First Friday October 5th, 2012

News From the Missoula Cultural Council

Hey Missoula! Are you ready for some art? October is shaping up to be a great month for First Friday. We have so much art coming at you that it won't even fit on our postcards! Check out what's in store for you this month... 

Last month brought us the opening of China in Missoula, a community wide project focused on sharing the art and culture of our friends to the far east. China in Missoula will continue this month through to October 29th with a diverse range of events and exhibits with several artists featured this First Friday. For a complete calendar of events visit the Missoula Cultural Council website.

You don't have to travel to Beijing to find great art though. As always First Friday is packed with exciting and innovative art and artists homegrown in Missoula and the surrounding area. This month also brings us a whole other day of art as the University Center Gallery heads up First Thursdays. We'll be keeping you updated on their monthly shows, but you can also find out more about what's happening there at their website.

This month First Friday is sponsored by The Festival of the Book hosted by Humanities Montana. Festival of the book will be happening the self same weekend as First Friday  starting Thursday October 4th and running through Saturday October 6th. Be sure to catch all that great literary action. For a complete schedule of events and more information on how to be awesome this weekend head over to:


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

"Evanescent" - Gerri Sayler
5pm - 8PM
Visit MAM for First Friday from 5-8 pm. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Immerse yourself in Gerry Sayler’s entrancing site specific work, Evanescent. Sayler created Evanescent to hang in MAM’s beautiful sunlit stairwell, and is inspired by her study, exploration, and understanding of Glacial Lake Missoula. At 7 PM, Sayler will talk about how she constructed, assembled, and suspended over three thousand fused hot glue and monofilament strands evoking water, ice and a sense of cascading. Thanks to the Missoulian for their support of MAM’s First Fridays. Free Expression // Free Admission.

Monte Dolack
139 West Front Street

Yellowstone National Park
The Monte Dolack Gallery will feature recent paintings and related prints and posters from Yellowstone National Park by Monte Dolack. 
The image to the left is "Faithful" by Monte Dolack (2012 Acrylic on Copper).

China in Missoula
The China in Missoula city-wide exhibition continues, featuring art by Chris Robitalle. Music will be provided by Julian Jared Ricci, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome, 5 to 8pm. 

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art Gallery
210 North Higgins, 3rd Floor

"At the Edge of the Desert" and "Ceramic Hexagrams"
Yet another participating gallery in the community wide "China in Missoula" event, Murphy Jubb continues their exhibition, "At the Edge of the Desert" which features a series of painting from Western Chinese farmers. Also featured this First Friday is the work of James Hewes, a local sculptor who will be displaying "Ceramic Hexagrams".

The Artist's Shop
127 North Higgins

"Fused Glass: Bold Color & Contemporary Design" 
by Ilene & Arden Arrington

The Artist's Shop is pleased to present "Fused Glass by Ilene & Arden Arrington: Bold Color and Contemporary Design" as they celebrate the grand opening of their new location at 127 North Higgins (formerly Whippersnappers). Ilene and Arden collaborate to create fused glass artworks in their Idaho studio on the Salmon River. This collection includes serving pieces and table art with striking color palettes and modern geometric patterns. Most are functional, so they may be used, appreciated, and enjoyed every day. You are invited to an artist's reception on First Friday, October 5, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through October (open 10-6 Mon-Fri. 10-5 Sat) The Artists' Shop will also be celebrating the GRAND OPENING at our new location during First Friday Gallery Night, October 5, 5-8pm. Please join us for special refreshments and music!

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front Street

"momentum in the stillness of now" by Noellynn Pepos
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of sculpture, prints, and drawings on steel, entitled "momentum in the stillness of now", by Noellynn Pepos. Pepos has been a studio artist in Victor, Montana since 1998. She has an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a BFA from the University of Washington. She has taught at the Penland School of Crafts (NC), at the Peters Valley Craft Center (NJ), and at Marywood University (PA). She has also been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Selected exhibitions include: Missoula Art Museum (MT), Holter Museum of Art (MT), Metal Museum (TN), Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts (TX), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC). Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, October 5th, 5 - 8pm.

Brunswick Gallery
223 West Railroad Street

"In the Cloud" by Joe Batt
"This installation of charcoal and pastel drawings is an expression of two main things. It is a meditation on the super quickly expanding presence of WiFi technology, culture, and devices in our lives, and it is a celebration of hand drawn gestural renderings of people and objects in a shared space. The drawings are a way to keep one foot on the path I know, and am more comfortable traveling." 

Joe is an artist from Olympia, Washington on the faculty of South Puget Sound Community College. He received his MFA from the University of Montana and formerly had a studio at the Brunswick Building in Missoula.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne

"Sky Vault" by Julia Galloway
The Clay Studio of Missoula is proud to host an exhibition by local potter Julia Galloway, Sky Vault, an exhibition featuring utilitarian ceramics inspired by the Montana sky. The surfaces of her pottery will be decorated with cloud and architectural motifs, and the installation of the work will highlight the complex duality of pottery as both decorative and useful. In conjunction with her exhibition, Julia will lead a workshop on October 27, 10am-4pm, ($90/$80 for members) and present an artist talk on Friday, October 26 at 7pm (The lecture is free and open to the public).

The Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

"Young Guns III" - New Work by Rising New Artists
This month the Dana Gallery welcomes eight of the West's rising young stars. Come down to see the works of Jonathon Caluori, Kira Fercho, Trey McCailey, Caleb Meyer, Matt O'Connor, Laura Blue Palmer, Clay Pape, and Francis Switzer. Look below for a sample of some of these impressive up and comers.

"Summer Night" by Caleb Meyer
"Tranquil Blue" by Laura Blue Palmer
"View from the Hills" by Francis Switzer

127 East Main Street 3rd Floor

"Drones over MSLA" by Jeremiah Goldson
This month VonCommon brings us Jeremiah Goldson for one night only. His black and white, pen and ink illustrations travel through sci-fi, fantasy and cyberpunk genres. Come check out his work while DJ Avatar spins tunes. 5-10pm.


Ayurvedic Health & Wellness
126 East Broadway Suite 24

Anna Donaghy Nix
Local artist Anna Donaghy Nix will be sharing her recent paintings at the Ayurvedic Health & Wellness center. Nestled on the second floor Masonic Temple Building at 126 East Broadway.

Bella Sauvage
629 Woody Street

Zombie Tools
Bella Sauvage Day Spa is pleased to be featuring the works of Zombie Tools. The folks at Zombie Tools are legitimate craftsmen and metalsmiths who create top quality blades and other gear that will increase your odds of surviving a zombie apocalypse! In addition to manufacturing fine blades, they also have their own unique brand of art that will fit in perfectly with the spirit of the upcoming All Hallows Eve. Please join us on Friday, Oct. 5th from 5pm - 8pm and enjoy something a little bit different!

Betty's Divine

521 South Higgins

Canvas and Stencil works by Marlo Crocifisso

October's First Friday at Betty's will feature the art of Marlo Crocifisso. Marlo continues to explore the role of the stencil through her large canvas and stencil works inspired by urban environments. Marlo's show will feature new pieces, as well as some from the vault. Swing by from 5-8 to enjoy wine and Bernice's goodies.

Blaque Owl Tattoo
307 North Higgins

Dark Art (Bone and Oil Paintings) by Tanya
       "My fascination for bones began during the years I spent in the high desert; finding bones while hiking. To me, the sun-bleached bones were a form of art in themselves.I began to collect, and integrate them into my oil paintings.
My art is a creative self-expression of the trials and tribulations I have observed and experienced through my life. It is not about being dark. My creations express overcoming the darkness, releasing the soul and creating your own light from within, while existing in a dark world." - Tanya

Britta Bloedorn, Clinical Herbalist
210 North Higgins # 318

Original Paintings by Christine Welch
Britta Bloedorn, Clinical Herbalist, opens her office to proudly present original paintings by Christine Welch, of Sphere Painting, with an opening reception on First Friday, October 5, 5-8 pm at 210 N Higgins #318 in Missoula. Call (406) 830-0949 for more information or visit

Brooks and Brown

200 South Pattee

Pen & Ink Illustrations by Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy will be showcasing several original works of pen and ink overlaid with color. Strongly influenced by fishing culture, Brian captures the spirit of the new West.

Buttercup Market & Cafe
1221 Helen Ave.

"The Choices" by Emmet Ore
The Buttercup Market and Cafe presents "The Choices," a collection of ink drawings and paintings by local musician Emmet Ore. This body of work is the culmination of a year of discovery, with layered color and line representing the way that decisions built upon each other and create our experiences. Reception runs from 3 to 5 on Friday, October 5, with free refreshments and live guitar music.

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins

"Animal: Prints" by David Miles Lusk
This month brings us an exhibition of blocked printed critters from across the animal kingdom by David Miles Lusk. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to walk away wearing some great local art. Prints on paper are editioned to ten and will be selling for fifteen dollars. T-shirt prints will be fifteen dollars if you bring your own shirt or twenty for a new shirt.

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins

Photography by Rick Landry
The subjects of Bitterroot Valley photographer Rick Landry’s work are both wonders of Nature, untouched by humankind, as well as abandoned, man-made objects and artifacts—forlorn, discarded, orphaned, forgotten and in the process
of being reclaimed by natural forces of brush and grass, wind, the rain and the snow, the ice and the light. The individual histories of each of these transitory subjects—vehicles, farms, buildings, small-town main streets—hold complicated tales of human industry, dreams and disappointment in their derelict vestiges and lingering auras. Landry’s goal is to capture and vividly portray the forces of change, relying upon the beauty of the available light within each given moment.

Downtown Dance Collective
121 West Main Street

Textile Works by Odette A. Grassi
Closes at 7pm
Ms. Grassi's creations can take a wide variety of forms, from pencil drawings to mixed media collages, printmaking to wearables. This showing of textile designs includes original images created with fabric from her own sketches.
For Ms. Grassi, the process of using a fabric medium is a combination of control and surprise. After envisioning the image and creating the drawings to work from, comes a treasure hunt to 'discover' just the right colors, shades and patterns. Each creation is hand or machine pieced, hand appliqued and stitched. Some pieces are then embellished with beadwork, threads, or other objects. In addition to original works, DDC will be showcasing limited edition prints of Ms. Grassi's textile works. Opening Reception held on Friday, October 5th from 5pm-7pm at 121 W Main Street.

Families First Children's Museum
225 West Front Street

Art from the YMCA/Great Bear Foundation
Closes at 7PM
This month brings a visit from the Great Bear Foundation. Come learn about bears and see some locally made art from YMCA. Be sure to get here early though, because the Children's Museum will be closing at 7PM.

Garden Mother Herbs
345 West Front Street

Featured Artist: Emmanuel Preta - Painting
As always your Garden Mother will be displaying a plethora of artists. Taking the spotlight this month is Emmanuel Preta, a high class artist doing high-class art. Emanuel brings his vision to life on the canvas. He allows us a peek backwards in time at the logistics of massive human achievement through these beautiful paintings.

Almost a dozen artists will be joining Emmanuel while musical guest Chris and his yet to be announced colleague serenade you. The reception will run from 5pm to 9ish with fire dancing beginning at 8pm. Below is a random sampling of what you can expect to grace Garden Mother's walls in the month of October.

"Back to Nature Series"
Local Photographer Kelly S. brings us a series focused on rugged, natural wildlife photographed throughout three states.

Xavier Myers
Quite possibly the youngest First Friday artist we've seen. At age nine, Xavier opens his first gallery show featuring hard hitting themes such as movies, sports, and animals. His preferred medium is pen and watercolor.

Xua Ponzone
The X names continue with Ponzone presenting 16 pieces of pen and ink prints. Those of you hoping for great bursts of color, slow down. Mr. Ponzone prefers a stylized approach with minimal color.

Other participating artists include:
Robin (rock and woody collection), W. Shawna (Phallic Necklaces), Elliot, Penn Wolf (Wildlife and Landscape Photography), Jeff McGrath (Line Drawings) 

House Design Studio
133 N. Higgins

Barry Thompson
HOUSE is delighted to have Barry Thompson and selections from his landscapes collection for First Friday in October.

"Barry Thompson is a Painter and Art Director who lives and works in Missoula, Montana. He is compelled to paint natural landscapes because they are the places where he feels most alive and connected.
Barry is also the founder of Barndance, a creative motion design studio."

Hunter Bay Coffee
101 East Front Street

Taylor Schwickert/MT*KRUSE
Taylor Schwickert is a Montana raised, Seattle based artist and designer as well as a graduate of Montana State University's School of Art and Design. Schwickert creates geometric, dancing landscapes with charged titles invoking the viewer to question and reconsider political and societal norms. His alter-ego MT*KRUSE enjoys drawing bright, dripping, abstract faces as a result of one too many concussions.

Lambros ERA @ Paradigm Architects
125 1/2 West Main Street

Watercolor & Acrylics by Anne Holt
Rita Gray, Lambros ERA real estate is proud to present Artist Anne Holt as our featured artist this month. We are moving our venue this month to Paradigm v2.0 Architects, 125 ½ West Main (in the alley behind the Top Hat Lounge). Please stop by to see Anne’s work; you will be glad you did. Now a little information on Anne:

After graduating from Montana State University with a BA in art/English education and later an MA from the University of Montana, I taught middle school and high school for 27 years.  During that time, I designed sets for theatrical and musical performances, painted store windows with students, designed program covers and displayed my work in local art shows.  When I retired in 2003, I moved to Missoula where I have continued to pursue my art interests by taking advantage of workshops and classes.  Primarily, I paint with water-based mediums. The subjects of my paintings speak to moments that have strayed into my imagination and begged for color and form.

Lake Missoula Tea Company
126 East Broadway, Suite 22

Tea & Photography by Uriah Kreilick
The Lake Missoula Tea Company invites you to celebrate our grand opening on First Friday, October 5th, at our new tea shop located on the 2nd floor of the historic Masonic Temple at 126 E. Broadway, Suite #22. There will be samples of various Chinese teas and photographs from Uriah Kreilick's recent trip to China. Come see Missoula's only tea bar and enjoy a cup of tea, a glass of wine and yummy appetizers. Visit for more information about our teas and our upcoming business hours.

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main Street

"Heart of Missoula" Paintings by J Bouchee

The Loft of Missoula is pleased to present the painting tribute to Missoula of J Bouchee, titled, "Heart of Missoula."

"Every ounce of energy I put into a painting comes from my heart and soul. They are an extensions of me and I hope they radiate positive energy way beyond my lifetime. I passionately stand for what I believe in and want to make a difference by creating peace spreading compassion. We're human beings and the love we show each other is the only thing that time cannot erase. This is my collection inspired by the Heart of Missoula."

One Love Missoula! ~ J Bouchee

Maddux Real Estate Group
100 West Railroad Street

Mark Mesenko & Randy Zielinski

Dawn Maddux, Realtor or Windermere Real Estate and the Maddux Real Estate Group is proud to feature two local artists  at 100 W Railroad, Suite 200 (upstairs). Artists include a fourth generation Montanan, Mark Mesenko whose photography captures a unique perspective on local icons including Western Montana landscape and wildlife and Randy Zielinski, a Missoula painter whose acrylic on canvas paintings range from impressionism to landscape.

Missoula Community Access Television
500 North Higgins

Occupational Illustration Corporation
First Friday October 5th MCAT will be hosting the video art of the Occupational Illustration Corporation or OiC which is the collaborative effort between Joel Baird & Rick Phillips to make short art video poems. The screening will features some of their latest work including “Vietnam Diabolique” The 15 minute program will repeat on the quarter hour.

Montana Art & Framing

709 Ronan Street

Saltmine Artists
Montana Art and Framing 709 Ronan Street, Missoula, Montana presents the "Saltmine Artists" First Friday, October 5 from 5 to 9 pm. The "Saltmine Artists" are Bev Beck Glueckert, Stephen Glueckert, Peter Keefer, Cathryn Mallory, Karen Rice, Edgar Smith. This is contemporary art consisting of drawings, prints, altered digital photography, and mixed media sculpture.

noteworthy paper & press
101 South Higgins

"Shipping & Handling" by laurie e. mitchell
noteworthy paper & press  will be hosting the prolific laurie e. mitchell as she presents a show featuring mixed media focusing on re-purposed shipping materials including cardboard, paper and styrofoam, as well as found objects.

Open Aid Alliance
500 North Higgins

"A Day in the Life" by Ivette
Ivette is a self-taught contemporary artist and world-traveler who has chosen to make  Missoula her home. The show is titled "A Day in the Life" and will include an eclectic collection of paintings in various styles and media to celebrate diversity and promote tolerance.

"Creating art for me is like a microcosm of life: Some days the paintings paint themselves and it seems that I’m only watching as the colors jump right into place in perfect harmony, short, sweet, perfect. Other days it takes more effort until I see results, and some days, which are quite frustrating, no matter how much effort I put into it, it just doesn’t seem to come out right and the more I try the worse it gets. So either I walk away and try another day or… end up painting the canvas white and start over".

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins

"Drawn by the Landscape" Paintings by Elloie Jeeter
What I paint is simply inspired by the beauty in nature I see everyday... it nourishes, connects and grounds me to the ‘real world’ and all forms of life. It is a reflection of where I live and why I choose to live here.

Selvedge Studio
509 South Higgins

"The Process of Making Eggs" Jewelry by Katie Ghen

Join us for treats, wine and "The Process of Making Eggs" One of a kind art pieces by Katie Ghen, made for your body. Like nothing you've seen before, we promise! Time to start building your fall wardrobe!!

Come back on Saturday for a Happy Hour Workshop. From 5pm to 6pm on Saturday October 6th make egg-shaped lavender sachets with us! $2 including supplies - all ages and skill levels welcome.

Studio D
420 North Higgins

"Antiquated Spaces" by Brian Herbel
For october ,Studio d will be hosting Brian Herbel's new photographs This show is appropriately named "antiquated spaces". Studio d is located at 420 north Higgins. Missoula mt. First Friday reception is from five to eight pm.

Suite 406
101 East Broadway, Suite 406

"Better Half" Various Artists/Mediums
Suite 406 at 101 East Broadway invites you to a show honoring the spirit of women. Fabulous Montana women will be showing a variety of views and perspectives of the celebration and struggles of the "better half".

The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties
501 South Higgins

Urban Tribal Jewelry
from the Hip Strip Fashion Show
More information to come.

517 South Higgins

Jax Hats
This month Upcycled will showcase Jax Hats, who will allegedly be saving the world from ugly sweaters, one hat at a time.

Silversmith Jewelry
Also featured at Upcycled in October, Silversmith Jewelry will create unique pieces of jewelry from vintage silverware.

Zoo City Apparel
139 East Main Street

IMUR: Mixed Media Instillation
This month Zoo City will be hosting IMUR's mixed media instillation. Stick around after First Friday for a black metal show featuring False and Throne of Lies. As always First Friday is free, but a 5 dollar donation is suggested for the after party.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

University Center Gallery
2nd Floor of the University Center

Art & Culture: 20 Years and Counting
Join the UCG for the opening reception of new our latest exhibit, “20 Years & Counting.” UM Alumni Christine Pinney Karkow, Bev Beck Glueckert, & Monica Bauer question if in the midst of mass-produced, repetitive and for profit spaces can there still be some type of poetic essence that is able to transcend advertising exploitation in order to express something of history and myth?

Please call 406-243-5564 for more information or visit

5:30PM - 8:30 PM

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North First Street West

Festival of the Dead
2nd Friday, October 12th The ZACC will be hosting a group art show with a Festival of The Dead theme. The exhibit will feature works by 28 local and regional artists and will be juried by The Missoula Festival Of The Dead Committee. The show will celebrate the 20th annual Missoula Festival of The Dead parade which will happen this year on November 2nd, and will feature food, wine, a free Festival Of The Dead silk-screening project, and a silent auction to benefit this wonderful annual community event.