First Friday - April 5th, 2013

                  News From the Missoula Cultural Council

Calling All Artists! The Missoula Cultural Council is currently seeking artists who would be interested in participating in our summer festival: The Last Best Solstice: Art on the River. The event will be held in Caras Park on June 21st, 2013. A dozen artists are needed to come to the park and create works of art on the spot. In the evening the completed works will be auctioned off by Mayor John Engen. Interested artists should apply online or contact the Missoula Cultural Council.

Not an artist? Well, mark your calendars anyway. In addition to the Open Air Art event and auction, we'll be providing community workshops from several local artists and art organizations, live music, some of Missoula's best food vendors and of course plenty of beer and wine. For more information and to learn how you could be a sponsor for this event visit our website.

The Missoula Food Bank will be hosting a one night only screening of "A Place at the Table" a critically acclaimed documentary from the makers of "Food Inc." which looks deep into the hunger problem in America. The screening will be on April 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm, if all goes according to plan. However, a minimum of 95 tickets must be pre-sold by April 3rd in order for this event to happen. Tickets are available for $12.00 at 5% of ticket sales will benefit Missoula Food Bank.

The Clay Studio of Missoula will be holding it's 10th Annual Potsketch on April 27th from 6 to 10 pm. At the Live Auction Gala, the evening’s events include live music by the Discount Quartet, and the opportunity to make final bids on all Potsketch artwork and one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces.  To preview all Potsketch auction items, visit our website or join us on First Friday for the opening of the silent/online auction. Auction gala tickets purchased before April 12th are $40 per person for Clay Studio of Missoula members and $45 per person for non-members.  Tickets reserved after April 12th will cost $50 per person for both members and non-members. Tables for 10 can be reserved for $400. Individuals can purchase advance tickets by mailing payments or dropping payments off at the Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A, Missoula, MT 59802.  Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with a credit card at 406.543.0509.

Do you often find yourself in the middle of the month, caught between First Fridays, only hoping someone would give you a great art experience? Well, you're in luck because on April 18th Jack Metcalf is going to help you out. His show, "A Synthetic Spring" will be taking over the Crystal Theatre from 8 to 10 pm. And it's free. Here's what Jack has to say about the experience: Hello friends, onlookers, spectators, I’m Jack Metcalf, and I’m here to tell you that you have been bred to look. You have been bred by looking. Looking is history, and history is looking. On April 18th from eight to ten at the Crystal Theater, I invite you to come look for yourself at a once in a lifetime, one-night only spectacle of looking—that is if looking involved a wink more than looking. A Synthetic Spring is a collaborative art project, including art, dance, and performance that will leave you looking for your look. It is a mixture of nothing you may have looked at before, and everything you might have looked at before. It will cascade over you and leave you with only your look. It will leave you looking harder, not knowing where to look. So please join me for a night of spectacle and glitter, bewilderment and looking, and don’t forget to bring your spectacles, fellow onlookers. Featuring the talents of poet Jacob Kahn, audio/video technician Michael Workman, seamstress Hana MT, actor Jeff Medley, choreographer Joy French and the Bare Bait Dance Company, DJ Kris Moon, and milliner Christine Borchers.

This month's sponsor is Draught Works Brewery. Established in 2011, Draught Works is committed to creating world class, handcrafted beers for the good people of Missoula. On First Friday, Draught Works will be displaying the works of Jason Bohman a local artist who specializes in "live painting". Over the course of the past year Bohman has created a new work of art on the spot at the brewery. This First Friday show will highlight his year of art. 


4 Ravens Gallery
248 North Higgins

"Twisted Art" Mixed Media Assemblage by Dan Towell

4 Ravens is a new gallery downtown, having opened in November 2012 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 Bohman. Other mediums represented include soda-fired and earthenware pottery, wearable fibers, photography, kiln-fired glass, traditional basketry, and stone and metal sculpture. Our April show is "Twisted Art" by Dan Towell. Dan is a mixed media sculptor and assemblage artist from Corvallis, MT. His sculptures incorporate both recycled and found materials that give an unexpected new life to these discarded and forgotton objects.

"4 ravens gallery proudly introduces its newest partner artist, melissa thompson...melissa is a fiber artist working with naturally dyed felted wool...her pieces may be as delicate as a merino scarf or as durable as an heriloom floor rug...her felted forms and designs are influenced by historical ornamentation as well as the macro details found in nature...look for her biking around missoula, pulling her homemade felting trailer behind her!..."

The Artists' Shop
127 North Higgins

"Bird Fest 2013"

The Artists' Shop, gallery of local art and fine craft, NEW LOCATION at 127 N. Higgins, Missoula, presents "Birdfest 2013.” Birdfest is an annual invitational exhibit featuring avian art in several mediums, including artists: Don Jones (photography,) Steve Thorstenson (ceramics,) Kate Davis (photography,) Juan de Santa Anna (photography,) Ann Franke (calligraphy,) and Monica van der Mars (jewelry,) and others. You are invited to an artist's reception on First Friday, April 5, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through April (open 10-6 Mon-Fri. 10-5 Sat & Sun)

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front Street

"Elude" by Jen Erickson

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition entitled "Elude", by Jen Erickson. "My latest series of drawings pull inspiration from the idea of loss and the act of decomposition. I am interested in the process of things breaking down into their most basic elements. Pulling from a personal language of symbols, that to me represent the treat of decay, I painstakingly place repetitive marks onto a painted surface. The process of applying graphite becomes a meditative act. As the drawing progresses the zeros transcend their original purpose of serving as relics for the obsolete and take on a life of their own. These marks come together and disperse, engaging in the constant continuum of growth and decomposition, sometimes forming new forms and other times threatening to slip away into oblivion. More than physical decay, I am concerned with the breakdown of time and memories and the sense of loss that this creates. The zeros in my work are symbols of this. They act as empty remnants of understanding, tiny capsules of memories and knowledge that have been lost." Jen Erickson is a contemporary artist who currently lives and works in North Idaho. She received her BFA from The University of Montana and her MFA from Central Washington University. She is an instructor in the art department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, and is a member of the artist-run space PUNCH Gallery in Seattle. 

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne

10th Annual Potsketch

Now entering its 10th year, the Clay Studio of Missoula’s POTSKETCH 2013 features drawings and ceramic artworks from local, national, and international emerging and established artists, including works by Julia Galloway, Beth Lo, Nancy Erickson, Richard Notkin, and Kurt Weiser. All artwork is part of a silent, online, and live auction to raise funds for the expansion and development of the Clay Studio facilities and programs. Bidding on silent auction artwork begins Friday, April 5 at the Clay Studio, with a preview reception from 5:30-9pm, and the exhibit continues through April 26. The Potsketch Gala is at the University Center North Ballroom at the University of Montana, Missoula on Saturday, April 27 from 6-10pm. 

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

"At the Base of the Blue Hills" New Works by R. David Wilson

Sometimes an image says it all. Come see what else Mr. Wilson has in store for you this First Friday at the Dana Gallery.

FrontierSpace Missoula
Gallery in the Alley - Between Spruce & Pine

"Locations" - Group Show Featuring BFA Students from the University of Montana

For April’s First Friday, we will be exhibiting a juried exhibition of BFA student work from the University of Montana entitled Locations. The exhibit will feature work of all media from seven graduating BFA students at the University of Montana. FrontierSpace Missoula is located in the alley between Spruce and Pine, one block west of Higgins. The opening reception for Locations will be held Friday, April 5th, from 6-9 p.m.

Living Art of Montana
725 West Alder, Suite 17

"The Light Show" a Fundraiser for Living Art

In anticipation for their upcoming fundraiser, Living Art of Montana will be giving you a sneak peek at what's in store for the Light Show. The event itself will take place on April 27th, 2013 and will include dinner, live & silent auctions. What is a light show you ask? Artists have been asked to create lamp based art or unique pieces that feature light, all centered around a common theme. This year's them is Bollywood and is in honor of Youpa Stein, co-founder of Living Art of Montana.

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

"21 Pieces of Wood for a 21 Day Walk in Montana" Conceptual Art by Hamish Fulton

Visit MAM for First Fridays from 5-8PM. Explore Hamish Fulton’s conceptual artwork 21 Pieces of Wood for a 21 Day Walk in Montana. In 1997, MAM hosted this innovative and influential English artist in the exhibit A Twenty One Day Walk in Montana. It was inspired by Fulton’s three-week walk in the granite and clouds of the Beartooth Mountains. Following the “Leave no Trace” wilderness ethic, Fulton did not remove any objects from the Beartooths, but instead kept a diary of ideas, poetry, and drawings as inspiration for his artworks and installations. Learn more at the 7 PM curator’s talk. Always free. Thanks to the Missoulian for their support of MAM’s First Fridays.

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan Street

"Spring Flowers" - Carol Hoffnagle

Montana Art and Framing presents Carol Hoffnagle-"Spring Flowers", An opening reception will be held First Friday, April 5th from 5 – 9 pm. The exhibition runs through April 27th. Carol has been drawing, painting and photographing flowers for many years. She enjoys working with line and color, and flowers provide an endless and ever-changing supply of
images for her to work with. The gallery is located at 709 Ronan Street, Missoula. 

Call 541-7100 for information.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

"Placid Lake Sunset, Dog is My Co-Pilot" New License Plate Design by Monte Dolack

For April First Friday the Monte Dolack Gallery in cooperation with the Montana State Parks celebrates the release of the new Montana license plate, Monte's sixth Montana plate design, and the new Montana State Parks Poster "Placid Lake Sunset, Dog is My Co-Pilot" music will be provided by Mountain Breathers, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

Murphy Jubb Fine Art Gallery
North Higgins


The fine folks at Murphy Jubb are taking a break for April. The gallery will be closed on April's First Friday. You can try to go there, but you'll just wind up disappointed. It's Ok though, they'll come back.

                                                       Other Venues

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd Street West

"Land That We Love" Photography by Anna Schreck

As spring approaches, the landscapes are painted once more with color and we feel ourselves being drawn outdoors to our beautiful, endless Montana. Come to Bernice's Bakery this First Friday to catch a glimps of that beautiful, endless Montana through the lens of photographer Anna Schreck. Anna will be featuring local and state landscape photographs of Montana including The National Bison Range and the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins

"The Choices" by Emmet Ore

April's First Friday at Betty's Divine will feature the art work of local musician and University student Emmet Ore. The show, entitled The Choices, will show pieces ranging from colored pencil and ink on paper to acrylic on canvas. The Choices are the product of two years and hundreds of hours of labor and love. The works are an attempt to reconcile the widening chasm between ancient and modern art forms and concepts, combining elements of mandalas, frescos, and mosaics with bold modern style. They strive to spark the imagination and transmit a sense of visual understanding to the observer via metaphors, archetypes, and commonalities in each of the pieces. Seen in the right order, the pieces form one solid, accessible whole, and the complexity takes on meaning. Join us from 5-8 on First Friday to check out Ore's artwork and enjoy Bernice's treats and wine.

Blaque Owl Tattoo
307 North Higgins

Blaque Owl Tattoo Group Show

All the artists working at Blaque Owl Tattoo will be showcasing their art in a group showing for our two year anniversary! A variety of mediums will be displayed, including but not limited to traditional tattoo watercolor technique; felted rugs, clothing and accessories; acrylic, oil and graphic paints; metal sculptures - and much more. Come on down and check out artists Mike Schaefer, Scott Fieldhouse, Ian Caroppoli, Chris Bellville, Mickey Schlick, Melissa Thompson, Britt Felgate and Bridget Stoltz at Blaque Owl Tattoo's Second Year Anniversary Art Show!

The Dark Room of Montana
135 North Higgins

University of Montana School of Journalism - Student Exhibition

The Dark Room will be featuring photography by students from the University of Montana School of Journalism for the month of April.

Downtown Dance Collective
121 West Main Street

Joint Show Featuring Evan Holmstrom and Hailey Schofield

Hailey is an artist and art educator in town. Her works on display are a variety of pen and ink illustrations, as well as a combination of hand silkscreen prints with ink and gouache whimsical designs. Her work is both imaginative and realistic, with a use of repetition and organic abstract shapes.

In Evan Holmstrom's exhibit you are looking at an ancestor and its descendents. A message here may be that it’s wonderful to be anything.The pen and marker drawings are from the past year and half. Formally these paintings and drawings use acrylic paints, pencil, pigment pens, markers, and gel medium. 

Draught Works
915 Toole Ave.

"Year of Art" Paintings created over the past year by Jason Bohman

"I started painting with live rock bands in 2006. I'd set up on stage and paint in response to their improvisations. I did some touring with Miller Creek and have collaborated with local bands Zeppo, Butter, Dodgy Mountain Men, and Kung-Fu Kongress. I've also painted with national touring act Hillstomp. In 2010, I decided to finish my BFA. Returning to the studio has helped me hone my process, and the quality of my work has improved considerably. My education has allowed me to retain the spontaneity of live painting while tightening up the compositional integrity behind each piece. Though I've given up working with musicians, I still paint in front of live audiences regularly. For the last year, I've spent every First Friday on stage at Draught Works Brewery from 5 p.m until 9. I've moved from building large, one-piece canvases for these events to now working with pairs of wooden panels. I stack one on top of the other to create a six- to seven- foot tall surface. I begin every performance with a plan, but abandon it as soon as my brush touches the wood. I work intuitively, responding to random initial marks with more deliberate lines until I've built up a dense web of interlocking shapes and colors. After each performance is over, the painting is done. The thrill of working 'without a net' often pushes my work into unexpected territory. During a performance, I'll rearrange and rotate the panels to instantly create new compositions, keeping my audience off-balanced and engaged. My aim is to create an 'event' on the picture plane that is entertaining to watch as it evolves and interesting to view after it's done."

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins Avenue

"South of Town" by Rich Lande

Lake Missoula Tea Company
126 East Broadway, Suite 22

"A History of Dust" Collaboration with Silkati Photography & Bare Bait Dance Co.

Slikati Photography, in collaboration with the Bare Bait Dance Company, ruffles the skirts of Missoula’s mistress, the Missoula Mercantile Building. This gravity-flouting series imagines the dreams of its former resident mannequins, with dancers as wanton motes caught in electric sunbeams. Tea-serious Lake Missoula will generously provide refreshment. Head to the second floor in the Masonic Lodge.

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main Street

Collection of Oil Paintings by Jerry McGahan

Jerry McGahan, 70, is a native Montanan and a retired beekeeper and lives with his wife in Arlee, Montana, where he writes short fiction and novels, gardens, and paints. One novel, A Condor Brings The Sun (Sierra Club Books), has been republished in Europe. He made a documentary film in South America featured in the National Geographic film-lecture series and shown on BBC in the “The World Around Us” series. He paints portraits, landscapes, and wildlife from settings all over the world. He has work featured in the fundraising auctions of the Missoula Museum of the Arts, the Yellowstone Art Museum, and the C.M. Russell Museum’s Masters In Miniature Exhibition and Sale. The Dana Gallery and other state venues have featured his work. Much of this can be seen on He has this to say about his art, "I try to paint every day. I think of it like I do walking, which I also do every day. I am a hunter of beauty. I let it fall on me, then I mess with it." And you can expect to see: About thirty oil paintings feature scenes, animals, and/or people in Montana, West Africa, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Cuba, and India.

Missoula Children's Theatre
200 North Adams

"Alice in Wonderland" Day Camp and Performance

Alice in Wonderland Spring Day Camp, April 1-5
Registration is now open for the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Spring Day Camp, April 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camp culminates in four weekend performances of Alice in Wonderland April 6 and 7. Walk-ins welcome on April 1. (406) 728-1911.

Alice in Wonderland Performances April 6-7
Performances of Alice in Wonderland at the Missoula Children’s Theatre April 6-7 at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Tickets on sale April 1 at 9:00 a.m. Box office: (406) 728-7529. 

Missoula Community Access Television
500 North Higgins

"Important Time" a Film Featuring Code-Man "The Man" Hilleboe and Gustavo "The Pedestrian" Hamilton

Cody Hilleboe and Gustav Hamilton will be showing their most recent video collaboration, Important Time, as well as three-dimensional works that revolve around similar concepts. Important Time deals with how the media, specifically the news, changes what we perceive as true and how it alters what we believe we need to be happy and successful.

The Naturalist Mercantile
131 East Main Street

Selected Photography from the new book: 
"Bald Eagle Nest: A Story of Survival in Photos" by Kate Davis

Join Kate Davis, Executive Director of Raptors of the Rockies and an avian companion to celebrate First Friday and 25 years of her education program. Kate's new Bald Eagle book is just in, and she will be displaying many new photographs.

One Eleven
111 North Higgins

Habitat for Humanity Photography and Volunteer Opportunities

Attend First Friday in April at One Eleven (111 North Higgins) and discover all the ways you can become part of the art of building with Habitat for Humanity of Missoula as we embark on our 46th home! Photographs from Habitat build sites over the years, which blend the art of photography, craftsmanship of building and the spirit of volunteerism will be on display. Information on how you too can sign up to build, fundraise, photograph and support Habitat will be available. Stop by for refreshments, make new friends and create community from 5 – 8 pm.

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins

"Photography in a Different Light" by Flori Engbrecht

My goal is to create artwork that is memorable.
           A piece you'd like to live with.
Work that fosters an emotion in the viewer.
          Images in a different light.

-Flori Engbrecht

Satori Massage
240 North Higgins, #12

Mixed Media work by Local Artists Ky Carry & Adena Hofer

Come see Ky Carry's beautiful hanging one of a kind feather mobiles and Lunar Fusions one of kind jewelry creations by Adena Hofer this Friday at Satori Massage located in downtown Missoula at 240 N Higgins Ave #12. Open House from 5pm to 8pm. All ages welcome. Enter for your chance to win a free one hour massage too!!

Selvedge Studio
509 South Higgins

Fashion Design Contest & Show

Project Selvedge is an amateur fashion design competition. Each week designers are given a specific challenge and guidelines. They have one week to sew (all supplies are provided by Selvedge), and most Fridays at 6:30 (through April) we host a live fashion show and judging here at Selvedge Studio. One designer will be eliminated each week until we have a winner!

The First Friday challenge Fashion Show – featuring 11 contestants, will be Friday, April 5 at 6:30pm. $1 admission at the door. 

517 South Higgins

"Woolsters" Fabric Art Created by Samara Lynde of Oak Street Originals

Samara uses upcycled cashmere and wool sweaters to create her one-of-a-kind creatures that are handmade with love. Samara creates personalities for each of her lovable characters by giving them individual names and descriptions. Come meet Berggie, she likes to wake you up in the morning by pouncing on your bladder. She will stare at you intensely until you give her a bite of you sandwich. Or how about Jelly Farben, he's always ready for big hug. Just be careful of his back spikes, they are super ticklish.

                                    Second Friday at the ZACC

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North First Street West

1st Annual {mini} Benefit Show

On April 12th (2nd Friday) The Zootown Arts Community Center proudly presents The First Annual {mini} Benefit Show. This gala event will bring together Missoula's creative community to celebrate all things mini. The evening will begin with a mini cocktail hour with Eden Atwood, sponsored by  Montgomery Distillery. There will be a Mini Chef Challenge which will consist of the mini creations from 17 of Missoula's finest restaurants and bakeries. Guests will dine on these delicious mini creations while a panel of celebrity judges decide who gets the first annual mini awards. An exhibition of miniature pieces by over 60 talented artists will be shown and auctioned off by our Mayor, John Engen. Finally, Missoula's own power pop sensation, Secret Powers, will finish off the night with music and

                                               At the University

University Center Gallery

Path of Least Resistance by Jennifer Bardsley

Reception: April 11th from 4 pm to 6 pm
Exhibit: April 8th through April 26th

2013 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition

Reception: May 2nd from 4 pm to 6 pm
Exhibit: April 29th through May 17th
Commencement Reception: May 17th from 3 pm to 4:30 pm