First Friday, May 3, 2013

             News From the Missoula Cultural Council

Get a taste of New Zealand on May 18 as the Missoula Cultural Council, in association with the Missoula Art Museum, the Montana Youth Rugby Association and the Missoula Maggots, with generous support from the Good Food Store present New Zealand Day. Events begin at 10 am with a touch rugby clinic for beginners age 7 to 14 at the Fort Missoula Rugby Park. The rugby continues as the middle school boys and high school girls of Montana Youth Rugby hold their respective championship tournaments. To finish off the day Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard (Master Carver, Master Weaver and Maori Fulbright Scholar) will be holding a presentation on Maori culture at the Missoula Art Museum at 6 pm. For more information visit

The International Wildlife Film Festival kicks off on April 27th and runs through May 4. Featuring films from all over the world, this festival is the longest running wildlife film festival and conservation conference and its happening right here in Missoula. More information on the IWFF First Friday reception can be found below.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture will be hosting two shows on First Thursday, May 2nd. Western photographer Richard Buswell will have his series, "Close to Home" on display through August 3rd in the Paxson Gallery. In the Meloy Gallery the MMAC commerates the centinnial anniversary of German painter Julius Seyler's visit to Glacier National Park with the exhibit, "A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet". An opening reception for both exhibits will be held from 5 to 7 pm in the PARTV Lobby. A book signing will take place during the reception featuring Richard S. Buswell M. D. and UM Professor of History Emeritus William E. Farr. For more information visit the MMAC website.

Color Me Rad, a nationally recognized 5K run and walk, visits Missoula for the first time. Starting in pure white t-shirts, runners will be bombarded with vibrantly colored corn starch after each kilometer of the run. Proceeds from the race will benefit Missoula's own Zootown Arts Community Center. To register visit Color Me Rad's website and type “ZACC” into Promo-code box to donate 20% of your registration fee to the ZACC! If you don't feel like running, but still want to get involved, the ZACC is on the lookout for volunteers to set-up, tear-down, and to color bomb runners! To Volunteer email

This month is sponsored by the Brink Gallery who are hosting ON DECK 8, an exciting an innovative art auction now in it's 8th year. As a benefit for the Montana Skateboard Association, artists from all over the country have submitted art skateboards to be auctioned off online and live at the Brink on First Friday. More details below.


4 Ravens Gallery
248 North Higgins

"Surface: A Furniture Show" Works by John Bohman, Darin Wicks & Scot Herries

The Artists' Shop
127 North Higgins

"Exposed: An Exploration of Potentials" Photography by William Munoz and Megan Nolt

The Artists' Shop, gallery of local art and fine craft, NEW LOCATION at 127 N. Higgins, Missoula, presents “Exposed: An Exploration of Potentials” – Photography by William Munoz of Hamilton and Meghan Nolt of Missoula. First Friday will be an evening of live dance, photography, video projection and original music composition. The dance will be in the intimate space of the Artist Shop, giving the audience a unique perspective.  The choreographed dance is the Senior BFA dance installation of UM dance major Katie McEwen. The photographers are Meghan Nolt and William Munoz and original music composed by Aaron Minnick, recently graduated from the University of Montana in music composition.
Photographers: Meghan Nolt, Missoula (Bozeman) and William Munoz, Hamilton
Dance Choreographed by Katie McEwen, Missoula (Kalispell)
Dancers: Claire Christensen, Allison Herther, Amelia Hufsmith, Kaitlin Kinsley, Morgan Mull-Osborn, Amanda Pool and Ellie Weinman. (all dancers are students of the University of Montana Dance Department)
Music: Aaron Minnick, Missoula
You are invited to an artist's reception on First Friday, May 3, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through May (open 10-6 Mon-Fri. 10-5 Sat & Sun)

Brink Gallery
111 West Front Street

"On Deck 8" Benefit Auction for Montana Skatepark Association

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibit, ON DECK 8! ON DECK is a creation of the Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) and serves as an annual fundraiser for the organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate the construction of free, public, concrete skateparks across Montana. Past ON DECK auctions have helped the MSA to raise over $35,000 for skateboarding in Montana. The funding raised from OD8 will continue to help with the MOBASH China Banks expansion and the brick banks repair. This year’s skate art show and auction will feature approximately 45 custom skateboard decks created by artists across Montana and the United States! The show will also include a limited edition 100% Skateboarder Gradation deck from Japan-based artist Haroshi. Montana-based artists include Emily Fitterman, Trevor Parr, Andrea Leggitt, Sean Whalen and Lorin Pope to name a few. Other artists from around the country include Joseph Griffith - Yorktown, VA, Delton Demarest - Denver, CO, Keith Carter - Portland, OR, Eric Hancock - Milwaukee, WI, Robert Mars - NY, NY, Dylan Goldberger - Brooklyn, NY, Nathan Spoor - Burbank, CA and Matthew Curry - Washington D.C. Like OD7 there will be a special added bonus for ON DECK 8. The MSA and the Brink Gallery are proud to announce the presence of an incredible piece of artwork: the Virtual Reality Skull by Haroshi. The skull was part of Haroshi's exhibit at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, January 2013. It is an impressive display of craftsmanship complete with teeth made from skate wheels. Jonathan Levine Gallery - His exhibition title, Virtual Reality, is a reference to the classic 1993 skate video from Plan B, in which pro-skater Rodney Mullen displayed tricks that made a lasting impression. At the time (twenty years ago), Haroshi recalls his perception of the United States as an exciting, distant place that he had not yet explored, and how the content in that video pushed his understanding of the sport that had become his passion. In the artist’s words: "It made me realize that the potential of skateboarding knows no limits." This incredible piece of art is on loan to the MSA and the brink gallery specifically for viewing on First Friday Gallery Night. What Haroshi creates is truly unparalleled. It is not to be missed! For more information about Haroshi and the exhibition please go to:

Online bidding will end Thursday May 2, at 5pm. Bidding that takes place the night of the opening reception will end at the staggered times of each marked section. All decks will remain on display throughout the month of May. Please join us for an extraordinary opening reception and auction with many of the artists in attendance on Friday, May 3rd from 5pm - 10pm.

The Brunswick Gallery
223 West Railroad Street

New Works by Patricia Thornton and Jennifer Combe

New Works by
Jennifer Combe and Patricia Thornton

First Friday May 3rd
The Brunswick Gallery
223 W. Railroad St. (behind The Depot)
Missoula, Mt
5:30 until 9:30

2nd viewing First Sat May 4th
10am until 1pm
with a gallery talk by Patricia Thornton at 12:00 noon
Gallery open by appointment through May 11th

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

"Light and Shadow" New Works by Caleb Meyer & New Works by Micheal Blessings

Caleb Meyer will be displaying new works such as "Evening Stroll", pictured here. Meyer has had several of his pieces in the Dana Gallery and was recently selected as one of the top emerging young artists in the nation by Southwest Art Magazine.

Also featured this first Friday is Montana artist Micheal Blessing who will be showing "Providence" (shown here) along with other fine works.

Frontier Space Missoula
Alley Between Pine & Spruce

"Pseudo_op" by Joshua Eck

For the month of May, FrontierSpace Missoula will present a solo exhibition of Joshua Eck’s work entitled Pseudo_op. Eck’s multi-disciplinary practice explores the relationship between technology and humanity and questions our role within the technological system that we have created for ourselves. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place Friday, May 3rd, from 6-9 p.m. FrontierSpace Missoula is located in the alley between Pine and Spruce, one block west of Higgins.  

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

"Often, All That Remains" Embroidery, Photography & Quotation by Jane Deschner

Jane Deschner’s exhibit developed from discarded and abandoned photographs combines three distinct elements: embroidery, photography, and quotation. Pulling these elements together layers the messages that they convey and creates different sensibilities. Meet and walk through Often, All That Remains with Deschner at 7 PM. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages Always free. Thanks to the Missoulian for their support of MAM’s First Fridays.

Montana Art and Framing
709 Ronan Street

Abstract Paintings by Marvie Redmond

Montana Art and Framing presents "Abstract Paintings" by Marvie Redmond. The paintings are oils on canvas of various sizes exploring shape and color. The paintings are very ethereal and misty and the colors are subdued. Marvie is local artist who has had an exhibition at the Missoula Art Museum and has been painting for many years using many techniques and subject matter. An Opening reception will be held from 5 to 9 pm, First Friday, May 3rd

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

Mary Beth Percival

For May 3rd First Friday from 5 - 8pm, the Monte Dolack Gallery is pleased to exhibit artworks by Mary Beth Percival. Her recent work reflects a more abstract quality in the medium of watercolor on paper, drawings and mixed media assemblages. This exhibit honors the Big Sky Brain Institute in Missoula. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome! Music will be performed by Mike Swanson. "Forest Spirits", Watercolor on Paper, 11 1/2 x 8 1/2",  by Mary Beth Percival. 

Studio D
420 North Higgins

"Missoula Music & Other New Works" by M. Scott Miller

For First Friday in the month of May, M. Scott Miller will be showing new works at his studio. The image featured here is titled "Missoula Music" and is one of his newest works. The medium is gouache on paper.

VonCommon Studios
127 East Main Street

Vault Show

Are you wearing socks? Prepare to have them rocked off. The artists of VonCommon Studios will be putting together a collection of their favorite pieces just for you Missoula. Come down to the Vault Show this First Friday as awesomeness abounds.

Other Venues

Atmosphere Smoke Shop
115 West Main Street

Illustrations by Meranda Graham

Meranda Graham will be showing her beautiful art work this First Friday with us at Atmosphere! We will have wine(21+), snacks, and 10% off local glass. Stop by and say hello, don't miss out

Bella Sauvage
629 Woody Street

Jewelry by LindaLu

Unique and artful, LindaLu Jewelry is locally made. Materials include sterling silver, gold fill, freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones.
The perfect gift for Mother's Day! Gift wrap included. Join us at Bella Sauvage and meet the artist on First Friday.

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd Street West

"Art to Enjoy" Watercolors by Shirley Pew

This month Bernice's will be hosting Shirley Pew's show, "Art to Enjoy". The exhibit will feature her work in watercolor and visitors can enjoy, among other things, paintings of birds, old buildings and landscapes. Shirley has this to say about her art, "I have been painting for more than 20 years. I love watercolors - they express so much beauty and peacefulness. My talent is a gift."

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins

"Something Dreamt or Found" Acrylic Paintings by Lauren Monroe Jr.

May's First Friday at Betty's Divine will feature acrylic paintings by local artist Lauren Monroe Jr., in a show entitled "Something Dreamt or Found." Growing up on the Blackfeet Reservation, Lauren Monroe Jr. had constant access to rich cultural art and later on, more contemporary styles and techniques. By blending styles and artistic expression, his art is often bold and borders along the surreal. Additional info can be found on his website,

114 East Main Street

"Women Around the World" Photography by Antonia Wolf

"This collection of faces very young, old and in between is a celebration of the commonalities that exist between all the women of this earth. Custom, language, religion or location does not matter, because:
We all cry
    We all laugh
         We all love
              We all need.
                    We all need each other."
-Antonia Wolf

Women around the world are fighting to find their voices with an unwavering spirit. Shannon Callaghan (owner of Clover - women's clothing and interior design) invites you to celebrate images of women, flowers and landscapes by Antonia Wolf. 10% of all proceeds on First Friday will go to the YWCA's Women's Shelter. 

Antonia Wolf has studied photography at numerous schools, including the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and studied with other internationally recognized photographers.  Her work appears in various galleries and has been sold to numerous professional private and corporate customers all across the United States. “My interest and passion in the art of photography touches every aspect of my life. I feel spiritually drawn to places where oral stories passed on by our ancestors who show us the richness and soulfulness of human existence.” For more art by Antonia Wolf visit 

Destination Missoula
101 East Main Street

"10th Anniversary of Destination Missoula" Exhibit of Past Visitor Guide Cover Art

Destination Missoula Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is 10 years old on April 21st and will be celebrating its anniversary on First Friday, May 3rd. On display will be 10 years of Visitor Guide covers and materials used to showcase Missoula around the world as premier travel destination. Walk down memory lane, share some cake and step with us into the future of this wonderful community. Through the support of this amazing community, we are proud and excited to see what the next 10 years will hold.

Downtown Dance Collective
121 West Main Street

Group Show Featuring the Art Students of Sentinel High School

DDC will be hosting a showing by various Sentinel High School Art students for the month of May. Sponsored by art instructor, Tim Nielson. Reception Friday, May 3rd 5pm-7pm.

"2,000 Too Many" An evening length dance show by Charissa Bowditch, Taryn Ann Quayle, and Elizabeth Pertis with contributions from Stefanie Brewer

Friday, May 3 at 8:00 PM... Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM at The Downtown Dance Collective (DDC)  121 W. Main St., Missoula 59802
$10 in advance, $12 day of the show

Four artists living in different states collectively explore themes of distance.   "2000 Too Many" is more than a dance show - it is an exploration in crafting a physical art through digital media over a distance.  All dance works presented have been choreographed using technologies which are becoming more prevalent, and which have made it possible to collaborate.  Come experience the culmination of art and technology and the rich emotion, intellectual musings, and soaring movement of "2000 Too Many". Tickets available at 406-541-7240, online at, or at the Downtown Dance Collective.

Forward Montana Foundation
500 North Higgins

"iLEVY iEDUCATE iVOTE" a Discussion of Art, Politics and Technology

Come down to the Forward Montana office on First Friday food and drinks as they discuss the spring ballot and technology in our schools. The night will feature awesome photo documentaries, video interviews and paintings from high school students.

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins

Hailey Hannah Schofield

Hailey Schofield was raised in New England and recently relocated to Missoula Montana from Burlington Vermont. Hailey is an artist and art educator in Missoula. She received her BA in Studio Art and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. Her work is largely influenced by nature, exploring the New England rivers, hills and vernal pools as well as her travels. She uses a wide variety of mediums but focuses on screen prints, woodblock prints, pen and ink and gouache. Commissions and additional prints are available on request. If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing more of her work, contact: 

Le Petit Outre
4th & Myrtle

Art by Wesley Delano

Stop by the bakery from 6 to 9 pm to see the artwork of Wesley Delano and enjoy the music of Modality.

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main Street

Group Art Show Featuring Bridget Stoltz, Megan Johnson & Erinda Martin

Bridget Stoltz is a multi-meduim artist. Born and raised in Montana she is inpiried by the beauty and rugged nature of the land. Bridget uses things she observes culturally and naturally in her art to represent the Montana expirience.

Megan Johnson was raised in Great Falls, MT for most of her life, then journeyed to Missoula, MT to obtain her culinary arts degree. She currently lives in Missoula and loves every minute of it. Megan's main medium of art being displayed is photography. She started dabbling in photography about two years ago and mainly works in landscapes. Megan's future goals and aspirations are to pursue her education in photography and has a vision to be published in National Geographic.

Erinda is a young passionate life-artist carrying a wild spirit and a free mind. From her heritage and life experiences while growing up in fastly ever-changing environments, she has accumulated a multicultural background and creative thirst for life. She expresses her urge for creativity through different apparatus and mediums, one of them being photography. Her love and passion for photography derives from her childhood memories and experiences when her father when he worked as a professional photographer using 35mm film and specializing in manual retouches and restorations of old photographic prints. When not behind the camera, Erinda can sometimes be found in front of it being the model subject, and other times she indulges in the thrill of performing arts, such as fire dance and aerial yoga. 

Mismo Gymnastics
1900 West Broadway

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Missoula's best First Friday event for kids in Missoula. Your child will have a blast playing on our trampolines, swimming in our foam pits, and exploring our awesome obstacle courses. Mismo provides Biga Pizza and juice for dinner. We also welcome The Whizpops to add some tunes to this great event!
For ages 5 and Up
Reserve your spot today! You must prepay to reserve a spot (no refunds for no show)

Only 80 spots available. Last month filled up so dont wait.
Mismo Members - First Child - $20 / Additional Siblings - $10
Non Members - First Child - $25 / Additional Siblings - $10
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Missoula Community Access Television
500 North Higgins

Parkour Films from Unparalleled Movement

Be sure to witness the mind-blowing art of parkour and freerunning as Unparalleled Movement's Core Team puts on a show that'll have you holding your breath. Don't miss Unparalleled Movement's Core Team doing breathtaking flips and leaps as they push the limits of the human body.

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins

"Lluvia de Peces" Folk Paintings by Laura Blaker

Latin American folklore is the inspiration for Blaker’s newest art installment. Each painting is a visual representation of a particular story with the colors, patterns, clothing, animals, people and architecture from that particular region. Blaker will be donating half of the sales from this exhibition to Missoula Medical Aid, a non profit organization that provides basic healthcare to rural communities in Honduras. "Lluvia de Peces" translates to "Rain of Fish" which comes from a Honduran folk tale. For more information on the folklore series and to find out how you can sponsor this exhibition (and get some awesome art in return) visit Blaker's kickstarter campaign.

The Roxy Theater
718 South Higgins

International Wildlife Film Festival

International Wildlife Film Festival Awards Reception! 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.,
The Roxy Theater free and open to the public.

The International Wildlife Film Festival is the first festival of its kind
and the longest running wildlife film festival and conservation conference in the world. This year’s festival features a variety of fun and free community events! As part of Missoula's First Friday events, come celebrate our 36th annual festival award winners, and enjoy live music by Britchy.

The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties
501 South Higgins

"Treasures of the Earth and Sea" Necklaces by VAR

Missoula artist Virginia Rutherford has created a series of elegant necklaces. She says this about her work: "I love rocks. And I love color and texture and copper and glittering facets. My inspiration comes from the rocks themselves; the fun happens in putting the rocks together with other pretty odds and ends."

517 South Higgins

"Functional Art & Repurposed Junk" Group Art Show 
Featuring Sentinel High School Students

Vinyl records, rusty bicycle chains, wheel rims, springs, wood, wire and assorted junk - These are the items being used by Sentinel High school art students to create wonderfully inspired sculptural clocks. Upcycled is excited to feature these recycled art pieces, designed by the students.

The students helped fuel their imagination by participating in a field trip to Home Resource, Free Cycles Missoula and Upcycled. During the trip students were able to collect items as well as ideas for their creation.

Functional art or repurposed junk, whatever it takes to put together a winning combination to transform these discarded items into art.

The student and their sculptures can be viewed at Upcycled May 3rd during First Friday events.

Second Friday
On the Northside
May 10, 2013

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st Street West

"Now and Then: 1998 - 2013" A Retrospective of the Works of Courtney Blazon

We at the ZACC are excited to feature a retrospective of the colorful, notable art of Courtney Blazon for the month of May.
"This body of work is a collection of my art over the last fifteen years. Some of the pieces were mile markers for me, indicating the endings and beginnings of things in my personal life, but more often, they were simply my efforts to improve and expand my artistic language."

A Little about Courtney:
Courtney Blazon is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, where she received a BFA in illustration. She is working as an artist and illustrator in Missoula, MT. Her work has been featured at local and regional art galleries and venues, at the Missoula Art Museum, on, as well as the Western edition of New American Paintings and Studio Visit Magazine. She was a featured artist on Google's, on the art blog My love for you is a stampede of horses, as well being featured in the online arts journal and the blog artseen. She has illustrated for Montana Lyric Opera, Shakespeare and Co., Missoula Oblongata, CutBank Literary, the Missoula Independent, Headwall magazine, Native Ideals Seed Company, and, along with various other publications. She has had been in numerous regional group shows and has had solo shows at Pony Club Gallery in Portland, OR, Victrola Coffee and Art in Seattle, WA, and Dana Gallery in Missoula, MT, and most recently, at the UC Gallery at the University of Montana. She was a recipient of a 2011 Montana Arts Council Artists Innovation Award.

The Lotus Project
@ Stensrud Building
314 North 1st Street West

"The Art of Motherhood" - Group Art Show

A show with artwork about or inspired by: pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, postpartum, babies, and the transformation accompanying parenthood. Come celebrate an early Mother's Day with us!

The Lotus Project is a local non-profit dedicated to improving women’s health and happiness during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, and through that process, creating healthy and happy families. The Lotus Project offers FREE community events and online information to help expectant parents learn about local resources and various pregnancy and postpartum educational topics. We also provide a childbirth education class.

With over 1600 births occurring in Missoula County last year, it’s time to focus our attention on healthy lifestyles during pregnancy to improve birth outcomes. Research confirms that women who do not receive prenatal education deliver more low-birth weight babies and suffer an increased risk of maternal and infant mortality. In 2009, approximately 31% of pregnant women did not receive prenatal care in their first trimester in Missoula County and 21% did not receive adequate care during pregnancy.

Our event will provide a gathering place for people to meet local birth professionals, connect with other parents and expectant parents, and discuss the educational resources available to support Missoula families. We expect people to leave our fundraiser more informed about Missoula’s birth community and energized from making new community connections. 

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