First Friday (November 2nd)


News from the Missoula Cultural Council

It's November! Well..not yet, but it will be by the time all this awesome art starts coming at you. We're almost ready for...wait for it...wait for it...FIRST NIGHT MISSOULA 2013! YAY! We're the only people that start thinking seriously about New Year's in October. It's weird, but good for you. We have a terribly exciting, totally alcohol free, kid friendly, music, dance, art and culture packed, awesome night in the works for you come December 31st. More information to come in December, as well as buttons for sale, and exciting volunteer opportunities are right around the corner.

This month First Friday is sponsored by the Artists' Shop, who have recently opened up in their new location at 127 North Higgins. The Artists' Shop has long been a venue of First Fridays, and is a great source for local art and fine crafts. More information about what you can find there this month will be below. Thanks to the Artists' Shop for sponsoring this month's First Friday, and for supporting local artists and craftsmen and women. For more information about the Artists' Shop click here.

New Gallery Alert! 4 Ravens, a brand new gallery, will be opening its doors on November 1st, and will be holding a grand opening First Friday reception on November 2nd. Head down and let them know that Missoula loves art! 4 Ravens is located next door to the Dana Gallery, so head to the Dana to check out young artists and head next door to check out an even younger gallery.

Also coming at you is First Thursdays at the University Center Gallery. The First Thursday of every month from 4:00 to 6:00pm, the University Center Gallery will be hosting a reception open to the public. So if you find yourself just itching to get out and see some art and cannot wait for Friday, head down to the UC on Thursday, November 1st.

Would you like to be a part of the First Friday experience? The Monte Dolack Gallery is currently looking for volunteer greeters to help with the overwhelming response their gallery receives. Contact Naomi Fox at

First Friday falls on November 2nd this year which means it's also Day of the Dead. And the Festival of the Dead will be happening all over Higgins Avenue. So be sure to get downtown, see some great local art and party down dead style. Look out for galleries showcasing day of the dead art this month.

Four New Traffic Signal Box Art Projects Debut on First Friday
Public Art Committee

The City of Missoula’s Public Art Committee has chosen four Missoula artists for the next installations in the wildly popular Traffic Signal Box Project. The project commissions area artists to paint or install vinyl art on the formerly drab-gray electronic boxes installed on streets and sidewalks around the city. The artists are installing their work now, and they will be honored at a reception at the Dana Gallery on Friday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m.

"The Little Green Rabbit" by Laura Blaker
Brooks Street and Mount Avenue

"The Garden City" by Meaghan Gately
Higgins and Brooks Street

"Swinging on the Tree of Life" by Melissa Madsen
Brooks Street and Miller Creek Road

"Sunflowers and Dragonflies" by M. Scott Miller
Brooks Street and Beckwith Avenue


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee Street

"Rattlebone" Paintings by Ric Gendron

Visit MAM for First Friday from 5-8 pm. Meet nationally acclaimed artist Ric Gendron, a member of the Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville. Gendron’s painterly, expressive style is rooted in his culture’s traditions and the stories of his own experiences. The exhibition was organized by independent Curator Ben Mitchell, and includes a survey of contemporary paintings by Gendron and historic and contemporary cultural objects from the artist’s family. Join Gendron and Mitchell at 7 PM for a discussion of how new and old illuminate the foundations of creativity. Thanks to the Missoulian for their support of MAM’s First Fridays. Free.

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street

"Chief Cliff" by Monte Dolack

For November the Monte Dolack Gallery celebrates the release of a new limited edition archival digital print "Chief Cliff" by Monte Dolack, 2012. Please join us for First Friday Art Night on November 2nd along with music by the Mountain Breathers, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins, Suite 300

Kendahl Jan Jubb, James Hewes, Suzanne Mingo

This month the Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art Gallery brings us a variety of mediums and artists. Ceramic works by James Hewes and Photography by Suzanne Mingo accompany Kendahl Jan Jubb's watercolors. In celebration of the Humane Society's 50th anniversiary, 2013 calendars featuring the paintings of Kendahl Jan Jubb will be available for purchase.

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins

"Young Guns III" by Nine of the West's Rising Young Stars

The Young Guns exhibit will continue throughout November at the Dana Gallery. Young Guns features up and coming young western artists such as Dana Berardinis, Jonathan Calouri, Kira Fercho, Trey McCailey, Caleb Meyer, Matt O' Connor, Laura Blue Palmer, Clay Pape, and Francis Switzer. That's a lot of great talent packed into one gallery. These young guns help make up the future of Western art, so come down Friday and see what you have to look forward to.

4 Ravens Gallery
248 North Higgins

"Sneak Preview" by the 4 Ravens Artists

4 Ravens Gallery is a new showcase for contemporary fine craft opening in November next door to the Dana Gallery. The November show is an exhibit of resident artists working in a variety of mediums including ceramics, furniture, photography, traditional basketry, forged metal, stone, kiln-fired glass and leather.

The Artist's Shop
127 North Higgins

"SwanWoods: The Art of the Salad Bowl" Woodworking by Martha & Jerry Swanson

The Artists' Shop, gallery of local art and fine craft is proud to host the work of Martha & Jerry Swanson AKA SwanWoods of Ovando. You are invited to an artist's reception on First Friday, November 2nd, from 5 to 8pm. This collection of unique hardwood bowls will surprise and delight anyone interested in the presentation of food and the beauty and variety of natural wood. SwanWood's work will be on display as the guest artist during the month of November and is for sale year round at the Artists' Shop's new location at 127 North Higgins (Open 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday).

The Brink Gallery
111 West Front Street

"It May Take Longer" by Renee Couture

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "it may take longer", by Renee Couture. 

"It may take longer is firmly rooted in my living in the Pacific Northwest timber country. Within my community, there is a longstanding political conflict between environmental activists and industry. Hot political topics too often become black and white, right and wrong, us and them issues. A divisive system of binaries. Two sides debating. “This” vs. “that”. I wonder what would happen if the debate shifted from jobs vs. environment, exploitation vs. protection toward a discourse focused on ecological integrity and social well-being? This body of work is my attempt at making sense of a history I was absent from as a means of understanding my own present." 

Currently living on seven acres in rural southern Oregon, Couture graduated from Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA) with a BA in Studio Art and Spanish in 1999. She spent the next four years traveling throughout the United States and South America. She moved to Oregon in 2004 after completing Peace Corps service. Couture has taught a range of art courses in children’s camps in the United States and abroad. She received her MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT, in 2010. Couture’s work has exhibited nationally and she currently teaches in the Fine Art Department at Umpqua Community College. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, November 2nd, 5 - 8pm.

The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 A Hawthorne

"Night Shade in the Blue Hour" by Andrea Marquis & Paul Swenbeck

In November, The Clay Studio of Missoula will present Night Shade in the Blue Hour, a collaborative installation by Philadelphia artists Andrea Marquis and Paul Swenbeck. These artists share a common heritage that led them to explore the alchemical world of ceramics. Both were born in Salem, Massachusetts: a place where the occult permeates everyday life. In their first collaborative venture, Night Shade in the Blue Hour, the artists will be creating an installation of moving sculptures, objects and projections that will take the viewer through their interpretation of twilight sleep. (Top: Andrea Marquis, Bottom: Paul Swenbeck)

Frontier Space Missoula
Gallery in the Alley - One Block West of Higgins, Between Spruce & Pine

"Everything you Wanted to Know About Dave Wilson, But Were Afraid to Ask"
Paintings by Dave Wilson

For the month of November, FrontierSpace Missoula will be hosting an exhibition of Dave Wilson’s paintings entitled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dave Wilson But Were Afraid to Ask. Wilson utilizes television and film performers as the figurative motif in his work, re-contextualizing the constructed personas of the characters into tragic but entertaining self-portraits. There will be an opening reception Friday, November 2nd from 6-9 p.m. FrontierSpace Missoula is located one block west of Higgins in the alley between Spruce and Pine.

Living Art of Montana

725 West Alder Street, Suite 17 (Warehouse Mall)

"Expressions for Healing" by various artists

Living Art of Montana presents "Expressions for Healing," an exhibit featuring art generated in Living Art of Montana workshops. Living Art provides free art and writing workshops for people dealing with illness and loss. The show runs through November with a First Friday opening on Nov. 2nd from 5-8 p.m at Living Art of Montana, Warehouse Mall, 725 W. Alder, Suite 17.

Montana Art & Framing
709 Ronan Street

"Day of the Dead" Mixed Media Sculpture by Barbara Morrison

"Much of my work is informed by myth, folklore, and dreams- I get ideas from folk and ethnic art and from folk tales from around the world. Many of my pieces are done using traditional fiber techniques from many countries, and using cast-off or recycled materials is important to me. I like the flat bright colors found in folk and tribal art, as well as the attention to detail. The inspiration for the Day of the Dead figures comes from Latin America, but using
skeletons as icons for the inevitability of death is universal, and the “Grim Reaper” figure is everywhere in world literature and folk art, along with devils, angels and sinners. I recently joined an international group of “Naive” artists who work in a folk art tradition that I like, and many of my gouache paintings are reminiscent of this style, while other pieces are simply nature studies that I have done while traveling." -Barbara Morrison

Studio D
420 North Higgins

"Old Hat" by M. Scott Miller & Brian Herbel

Brian Herbel's "Antiquated Spaces" will continue its run through the month of November, but look out for selected works form M. Scott Miller's current show at the Missoula Art Museum. All of this and a 25% of sale (In the spirit of Christmas) at Studio D's First Friday.

Other Venues

A & E Architects
224 North Higgins

"Art of Building" Habitat for Humanity Photography Exhibit

This exhibit features 28 artistic photographs of the 45th Habitat home currently under construction in Missoula. The exhibit blends the art of photography, the craftsmanship of building, and the spirit of volunteerism. In 2012 close to 300 volunteers logged over 3,500 hours building with our partner family, the Danzers. Staff and volunteers from Habitat will be available during First Friday Event from 5 pm – 8 pm and the exhibit may be viewed through the month of November. The photograph featured here is titled, “Home Sweet Home Day Dreaming” taken by photographer Mark Gorseth.

Bella Sauvage Day Spa
629 Woody Street

Coach Shane and Live Music

Bella Sauvage Day Spa is excited to be featuring the works of local artist Coach Shane for First Friday in November. Coach Shane will be displaying his own unique brand of art, some of which will be focusing on the Festival of the Dead. We will also have a live DJ (TBA), and we will be serving up some south of the border style food and beverages for all that stop by! Please join us on Friday, Nov. 2nd from 5pm - 8pm and celebrate the Festival of the Dead!

Betty's Divine
521 South Higgins

"Seeing the Forest for the Trees" by B. MartiNez

Come celebrate 40 years of mess making, life and love with belly laughs, beverages and the Birthday Girl, B.MartiNez on First Friday, November 2nd at Betty's Divine! Born on the eastern edge of the Red Desert atop the high plains, B.Martinez began her art career at a kitchen table in a small apartment in Wyoming, with scraps of fabric, a bottle of glue, a piece of paper, and some crayons. Her show, entitled "Seeing the Forest for the Trees," will be from 5-8 and feature fine wines and delightful Bernice's treats. Happy Bday B!

Butterfly Herbs
232 North Higgins

Mono-Prints by Bob Phinney

Mono-prints by Bob Phinney offer something different to every viewer, perhaps to every viewing. Images are not concrete, but develop out of the flowing possibilities of the printing process; Mere suggestion, hint of meaning, unexpected harmony, ambiguous tangle, momentary satisfaction, glad pique....bring yourself to this fun, at Butterfly Herbs, through November 2012.

Catalyst Cafe
111 North Higgins

Mary Mann & Joni Joachims

Catalyst Café and Espresso Bar is pleased to welcome Mary Mann and Joni Joachims from Tacoma WA. Both painters work in oil and watercolor focusing on the natural world with an added element of the surreal. Images that resonate with reality, yet amplify color and line. Symbols of peace as a metaphor for life. Aug. 3 through Nov 10.

Computer Central
136 East Broadway

"Journey of Sages" a collective art show
5:00pm to 7:30pm

"Liberated from careers, we are inspired to express our passion for creating art. We invite  you to join us in this journey." Judith Billingslea, Joan Popper Freedman, and Sandy LaForge seem to have quit their day jobs just to enrich your lives with art and Computer Central couldn't be more pleased to support that decision. Come down for the opening night of their exhibit and show the love to the "Sages." This exhibits ends early, at 7:30pm.

Darkroom of Montana
135 West Front Street

Silver Gelatin Prints by Ray Nelson

The Dark Room of Montana will be showing the works of Ray Nelson. Nelson is a photographer who will be sharing his unique silver gelatin prints. We don't have an image to show you because there is nothing digital about Nelson or his work. His art has never been in a digital format. To see what, in the information age, can only be seen in person, head down to the Darkroom on Friday.

Garden Mother Herbs
345 West Front Street

Group Art Show: Featured Artist: Katrina Farnum (Photography)
Fire Dancing: 7pm to 9pm

Yet again your local Garden Mother is serving up a healthy dose of art. This month's featured artist is  Katrina Farum, she captures natural native landscapes and plants with her photography. The image to the left is her work, a Ladyslipper (Cypripedium Reginae) from last spring. Alongside Farnum you'll find 8 local artists, a fire dancing troupe, music from a local DJ, and if that weren't enough, they'll also be roasting marshmallows. I highly recommend packing graham crackers and chocolate when you head out to this month's First Friday. Tom Melhuse is the featured artist this month and he'll bring us landscape and animal images painted with a realism that captures life. Along with this Melhuse will also be showing some of his embellished pottery and pastels. But wait, there's more. David Zimmer presents "Statues" a Bohemian correlation between Native American Totem and American Astrology. To find out what that means you'll just have to grab your s'more kit and come down. If you are a fan of stylized pen and ink prints with minimal color then Xua Ponzone and her show "Intuitive Mindscapes" have just what you're after. Nancy Rishoff will be balancing things out with bright, bold colors in her surrealistic mixed media and acrylic art. You guys, there's so much going on here. Julie Hoffman has collages, "Sharky" AKA Shawn Trowbridge has one of a kind etched glass (custom orders welcome), as busy as she is being a Native American artist, fantasy author, poet and musician, Muxie McDonald is still taking the time to share with you her unique perspective on topics from traditional dancer to punk rock mosh pits, and cyborgs to highlander, and at age 12 precocious artist Tiffany will be presenting "Medieval Castles". Did I mention the roasting of marshmallows? Come down for a boat load of art, Fire dancing from 7pm to 9pm, DJ mixing, beer, wine, tea, snacks, and of course marshmallows roasting on a fire.

HOUSE Design Studio

133 North Higgins

"Symmetry" by Christian Ives
Music by members of the Missoula Symphony

This month HOUSE Design Studio brings you "Symmetry", a collection of work by Christian Ives. While you take a look at Ives' collection a selection of musicians from the Missoula Symphony will be showcasing their talents. Christian Ives is a painter living and working in Missoula, Montana. He is native to Montana, though has made several trips to influence his art. He has lived in Europe for over 7 months, which included an intense art study in Perugia, Italy and student teaching in Wrecsam, Wales.   Two years were spent residing in Portland, Oregon where he collaborated with local artists on several projects. Christian earned his two degrees from Montana State University in Art Education and Studio Art.  His emphasis was in painting. Christian was active in several artist groups in Portland and Montana, and has displayed his art around Oregon, Georgia,  Montana.

"A new place is usually very unfamiliar and stimulating.  At a point, concrete ideas start to form based on time and experience.  The emphasis of my paintings and sketches are to capture that transition from being abstract to being identifiable.    This diversity in my work is a reflection on seeing something comfortable and familiar, and how it relates to the unrecognizable and unfamiliar....I invite the viewer to search for the hidden images within each painting.  Sometimes additional images are found, allowing the painting to become a different composition each time it is viewed.  Whether or not everyone sees the intended object is irrelevant.  Each person views something different than the next, as does everyone with the unrecognizable aspects of life." -Christian Ives

Liquid Planet
223 North Higgins

"Art You Can Read" by Emmanuel Preta

Liquid Planet Is The Place To Be. Swing by and check out the Smart New Art. Discover what we mean by Art You Can Read at Emanuel Preta's First Friday Opening, November 2nd. Join us for Delicious Coffee and enticing Art. You deserve an escape this good.

The Dawn Maddux Railroad Gallery
100 West Railroad Street

Mark Mesenko (Photography), Andrea Zielinski (Crystal Jewelry), Randy Zielinski (Acrylic)

Dawn Maddux, Realtor or Windermere Real Estate and the Maddux Real Estate Group is proud to feature three local artist at the historic 100 W Railroad, Suite 200 (upstairs). Artists include a 4th generation Montanan, Mark Mesenko, whose photography captures a unique perspective on local icons including Western Montana landscape and wildlife and Randy Zielinski, a Missoula painter whose acrylic on canvas paintings range from impressionism to landscape and local jewelry designer Andrea Zielinksi who will have a variety of hand crafted  Chinese crystal jewelry on display.

500 North Higgins?

Music Videos by Austin Valley & Kyle McAfee

Austin Valley and Kyle McAfee turn MCAT to MTV for a night, showing music videos from local artists such as Tonsofun, Enzymes, Inhumans and the world premiere of "Negative Gold" by Traff the Wiz.

Prudential Montana Real Estate

314 North Higgins

"A Retrospective of Celtic Art" by Grahame Atkinson

Originally from England, Grahame has been living and working in Longmont, Colorado since 1990. His abstracted figurative sculptures have been developed from studies of the mythology and customs of the Celtic peoples of ancient Europe. Grahame’s pieces convey both strength and liveliness in forms which are bold yet animated, strikingly colorful and intensely personal. His uniquely distinctive and individual figures are constructed using a combination of traditional sculptural mediums, found natural components and synthetic materials, which are brought together in various combinations to form works which are at once decidedly contemporary while acknowledging that their roots lie in the time honored past.

Suite 406
101 East Broadway, Suite 406

"The Spirit of Women" by Fabulous Montana Women"

Suite 406 continues their exhibition of fabulous Montana women and the art they bring to the treasure state. Come see a variety of mediums to honor once again (and really can we ever be done honoring) "The Spirit of Women."

The Tides Gallery at Bathing Beauties
501 South Higgins

"Reconfiguring Relics" by Ellie Duncan

I have become fascinated with the transformation of unexpected objects into feminine wearable art. I'm attracted to the contrast between the delicate handling of lace, small gemstones, and detailed wire-work with roughly cut and pounded copper, cowboy boot leather, and smashed pennies I placed on the railroad. It's satisfying to give these materials a second life. 

517 South Higgins

"License Plate Creations" by Scot Herries

Come down and check out all the wonderful and practical art Scot Herries has forged (possibly not literally, I don't know his process) from license plates. From growler carriers to letter holders, Upcycled has many products made from salvaged goods.

127 North Higgins

Art and Foster Care Awareness

Come to Whippersnappers on First Friday! Enjoy hot cocoa, treats and some art by Youth Homes kids. Also, learn more about the need for foster and adoptive homes in Missoula. Go to for more information.

Zoo City Apparel
East Main Street

"Desire" by Lauren Monroe

To the left is the piece "Desire" by Blackfeet artist Lauren Monroe Jr., who will be showing other acrylic pieces at Zoo City Apparel during November’s first Friday. It centers on the unattainable or often what we perceive as being out of reach. The basic colors and design filters out the noise and distractions that often prevent true understanding of what’s wanted or perceived as needed in daily life.

121 West Broadway

"Montana Medley and the Alternative Holiday Trees: an Art Show and a Call to Artists" 
by laurie e. mitchell
5pm to 9pm

The ever prolific laurie e. mitchell brings us a mixed media show, taking advantage of Zootown's art friendly space. You can expect some awesome found object scuplture, as well as "Alternative Holiday Trees". Why cut down a beautiful, oxygen giving, bird and critter housing, part of nature, when you can build your own, unique, spectacular holiday tree from the things that other people think are disposable? Mitchell will be creating a variety of these alternative trees (one of them out of pink lawn flamingos) and showcasing them along with her other sculptures. If you are interested in making your own alternative holiday tree, get down to Zootown Brew and have a chat with the artist.

Second Friday

Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)
Friday, November 9, 2012 * 5:30pm to 8:30pm

"Reflections" by Lindsey Weber

Lindsey Weber is an artist living and working in Montana. Her multimedia prints focus on the fears bred into citizens of developed countries. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an Emphases in Printmaking from the University of Montana. Lindsey believes that Printmaking is an extraordinary form of art, and should be made accessible to every single person who wishes to express themselves. She has taught in Missoula, in Missouri, in Nebraska and also works as a graphic designer. Lindsey teaches all of the ZACC's adult classes in printmaking.

First Thursday

University Center Gallery
Thursday, November 1, 2012  *  4pm to 6pm

"An Aesthetic Taxonomy"

Join the University Center Gallery for the opening reception of our latest exhibit, "An Aesthetic Taxonomy." To biologists the creatures of the University of Montana Zoological Museum may simply be a wealth of knowledge to be studied. To an artist however, these eyeless, oddly stuffed, and awkwardly arranged specimens create an almost whimsical display. This exhibit is a celebration of the various stories these remains tell and about the mysterious transition into death. Artists participating include: Dave Dyer, Louis Habeck, Kadie Zimmerman, Hanna Spry, Samuel Case, E. Carlson & Leslie Van Stavern Millar

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