Hey Missoula! First Friday info is moving to a brand new, shiny website.We'll be providing you all the info you need to get the most out of First Friday and the rest of the month as well. Head to the Gallery Guide to find all the great art exhibits and events happening this month. Here's a quick run down of First Friday venues for August. Visit the new, mobile friendly, website for more info.


4 Ravens Gallery - 246 N. Higgins Ave. - Scott Herries
The Artists' Shop - 127 N. Higgins Ave.
Clay Studio of Missoula - 1106 A Hawthorne St.
Dana Gallery - 246 N. Higgins Ave.
Frontier Space Missoula - Alley Between Spruce and Pine West of Higgins
Final Frontier Space Missoula - Same Alley as Above
Missoula Art Museum - 335 N. Pattee St.
Montana Art & Framing - 709 Ronan St.
Monte Dolack Gallery - 139 W. Front St.
Palace Hotel Gallery - 149 W. Broadway

Other Venues

Betty's Divine - 521 S. Higgins Ave.
Bhavana - 101 E. Broadway
Downtown Dance Collective - 121 W. Main St.
Draught Works - 915 Toole Ave.
Montana Natural History Center - 120 N. Hickory St.
Prudential Montana Real Estate - 314 N. Higgins Ave.
Selvedge Studio - 509 S. Higgins Ave.

July First Friday

First Friday July 5th, 2013

News from the Missoula Cultural Council                       

We're changing our monthly art promotions! From now on the lovely card we distribute will serve as a monthly gallery guide. What does that mean? Instead of one night of art, the new, improved card will tell you a month's worth of art and culture. We'll continue to list First Friday receptions, but with the new improved Monthly Gallery Guide you'll have access to information about art events and exhibits happening all month long.

VonCommon Studios is getting ridiculous. "The Ridiculous Show" inspired by Rube Goldberg's convoluted innovations is now accepting submissions. The VonCommoners encourage you to explore your wildest ideas and ludicrous improvements on the things around you. Submit your finished peice by August 15th to Adelaide Every or any of the other VonCommoners.

This month is sponsored by the Dana Gallery

Head to the Dana Gallery on First Friday to catch the opening of "The Art of the Run", a new juried exhibition coinciding with the Missoula Marathon. Proceeds from the show benefit Run Wild Missoula. Check out the Dana Gallery's listing below for more information about this and other great events coming up in July.


4 ravens
248 North Higgins

"A Sense of Place" Pastels by Bobbie McKibbin

Bobbie McKibbin celebrates the western landscape, inspired by her travels in the west and her home in the Bitterroot Valley. The large scale pastels showcased for the month of July meld the love of drawing with the rich color and expressive potential of soft pastels. “I see myself as a kind of reporter, someone who documents, a witness to the mystery and beauty that surrounds us. My work faithfully records a sense of place and at the same time celebrates the act of drawing and image making.” From a distance, the overall design might dominate, but a closer view reveals “the handwriting and personal shorthand” of these intimate landscapes. “It is my hope that as a result of studying my images, you will view your world with a keener and sharper vision.”

The Artists' Shop
127 North Higgins

Alpine Artisans' 2013 "Tour of the Arts"

Here is a chance to see the artwork of the artists participating in theAlpine Artisans'  TOUR of the ARTS in the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys. The year-round, self-guided tour  features 7 open studios where you can visit the artists at work and also enjoy artwork by 10 selected guest artists.

Brink Gallery
111 West Front Street

"Wonderland" by Renee Adams & Justin Gibbens

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition entitled "Wonderland", by Renee Adams and Justin Gibbens.

In their sophomoric return, Washington-based artists Renee Adams and Justin Gibbens present their work at the Brink this July. For this go-around, the two have sought inspiration regionally by focusing on things that scamper about and thrive in the undergrowth found in the Northwest.

Using his own brand of subversive natural history, Gibbens' watercolor drawings shed light on jackalopes, mermen, werewolves and other legendary beasts. Working in both 2 and 3-D, Adams synthesizes the crafted aesthetic of nature dioramas with the stylized realism of the American Regionalists in her desire to reconcile over-consumption and waste with nature's clever way of colonizing and re-purposing.

Renee Adams and Justin Gibbens live a simple life in the bucolic town of Thorp, Washington. When not making art and being crafty, their time is spent outside tending to their garden, roaming the hills with their coonhound, and cursing the Kittitas Valley wind.

Please join us for a reception with the artists on Friday, July 5th, 5 - 8pm.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne

"Building & Burning"

The Clay Studio of Missoula is proud to present a month’s worth of alternative fire events, which includes an exhibit, a two-Saturday workshop, and drop in raku evenings throughout the month of July.

In May of this year, the ceramics department at Flathead Valley Community College held a “Ceramics Festiva”, a four-day event with the theme of “Alternative Firing” that brought in guest artists from around the country. In conjunction with workshops and firings that brought in students for this productive event, the guest artists were able to share their techniques and methods with students and artists alike.

Exhibiting artists from the Ceramics Festiva conference include: Stephen Braun, Bryce Brisco, Craig Clifford, Charles Davis, Curt Jacobson, Robert Markle, Karl McDade, Randi O'Brien, Vernon Patrick, Esther Shimazu, Dennis Sipiorski, David Scott Smith, Shalene Valenzuela

This exhibit includes an alternative firing methods educational exhibit featuring work by Missoula artist Orville Chigbrow. Orville will be presenting a number of pieces with in depth descriptions of what “alternative” methods he used in creating the works, ranging from putting works in the barbeque, using aluminum foil saggars, and soaking works in tea and coffee.

July Exhibit: Building and Burning

Opening reception Friday, July 5, 5:30-9pm
Exhibition runs from July 5-19, 2013

with Stephen Braun, Bryce Brisco, Craig Clifford, Charles Davis, Curt Jacobson, Robert Markle, Karl McDade, Randi O'Brien, Vernon Patrick, Esther Shimazu, Dennis Sipiorski, David Scott Smith, Shalene Valenzuela

This exhibit includes an alternative firing methods educational exhibit featuring work by Missoula artist Orville Chigbrow.

Raku Workshop: Build & Burn II
Two Saturdays, June 29 & July 6
10am - 4pm

This workshop is a two-day class. On the first Saturday, participants will start by exploring hand-building techniques and basic mold-making processes using clay molds that can be used for both high and lowfire bodies. Workshop participants are encouraged to complete and bisque work during the week. On the second Saturday, Stephen and David will focus on raku firing the work and demonstrating alternative ways to assemble and finish multi-part pieces.

David and Stephen will share their raku glaze recipes, demonstrate glaze tricks and techniques, and fire up the raku kiln. This is a great opportunity to have tons of fun and make some great work! No raku experience is necessary

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

"Art of the Run" Group Exhibition & "11th Annual Paint Out"

“Art of the Run” will be a juried show of recently completed works held in conjunction with the Missoula Marathon. This is a joint venture by Run Wild Missoula and Dana Gallery celebrating Missoula as host of one of America’s premier marathons as voted by readers of Runners World magazine and a hub of artistic talent in the Northwest.  A portion of proceeds benefits Run Wild Missoula.

Also at the Dana Gallery:

July 12 - 17th : Dana Gallery 11th Annual "Paint Out"

July 18 - August : 11th Annual "Plein Air Exhibition"

Featuring twenty of the West's most renowned artists.

Frontier Space Missoula
Gallery in the Alley: Between Sean Kelly's & the Old Post

"Resonance" New Paintings by Claire Melli

For the month of July, FrontierSpace Missoula will be hosting an exhibition of Claire Melli’s new paintings entitled Resonance.  Melli’s work is rooted firmly in the history of abstract expressionism but she deviates slightly from that tradition by injecting social commentary into her paintings.  This decision forces the viewer to contemplate the anxiety and confusion of our 21st century society within the relatively familiar formal qualities of the work, broadening the traditional scope of painting. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 5th, 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

"Warning Shots" Painting & Sculpture by Jay Schmidt

MAM, an AAM accredited contemporary art museum, has always been a center of activity in culturally savvy Missoula, MT. MAM is a spectacular Free attraction in the heart of the historic downtown: a fully accessible, public museum that boasts 26 contemporary art exhibitions per year in six exhibition spaces, a library, education center, and an inviting bookstore. In addition to engaging exhibitions, MAM hosts films, musical and dance performances, readings, tours, artist talks, art classes for all ages, and more.

Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 PM // Sunday 12-4 PM

MAM Sumer Exhibitions:

Jay Schmidt through September 15, Jane Deschner through August 25,Hellgate Student Artwork through June 23, Recent Acquisitions to the MAM Collections through June 23, For Advice Call 1-800-Coyote through August 2, Indian Education for All and Donna H. Gans July 12 -September 22, and Louise Lamontagne and Jared Shear July 12 - September 29. 

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan Street

"Hidden Treasures" Group Exhibition

Montana Art and Framing will be showing a variety of art that has been hidden from view by Walter Hook, George Gogas, Patricia Forsberg, Chris Autio, and many others.  The gallery  located at 709 Ronan Street, Missoula, is open 9-5 M-F, and 10-3 on Saturday.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

"A Flowering of Arts & Crafts" by Monte Dolack

The Monte Dolack Gallery and the Western Montana Fair join in celebrating the release of Monte's newest poster, A Flowering of Arts and Crafts, created to honor the domestic arts, a vital part of any fair. This is Monte's third consecutive year of creating a commemorative poster for the Western Montana Fair.  The gallery will be open for First Friday Art Night July 5th from 5 to 8pm. Music will be provided by the Mountain Breathers, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome!

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

Works by Kendahl Jan Jubb, Suzanne Mingo & James Hewes

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.

Palace Hotel Gallery
147 West Broadway

Artists of Opportunity

The  Artist's of Opportunity return to the beautifully restored Palace Hotel Gallery on July 5th, First Friday.  Reception hours will be from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Featured artist's will be: Dustin Overgaard, Anmarie Lucci, Tak Roberts, Scott McGrath,
Bobbi Rockford, Jeff McGrath, Kevin Anderson, and Billy Bader.

Also on display will be the art award winners of the New Images 2013 Calendar.  Juried participants are: Marium Etminan-Rad, John Phillips, Lindsay Stahl, Brett Sweeney, Chris Olson, Adele Cobell, Jeff Sweten, Billy Bader, Justin Johnson, Pat Jones, Walter Bryan, Michael Cregan, and Phillip McKnight.

Come join us.  Be a part of all the excitement!  Check out the HAND THROWN POTTERY too!!

Studio D
420 North Higgins

"Bannack Days" by M. Scott Miller

Come see M. Scott miller's newest poster for the "Bannack Days" celebration. Keeping ghosts of Bannack alive. Bannack days this year is on the 19th and 20th of July, in Bannack, MT.   Open reception at studio d. Downtown Missoula. Come see M. Scott miller's newest poster for the "Bannack Days" celebration. Keeping ghosts of Bannack alive. Bannack days this year is on the 19th and 20th of July, in Bannack, MT.   Open reception at Studio D. Downtown Missoula.  

Other Venues                                                             

Bernice's Bakery
190 South 3rd Street West

"A Look at India" Photography by Erin McConnaha

These are pictures that I took while studying abroad in Hyderabad, India. India is a culture of contrasts, there is rich and poor, beautiful scenery and heartbreaking poverty, cruel oppression and enlightening freedom. I loved going through India and capturing a tiny part of it with my camera. 

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins

"Collection 3" Screen Prints, Drawings & Photographs by Nicholas Kakavas

Betty's First Friday will feature the art of local artist Nicholas Kakavas in a show entitled, "Collection 3."  This show is a summary of a years worth of creation through screen prints, drawings, and photographs. Come and take a peek inside his head from 5-8  and enjoy cheap wine and yum Bernice's treats. 

Draught Works
915 Toole Avenue

Art from Kate Finley

Maddux Real Estate Group
321 North Higgins

Photography by Geoff Peddicord

Maddux Real Estate group is proud showcase the work of Geoff Peddicord at their newly renovated location 321 N. Higgins Ave.  Artist reception from 5p-8p on Friday, July 5th.  Photography will also be viewed all month long during normal business hours. 9-5 (M-F). 

Marketing Professional and Photographer, Geoff Peddicord, specializes in lifestyle, environmental portraits, Americana and concert photography. 

Noteworthy Paper & Press
101 South Higgins

"ETC.ETC." by Jack Metcalf

517 South Higgins

Jewelry by Tiffany Zal

Tiffany Zal likes to be broad about what she does. But put simply, she’s a maker, and a seller, and sometimes when lucky can combine the two. As an artist, creating jewelry becomes the best of both worlds; art that is practical, wearable, personal, and ultimately art that you live in. This line of bike part jewelry is unique in that it embodies something else besides just aesthetic. These pieces are created with re-used bike parts and hardware, giving new life, and a new purpose to old things that might otherwise be wasted. Foraged from Free Cycles, and Home Resource, among other places, this jewelry can be worn with pride. It lends itself to Tiffany’s aesthetic by being rustic, earthy, and a little wabi sabi.

Zootown Arts Community Center
235 North 1st Street West

"Life of a Webcomic" by Dennis Morin

Join us at the Zootown Arts Community Center for our Second Friday Gallery Opening on July 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM as we welcome new a new series by Dennis Morin titled “Life of a Webcomic”.  We will enjoy snacks, drinks, and invigorating conversation.  Also, across the hall we will hosting the free silk-screening night in our printshop for patrons to bring in shirts, purses, and scarves to be adorned with a piece from our print library.

:::Artist Statement:::

The inspiration for my work is often found in other people. Friends, family, employees, bosses, or even suggestions from a client. My webcomic work and animation is done with certain people in mind too. An audience. To tell the truth this art show itself is for someone. So it's an art show for someone with individual art inspired by individual people and groups of people for the people who inspire my work and for other people to see. I think that sets the tone for the show. Of course as people are different I've done quite a few different things for the show. Some are old some of them fairly new. It's a body of work for your body to experience. Thank you for taking an interest.

:::Artist Biography:::

Dennis Morin is an artist/illustrator/cartoonist/animator. 31 yrs old. Graduated from the U of M with BA focus on drawing and painting. Taught cartooning for several years at Hellgate's comic book club. Worked in animation for a television show and he does commission work from time to time. Also runs a webcomics site. Recent work can be seen at sealwebcomics.com. Has lived in Missoula for 16 years.