lions presents the work of artist William Joseph.  Reception 5-8 p.m.

The Artists' Shop
304 North Higgins  
The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, presents "Fire & Earth" - photographs by William Munoz of Hamilton Montana. The Ceramics Department at the University of Montana has an anagama kiln located at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Firings usually happen twice a year. The next firing is scheduled to happen in April of this year.  Anagama , a Japanese term meaning cave kiln, consists of a firing chamber with a firebox at one end and a flue at the other. It is fueled by wood and must be stoked around the clock for the duration of the firing, 4 to 10 days. Wood can produce heat up to 2500degrees F, but it also produces fly ash and volatile salts. The ash settles on the pieces during the firing and the complex interaction between flame, ash, and the minerals of the clay body forms a natural ash glaze. This glaze may show great variation in color, texture, and thickness, ranging from smooth and glossy to rough and sharp.  Photographer William Munoz has photographed a number of the firings and has put a selection of the images together for this exhibit, which will also feature some pieces that have been fired in the kiln.


Other Venues

Computer Central
136 East Broadway
This month Computer Central presents IMUR of Art Mad Studio: Painted Ladies.  All art made from reclaimed, reused, salvaged supplies.  Enjoy refreshments at Computer Central April 6, from  5-7:30 p.m.

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins 
Prudential Montana Real Estate presents Jacqueline Hegedus . . . A Retrospect.  A collection of the artist’s work from the early 1960’s to the late 1970’s.  Works include oil painting, watercolors, silversmith work and ceramics.  Jacqueline Hegedus (b1922, Columbus, Ohio) spent the first ten years of her life in France where she learned about art at an early age from her mother who was an artist.  Upon returning to the United States Jacqueline spent a great deal of time from the late 1930’s to the early 1940’s in New York City with her mother.  As marriage, family and education took priority in her life, she still managed to maintain an interest in art. Jacqueline studied with Dord Fitz, Bud Biggs, Curtis Scott, Stephan Kramer, Robert Hobbs, and Emilio Caballero. Her styles include Impressionism, Abstractionism, and Realism.  She prefers oil as a medium and is also  fond of water color. Though her interest has mainly been painting, she has studied silversmithing and ceramics for many years.   Jacqueline currently resides in the Bitterroot Valley.  Reception 5-8 p.m.

Blaque Owl Tattoo 
307 North Higgins 
Come join us for "Blaque Friday" in celebration of Blaque Owl Tattoo one year anniversary see our local tattoo artist showing there paintings, artwork, and clothing! Mike "Schaf" Schaefer, Ian Caroppoli, Scott Fieldhouse, Melissa Thompson, Mickey Schlick, Chris Belville. 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

House Design Studio 
133 North Higgins 
Bob Phinney received his B.A. from Montana State University with studies at the University of Washington. He is a journeyman sign painter and established Freehand Signs in the early seventies.  During this time he and his wife Deanna raised two impressive kid's and saw her through medical school.  Being self-employed allowed the time and flexibility to coach and chauffeur kids here and there, cook (simply if not always badly), and satisfy a humble but persistent wander-lust....especially with his dogs.  Twenty years in the sign trade throughout the Seattle area led eventually to The Puget Sound Art League then into teaching drawing and painting  in Seattle and  in and around  Missoula Montana.  He has taught art at Pratt Fine Arts Institute and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and, in Montana, at the University of Montana, with Missoula Public Schools Continuing Education Program as well as at the Missoula Art Museum.  He also teaches privately and offers popular plein-air workshops in the Bitterroot Valley or Teanaway Valleys each year.  The scope of his work is fairly broad, but always tending toward spontaneity and vitality.  Nature is the ultimate source and inspiration, for here is most easily found the sublime and the ordinary together in cyclic balance and in the immanence of the moment.  Reception 5-8 p.m.

Zootown Brew
121 West Broadway
Zootown Brew presents Oil Paintings by Phyllis Tag.  Phyllis is a retired Missoula born artist.  In each painting, whether it is a landscape, wildlife, still life or people, her goal is to pass on a story, feeling or emotion to her viewer. Reception 5-8 p.m.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins 
The Dark Room presents Staying Sane: A collaboration of photographs from the University of Montana School of Journalism students. Images range from portraits to landscapes, with artistic expression in between. Simply put, for a photographer, capturing the chaos that is life helps us stay sane and hold on to the beautiful things around us.  Reception 5-8 p.m.

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North First Street West
Zootown Arts presents a SECOND FRIDAY Opening Reception Event for Brandon Reintjes and a Farewell Party for Hanna Hannan, Friday April 13th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Triskaidekaphobia: A Selection of Prints by Brandon Reintje  will be on view April 13th – May 11th. This evening features an opening reception for thirteen new monotypes by Brandon Reintjes.  Thirteen is the number that occurs after twelve and before fourteen, the sixth prime, first of the teens, a Fibonacci number, odd, a portent, an omen, a baker’s dozen and bad luck. The smallest number with eight letters to its name, it is the number of exception, of maturation, of a coven, of misfortune, of coils in a hangman’s noose, of cards in a suit, of the original colonies.  Thirteen also represents St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost articles.

Warehouse Mall
725 West Alder 
Living Art of Montana presents a preview of the Light Show, the annual fundraiser for this organization to take place May 5.  Call 549-5329 or visit livingartofmonthana.org for more information.

Draught Works
915 Toole Avenue 
Music-fusion artist Jason Bohman will be painting live on stage at Draught Works this coming “First Friday”! Jason moved from the Ozarks of Missouri to Missoula in 2000. He has been an artist since childhood and in 2006 at the “Love Your Mother Earth Festival” Jason discovered live, music-fusion painting. He has painted alongside many local music groups including Miller Creek, Zeppo, Dodgy Mountain Men, and Butter. His biggest influence as a painter is the abstract expressionist, Willem deKooning. Jason’s pieces unfold with many layers of colors, shapes, and textures. His work is very unique and his style reflects a blend of graffiti, street and Native American imagery.

Bernice's Bakery
190 South Third Street West   
Bernice's Bakery presents Jade Ellis Raue Torgerson: Organic Embroidery.  Jade holds a B.A. in Art Education from MSU Bozeman. She currently uses cake decorating at the GFS bakers as a creative outlet when she can't paint. Her current paintings consist of mostly flowers and other organic inspirations. They have an abstracted look with exaggerated colors dripping down the canvas.  Reception 5-8 p.m.


Mismo Gymnastics
1900 West Broadway   
Mismo is proud to present the Matt Nord of Tangled Tones (tangledtones.com) drumming with the kids at Mismo. This month will also include painting with Jake Ziemet & dance instruction!  Kids have fun on First Friday too! Thanks to our food partner Biga Pizza.


Zoo City Apparel 
139 East Main 
 'Qyou aRe' by Adelaide Every of VonCommon is a Plexiglas Installation at Zoo City Apparel, with an opening reception First Friday April 6, 5pm-12am music with DJs: Women of Action, Lord Topio, Abe Coley, Tigerlily, Isaiah Laura, Mermaid.  Local playwright Kate Morris presents a staged reading of her new 10 minute play "Qyou aRe here", inspired by the plexiglas installation "Qyou aRe" by Adelaide Every, at 8pm.

Garden Mother Herbs
345 West Front 
Melissa Mason or (Mooncat) as she like to be called. Combines female imagesin an intricate fashion. Her "Goddess" cards as she calls them can stand alone or in a full set as she intends to publish them as a tarot deck.  Native American artist Joseph Hasket is inspired by natural images.  A  simple feather takes the viewer to understand the sacredness that it represents to him.  Local artist Emmet Ore incorporates linear aspects with circle layering and vidid color to give the view a feeling of organized chaos.  His pieces have multilayered dimensions that fit well with his spiritual subject matter. Experience the way Andrea Kemp (www.andreakemp.com) sees the world through her photography. D. Skinney uses pencil and paper in a playful manner.  Please join Garden Mother Herbs for a night of art, toasted marshmallows on  a cooking fire, a jam and drumming.  There will also be a fund raiser for the of Dominick Sharp from 6-9 p.m. Garden Mother Herbs will make sure all donations go to his family.

Army-Navy Adventure Source
130 East Broadway 
Army Navy presents Jessie McDaid, with Woolyfelt Creations.  5-8 p.m. 

Montana Legal Justice PLLC
415 North Higgins Avenue  
Please join Montana Legal Justice, PLLC for its grand opening event on Friday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m.  Montana Legal Justice is a new public interest lawyers' collective with the mission to provide high quality affordable legal services to all Montanans, particularly those who have historically been disadvantaged or underserved.  Montana Legal Justice will host the debut show of the talented young watercolorist, Valerie Tracht.  Live music will be provided by the local Missoula band, Butter. 

Lambros ERA420 North Higgins   
Lambros ERA presents High School Students – The Talent of Missoula as part of Create Missoula this month.  A preview is on display during First Friday, 5-8 p.m.

Families First Children's Museum   
225 West Front  
On March 28th the Families First Children’s Museum will be asking all museum patrons to help create an art display that illustrates the importance of nourishment. Being Kids Nourish Month at the Missoula Food Bank we have paired up to offer free admission this day and then display the final art display on First Friday! First Friday is free at the museum and is open to the public from 5pm to 7pm. For more information please call 541.PLAY.

The Rock Bottom of The Top Hat
134 West Front Street
The Top Hat presents an event showcasing collaborative pieces by Courtney Blazon, Gretel Stoudt, and ladypajama.  Through exchanging the art at critical stages of development, three artists combine their unique visual languages to weave a vast world of experience, populated by the conjoined-subconscious minds of the artists (and you!). Courtney Blazon's highly detailed drawings are juxtaposed by the ladypajama's flair for chaos, while Gretel Stoudt's dramatic iconography provides the keyhole for peering into the world sleeping just beneath the surface of our own.  This is a one night only event.  5-9 p.m.

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street  
For April, the Montana Natural History Center will present a First Friday Gallery Opening for a mixed-media group show titled: 'Welcome the Osprey'. Osprey routinely return to Montana in April and this show celebrates their summer homecoming. 5-8 p.m.

The Loft of Missoula 
119 West Main   
The Loft of Missoula is excited to announce the FF showing of artists Barry Thompson and Jason Gutzmer. Come to the most unique gallery venue in Missoula and relax on our sofa's or sit at our bar and listen the live Celtic/Irish music by Montana's own Malarky. 5-8 p.m. 119 West Main Street right off Higgins across the street from the Parking Garage, above the Downtown Dance Collective.

Open Aid Alliance
500 North Higgins
Open Aid Alliance, formerly known as Missoula Aids Council, presents “Cross hatched Bliss" by Soogie, an artist who loves to live in the moment and find joy in simple things in life. The images presented at this First Friday event is a showcase of film stills taken from an experimental short film he co-produced and animated using a mac mini, sharpie pens, and watercolor board. Friday April 6th, from 5-8 p.m.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins
Open The Art Wall at Butterfly this month features paintings, sculptures and installations by Allison Goodnight.  Reception 5-8 p.m. 

114 East Main
Clover presents "...found objects." by Laurie E. Mitchell.  The exhibit is mixed media & found objects with a focus on re-purposing materials & diverting "trash" from landfills.   For artist information, contact 214-5488 or  hannahsdogbone@yahoo.com   Reception 5-8 p.m.  

Russell Smith Courthouse 
201 East Broadway - 2nd Floor 
New Acrylics by Nancy Seiler, from April 1 - June 30, open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri.  No First Friday Reception, but open all during the work week.  Call 370-1254 for more information. 

Flame Tree Factory
Flame Tree Factory is a new store on the corner of Orange and 3rd that is proud to announce the opening of its showroom. We will be featuring paintings, prints and a variety of glass artwork. Please join us for our grand opening on First Friday. We will be providing music, BBQ and beer for those of age.

Downtown Dance Collective
121 West Main
Emma Olson's collection of work  were made with rescued, reused, gifted, loaned, inherited, stolen or salvaged materials. no plants, animals or minerals were harmed for the production of art. compilations formed organically, a preference for this scrap of paper beside that one, waiting in the back of a church attic for others to join, or the color of this plant juxtaposed against feathers from this animal. the process was at once carefully orchestrated and beyond control, an analogy to the path we take in all things. the artist hoped to find an old desk fan blade, a large fish mouth and small legos. because these  objects did not present themselves, alternative arrangements were made and some pieces failed to come to fruition. this show was meant to be a challenge and a release. above all it was a collaborative effort.