First Friday for July 6th

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

Summer has officially arrived here in the Garden City!

 The Missoula Cultural Council is staying busy on upcoming events. If you can believe we are already gearing up for First Night 2013, applications will be taken no later than Monday, July 2nd. Also, our 19th annual Germanfest celebration will once again be held in September at Caras Park, stay tuned for details.

This month's First Friday is jammed packed with events and fantastic artist's all over town. This month's sponsor is Prudential Montana Real Estate  located 314 N. Higgins Avenue,  they will feature the work of photographer John Mercer.

Galleries and Museums


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee
Jeneese Hilton, Bound, mixed media.

Eric Ashcraft, The Accountant, oil and fabric on canvas.

Block Party on Pattee! The museum will be open for viewing and MAM staff will be celebrating the renovation of Adventure Cycling (AC) outside, 5-8 PM. Catch a sneak preview of MAM’s outdoor sculpture garden too. AC will also have music and a beer tent. 

The Dana Gallery
246 N. Higgins

Dana Gallery’s 10th Annual Western Montana Plein Air “Paint Out!”


The Brink Gallery
 111 West Front
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "amplify" by renée brown.

Brown’s work takes its inspiration from mineral specimens, found or polished stones, bones, and shells. “I introduce the shapes and textures of these objects to my imagination and allow myself to expand the possibilities of surface and composition beyond what might rationally be found in nature.” For questions, photos or more information please contact the gallery at 406.728.5251 or email Jennifer Leutzinger at jennifer@

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan
 Montana Art and Framing presents "Summer Evening".
Gallery Open House 5- 9 pm featuring the art of Peter Keefer, Walter Hook,George Gogas, Stephanie Frostad, Nancy Erickson, Barbara Morrison. Patricia Forsberg, Teresa Warner, Elene Weege, Elloie Jeter, Marvie Redmond, Kim Smith, Christofer Autio, Monte Cawker, and Don Mundt.  The gallery in Montana Art and Framing is located at 709 Ronan Street, Missoula. For information call 541-7100. Door Prize Drawing at 7:30 pm

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front
The Monte Dolack Gallery joins with the Western Montana Fair and 4-H in celebrating the release of the 2012 Western Montana Fair Poster.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Julian Jared Ricci

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

Other Venues

The Clay Studio of Missoula 
1106 A Hawthorne

American Standard, new work by Larry Phan
Opening reception Friday, July 6, 5:30-9pm
Exhibition runs July 6-27, 2012

Former long term Clay Studio resident artist Larry Phan returns to Missoula with his exhibition American Standard. Phan will display a diverse body of ceramic objects crafted for domestic use. The show will focus on the overkill of luxurious objects made for specific purposes.The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from July 6-27, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday, July 6, from 5:30-9pm. For more information, please email us at or call us at 406-543-0509.

The Artist Shop
304 N. Higgins 

The Artists' Shop, gallery of regional art and fine craft, presents "Hot Iron In Hot July" - Forged Metalwork by Artist/Blacksmith Glenn Gilmore of Hamilton Montana The collection of forged metalwork by Glenn Gilmore covers traditional to contemporary forms. Using blacksmith techniques and his designs, Glenn creates well balanced and wonderful pieces of art with a function. 

Prudential Montana Real Estate 
314 North Higgins Ave.  

Prudential Montana Real Estate presents the work of photographer John Mercer. John  is a fourth generation Montana native who fondly remembers many summers spent at the family cabin on Lake Inez in the Seeley Swan Valley. As he grew up, photography was a family affair starting with a Kodak Brownie camera and then an Instamatic. John and his brothers set up their own dark room in the family home.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins 
Artist: William Albert Allard
Description: The exhibit “TWENTY-THREE RANDOM MOMENTS: 1964-2002” showcases twenty-three color images from the first thirty-eight years of William Albert Allard’s almost fifty year career as a photographer and writer for National Geographic Magazine. The pictures range from the Amish of Pennsylvania to the slaughter houses of Peru and the windblown poppy fields of Provence, France. Allard, who has published six books of his work, resides with his wife in Missoula and Charlottesville, Virginia..

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd St. W.

Employee Art Show. This will be a multi-dimensional showcase of art by the Bernice’s Bakery staff, ranging from photography, dress-making, drawing, painting, sculpture and more!!!

Garden Mother Herbs
345 West Front
Art By: Tracy Sullivan (printmaking & clay to graphite & oils), Ben Sullivan, Alex Lee art (still life, nudes, realism .... multimedia),  Angela Chaney (still life and impressionistic landscapes), Tom Melhuse (pottery, landscape and bird), Emma (crochet art necklaces and headbands),  Julie Hoffman (abstract monoprint finger paints on manila 
paper). Live Music by: Anna Rose, beer, wine, tea, snacks and marshmallows on a cooking fire will be served.

Lambros ERA
420 North Higgins 
Lambros ERA presents art by Patrick Bruce. 

Families First Children's Museum
225 West Front  
Suhan Chen, Assistant Director at the U of M Confucius Institute, will discuss Chinese music, history, art and music. In addition, art display provided by Molly Bradford of The Children's Center.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins

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

127 East Main Suite 316
VonCommon Studio is hosting YMCA Youth Art Camp Exhibit, featuring artworks created by YMCA Art Camp students taught by VonCommon resident artist, Chase McBride, alongside new works from the VonCommon artists Chase, B. Jean S., Jonathan Marquis, and Adelaide Every. VonCommon Studio is located at 139 E Main St Suite 316 in downtown Missoula, and this opening reception will run 5-8 pm

Liquid Planet
223 N. Higgins Ave. (rear conference room) 

laurie e. mitchell presents "U.F.O.'s - Unidentified Found Objects" from 5pm to 8pm.

Le Petit Outre
129 S. $th St. W. 
"Telecommunications," a whimsical, mystical series of painted satellite dishes by Ann Karp, will be at Le Petit Outre, for the month of July. First Friday opening reception will be from 6-8 pm with live music by Aran Buzzas and fresh bread from the bakery.

studio d gallery
420 N. Higgins.  
 Presents new works by M. Scott Miller.

Flame Tree Factory
501 S. Orange
Flame Tree Factory  festivities include live glass blowing, live graffiti painting, and live music by John Smith and Dijon. As always, free food will be available along with beer for those of age. There will also be a raffle, allowing attendees the opportunity to win hand-blown  glass and other art. 

The Buttercup Market
1211 Helen Ave.
The Buttercup Market and Cafe is pleased to host the paintings of Shea Ketcham in her show "Spring Reflections in Pastel." The work hangs from July 1 to July 31, with an artist's reception from 3 to 5 on Friday, July 6. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Buttercup, located at 1221 Helen Ave, in the Heart of the University District.

Betty's Divine
521 S. Higgins 
Betty's July First Friday will showcase work by local artist Nicholas Kakavas. His show, entitled "Nonsense," is a collection of mixed media pieces, combining spray paint, glass, resin, and photography. The show will explore the nonsensical aspect of Kakavas' art, and its place in the art world at large. As always, the cheap wine and delicious Bernice's treats will be flowing!

Rising Lions
131 E. Main 
Drawings by Shua Ponzone and live music by 907Britt.

Tides Gallery at Batheing Beauties
501 S. Higgins 
The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties  presents "and the parade" by Ashley Jerman (New Handcrafted Jewelry). Showcase runs July 6 - August 2

Russell Smith Federal Courthouse
201 E. Broadway (2nd Floor)
"Color on the Landscape" by Nancy Seiler, new acrylics. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Zoo City Apparel
139 E. Main 
Evan Holmstrom - new illustrations on for First Friday July here at Zoo City Apparel.

Open Aids Alliance
500 N. Higgins Suite 100
Sarisa Rodriguez - "Fiftyeleven Feelings/Cincuentaonce SetimientosThis exhibit explores the emotional complexities and loving simplicity of relationships. Nurturing friendships, growing up with siblings, getting married, parent to child and back again, each way of loving someone entails a myriad of emotions.

2nd Friday at the ZACC

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st. West

The ZACC presents the work of Luke Smith on July 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The ZACC will also host free family silkscreening that night.  

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