Autumn in Montana - there is a chill in the air each morning, people are canning and freezing vegetables, and the Griz are the big news every Saturday. Soon the leaves will start to fall, yet First Friday Gallery Night is in full bloom, offering a full schedule once again of another evening of visual art, sidewalk music, impromptu theatre, or some other creative expression! Thanks to the Missoula Art Museum, featuring the opening of Ansel Adams: A Legacy, for sponsoring this month's event.
Galleries and Museums
The Missoula Art Museum is proud to host a definitive exhibition by one of America’s most legendary photographers. The exhibition Ansel Adams: A Legacy consists of over 130 gelatin silver prints by the artist whom many consider an American master. Opening Reception from 5:00-8:00 pm, with a Gallery Talk by Bruce Hamilton of the Sierra Club at 7:00 p.m.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents War Torn: The Art of Ben Steel in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries. One of 8,000 American and 40,000 Filipino survivors of the Bataan Death March and a prisoner of war in Japan, Steele endured unparalleled cruelty and savagery—41 months of starvation, dehydration, hard labor, torture and a journey on notorious ‘hell ships’ to the Japanese homeland. Crippled by a combination of dysentery, pneumonia, malaria, blood poisoning and beri beri, Steele miraculously survived before being liberated in 1945. In an effort to conceal their actions, the Japanese destroyed photographs and documents. His depictions of the Bataan Death March are some of the only surviving images of this historical event. Reception 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The Artists' Shop
304 North Higgins
The Artists Shop presents "Forever Barbie," a mixed media show using recycled Barbie dolls by Mary Byers of Hamilton. Better known for her batiks on fabric, Mary Byers has set forth a journey with the eleven and one-half inch fashion doll which expresses equivocal impressions of an American icon. The show runs through the month of October. Opening reception, Friday, October 7 from 5-8 pm.
The Brink Gallery
111 West Front
The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Road Warrior by Mary Ann Bonjorni. Road Warrior is squarely planted at the intersection of myth and reality – humor and tragedy. It reads like a roadside attraction of familiar objects that both entertain and question the customs of people and place. Mary Ann Bonjorni is a Professor of Drawing at The University of Montana during the school year and range rider for a cattle association during the summer. Her research includes both gallery presentations and on-site artworks throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, October 7th, 5 - 8pm.
Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front
For October First Friday, the Monte Dolack Gallery will be exhibiting images from Rock Creek and other related Montana images. Pictured here is In the Blackfoot Valley an original watercolor by Mary Beth Percival, 2000. Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
210 North Higgins, #300
For October First Friday, Murphy-Jubb Fine Art presents new watercolors by Kendahl Jan Jubb, with entertainment by Stan Anglen on guitar and vocals, 5-8 pm.
246 North Higgins
For its 15th Annual Celebration, the Dana Gallery presents The Young and the Restless, featuring works of Francis Switzer, Caleb Meyer, Am Stockhill and Dudley Dana. Reception 5-8 pm.
The Clay Studio
Function, Figuration, and Architectural Forms, featuring work by Martha Grover and Carla Potter, both from Helena, and Eliza Au of Vancouver B.C., explores the relationship of material, object, and environment. All three artists utilize the grace and delicacy that porcelain offers, manipulating the material in traditional, yet individual ways. Martha Grover uses the potter’s wheel and throws her forms before altering them into elegant nested porcelain dishes glazed to reference orchids and lilies. Carla Potter’s hand built, figurine scale sculptures are narratives of a young girl questioning her place in history. Eliza Au uses molds to generate her 3-dimensional architectural tile sculptures. While representing three distinct contemporary views of porcelain production, the artists each investigate ways to identify, establish, and define a specific time and space. Unified by more than material, the work of Grover, Potter, and Au exemplifies some of the more striking and diverse uses of porcelain today. Opening reception October 7, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Montana Art and Framing
Montana Art and Framing presents Barbara Morrison –"Memento Mori"- mixed media sculpture and gouache paintings using imagery from the "Day of the Dead" celebration in Mexico. Also exhibiting will be Christofer Autio- "Life in Oaxaca"- black and white photographs from Mexico and also show his video of "Weavers of Oaxaca" that he filmed during his three week stay. The First Friday opening will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 709 Ronan Street off of 6th Street in Missoula. For information call 541-7100.
337 East Broadway
L.A. Design presents Chick Lookin' for Chaps. It's time for some celebratin', so pull out your cowboy duds and join us for a spell, with Art gawkin' and Pirnie talking at the Pirnie art showroom. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
House Design Studio
133 North Higgins
House presents the work of Sasha Smith, featuring architecturally inspired acrylic paintings. Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.
136 East Broadway
Computer Central presents Peter Tucker with the exhibit "Freeze-Frame." Please join photographer Peter Tucker as he shares a series of intriguing stop-action moments he has captured around Missoula and the Northwest. Partake in light refreshments for the opening at Computer Central. Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.
422 North Higgins suite C
Rene Newman is a self-taught watercolorist who has been teaching in the Missoula area for 20 plus years through the Missoula County High School Adult Education, Maries Arteries, Ben Franklin and other locations. Her style is unique in its surrealistic approach to the subjects she paints and would be termed more of a fantasy in watercolor. She has been juried into various local, state and out-of-state watercolor shows and has done many local “quick draws”, demonstrations and judging. Rene teaches the “techniques” of “transparent” watercolor to her students; beginners, intermediates, and advanced. Many of her students have gone on to excel in the medium of watercolor. Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.
110 Caras Drive
Modwest will present the art work of Jeremiah Goldson. His primary focus in this display is black and white illustration, generally of the sci-fi/fantasy and cyberpunk genre. Jeremiah's illustrations for the upcoming comic novel "Rogue Agent Zed", may also be presented. Jeremiah was born in Columbia, South Carolina, grew up in Seattle, grew up some more in Calgary, and currently lives and works for Modwest in Missoula, Montana. Reception from 5-8 p.m.
Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory Street
Start your First Friday at the Montana Natural History Center. Local artist Hobie Hare’s “Earth Inspired” edition showcases nature images from Montana and the Intermountain West. His background as a naturalist and artist combine to capture stunning color landscapes featuring light and form. A percentage of all sales and proceeds will benefit MNHC. The show will run through October. Reception 4:30-6:30 p.m.
222 North Higgins
Last year Missoula artist, Laura Blaker tackled painting 100 oil paintings in one year. Now, eight months later, she is set to unveil her latest project that puts a new twist on sticks and stones. Her new art exhibit is on display during the First Friday Art Opening on Oct. 7, from 5-8 pm. You can view “Sticks and Stones” and other works by Ms. Blaker at A&E Architects 222 N. Higgins Ave, Missoula Montana.
Prudential Montana Real Estate
314 North Higgins
Prudential Montana Real Estate to host photographer Brian Powers for Gallery Night. Brian, a Montana local, currently lives and works in Missoula. This will be Brian’s First Friday Gallery Night debut and his works will be on display through October. "I hope to capture the beauty of the world through my eyes and to capture people at their best." Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.
232 North Higgins
Butterfly Herbs Art Wall for October: IMUR-recent works in multimedia. Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Families First Children's Museum
225 West Front Street
The Children's Museum features artwork by Missoula Writing Collaborative. Experience an evening of art appreciation, snacks, friends and fun. Admission is free from 5-7pm! Call 406.541.PLAY for more information.
111 North Higgins
The annual Montana Festival of the Book will hold a Readers’ & Writers’ Reception at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Governor's Room, 2nd Floor. Libations & Hors d’oeuvres, $20 at the door.
The Top Hat
134 West Front
The Montana Festival of the Book presents a Poetry Slam with Tahj Bo beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cash prize to winner, free admission.
Missoula AIDS Council
500 North Higgins
Missoula AIDS Council’s October First Friday artist is Ray Chapman. His series of works is called Masculism and the media is oil paint on panel. The Artist's statement: "With the advent of feminism as a byproduct of World War II, the gender roles in society have changed and are still changing. Society has evolved through feminism for the better, but it has left men in an different economic and social status. Men cope with social injustice in a way that can be perceived as transitory and is harder to realize and/or be empathetic for. Through this series of paintings, the male figure is used in parallel with abstraction and color to evoke emotions frequently hidden by men. The rectangular shapes symbolize the identity of the man. This work is meant to peel away the tough layer to reveal the emotions trapped in men." Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.
521 South Higgins
This month Betty's Divine presents L. Alexander Wolfe's Americana viewpoint, from the 80's till now, the things that effectively influenced him through time for better or worse. Mostly comical, and absurd. He taps into the ideas that we hold so sacred to our American lives and mirrors them back to the audience with a bit of his personal style. All pieces are cut stencils shot on bits of scrap and some canvas found about Missoula. Wine and Treats. 5-8 pm
190 South 3rd West
Bernice's Bakery presents works by Germaine Trenary and Linda Browning. Pictured here is from Germaine Trenery's Paintings of France. Reception 5-8 p.m.
Buttercup Market and Cafe
1221 Helen Avenue
The Buttercup Market and Cafe is pleased to host Emily Hall's "Expressions of Solitude," a collection of whimsical paintings adorning the walls of our cozy cafe. Ms. Hall's work uses pattern and a beautiful palette to create windows into her imaginative world. She focuses on the figure as a means of conveying emotion, and her collection of paintings has something to offer for every viewer. The reception is from 3 to 5 pm, with refreshments served. The exhibit runs from October 1 - October 30.
The Heirloom Project at The Ceretana Granary
801 Sherwood Avenue
The Heirloom Project hosts Lavender Lori demonstrating an essential oil steam distillation of locally-grown Lavendula angustifolia (English Lavender). The process will begin at 5:00 p.m., come at the beginning for the most action and information. The resulting product is a batch of pure artisan lavender oil. Essential oil, hydrosol, lavender bouquets, dried lavender flowers and other herb and lavender products will be available for purchase at this European-style Herb Market event. Lavender Lori has been farming lavender for 10 years and making essential oils for 6 years in Missoula, Montana. Reception 5-8 p.m.
Noteworthy* Paper & Press
101 South Higgins
Please join Noteworthy* Paper & Press for our First Friday Opening with local artist Martha Elizabeth. Her show "Masks & Marbling: A Retroactive" will feature her works in paper marbling, sculpture, painting and drawing inspired by her 22 years in Missoula. Join us for art, wine and snacks this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 101 S. Higgins, near the Wilma.