May 4th, 2012

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

May is here - The rain is starting to fall which means The Garden City will be bright green in no time. May also marks the month the Missoula Cultural Council celebrates our sister city Palmerston North, New Zealand. On May 19th the MCC will hold our annual New Zealand Day at Fort Missoula, please visit for more information.

This month's First Friday is jammed packed with events and fantastic artist's all over town. This month's sponsor is Murphy-Jubb Fine Art located 210 N. Higgins Ave. This month Kendahl Jan Jubb will feature new watercolors with music by Stan Anglan.

Galleries and Museums


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee  
MAM presents Montana Triennial: 2012. A Biennial or in this case, a Triennial, is intended to serve as a survey exhibition of contemporary work from a particular region. 
Juror’s Gallery Talk: Keith Wells, May 4, 7 PM
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Larry Blackwood, Andy Cline, Jennifer Li, and Jennifer Pulchinski, May 5, 1 PM

Studio D Gallery
420 North Higgins
This month Studio D features Sculpters by Big Sky High School student Alexis Hagestad.

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins
This month Dana Gallery features Arlee area artist David Mensing. Reception May 4th, 5-8 p.m.

The Brink Gallery
 111 West Front
The Brink Gallery presents ON DECK 7. ON DECK is a creation of the Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) and serves as an annual fundraiser for the organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate the construction of free, public, concrete skateparks across Montana. Past ON DECK auctions have helped the MSA to raise over $30,000 for skateboarding in Montana. The funding raised from OD7 will help with the MOBASH China Banks expansion and the brick banks repair. 

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan
Held over until May 27th, 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 May First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery joins with the Yellowstone Association in celebrating the release of the fine art poster "Yellowstone Falls". On exhibition will be paintings, prints and posters which celebrate our National Parks. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Mountain Breathers, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

Sharrott Creek Gallery
401 West Broadway
Sharrott Creek Gallery presents "Little Deuce Coupe". An exhibition of photographs of cars found on the road, along the rouad, or at the car shows from around Western Montana and the region. Gallery is open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne
In culmination of a two year residency at the Clay Studio, Eva Champagne will share her recent series of ceramic sculptures in an exhibition titled "Littoral Drift." Eva explains, “Littoral Drift is when materials are moved by waves and currents of the littoral zone. In coastal environments the littoral zone extends from the high tide mark, which is rarely inundated, to the very low tide mark, which is almost always submerged. Opening reception May 4, 2012, 5:30 - 9 am. Exhibition runs May 4th - 25th, 2012.  Stop on by at the Clay Studio on Friday, May 11 from 4-8pm, where the Clay Studio will offer a selection of hand made pottery and small sculptures perfect for Mother's Day. New work will be for sale featuring work by our resident artists Alison Reintjes, Audrey Rosulek, Eva Champagne, Lilly Zuckerman, Perry Haas, and Tai Rogers, as well as many other local ceramic artists.

The Artists' Shop
304 North Higgins   
The Artists' Shop presents "Birdfest 2012" including artists Steve Thorstenson (ceramics,) Kate Davis (photography,) Loren Pinski (wood carving,) Kiki Renander (stained glass,) and Monica van der Mars (jewelry.) Birdfest 2012 is an annual invitational exhibit at The Artists Shop featuring avian art in several mediums.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography 
216 North Higgins   

Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit, "Going Coastal" , with photographs by Andrew E. Nixon. Drawn from visits to the coast around his east coast home, "Going Coastal" is a record of Andrew Nixon’s response to the ocean and the ever-changing coastal environment.

Montana Museum of Art & Culture 
University of Montana PARTV Center Lobby   
Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib: Black Hole/Whiteout, Meloy Gallery Two collaborative works by Hironaka and Suib featuring Black Hole, an immersive video installation with soundtrack that examines origins and structures of power as they relate to political systems. Whiteout uses footage from nature and film in counterpoint with Black Hole.

Curiosity: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Paxson Gallery Based on “cabinet of curiosities”derived from the German wunderk√§mmer or 16th century assemblages that served as the first examples of museum collections. Features unusual, seldom-seen aspects of the MMAC Permanent Collection, that numbers nearly 11,000 objects.

Other Venues

Computer Central
136 East Broadway
Please join us to view the collective works by Thomas Mckay "Abstract Pointillism." Light refreshments will be served at Computer Central the opening night. 5:00PM-7:30PM

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins
This month Prudential Montana Real Estate presents Christy Greene and Joe Jindrich's "Travels Near and Travels Far."


House Design Studio
133 North Higgins
House Design Studio presents Kim Anderson's Haiku series. For the Haiku series, I wanted to have fun with the poetry but also tie the images or feel of the painting to the overall message. I think of haikus as little sweet packages with a punchy zing at the end…kinda like how your Grandma was always so good at giving a small bit of advice that might not have really hit you until a few days later. I love this series because one of my greatest hopes for my work is that I can attempt to show a complex idea in a simple form.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins
This month the Dark Room presents Chris Gibisch "Life from Behind the Lens". While trying to live life to its fullest, I try always to carry my camera. I have been fortunate to experience life in a unique way through climbing, hang gliding, and various other activities. Along the way I do my best to capture some of the moments that have begun to define my life.

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
This month Bernice's Bakery presents Joshua Ludwick's "The Carcunkle Alien Laughs-a-Lot." Joshua Ludwick creates artwork with pen, paper, imagination and time. Each drawing typically takes 8 hours or more and is extremely intricate.  Whimsical and surrealist, hidden images delight the mind with unexpected dinosaurs, faces, aliens and the occasional bunnyman.

Zoo City Apparel
139 East Main
The Zootown Arts Community Center presents "Landlocked", a printmaking portfolio on display at ZooCity Apparel for the month of May. This exhibition kicks off Last Best Printfest, a printmaking celebration that includes demos and printing all day Saturday. The reception begins at 5pm, and will include performances by 64 Tuna and the Best Westerns. Check out for more info!

Garden Mother Herbs
345 West Front
This month Garden Mother Herbs presents charcoal and pencil prints by Scott Unrein and photos by J & L Randall. Pianist Asaph Adoni will be playing piano for donations, all money raised will go to the Dominich Sharp fundraiser.

Lambros ERA
420 North Higgins
Lambros ERA presents David Hickman's "Wood Bowlswirh a Touch of History."

Families First Children's Museum
225 West Front  
The Wilson family from the Crow Tribe will demonstrate their costumes and pow-wow dancing. Visitors are welcome to watch or participate in this celebration of native culture and traditions. This special programming is made possible by a grant from the Montana Fund for Tolerance and the Montana Community Foundation. This performance is FREE and open to the public.

The Rock Bottom of The Top Hat
134 West Front Street
School of Art students in Jack Metcalf‘s printmaking class will be having an exhibition in the basement of the Top Hat Join Jack and his students for “Polygons,” an exhibition that features the artwork of 21 students.This is a one night only event.

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street 

The Montana Natural History Center is proud to present a First Friday Gallery Opening for May: 'Nature Photography Group Show'. On display will be works from a variety of photographers capturing the wild beauty of the plants, animals, birds and landscapes of Montana. Start your First Friday at MNHC!

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main 
Join us at a refreshingly different gallery space this Friday! The Loft of Missoula is proud to showcase some of Western Montana’s most brilliant artists in a venue that is unparalleled in its beauty, functionality and versatility. We are located in the heart of the business district in downtown, just a few doors off Higgins on the First Friday art walk at 119 West Main, across the street from the parking garage and above the Downtown Dance Collective. This month The Loft presents paintings by Ivette Kjelsrud.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins
Open The Art Wall at Butterfly this month features  the recent works of Dylan Drecksage.

The Green Light
301 North Higgins  
The Green Light presents a mixed media & found object exhibit by Laurie E. Mitchell entiltled "Spring Cleaning." The exhibit is In an effort to live what I believe & get some Spring cleaning done, I decided that I will make art for this Show from only materials I already have as of April 6, 2012.   For artist information, contact 214-5488 or Reception 5-8 p.m.

Noteworthy Paper & Press   
101 South Higgins 
Noteworthy presents the exhibit Worthy of a Note; Handsomely Made Journals self-taught boook artist Joan Ragan Kallay will have on dsiplay and for purchase a selection of her handsome journals. Her journals are made from resist dyed merino wool, lined with leather and embellished.

Fisher Video Conferencing   
135 W. Main  

School of Media Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition featuring 3D-printed sculptures by Ben Malouf. The work explores a world in which technology will allow anyone to have a 3D copy of anything they want. That world is closer than you think. The reception will feature a live 3D printing demonstration and refreshments. 

Florence Building (Governor's Room)
111 North Higgins 
Missoula Historic Preservation will hold their awards ceremony at the  Florence Building from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. This ceremony honors this year's recipients for their efforts in preserving/ restoring/renovating/building projects that maintain and enhance Missoula's unique historical character! This year will also have the first-ever Centennial Award for buildings over 100 years. This is open to the public and food and beverages will be served.

127 East Main Suite 316
This month VonCommon will hold an "Open Studio" from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Hellgate Cyclery
316 N Higgins (Alley Access)

Local artists will hold an art auction to benefit The Kyle Lehman Recovery Fund. Kyle was injured while biking across the country this past fall and is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. For more information please go to The Kyle Lehman Recovery Fund page on Facebook at!/groups/226711200751995/

Hunter Bay Coffee
101 E Front St. (First Interstate Bank Building)

Experience the wonder of photo montage with a unique collection of prints by Melissa Lent. Start your night off right with snacks, drinks and live music at the opening reception.

Grizzly Hackle
215 W. Front St.

2012 Celebrity Birdhouse Auction. Join the Avian Science Center, Montana Natural History Center, Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, and the Clark Fork Coalition on the FIRST FRIDAY in May for a silent auction of exclusive, hand-made birdhouses, all uniquely designed by local celebrities and artists including Bill Ohrmann, Dirk Lee, Mayor John Engen, and more. Proceeds will benefit citizen bird monitoring efforts throughout the Clark Fork watershed. Visit starting April 30 to view pictures of these exclusive birdhouses!

The Wilma Theatre
131 S. Higgins

Amber Bushnell's installation entitled "The Jaguar & The Lily" will be on display in the Wilma Theatre's sidewalk window, 24 hours a day from May 4th - May 14th as a part of the 35th Annual International Wild Life Film Festival. It highlights this year's festival theme "Big Cats." Come explore this experience design that reflects the Mayans' historic tale of the Jaguar.

Betty's Divine
521 S. Higgins 
Witness exotic creatures and their even stranger needs. This First Friday at Betty's Divine features the work of Cait Finley. Finely’s sculpture examines the natural worlds adaptation to man's pervasive existence. Join us from 5-8 for wine and Bernice's goodies. Local duo Baby & Bukowski will perform at 6.

Sugar Tree Hair Salon
Hammond Arcade Building on the corner of Higgins and Front

At Sugar Tree Hair Salon we invite you to join us this First Friday. We will have live models who will be featuring hair design by Sugar Tree, nail design by Claws, makeup artistry by Alchemy Mineral Blends, and clothing by Weyeka's. Come join in the fun; there will be music, snacks from KornUtopia, drinks and a raffle. You can even treat yourself to a relaxing chair massage by the massage therapists from Claws. Located inside the Hammond Arcade on the corner of Front and Higgins. Hope to see you there!  

Mismo Gymnastics
1900 West Broadway

First Friday Blow-out for Kids @ Mismo. Childbloom Guitar will be strumming ( ), Matt Nord with Tangled Tones ( ) will be drumming, Jake Ziemet will be painting and Biga Pizza will be cooking.  This is our most amazing end of the school year First Friday! Of course we still have face painting, games, fun...and ending the night with snow cones! $25 child one/ $10 for siblings.

St. Patrick Hospital
500 West Broadway

Providence St. Patrick Hospital presents the 2nd Annual Nurses Art Gala!  We will be featuring all artwork created by our nursing staff.   Come help us celebrate the Art of Nursing!  Featuring music by Darah Fogerty.  Refreshments provided.  Everyone is welcome.  5-7 p.m. in the Broadway Building at St. Patrick Hospital, 500 W. Broadway.