June 1, 2012

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

With the summer months rapidly approaching the Garden City seems to be buzzing with activity. The farmers markets are in full swing, Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight are set to start and The Bonner Park concert series is just around the corner. It's impossible to be bored during these months.

 The Missoula Cultural Council wants you to mark your calenders for Wednesday, June 20th for The "Last Best Solstice Celebration" at the Missoula Winery. Enjoy food, wine, beer and music by Salsa Loca as we celebrate our first annual Summer Solstice party. Thirteen artists will also present day of  "open air" work to be auctioned later that evening. Visit http://missoulacultural.org/ for more information or to purchase tickets for the event.

This month's First Friday is jammed packed with events and fantastic artist's all over town. This month's sponsor is The Dana Gallery  located 246 N. Higgins Ave. This month The Dana Gallery features "Icons of the West".

Galleries and Museums


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee
 Dwayne Wilcox is unique amongst many of the contemporary ledger artists, for his work is steeped in humor and irony. Join Wilcox at 7 PM for a gallery talk about the different ways of looking at the world. Always free. Thanks to the Missoulian for their support of MAM’s First Fridays.  

The Dana Gallery
246 N. Higgins
This month the Dana Gallery presents "Icons of the West". 


The Brink Gallery
 111 West Front
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "Landfall", by Jennifer Reifsneider.

Jennifer Reifsneider's sculptures and installations have been exhibited in over 40 solo and group exhibitions across the United States, including at the Torrance Art Museum and Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, Cartin Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut, and Basilico Fine Arts, New York. She has received several commissions, grants and awards, including a percent-for-art public project in Missoula, Montana in 2003. Her work is in private and public collections, including the Yellowstone Art Museum and The Museum of Modern Art / Franklin Furnace Artist Book collections. In 2010 she was the first artist-in-residence at Coastline Community College in Huntington Beach, California.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan
Montana Art and Framing presents Peter Keefer "Recent Works". The exhibition includes altered digital photographs, photo collage, and oil pastels with collage. These colorful works represent a creative surge exploring the abstraction of the landscape and urban structures. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 1, from 5-9 pm in the gallery at 709 Ronan Street in Missoula. Call 541-7100 for information.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front
For June First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery will exhibit fine art posters, prints and new original paintings featuring the Montana landscape. This show coincides with a fine art poster exhibition that Monte is presenting at the Bossanyi Studio in London, England http://www.thebossanyistudio.com/ the I.D. is guest and the password to the site is chapelhill. Please join us for refreshments on June 1st from 5 to 8pm. The attached image is a new painting by Monte Dolack, 2012, "Grand Prismatic " Acrylic on panel, 9 x 10".

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins #300
Kendahl Jan Jubb- Watercolors

Other Venues

The Clay Studio of Missoula 
1106 A Hawthorne
New work by David Peters
Opening reception June 1, 2012, 5:30-9pm.
Exhibition runs June 1-29, 2012
The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from June 1-29 2012, with an opening reception on Friday, June 1, from 5:30-9pm. For more information, please email us at info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org or call us at 406-543-0509.

The Artist Shop
304 N. Higgins 
The Artist Shop presents "Equine and Wildlife Sculpture"  Bronzes by Gerry Wempner. Gerry Wempner has been creating equine and wildlife bronzes since retiring from his career as a professor of engineering. Each of his sculptures of horses and wildlife is motivated by a desire to capture the essence of the natural action or attitude of the animal.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway
Please join us to view "On the Other Hand" Design by Deephiw 5:00PM-7:30PM

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins 
Bonnie Tarses will present her Woven Cloth works entitled "Dances with Cloth"

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 Daniel West's "Starlight and Shadows". 

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd St. W.
This month Bernice's Bakery presents ALHAP's "Crafty"The artist uses various medias, ranging from wood, leather, paint, chalk, yarns and stitchery.

Garden Mother Herbs
345 West Front
Art By: Michael Fiedler (abstract multi-media layering), Jeff & Scott
McGrath Hoffman, Mike Waite (abstract multi-media), JD Brir (masks), Scott Umrein (Charcoal and pencil) & Bill Ries (water color realism)

Free Live Music by: The Northside Gringo All-Stars & Airinesse
Join us for tea, wine, snacks and marshmallows on a cooking fire.

Lambros ERA
420 North Higgins 
Lambros ERA presents 
Juanita Small Salmon – “The Wild Cats”

Families First Children's Museum
225 West Front  
SpectrUM will lead an exciting and innovative hands-on science project for children of all ages. Includes free admission to the museum from 5-7pm. Food and lemonade available.

Montana Natural History Center 
120 Hickory Street 

On Friday, June 1st, the Montana Natural History Center will be pleased to present a First Friday Gallery Opening for a group show titled 'Nature Art by Young Artists'. Youth from Susie Graham and Jennifer Carlson's 4th grade classes at Chief Charlo Elementary and the YMCA's afterschool program will display their work. See beautifully rendered birds and plants of Moosecan Gully and imaginative art inspired by MNHC's specimens.
Time: 4:30-6:30pm

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 Shana Smith .

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins

Art Wall at Butterfly Herbs features Lewis Roth: Relief Sculpture and Spray Paint works.

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

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

Visit Hunter Bay Coffee as they present artwork by Karen Fisher. 

Journeys Photography
833 S. Higgins (Across from Hellgate High School) 
Will be doing a First Friday event to introduce out newest phase to Journeys Photography. Light painting is offered now at the studio. Light Painting is done with the use of flashlights and photography and allows you to paint a picture in mid air with colored flashlights and capture your entire drawing where it is then printed out to take home. This is a great activity for kids, teens and adults. I have included a few jpg images of recent light painting done at the studio.

Rocky Mountain Map Gallery
1710 Brooks St.  
The Rocky Mountain Map Gallery will be exhibiting original, color lithographic prints of present day Montana from the monumental 1853-55 "Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean."
These early landscape views provide a striking visual record of the grandeur and vastness of mid-nineteenth-century Montana and the people, both native and newcomer, inhabiting the region during this period.
Opening reception from 5pm to 8:30pm Friday, June 1st. Showing through June 30th.

Ecology Project International
315 S. 4th St E. (down from the Missoulian) 
Join Ecology Project International (EPI) at the Swift Center for Conservation Education in celebrating the Swift Building’s 100th birthday. Originally a meat packing warehouse built in 1912, the Swift Building has seen many changes throughout its 100 year existence. It currently houses EPI and 3 other conservation education organizations.
The birthday celebration begins at 5:00 pm and the featured artist is EPI’s very own Haley Hanson. Her pieces are a series of wildlife photography on silk. Local beer, wine, and light appetizers will be provided, and as a special treat, delectable birthday cupcakes baked by Carly Waude will also be served!

The Buttercup Market
1211 Helen Ave.
Richard Chapman and Lois Doubleday - Scapes: Land and City. Free coffee, tea and pastries from 3-5pm. 

Betty's Divine
521 S. Higgins 
laurie e. mitchell will present a mixed media exhibition entitled "Summer Fling". This found object art, will  focus on the "re's": re-cycle, re-use, re-duce, re-purpose, re-envision, re-create, re-invent & more in order to divert materials from landfills & dumps.

Rising Lions
131 E. Main 
paintings by Kelly Loder. Live music by 907Britt.

Tides Gallery at Batheing Beauties
501 S. Higgins 
"Ear Adorned" earrings by Katie Ghen, June 1st - July 3rd, 5-8 pm. 

The Army Navy Adventure Source
130 E. Broadway 
Presents Jessie McDaid and her handmade Woolyfelt Creations. Come watch Jessie as she works wool by hand into textured portraits and figurines. 5pm to 8pm. Snacks and sparkling cider served.

Frontier Space Missoula
in the alley, one block West of Higgins, between Pine and Spruce
A one night exhibition of visual art based on the tradition of the Salon des Refusés, an ‘exhibition of rejects’ comprised of work refused entry into the official 19th century Paris Salons, this inclusive exhibition provides a survey of contemporary artists in Montana. Some of art history’s greatest and most influential artists, such as Édouard Manet and Claude Monet, participated in Refusés exhibitions. Far from being a sour grapes protest by embittered artists, the Triennial Refusés provides an important counterpoint to the Missoula Art Museum’s Triennial, juried by Keith Wells, and creates the opportunity for dialogue and positive institutional critique. Of the 160 artist who submitted work for consideration, only 38 were selected. The Triennial Refusés exhibition celebrates the diversity of Montana’s artists and the creative expression of the 122 artists who were not accepted into the Triennial. Subversive, cheeky and fun, this exhibition will incite and provoke! Frontier Space is located in the alley, one block West of Higgins, between Pine and Spruce.