First Friday, June 7th 2013

                          News from the Missoula Cultural Council

The Last Best Solstice! Art on the River! Friday June 21, 2013 in Caras Park! Local artists will be taking over Caras Park and the riverfront on the Solstice, creating brand new works of art to be auctioned off in the evening. The festival begins at 4 pm with free art workshops for adults and children, music from Kung Fu Kongress, food and drinks. A live and silent auction will be held featuring the art created that day. For more information visit our website.

Call to Artists! The Dana Gallery will be hosting "Art of the Run", a group exhibition to coincide with the Missoula Marathon and they need you! The show will feature running theme art and is presented in association with Run Wild Missoula in order to celebrate Missoula as host ot one of America's premiere marathons as well as a hub of artistic talent in the Northwest. All visual art forms are welcome. Maximum size: 30 x 30 (or equivalent if three dimensional). All work must be framed and ready for hanging and for sale set at standard gallery commission rate. To apply submit work digitally (Maximum 3 Submissions per Artist), by June 7 to Attn. Dariusz Janczewski - Artists will be notified by June 14 and work must be delivered to the Dana Gallery by June 28th. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist. Proceeds benefit Run Wild Missoula.

Family Saturday Art Workshop! June 1st 12 pm to 2 pm at the Missoula Art Museum. This workshop is free to the public and led by Eva Champagne. Participants will be decorating bowls to be donated to the Missoula Food Bank. Bowls will be used at the Missoula Food Bank's annual advocacy event, Empty Bowls, Full Souls.

Viscosity Theatre presents "This Illusionment" Saturday June 1st through June 8th. Tickets are available online for this "skeleton" run of a truly collaborative work. "This Illusionment tells the story of a magician who has lost his passion, a girl overwhelmed by her senses, a boy struggling to find his power, a creature on the verge of disintegration, and a universe falling out of love with itself." For more information and to buy tickets visit

Call to Artists! Did you know that Missoula has Fringe Festival? Well, it does now! Missoula Fringe Festival 2013 is continuing the Fringe legacy that began in Edinburgh, Scotland in  1947, the Missoula Fringe Festival will celebrate and honor alternative theater in various venues throughout Missoula, August 15th – 17th, 2013.  This year’s Missoula Fringe Festival will be focusing on helping the arts community grow. The Missoula Fringe Festival is a self-produced, non-juried performing arts festival and is an avenue for performers to showcase bold, fresh, and original live works.  The Missoula Fringe Festival does not produce any shows, run any venue or pay any fees to artists.  All applicants are accepted.  Anyone can perform. Application deadline is June 15th.

This month's First Friday is sponsored by 
Murphy Jubb Fine Art Gallery.


4 Ravens Gallery
248 North Higgins

"Fine Craft: Defining Material" - Group Exhibit

4 Ravens Gallery is pleased to present "Fine Craft: Defining Material" featuring the gourd work by denise pfau, felt working by melissa thompson, and the wood turning of jake kropf. Join us for a First Friday reception or stop by anytime in the month of June to view their work.

The Artists' Shop
127 North Higgins

"EartH tONEs: Harmonies in Clay and Paper" by Bob Phinney

EartH tONEs.....Bob Phinney's Art from Earth (pottery) and Original Monoprints revealing inner harmonies will be showing in June at The Artists' Shop in Missoula. The wide selection of stoneware cups and mugs are once-fired in the tradition of craft potteries throughout the world. The mono-prints are one of a kind artworks (ONEs). "Art-plays" might be a better phrase, as the prints evolve simply from a search for inner balance ....Each one, a discovery of unique and quirky harmonies in line, form, and color.

You are invited to an artist's reception on First Friday, June 7, from 5-8 pm. The show may be viewed through June (open 10-6 Mon-Fri. 10-5 Sat & Sun)

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front Street

"Open Pollination" Paintings by Suzanna Ogg

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition entitled "Open Pollination", by Kuzana Ogg.

Kuzana was born in Bombay and her parents brought her home from the hospital on the back of their motorcycle.

The first years of her life were divided between the ancestral home of her grandfather, surrounded by lush gardens and groves of coconut trees, and the exquisite Worli sea face home of her grandmother. Her earliest memories are of temperate weather, fragrant jasmine blossoms, and layers upon layers of color.

A short while later, Kuzana and her infant sister joined their newly immigrated parents in England. The landscape changed from streets crammed with disorderly traffic and cows to cars neatly parked in rows. Crumbling palatial structures were replaced by tidy brick homes with frilly curtains. Plastic toys took over when those of tin and copper couldn't be found.

Kuzana's education was in a series of boarding schools; Cornwall and Surrey in England, after that, Kodaikanal in the south of India. At the age of 10, Kuzana and her family moved to New York. Her secondary education was completed at Catholic and public schools.

In 1995, she graduated from SUNY Purchase. Marriage followed shortly thereafter, and she and her beloved moved to South Korea. They spent the next six years living in historic Kyung Ju; teaching English and learning Korean, before they returned to the United States.

Kuzana and her husband have been living in New Mexico since 2001, and have recently moved to California. She has participated in several residencies, the most recent in Sri Lanka. Her work has been exhibited, published and collected both nationally and internationally.

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

The Brunswick Gallery
223 West Railroad Street

"Small Works" a Group Exhibition hosted by Patricia Thornton*

Patricia Thornton presents, "Small Works". Over twenty five local artists in two venues. Over seventy five pieces will be shown. Work will be shown at the Brunswick from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and at Le Petit Outre from 6 pm to 8 pm. Artists include: Bobby Tilton, Bradley Allen, Bev Beck Glueckert, Courtney Blazon, Debby Florence, Elizabeth Stone, Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, Jennifer Leutzinger, Janet Whaley, Karen Shimoda, Karen Slobod, Leslie Van Stavern Millar, Patricia Thornton, Lady Pajama, Adelaide Every, Jonathon Marquis, Pamela Caughey, Renee Taffe, Toni Matlock, Ursula Carpenter, Shalene Valenzuela, Cathryn Mallory, Lisa Jarrett, Steven Krutek, Jenny Parker, Jennifer Erickson & Tim Thornton. 

*Also at Le Petit Outre

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne

"This is Where the Sauce is at" Woodfire Invitational Exhibit, Curated by Perry Haas

The Clay Studio of Missoula is very proud of our wood kiln and our wood fire program. Our Anagama kiln, built in 2005 under the direction of former artist-in-residence Ryan Mitchell, is situated just outside of Missoula, about a 15-minute drive away from the Clay Studio up Black Mountain. The kiln is approximately 620 cubic feet, and usually fires for 6 days. We have a dedicated residency each year for a wood fire artist, and the wood fire program is an extremely important part of the Clay Studio community.

To help keep our wood fire program growing, every few years the Clay Studio hosts an Invitational Wood Fire, where we invite artists from outside of our immediate Missoula community to join us to fire. Organized by current woodfire artist in residence Perry Haas, the firing will take place May 25-June 2, 2013. During the kiln cooling, demo-based workshops and artist talks with participating artists have been scheduled so that our artists can share information with each other and workshop attendees.

In addition to our Invitational Firing, the Clay Studio gallery is presenting a selection work by invitational artists. The opening reception for this exhibit takes place First Friday June 7, 5:30-9pm, and will feature nearly 40 pieces by this exciting array of artists. For a complete listing of events the "sauce" can be found here:

The Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

Summer Show

The Dana Gallery is pleased to present their "Summer Show" opening this First Friday. The show will feature a number of celebrated artists from across the West. Stop in from 5 pm to 8 pm to see what the West has to offer. Featuring the work of Caleb Meyer, AM Stockhill and Micheal Blessing among others.

Frontier Space Missoula
Gallery in the Alley - Between Sean Kelley's & the Old Post

"Conversance" Group Ceramic Exhibition Featuring Artists from around the Nation

For June’s First Friday, we will be featuring a group exhibition of ceramic sculpture entitled Conversance.The exhibit will feature three dimensional work from artists from across the nation. FrontierSpace Missoula is located in the alley between Spruce and Pine, one block west of Higgins. The opening reception for Conversance will be held Friday, June 7th, from 6-9 p.m.

Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee

Warning Shots by Jay Schmidt

Explore MAM on First Fridays from 5-8 PM. Find your-self engulfed by the impact of Jay Schmidt’s large scale, multiple-panel canvases and anthropomorphic sculptures. This exhibit addresses our contemporary global culture in a frontal assault. While the work’s subject matter is aggressive and confrontational, it is remarkable in that there is no message of self-righteousness or moralistic lecture. Join Schmidt at 7 PM for a gallery talk. 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 & Framing
709 Ronan Street

Acrylic Paintings by Kalli Deschamps

Kalli has been making art in one form or another most of her life. Her media concentrations have been in various forms of drawing, painting and fiber. After studying at the Chicago Art Institute, Montana State university and the University of Montana, Kalli taught art at Missoula County High School for 20 years with her alter ego taking the form of a cattle rancher in the Frenchtown Valley. At present she spends Winters in Arizona. Her continuing experimentation with acrylic paint present an interesting contrast to her favorite, landscape painting.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

20th Anniversary Show

For First Friday June 7th, the Monte Dolack Gallery Celebrates its 20th anniversary at it's downtown location. Monte Dolack and his wife, fellow artist Mary Beth Percival have been a force in Missoula's vibrant art scene by constantly exhibiting new original artwork. Please join the staff of the Monte Dolack Gallery on this special night. Music by the Blue Hour Jazz Ensemble.  Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome!

Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Arts Gallery
210 North Higgins

Kendahl Jan Jubb, James Hewes & Suzanne Mingo

Come down to the Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art Gallery this First Friday to see the stunning watercolors of Kendahl Jan Jubb, the intricate ceramic hexagrams of James Hewes and the classic photography of Suzanne Mingo.

Studio D
420 North Higgins

A Missoula Portrait Series by M. Scott Miller

Renowned local artist M. Scott Miller showcases the city that has become his muse in a Missoula Portrait Series. Friday, June 7, 5 pm to 8 pm.

VonCommon Studios
127 East Main Street - Suite 316

"Retrospecticus" an Exhibition from the 2013 MFA Class

On First Friday June 7th, VonCommon is pleased to host "Retrospecticus", an exhibition showcasing the MFA Class of 2013 from the University of Montana- Dean Foster, Ron Geibel, Brett Hargeshiemer, Burke Jam, Suzanne Lussier, and Jack Metcalf.  This opening reception will also be an occasion to welcome Jack Metcalf to the VonCommon collective!  Come party with us June 7th 6-10 pm, 127 E Main St. Suite 316 downtown Missoula.  More info at:

                                                       Other Venues

Ayurvedic Wellness Studio

126 East Broadway, Suite 24

"Fins and Feathers" Watercolors, Acrylics, and Pen & Ink by Neal M. Cote

Join local artist Neal M. Cote on June 7th for a look at some of Western Montana's fins and feathers!!! The exhibit will feature works in watercolor, acrylics and pen and ink drawings. Visitors can enjoy paintings of birds, trout, walleye, Northern Pike, waterfowl and much more. Artist Neal Cote describes some of his art.. " A moment in time that is burned into your memories...... when time seemed to freeze, remembering the "one" that got away, and that beautiful spring morning when the world just came to life." All original paintings and drawings to be displayed.

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd Street West

New Works by New Artists

Vickie Johnson, Sherri Nemec and M. Voermans have been happily working on their art for some time. Determined to get their work "out there", the show is a medley as individual as each and is a mixed genre of realism, collage and abstract. Each individual artist brings an extensive background and a willingness to grow with new expressions in art. Sherri Nemec has this to say about her art:
"A few years ago I fell off my kitchen counter and broke my leg in 11 places.  It took a long time to recover and in the interim I found myself wishing I could do something while seated.  So I learned to paint.  Living in a place as beautiful as Missoula it was east to find inspiration. I truly love painting and I hope  that you will enjoy seeing my work .  Thanks for coming in to Bernice’s Bakery."

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins

"Cats & Kegs" by KimJae Foley

Join us for an evening of "Cats and Kegs" for June's First Friday at Betty's Divine with local artist KimJae Foley. Enjoy acrylic paintings on canvas of everyone's favorite feline: CATS. Foley invites you to come have a pint on her, and maybe adopt a kitty. Meow!

101 East Broadway

"Folktales from Latin America" Paintings by Laura Blaker

Missoula artist Laura Blaker blends her passion for travel, cultural anthropology, folklore, graphic design, and painting in a continuation of her art exhibition, “Folktales from Latin America” from last month that showed at Prudential Real Estate.” Laura celebrates storytelling from countries around the world. “I guess you could call me a painting anthropologist, said Laura with a grin. I love folklore, I love the stories handed down from one generation to the next, unique to that culture.” Latin American folklore is the inspiration for Blaker’s continuing 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. However, there will be one additional painting, a folktale from Ghana that ties into some of the products sold in Bhavana that are hand made by Ghanaian women. The exhibit is on display June 7, at Bhavana, downtown Missoula at 101 E. Broadway from 5 – 8pm.

Laura was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona at the beginning of the Mexican and Native American contemporary art movement. Artists like Fritz Scholder, RC Gorman, and Ted Degrazia have shaped her art and design career, spanning 35 years. She pursued her craft at the The Colorado Institute of Art. For the past three decades, she has worked as a graphic designer, muralist, and fine artist. Laura has done scenic painting for theaters, murals for many Montana businesses, and for the HuHot Mongolian Grill franchise. You can find her murals in more than 40 HuHot restaurants across the United States. She attended the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy in 2009 to advance her drawing skills in the Academic method, which launched her “100 Paintings in One Year” project. Laura has had a painting in the Missoula Museum of art live auction for the past 2 years and more than 10 solo and group shows in Missoula, Montana. The Xanadu Online Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona currently represents her.


Jewelry by C. Martini

CLOVER, life-style-design, and owner Shannon Callaghan will be featuring the jewelry of Chelsea Martini of C.Martini custom-modern-art.  C.Martini is perfectly imperfect and more than jewelry, it is functional and wearable art. C.Martini is a "rule-breaker" and is breaking all the rules on what jewelry used to be by bringing the purist raw beauty of nature to the industrial world of fashion.  Join us "First Friday" June 7 from 4-8 pm at 114 East Main Street to peruse the amazing space and products CLOVER has to offer, while experiencing the custom modern art of C.Martini. 

The Dark Room
135 North Higgins

"Desert Southwest" Photography by John Scott

Stop by the Dark Room on First Friday for a glimpse into the "Desert Southwest" straight from the lens of John Scott.

Downtown Dance Collective
121 East Main Street

"The Light Between Things" by Thomas Schworer & Youpa Stein

“The Light Between Things” opens First Friday June 7 at the Downtown Dance Collective. The show features photography by Thomas Schworer and masks by Youpa Stein. Schworer’s work revolves around the human figure and its intimate relationship with the natural landscape. His photographs celebrate the essential sustenance that wild places offer us. Stein’s masks began from a self-imposed task to create something from what she found in the forest near her home. The work evolved into a love of the textures and colors of bark and an attraction to bits of metal. The masks evoke questions about what we share and exchange with our environment.

House Design Studio
133 North Higgins

"New Works" Paintings by Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson is a Painter and Art Director who lives and works in Missoula, Montana.  Barry is compelled to paint natural landscapes because they are the places where he feels most alive and connected. Barry Thompson is also the founder of Barndance, a creative motion design studio.  Barndance produces compelling visual designs for videos, independent films, documentaries, and entertainment.  He recently finished work on First Ascent; a six-part adventure television series produced by Sender films and sponsored by National Geographic.  He has worked on many documentaries, including the award-winning independent film, I AM (2011), directed by Tom Shadyac, as well as Red Gold (2007), directed by Travis Rummel and Ben Knight.  He has also received numerous Mountain Film Awards for his work with Sender Films including;  Banff Film Festival, International Mountaineering Film Festival, Graz International Film Festival, and Telluride Mountain Film Festival.

Le Petit Outre
129 South Fourth Street West

"Small Works" a Group Exhibition hosted by Patricia Thornton*

Patricia Thornton presents, "Small Works". Over twenty five local artists in two venues. Over seventy five pieces will be shown. Work will be shown at the Brunswick from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and at Le Petit Outre from 6 pm to 8 pm. Artists include: Bobby Tilton, Bradley Allen, Bev Beck Glueckert, Courtney Blazon, Debby Florence, Elizabeth Stone, Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, Jennifer Leutzinger, Janet Whaley, Karen Shimoda, Karen Slobod, Leslie Van Stavern Millar, Patricia Thornton, Lady Pajama, Adelaide Every, Jonathon Marquis, Pamela Caughey, Renee Taffe, Toni Matlock, Ursula Carpenter, Shalene Valenzuela, Cathryn Mallory, Lisa Jarrett, Steven Krutek, Jenny Parker, Jennifer Erickson & Tim Thornton.

*Also at the Brunswick Gallery

The Loft of Missoula
119 West Main Street

"Unamused Muse" Exhibition & Live Painting by Mreeuh Chang

Stop by the Loft of Missoula for an evening featuring the works of Mreeuh Chang, J. Bouchee & Quoia. Mreeuh Chang will also be creating new works on the spot. Friday June 7, 5PM - 9PM

Naturalist Mercantile
131 East Main Street

Woodblock Photography by Leah Grunzke

Leah Grunzke spends her time exploring the green and growing world of western Montana.  Using reclaimed and sustainably harvested local materials, she creates native plant woodblock photography, and crafts unique nesting boxes for our wild solitary bees. Leah is a spirited botanist and community educator whose work is designed to celebrate local biodiversity, while helping gardeners conserve pollinator habitat in their own backyards.

Missoula Dickey's Barbecue Pit
143 West Broadway

Fundraiser for Operation Valor featuring Art by Aric Williams

Local artist Aric Williams will be displaying his art as up and coming cheese cake artist Lukas Scherer offers up cake samples and the chance to order your own cheese cake art. Dickey's will be supporting Operation Valor, with one dollar of every barbecue sandwich or domestic pint supporting their organization.

Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street

"Still Life, Still Lives" Ink & Paint on Wood by Emily Grasie

The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a First Friday Gallery Opening for Emily Graslie on Friday, June 7th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Her exhibition, 'Still Lifes, Still Lives' is a collection of ink and paint on wood. The series is focused on the dramatic endurance of the vertebrate skeleton. The subjects for the pieces were specimens from the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum at the University of Montana. The show will be up through July. Gallery hours are Tues-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday, noon-4:00 pm.

Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins

"{France: North + South in Blind Contour}" Acrylic and Graphite Works by Sasha Nikole Smith

Local artist Sasha Nikole Smith works completely outside her comfort zone and presents to you a series of paintings of Paris + Nice, France that were sketched blindly and without lifting her drawing tool, then adds her signature bright colored acrylics.  Sure to intrigue and delight!

Historic Swift Building
315 South 4th Street East

"Mapping" Collage Series by Sarah Eisenlohr

Join Ecology Project International (EPI) and Adventure Life - two of Outdoor Magazine’s Best Places to Work - as they co-host June’s First Friday event at Missoula’s historic Swift Building. The Swift Building is home to EPI and three other conservation education organizations, and EPI is excited to partner with Adventure Life in a celebration of art and culture. Beer has been graciously provided by Big Sky Brewery along with fresh bread from Great Harvest Bread Company. The featured artist will be Sarah Eisenlohr who recently graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and an emphasis in painting. She uses collage as a medium and created her first series entitled, Mapping in which she used magazines and glue to create her pieces. Her work has been displayed locally and abroad, along with being found in print and online magazines, and has recently become part of the collection at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture. For more information, please visit EPI’s website.  

SpectrUM Discovery Area

Caras Park 3 pm to 7 pm

The University of Montana Weird Science Dance Party

Come celebrate the last day of school with spectrUM! This hands-on science-themed party will rock your neurons off! Event will include music by the Whiz Pops, food, science exhibits, chemistry demonstrations, appearances by Animal Wonders, The Children's Museum and much more!

All proceeds from the event will benefit spectrUM's Science for All Scholarship Fund

The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties
501 South Higgins

"Treasures of the Earth and Sea" Necklaces by VAR

The Wilma Theater
131 South Higgins

"Terror Vortex" a Film by Christian Ackerman and the MCAT Movie Club
7 pm - Free Show (70 min) Followed by Post Show Discussion

Terror Vortex will be showcased publicly at the Wilma Theater in Missoula, Montana on Friday June 7, 2013 doors open at 6pm show starts at 7pm and it is FREE.  The movie is 70 minutes.  Meet the Cast and Crew of the film through MCAT's Movie Club.  Learn how to get involved in upcoming new projects, too.

Zootown Brew
121 West Broadway

Habitat for Humanity

Attend First Friday in June at Zootown Brew (121 W Broadway St) and check out the talent that Habitat for Humanity brings together!  This special evening will bring together the talent of participating faith communities in our 2013 Good Neighbor Build with a lead in performance from Montana Poet Laureate and Artistic Director, Missoula Writing Collaborative, Sheryl Noethe. 

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 while you enjoy this multi faceted talent show.  Festivities start at 5:30 pm

                                                         Second Friday

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st Street West

"Taxidermy of the Soul" Mixed Media Works by Andrea Rogalski

Join the ZACC in welcoming the talents of Andrea Rogalski for the month of July.  Rogalski’s describes her three-dimensional work as “an exploration of the elements of our biological and emotional selves. It is a non-critical view into the tissues and fascia and how they come together to create a larger body and soul, as well as an exploration of our fears and anxieties of our lack of control over the life processes.”  Rogalski’s artwork displays her fascination with the layers of our organic selves using a variety of medium, including resins, latex, fabric, hair, glues, sugar, frosting, and hardware.  Come for wine, art, and  conversation surrounding these mastered pieces adorning our gallery.  Rogaliski describes her pieces as “taxidermy of the soul”, we describe them as priceless crafted artworks of the heart.

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