First Friday September 7th, 2012

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

Willkommen Sie, ein und alles!
The Missoula Cultural Council is gearing up for our 20th annual Germanfest celebration. The event celebrates the culture and long standing relationship held with our sister city, Neckargemund. It's all taking place September 9th in Caras Park from 2pm to 6pm. Admission is free as always and music will be provided by the Bavarian Echoes. Bayern will be tapping the kegs while the Shack serves up bratwurst and other traditional German fare. Germanfest is an all ages event with plenty activities for das kinder. Poke the bear for more info.

You may have noticed more Chinese art popping up among some of the galleries this First Friday. These galleries and artists are helping us kick off China in Missoula. Beginning September 7, China In Missoula will be a community wide focus on the art and culture of China, with exhibitions and events taking place in Missoula and on the UM Campus for six weeks. More information will be available here and on the Missoula Cultural Council website as the event draws closer.

In addition to the wonderful pieces provided as part of China in Missoula, this month brings a great deal of promising artists and unique exhibitions.

Galleries and Museums


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

Please join us for a First Friday Opening Reception with the Collectors of Selected Works from the Susan and Roy O'Connor Collection. MAM will take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the contributions of Susan and Roy O’Connor in generously making this exhibition a reality. At 7 PM, join Fredericka Hunter, the owner of Texas Gallery in Houston, TX, to hear her firsthand experiences representing many of Contemporary Art’s pioneers including Chuck Close, William Wegman, Brice Marden, and Ed Ruscha. Hunter also helped facilitate the growth of the O’Connor Collection. This will be a memorable evening! 335 N. Pattee, 5-8 PM, Free Admssion.

The Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

Welcoming Jean Richardson & Diane Ainsworth : New Works
We’re excited to introduce Northwest Coast artist Diane Ainsworth. Named

“Best in the West” in SouthWest Art Magazine, Diane Ainsworth’s winning awards including Best Of Show at Taos Impressionist Exhibition, 1st Place in Ray Vinella Taos Exhibition and People’s Choice in Port Townsend Art Expo.


China in Missoula: works by visiting artist Nijat Hushur
Dana Gallery welcomes visiting artist Nijat Hushur from Xinjiang Provence in conjunction with the community – wide collaborative exhibition “China in Missoula”. Nijat Hushur is scheduled to present a slide show at the gallery on Saturday morning , September 8th at 11 a.m. Please join us.

“First Friday” Opening Reception:  September 7th,  5 - 8 p.m.

  Saturday slide presentation by Nijat Hushur : September 8th, 11 a.m.

Continuing Exhibition:
June 1st through September 30th, 2012

National “Icons of the West” Exhibition
Take a tour of western iconology through the unique interpretations of over 100 nationally known and honored contemporary artists.  The Dana Gallery, home of the 2006 and 2008 Oil Painters of America (OPA) National shows is hosting this unique 2nd annual summer exhibition.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan

Stitch: Lines of Communication
Heidi Zielinski, Stevensville, Montana

Layered cloth and extensive lines of stitching speak through their intricate patterning, texture and subject to evoke different feelings for viewers depending on their personal life experiences and perspective. As an artist, Heidi Zielinski is, and will always be, searching for ways to express her love of life, nature, and place.
Through this collection of new pieces you will get a glimpse of the passion and excitement she experiences in creating her art.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front

The Monte Dolack Gallery will showcase the commissioned poster for the 25th Anniversary of Bayern Brewing. The new poster is titled "Celebration Brewing Over Missoula" by Monte Dolack. The gallery will also feature artwork presented by China in Missoula, a community wide project bringing together the University of Montana and local business to feature art about and from China, the Monte Dolack Gallery will be featuring the art of Chris Robaitalle. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Mountain Breathers Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome!

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins #300

"At The Edge of the Desert"

The Murhpy - Jubb Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present this collection of paintings from China.

The Clay Studio of Missoula 
1106 A Hawthorne

Alison Reintjes

Opening reception Friday, September 7, 5:30-9pm

Exhibition runs September 7-28, 2012

In culmination of a two-year residency at the Clay Studio, Alison Reintjes will present Crystallography. Crystallography, which translates as “lucid writing”, is the study of crystals based on their geometry. The exhibition will feature a wall drawing made of long, thin porcelain canes that describe geometric atomic structures, and is designed to encompass the viewer in a visual experience. Alison Reintjes first moved to Montana in 2001 for a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena. She has completed additional residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana, and is currently a resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She has exhibited at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, AKAR Gallery, Museu de Ceramica de l'Alcora in Spain, ASU Ceramic Research Center, Lill Street Art Center and the Northern Clay Center, among others.

The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from September 7-28, 2012, with an opening reception on Friday, September 7, from 5:30-9pm. Gallery events are free and open to the public.

127 East Main Suite 316

VonCommon Studios will be hosting an open studio. Come watch artists making art before your very eyes!

5pm - 8pm

Studio D
420 North Higgins

" m. Scott miller, uncut"

m. Scott miller's work will be showcased at the Missoula Art Museum in September, but not all of it made the cut. Studio D is giving you the chance to see the other "uncut" collection of miller's work which is centered on night scenes of downtown Missoula.

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main

Abstract Acrylic Mixed Medium
Karen Bergman

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 excited to announce the September 7th First Friday showing of artist Karen Bergman. Come to the most unique gallery venue in Missoula and relax on our sofa's or sit at our bar and visit with friends. 119 West Main Street right off Higgins across the street from the Parking Garage, above the Downtown Dance Collective.

Artist Statement:
Some of my art includes paper and Swarovski crystals for added depth and interest. Being gifted with a talent for color, lines, depth and imagination is now how I bring joy and content into my life and hopefully to the lives of those who view my art. Enjoy~
Karen Bergman
Lolo, Montana

The Artist's Shop
127 North Higgins

The Artists' Shop, gallery of local art and fine craft, NEW LOCATION at 127 N. Higgins, Missoula, presents:

"Hand Painted Silkwares" 
by Christy Lynn Greene of Missoula

While an Artist-in-Residence in Greece, Christy Lynn Greene began painting a collection of silk scarves. During European travels, she was inspired by Art Nouveau, Chinoiserie, and Dalmaling, which are the motifs depicted on her hand painted scarf collection. These are works of fine art that may be worn, displayed, or decorated with. You are invited to an artists' reception on First Friday, September 7, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through September (open 10-6 Mon-Fri. 10-5 Sat)

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front

ARTIST: james bailey
EXHIBITION: you are here
DATES: September 7 - 29, 2012
RECEPTION: Friday, September 7th, 5-8pm

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "you are here", by James Bailey.

Bailey's work examines maps/mapping as both objects and acts by exploring the systems and conventions of depicting, charting, categorizing and interpreting our environment and experiences. Through his investigations he re-presents his data through the lens of personal experience. The works in this  exhibition are his explorations of Missoula. Through the use of both literal and  abstract elements, his work represents a sort of personal geography.

"I am interested in the narrative of the map, the story it may tell, through its combination of science and art. Maps may be seen as portraits of a place, acting as symbolic devices to interpret a complex system. The fact and fiction of how we visualize and elucidate our world, and how that data is ultimately relayed to the viewer is what I am interested in exploring."

James holds a MFA from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently an artist and Professor in the School of Art at The University of Montana.

James continues his research into both traditional and experimental approaches in printmaking. As an artist, James has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in over 200 exhibitions and national print portfolios throughout the United States and abroad. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Hillard University Art Museum and Sioux City Arts Center.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, September 7th, 5 - 8pm.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Other Venues

Garden Mother Herbs
345 West Front

Featured artist Jennifer Edwards presents, "Dance of Relationship" a series of stained glass works.

More art provided by: 

Ashlie Vinion (up-cycled purses all one of a kind), 

Taylor Drew Kelly (charcoal, nudes, folds in fabric, realism, figure drawing, acrylic horses and landscape, abstract impressionism. photography),
David Veto (knitting art, drawings pencil and sharpie pen &abstract) 

Julie Hoffman (3D objects), 

Nathaniel Luke Smith (ink and pen and watercolor paper with brush and acrylic on canvas and bone, surreal animals and people), 

Mike Kunz ( photography black and white film and digital color. Landscape and wildlife and nature) 

and Laura Riggs (acrylic pop art, impressionistic)

Live Music By: Will Peterson joined by Nathan and Elliot

Join us for beer, wine, tea and snacks

Draught Works
915 Toole Ave.

Eric Carlson is the featured artist this month at Draught Works. Eric Carlson is a local illustrator and archaeologist who was born and raised in Juno, Alaska.The paintings in this show depict narrative stories involving transformational themes.

Suite 406
101 East Broadway Suite 406

Montana Mandala's
Carolyn Baker

SUITE 406 proudly presents Montana Mandala's by Carolyn Baker. She is a native Montanan who has a unique way to bring the natural beauty of Montana into your home. Carolyn will also present her paintings and other artwork at The Montana Building, 101 East Broadway, Suite 406. Please stop by and welcome this upcoming artist.

Downtown Dance Collective
121 West Main

Living Art of Montana hosts the “Friends of Living Art Show” at the Downtown Dance Collective for the month of September with a First Friday opening on 9/7/12 from 5-7 p.m. Living Art of Montana has been using the arts and nature to support healing since 1993. The “Friends of Living Art Show” celebrates Missoula area artists who have contributed to Living Art in so many ways including donating their skills to facilitate workshops and donating amazing light themed art to our annual Light Show fundraiser. Artists include Bev Glueckert, Stephen Glueckert, Odette Grassi, Beth Jaffe, Laurie Mitchell, Katie Patten, Kathleen Sheard, Karl Stein, Peter Keefer, Carol Hoffnagle, and Bonnie Tarses.

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins

David Wise

Artist Statement:
I use both digital and film formats for my photography, the results of which I’d like to share with you.

Large Format Digital Prints:
The “Panorama” was first used by Robert Baker who exhibited a painting of Edinburgh and London on a cylindrical surface which was viewed from the inside. The field of vision for the human eye varies among individuals between 160 and 180 degrees. Panoramic representations allow us to behold images larger than our own personal vision. I believe in pursuing experiences which can remind me that the world is always larger than I perceive it to be at a given moment.

Medium Format Film Prints:
Seeing a newly printed photograph in a dark room emerge from a blank white page and watching new life being born are very similar experiences.With my prints, I hope to show you something you would not have otherwise seen; an angle or detail otherwise passed by.

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins

ILLUMINATIONS: A Celebration of Film
Carol Johanna Heer

Carol Johanna Heer specializes in darkroom and 19th century photographic processes. ILLUMINATIONS is a collection of work that celebrates light in dark places—from the movement of shadows in the Utah Canyonlands to the flicker of butter lamps in Tibet. Moments of light that make every space sacred.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins

September's First Friday at Betty's Divine will feature the artwork of the infamous Mr. Abe Coley. Coley has spent his down time this summer building a spectacular cabin so, naturally, his show will be all about the art of the cabin. Who doesn't love cabins? Refreshments include water, bowls of sawdust, nails, and of course, wine and treats from Bernice's from 5-8.

Tides Gallery at Batheing Beauties
501 South Higgins

Beadwoven Jewelry
by Jane Eve
The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties
501 S. Higgins Avenue

September 7 - October 4

Jane Eve lives in Lolo, Montana. Her jewelry is meticulously created using an amazing variety of beads, assorted gemstones, fossils and whatever other elements inspire her. Jane’s pieces are one of a kind works of art, using the utmost care and craftsmanship in their creation. Jane is inspired by the idea of creating something beautiful out of an assembly of parts and pieces. She loves learning new techniques and putting them together.

Bernice's Bakery
190 South Third West
"Landscapes of Montana"

A collection of works by co-artists Linda Browning and her Aunt Germaine Trenary. Join us for First Friday for a glass of wine and original oil paintings, featuring the landscapes of Montana.

500 N. Higgins

MCAT is hosting 1 Minute Missoula Festival. 1-Minute Missoula is a festival of one-minute films about Missoula made by the people who live here. The mission of the festival’s producer, Amy Stout is to encourage everyone to be cultural producers. You can learn more about the festival at

Open Aid Alliance
500 North Higgins

Open Aid Alliance, formerly known as Missoula Aids Council, will showcase Ashley Reloba and her ‘Meyora Art’ during the month of September. Meyora Art is locally made and created to spark a thought and bring about a smile. Each piece remains without a title so that the observer may create their own meaning and feeling. Please join us for an opening reception September 7th from 5pm-8pm. 

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins

Growth Diary of Baby Pandas
Luo Xiaoyun

This exhibition is the growth diary of baby panda bears. Marvels and hardships accompany the growth of pandas. China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda is the most experienced research institute in the world in conserving the panda population, and has helped make this exhibition possible. Its main functions include behavior research of giant pandas, artificial rearing, as well as conducting experiments on returning pandas in the reserve to the wild.

Hosting Organizations:

China Wildlife Conservation Association
China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda
Missoula Cultural Council
University of Montana

Buttercup Market & Cafe
1221 Helen Ave.

The Buttercup Market is pleased to present

"On the Label" 

by Ed Jenne

A collection of illustrations including those used for beer labels and railroad imagery. Reception from 4 to 6 PM, with free refreshments and information about local beer culture and responsible consumption. Start your First Friday in the University District as you make your way downtown.

Frontier Space Missoula
Higgins and Pine

What is the Institution?

The Frontier Space brings together a variety of MFA candidates to take a close examination of the role that art schools, galleries, and the fine art industry affect the way in which art is both created and validated.

517 South Higgins

This month Upcycled features the art of Courtney Blazon, with her show "Menagerie." "Menagerie" is a series of black and white pen and ink drawings of the animal kingdom on upcycled cardboard. Stop by and see all of our recycled products.

Children's Museum
225 West Front

The Families First Children’s Museum welcomes a visit from the Missoula Bicycle Ambassadors, an organization devoted to making cycling safer, encouraging more trips by bike in the Missoula area, and spreading good will between all road users. Free admission from 5-7pm.

Noteworthy Paper & Press
101 South Higgins

We are SO excited to welcome our very own Jenny Tiskus as our First Friday artist for September. Jenny is a painter and printmaker. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Art Practice and specializes in works on paper. In addition to being a fabulous shopgirl at Noteworthy*, she is an aspiring disco roller skater and an avid pie baker. Join us from 5 to 8 pm to view her incredible works. Snacks provided.

Zoo City Apparel
139 East Main

Brittany Felgate takes center stage as Zoo City's featured artist. The reception will go from 5pm to 8pm, but stick around for the music directly following the reception.

Hunter Bay Coffee
101 East Front

This month Hunter Bay will be showing the photography of Greta Jernberg.

Butterfly Herbs
232 N. Higgins

This month Butterfly Herbs is pleased to present "kaleidoscope paintings" by artist, Shandielle.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway

Jill Logan 
Come join share the evening with local photographer Jill Logan at Computer Central for refreshments opening night September 7, 2012 5pm-7:30pm.

Ayurvedic Health and Wellness
126 East Broadway Suite 24

Please join us for a First Friday Open House + Art Show featuring paintings by a local MIssoula artist.

MISMO Gymnastics
1900 West Broadway

Join us at Mismo's BBQ for Missoula! This fun filled FREE night is this Friday Sept 7th from 4pm to 8pm! Mismo has become a family staple in Missoula. If you love our obstacle courses that we do all summer at outdoor events then you are gonna love our FREE OPEN GYM! Food, fun, family!

2nd Friday at the ZACC

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North First West

Lady Pajama

Artist Statement:

At the end of October my residency ends at the ZACC. I wanted to do a year of art show to compliment a year residency. And what a year it was. I had a baby on January 5th. Pregnancy put a stopper in my brain and plugged up what was normally an out pouring of artistic expression. Having the baby undid the stopper, but tied my hands. Despite my desire to do art my baby seems to monopolize my arms. Although my brain has endless hours of feeding time where it wanders thinking about all sorts of ideas for projects. A great amount of effort was put into even getting to express myself in these pieces. There was no time for self censorship or planning. Just stolen moments to scribble on paper. Oh, who would have thought.