First Friday: Febraury 1st, 2013

News from the Missoula Cultural Council

This month's theme is alliteration. February First: First Friday at Five O' Clock.

Do you know someone in the art community that deserves recognition? Nominate them for our Annual Arts Awards. The Missoula Cultural Council will be honoring arts leaders in the following categories: Individual Artist, Individual Cultural Achievement, Arts Educator, Business Support for the Arts, and Cultural Vision. The deadline for nominations is February 15th, 2013. For more information and a nomination form visit:

The Missoula Art Museum will be holding their 41st Benefit Art Auction on Saturday February 2nd at 5pm in the University Center Ballroom. First Friday being the night before this fantastic auction, the MAM will not be hosting a reception this month. However if the next day you find yourself desperately in need of more art, you can always buy a ticket to the auction. The event will feature a live auction, silent auction, cocktails, raffles, and of course the warm fuzzy feeling from supporting the arts in Missoula. For more information visit:

There is a new venue in town. University Congregational, United Church of Christ is hitting the First Friday scene this month with a show featuring paintings of social justice leaders. With space to hang a ten foot tall Harriet Tubman, the Church is on the lookout for future First Friday artists. Submit your proposals to and of course, remember this is a church, so keep it classy guys and gals. To get a better sense of what the church is all about check out their website:

Alliteration abounds as the Missoula Cultural Council invites you to double down at the Downtown Dance Collective as they present art from a variety of print makers during normal First Friday hours, followed by a rousing tribute to Mr. Rogers, put together by the jesting, jumbled, je ne sais quoi of Jeff, Josh, and Jack.

The Zootown Arts Community Center will be hosting a Mini Benefit, featuring tiny cocktails, itty-bitty hors d'eurves, and of course lots of miniature art to be auctioned off both live and silently. If you are an artist and you think you have what it takes to make something tiny visit for more information on how to submit. Deadline is March 6, 2013.

This month's First Friday is sponsored by the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The festival will run from February 15th through the 24th. Films will be screened at the Historic Wilma Theatre as well as the Crystal Theatre. Now in its 10th year, The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. In 2012, the festival drew an audience of 20,000 and received nearly 1000 film entries from every corner of the globe. The BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. The festival hosts over seventy-five visiting artists, and presents an average of 125 non-fiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater and Crystal Theater in downtown Missoula. For more information visit


The Artists' Shop
127 North Higgins Avenue

"The Dying Arts: Native American Beadwork & Horsehair Hitching" by Don Gingras

The Artists' Shop, gallery of local art and fine craft, new location at 127 N. Higgins, Missoula, presents "The Dying Arts: Native American Beadwork & Horsehair Hitching" by Don Gingras of Arlee, MT. The art of horsehair hitching was at its apex in the West during the 1800's. These intricate, ornamental textiles can take months to years to complete. This exhibit will include unique and uncommon horse bridles, quirts, hat bands, belt buckles and war bonnets. You are invited to an artist's reception on First Friday, February 1, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through February (open 10-6 Mon-Fri. 10-5 Sat & Sun)

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front Street

"Mitigation Notes" by Edgar Smith

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition entitled "Mitigation Notes", by Edgar Smith.

Smith’s recent body of work represents a response to public vs. private land issues in the Northwest. The work for the February, 2013 exhibit at the Brink Gallery focus specifically on the Clark Fork River drainage in Montana, from Silver Bow Creek and Butte, to areas just west of the Missoula valley. The concepts surrounding these works range from the impact of heavy industry, to simply celebrating the Clark Fork watershed’s unique qualities. The paintings are map-like aerial views of industrial sites, including the recently established remediation ponds of the Opportunity/Anaconda Superfund site, built in conjunction with the Milltown site clean up. The wall installation, made from Cottonwood bark, beeswax, and mine tailings, functions as a metaphor of the Clark Fork River and its complex history.

Raised and schooled in the Midwest, Edgar Smith acquired a “rust belt aesthetic” at a very young age. Both the power and the devastation of heavy industry made a huge impression. Since moving to Montana in 1991, Smith has found that the archaic, or Romantic definition of the sublime (awe mixed with horror!) co-exists with the contemporary definition (exalted, majestic etc.) in the western landscape. Exploited, ravaged expanses can loom just behind a ridge from pristine peaks and prairies. Polarities such as this, on environmental, social, and psychological levels continue to inform Smith’s work.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, February 1st, 5 - 8pm.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne

"Out of the Blue" a Juried Exhibition

Out of the Blue, sponsored by the Clay Studio of Missoula, is an exhibition showcasing ceramic work that explores the infinite possibilities of the idea of a cup. Juried by Trey Hill, an accomplished sculptor and Assistant Professor at University of Montana’s School of Art, 21 works from 19 artists have been selected from numerous applicants throughout the United States and Canada.

Out of the Blue, sponsored by the Clay Studio of Missoula, is a juried exhibition showcasing ceramic work that addresses “blue”. Blue describes a color, a state of mind, and a musical style. Blue is the color of light between violet and green on the visible spectrum, is commonly used to describe melancholy, is traditionally associated with the sea and the sky, is the most common color of business suits, and is the shade of our favorite jeans. In ceramics, cobalt is one of our most potent colorants, used in glazes to make colors ranging from blues to purples to greys and blacks. The work selected for this show covers a variety of approaches this concept, ranging from Dara Hartman’s elegant jar with a glazed blue interior, to Rachael M. Jones’ Pompeii Preserved, a haunting miniature still encased in glass.

The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from February 1-22 2013, with an opening on Friday, February 1, from 5:30-9pm.  Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins Avenue

12th Annual Collector's Resale Show

This popular event, held in the form of a Silent Auction offers a Special Collections lineup of veritable “whos who” of highly recognizable names including Rudy Autio, David Shaner, Francis Senska, Walter Hook, Delbert Gish, Jay Rummel, Clyde Aspevig, Ansel Adams and many more. The Dana Gallery would like to extend an invitation to our 12th Annual “Collector’s Resale” Show , opening on Friday, February 1st. 5pm-8pm . Many pieces being offered for private bid auction will be from the Timothy Gordon Collection. Once again, Timothy Gordon - noted Missoula appraiser will be including a broad group of rare works of art from fine estates including: Old Worlds Master pantings; Two Very rare original Ansel Adams photographs; Ceramic works by Archie Bray greats Rudy Autio, David Shaner, Frances Senska; Montana legends, Walter Hook, Delbert Gish, Clyde Aspevig, Asha MacDonald and many others; Fun historical lithograph posters; A Collection of 18th Century Hunting Pictures; 18th c. Chippendale Furniture, worthy of the Roadshow.

Please join us for the opening reception of this exclusive show on February 1st.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan Street

"Early Works 1970 to 1990" by Nancy Erickson

For February and March Montana Art and Framing will exhibit Nancy Erickson's early works that are the foundation for the new works she will be showing at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana, January 31 to April. The pieces consist of huge stuffed figures, giant wall pieces, and other fiber art with 30% of the sales going to the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The exhibit can be previewed First Friday February 1st from 5 - 9 pm. A opening reception will be held February 8th from 5 to 9 pm.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

"Winter Works" by Monte Dolack

For First Friday, February 1st the Gallery will exhibit works by Monte Dolack created during the short days and long nights of the Montana winter. Join us for refreshments and music by Julian Jared Ricci. The painting featured here is "Cedars in Winter" Monte Dolack, 1991, hand pulled color lithograph, 39.5 x 28.5".

Murphy~Jubb Fine Art Gallery
210 North Higgins - Suite 300

Kendahl Jann Jubb, Yu Wenya and James Hewes

This month the Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art Gallery will present new works from Kendahl Jan Jubb. Kendahl is an accomplished and globally renowned Missoula based artist who works in watercolor on canvas (but then if you're going to First Friday in Missoula, you are probably already familiar with her work). Joining Kendahl at the First Friday reception will be Yu Wenya with an exceptional collection of woodcut prints and James Hewes will be displaying his enigmatic "Ceramic Hexagrams".

Studio D Gallery
420 North Higgins

"Night Light" by M. Scott Miller

M. Scott Miller was raised in Missoula Montana beginning at age two and gravitated toward the arts early on in life.  Painting, drawing and playing the piano were just some of the ways that he enjoyed expressing himself. Through hard work, determination, and help from his art teachers, Scott was awarded a National Talent Search Scholarship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Majoring in Illustration, M. Scott found freelance work from the beginning of his school days.  He started off as a pre-print mock up artist in a graphic design company, eventually working his way up to illustrating cover art for some of the most prestigious magazines including the New Yorker, Money, and Metropolitan. In 2005, M. Scott Miller made the move back to his home town of Missoula to pursue the development of a Fine Arts career. The wild, colorful, expressive life in Montana inspires him in many ways, and involvement in the Missoula Arts community provides a driving motivation.  M. Scott works with many projects, ranging from Illustration for local and statewide newspapers and publications, to charity events with the Missoula Art Museum and The Cowboy Ball annual auction, to showing his own work in the downtown gallery scene. In June of 2009, Miller opened up STUDIO D Gallery. Miller is determined to show high quality art in his new gallery which is located in the heart of downtown Missoula. For pricing and all other inquiries please don't hesitate to email M.Scott Miller at or come visit us in the beautiful downtown Missoula.

VonCommon Studios
127 East Main Street - 3rd Floor

"Love Me, Love Me Not" Group Art Show

What is love? Where does it originate? Where does it reside? Is it a self-evident phenomenon or does it arise out of the complex relationships in the universe? Voncommon does not know. We pose the question.

To truly know something we must also know what it is not. What is love's opposite? What is the nemesis of the feeling 
that bubbles up spreading over your entire body called love? Voncommon isn't sure. We pose the question.

On First Friday February 1st, VonCommon is pleased to host an opening reception for our new group show "Love Me, Love Me Not" at the VonCommon Studios, 127 E Main St 3rd Floor, from 6-10pm. Artists included in the exhibit, interpreting love in its many forms, are the VonCommon resident artists Jonathan Marquis, B Jean S, Marlo Crocifisso, and Adelaide Gale Every, as well as these illustrious artists: Theo Ellsworth, Kim Brown Campbell, Courtney Blazon, Jazmin Raymond, Lady Pajama, Jeremiah Goldson, Elisha Thomas, Jonathan Richter, Nate Biehl, David Turley, Adam Lynn, Jennifer Racicot Bardsley, Nikki Rossignol, Derek Flahive, Jess Abell, Evan Holmstrom, Patricia Thornton, Sam Case and more. We will have poetry (at 8pm) and theatre performances (at 9pm) from: Josh Wagner, Jacob Kahn, TNT, Craig Domes and others. And to make the evening complete, we will be having an art raffle as well as refreshments.

VonCommon will also host a closing reception/dance party on Friday Feb 22nd from 8pm-12am. Find us on facebook for more info:

4 Ravens Gallery
248 North Higgins Avenue

Adornment: Expressions in Contemporary Jewelry

Our show for February is Adornment: Expressions in Contemporary Jewelry. We are highlighting artists using metalsmithing techniques to create designs with a modern flair, including Pam Caidin, Susie Frances, Cheryl DeGroot, Marsha and Callie Miller, and Cheryl Bourguignon. Featured on the left is Pam Caidin who just relocated to the Bitterroot Valley from Colorado. Using a rolling mill, she inlays fine silver with succesive layers of yellow, rose and green 14 carat gold, and nickel silver, and then forms hollow pillows, creating earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches.
The mother-daughter team of Marcia and Callie Miller from Bozeman will be exhibiting new pieces made especially for this show. They work in mixed metals, primarily by soldering shaped red brass, sterling or copper wire onto sheet pewter, then hand stamping the surface with small symbols, polishing the piece to a high gloss, and embellishing it with semi-precious stones, glass and metal beads. (Marcia and Callie Miller's work is featured on the right.)

4 Ravens is a new gallery downtown, having opened in November at the corner of Higgins and Broadway. We are a collaborative of 10 partners, all local, professional artists working in a variety of mediums. Our emphasis is on fine contemporary craft. Artists include the forged metal work of Darin Wicks and the fine wood furniture of John Bowman. Other mediums represented include soda-fired and earthenware pottery, wearable fibers, photography, kiln-fired glass, and traditional basketry, and stone and metal sculpture.

Other Venues

Ayurvedic Health & Wellness Clinic
126 East Broadway, Suite 24

Anna Donaghy Nix

Contemporary paintings by Ayurvedic Practitioner, Anna Donaghy Nix. Acrylic and gouache on canvas and paper.

Friday, Feb. 1st from 6-8 pm

Bernice's Bakery
190 South Third Street West

"Creation" Acrylic & Mixed Media Works by Ashley Meyora

"Within my work I hope to influence the observer with the creation of wonder, beauty, and love. I cannot think for another person or tell them what to feel when they see my work, so I leave my paintings without titles so not to alter their perception. Even when life is at its worst we can create and surround ourselves with beauty. My artwork is meant to spark a thought and create a smile." Ashley works in Acrylic and mixed media.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins Avenue

Mixed Media & Found Object Art by Miss Joanna Nasvik

February's First Friday at Betty's Divine will showcase the artwork of Miss Joanna Nasvik. Jo has been making art and living in Missoula for over five years and studied fine art at the U of M. She works primarily with mixed media and found objects. Join us from 5-8 on Friday to enjoy art, wine, and Bernice's treats.

Blaque Owl Tattoo
307 North Higgins Avenue

"One Down" Mixed Medium Works by Micky Schlick

Mickey will be sending some info in toot sweet.

The Dark Room of Montana
135 North Higgins Avenue

Photography by Katrina Farnum

Local Herbalist and Photographer Katrina Farnum captures natural and native landscapes and plants with her photography. The photograph featured here is titled, "Honey Bee on a Borage Flower (Borage officinales)" and was taken in Missoula. Come to the Dark Room between 5 and 8 pm this First Friday to see more wonderful photography from this talented artist.

Draught Works Brewery
915 Toole Avenue

Wood Block Prints by Kelso Redmond & Jack Christiansen 
and Live Painting by Jason Bohman

Music-fusion artist Jason Bohman will be painting live on stage at Draught Works for this “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.

Kelso Redmond and Jack Christiansen will both be displaying their wood block prints.

Downtown Dance Collective
121 West Main Street

"THINK IT ~ INK IT" Group Art Show
5pm to 8pm

Prints have always played many roles, functioning at times as protest and propaganda, as an art of the people, as document, or advertisement to art for art's sake. This exhibition comprised of recent prints created by printmaking students from The University of Montana encompasses a broad range of approaches to imagery and process. Going from large-scale 4’x8’ woodcuts printed by a steamroller and screen prints to carefully drawn images printed off stones.

And then at 8 pm...

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" a Mr. Rogers Tribute
8pm to ???

A Mister Rogers tribute/homage/celebration with a verbatim performance of his classic album, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Jeff Medley (vocals), Josh Farmer (keys), the art of Jack Metcalf ( and a guest or two will transport you to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The performances will take place the first two weekends in February, being the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. The Friday evening shows will begin at 8pm and the Saturday afternoon shows will begin at 2pm. Bring binoculars and/or small telescopes (small enough not to impede a neighbor's view) to study the details of Jack Metcalf's woodblock print set and to zoom in and out on the performers. Tickets will be $10 for adult human beings and $5 for those under the age of 18. Tickets will be available at the Downtown Dance Collective and on-line in the very near future. Flash photography is encouraged.

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins Avenue

"Photography & Painting" by Jenna Lyons

Jenna Penielle Lyons was born in Portales, New Mexico among sage and sand. Raised in Pocatello, Idaho among the black rock and juniper, she grew up wandering in cowboy boots, running, riding bikes, skiing, climbing, painting, and studying classical ballet. She is a scholar of English Literature, a poet, painter, photographer, musician, metalsmith, and outdoorswoman. She winters in Missoula and spends the summer working for Snake River Hotshots. She is a lover of mountain bluebirds & elephants, tea & good coffee, Carl Jung, Salvador Dali, yoga, harp music, and sagebrush. Her favorite foods are borscht and any combination of chocolate and cayenne pepper. Check out her work and follow her adventures at  

The Loft of Missoula

119 West Main Street

Wanderlust Artistry presents: "Empowering Women & Honoring Their Spirits"

We exist in a culture that portrays the idealized female body.  Breasts have become objectified and their primary function of nourishing future generations has become obscured by excessive sexualization.  Change is needed for the sake of young girls, who will become the women of tomorrow.  Creating acceptance of self and empowering women is the purpose of this show. A diverse array of artwork by local female artists will be on display.  The pieces themselves reflect many aspects that define femininity.  The spiritual, maternal, cultural, and individual woman will be seen in this artwork, as well as the joys and challenges women face.  Additional information and resources will be provided, so that women might empower themselves through knowledge. Two pieces will be up for auction at the show, “Blossoms of Change” and “A Mother’s Gift.”  If you would like to place a bid, please write down your contact information and bid price on the ledger beside the piece. 
            * All proceeds from “Blossoms of Change” will be donated to the Planned Parenthood breast health fund in loving memory of Charmine BairdWright-McKinley, may she walk with Hope in eternity.  Planned Parenthood not only found the lump in her breast, but provided her with support and guidance in a time of turmoil. 
            * All proceeds from “A Mother’s Gift” will be donated to the Mother’s Milk Bank of Montana, which is a non-profit organization that is working to collect, screen, pasteurize, and distribute breast milk to infants in medical need.  Currently they are in the early stages of organization and are actively fundraising to purchase equipment to pasteurize and distribute milk.
            We hope to see you at the first Friday in February and thank you in advance for your support. 

Mismo Gymnastics
1900 West Broadway

"Fun, Flipping and Fine Arts"

We are super excited to have the Natural History Center doing educational fun with our kids as well as Tangled Tones drumming with them. Food of course comes from Biga Pizza. Mismo is THE place for kids to experience, fun, flipping, and fine arts!

Missoula Community Access Television
500 North Higgins

"My Mother Dreams" a film by Dan West

Dan West has been producing startling work at MCAT for many years. His new documentary “My Mother Dreams” is dedicated to his mother Carol Ann Henry who will be celebrating her birthday this First Friday night at MCAT. Dan will also present a series of video poems that stem from his journeys along the West Coast of the USA. He invites you to a night screening of memory and family moments.

Naturalist Mercantile
131 East Main Street

Art Raffle to Benefit Wild Skies Raptor Center

Please join Wild Skies Raptor Center’s fundraising event at the Naturalist Mercantile for First Friday February 2013. Wild Skies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Missoula dedicated to migratory bird rehabilitation and conservation education. We will be raffling several pieces of local art including a carved elk antler handled knife and awe-inspiring wildlife photographs. This fundraising event will be focusing on gathering essential funds to help build a much needed eagle flight enclosure west of the continental divide. Wild Skies founder, Brooke Tanner, will be on hand presenting images of rehabbed raptors, general information about raptor rehabilitation, and risks to raptors. Local support will be critical to this project's success, please come out and support Missoula area wildlife.

One Eleven
111 North Higgins Avenue

"Subtle Interactions" by Christian Ives

Christian Ives works with oil paints on canvas and boards. Hopefully he will be sending in a picture and more words to help illuminate why you, the attendee, should go check him out. If not, I suppose you should just go to One Eleven on First Friday and see what he's all about.

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins

"My Love Affair With Color and Expression" paintings by Lisa Yeager

"Painting started as an outlet for stress, a way of relaxing after a busy day of my real life. But in the process, this relaxation process has grown me. I find myself looking at things differently. I paint things that speak to me, whether it’s a sexy perfume bottle or a passionate musician."

Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties Beads
501 South Higgins Avenue

Exceptional Vintage Sweaters from the 1940's from the Collection of Max Gilliam

Max Gilliam, owner of Carlo's One Night Stand, is showing vintage sweater's from his personal collection. The distinctive style of sweaters from the 1940's evokes a by-gone era with much charm. Those interested in the history of clothing and textiles will be inspired.

University Congregational, United Church of Christ
405 University Avenue

"Towards a People's Mythology of the United States" by Tim Nielson

Tim Nielson is a Missoula artist who has created numerous paintings of important people in the history of American Social Justice. University Congregatinoal Church worked with Mr. Nielson to show his art at the church during the season of Epiphany which is traditionally a season in the liturgical year where churches emphasize the importance of mission and of the church reaching out beyond its walls. This includes the important work of churches in the area of social justice. Included in Mr. Nielson’s body of work is a 10 foot tall painting of Harriet Tubman, known for her leadership in helping people escape slavery through the underground railroad.

Tim Nielson will be giving an artist's talk at 7 pm.

Zoo City Apparel
139 East Main Street

"Solace" by Jeff Sweten

Jeff Sweten presents a series of works using acrylic and pencil sketches.

Second Friday at the Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North First Street West
February 8th, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

"Into the Light" by Adelaide Every

Seeking motivation and grasping for purpose through the creative process in an attempt to battle seasonal affective disorder, or the 'winter blues', artist Adelaide Gale Every creates an immersive environment with her ethereal installation, Into the Light, in which she transforms literal trash into treasure and gives renewed purpose to petroleum products: i.e. redeemed plastic tubes, dumpster rescued tape, and pulverised paint sourced from Missoula's graffiti wall. She also adds a multisensory dimension with layers of self confession and personal revelation.

Adelaide Every is an artist, musician, and dj who has called Missoula home since 2003. She loves plexiglas and utilizing discarded objects, playing with her current band Needlecraft, and djing on KBGA 89.9fm and numerous other venues. Adelaide is also a board member of the Zootown Arts Community Center and a resident artist of VonCommon.

The ZACC gallery provides a venue to make art accessible to the community through encouraging participation and fostering authentic experiences of public and private exhibits of art, live music, and film screenings by emerging and aspiring local artists.
From conception to installation, the ZACC supports exhibiting artists by helping them to realize their particular vision.

First Thursday at the University Center Gallery

Actually it's the last Thursday of January, since First Friday is on the 1st, but Last Thursday just sounds like something you missed.

Jan. 31st, 2013 4 pm to 6 pm

"Everybody's Fine" by James Louks

Join the UCG for the opening reception of our latest exhibit, “Everybody’s Fine.” James Louks latest exhibit explores what lies in between the recognizable markers of our society and the commercial repackaging of these cultural elements that blur boundaries of the historical versus the contemporary.

As its name suggests, the University Center Gallery is located in the University Center on the UM Campus. 2nd Floor - Northwest side.