Gallery Guide 

First Friday gallery displays in Missoula and beyond

1888 Metal Arts
Located on Main Street in Stevensville. 880-9207.

Art City
At 407 West Main St., Hamilton. 363-4764.

Art Museum of Missoula
On exhibit through June 15, Lela Autio: A Survey. Over the past 60 years, Missoula Artist Lela Autio has created drawings, paintings and sculptures, and also been an advocate for the arts and education. Artist’s reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. At 335 N. Pattee. 728–0447.

Bernice’s Bakery
New Paintings by Melanie Alvarez of Catlin Galleries, Inc. Opening reception information TBA. At 190 S. Third St. W. 728-1358.

Birnbaum’s Broadway Frame
This month: Oil pastels by Mary Ryan. Artist’s reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. At 331 E. Broadway. 721-6026.

Buffalo Jump Gallery
At 4039 Hwy. 93 in Stevensville. 777-2066.

Butterfly Herbs
Photographer Joshua Meier presents a behind-the-scenes look at the BRA Show—a retrospective glance of 2001. The photos grace the cafe walls from the first of the month until May 31. At 232 N. Higgins. 728-8780.

The Catalyst
On exhibit through May, Passage: Photographs by Adair Oesterle. The artist’s work explores the landscapes of industry, labor and working people throughout the American West, from the San Francisco waterfront to Idaho and Montana. Artist’s reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 7:30 p.m. At 111 N. Higgins. 542-1337.

Catlin Galleries
Featuring Recent Mixed Media Print Works by Bev Beck Gluekert and New Work by Melanie Alvarez. Artist’s Reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. Also featuring a live belly dancing performance by Tazia Raa. At 241 W. Main. 327-6688.

Dana Gallery
New work by Missoula artist Keith Hardin. Artist’s reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. At 123 W. Broadway. 721-3154.

Da Vinci’s Framing and Gallery
Glacier Fiber Art Group showing selected art quilts. Artists’ reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. Also showing, fiber sculptures by Kent Epler, sculptures by Thor Myrhe, iron works by Jim Bolinger and Prints by Jill Bergman. At 1833 South Higgins. 721-3474.

Eating Cake
At 732 South First Street West. Call 721-1416 or e-mail

Grand Opening for this new gallery owned by local artist Wes Mills is Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This month featuring tiny drawings by Taos, N.M. artist Marc Baseman and huge drawings by Dale Leys from Murray, Ky. 119 South Higgins Ave. next to the historic Wilma building. 721-0277.

Fox Artist Studio & Gallery
At 408 Second Ave. North, Hot Springs (behind the Symes Hotel). 741–5503.

The Historic Kalispell Mercantile (KM) Building
When Kalispell was founded in 1891 as a railroad town, the mercantile quickly followed. Built in 1892, the Kalispell Mercantile was the largest mercantile in northwestern Montana for decades. Visitors are welcome to browse the halls to see vintage finds and photos on display. 755–1111.

Hockaday Museum of Art
Currently on display: Abbrescia/Abbrescia, works by Sue Abbrescia (pottery) and Joe Abbrescia (painting); Naming the Place, Placing the Name, mixed media works by Jennifer Reifsneider; and The Photography of Mike Spence, black and white photos of Eastern Montana and Glacier Park. The exhibits are open through May 25. 302 Second St. in Kalispell. 755–5268.

Isis Studio Gallery
At the old Dixon Store on Hwy. 200 in Dixon. 246–2787.

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Art from around the world: baskets, pottery, jewelry, tapestries, sculptures, and more, all handcrafted by fairly paid artisans. At 519 S. Higgins Ave. 543-3955.

Kip Herring Studio and Gallery
Gallery opening! Featuring art in two styles: Landscapes and Cosmic Fantasy. First Fridays open until 8 p.m. Warehouse Mall, 725 W. Alder St., Suite 7 (a few blocks west of St. Pat’s on Spruce).

The Laughing Boy
Featuring folk art, jewelry, yard art, gifts of whimsy, fiber sculpture, collectibles, western memorabilia, art furniture, clothes, mohair bears, and just great stuff. Just moved across the street and opening again on First Friday at 234 W. Front St. 543-0677.

Marie’s Art–Eries
Featuring original art, prints, framing, candles, gifts, and more! For All Things Art. 702 SW Higgins Ave. 542-0046.

Miss Zula’s
Painting with Light—the Maine “Downeast Coast,” photos of the Maine coast by Karl C. Vester. Artist’s reception First Friday, May 3, 6 to 8 p.m. At 111 N. Higgins. 541–7376.

Monte Dolack Gallery
An exhibit of drawings and studies by Monte Dolack. This show offers a rare insight into the creative process. Also, ongoing displays of prints by Monte Dolack and other artists. Artist’s reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. Monte’s latest fine art poster, Ascension, will be unveiled at the reception. At 139 W. Front. 549–3248.

The New Black Dog Café
138 W. Broadway. 543-6213.

The New Crystal Theatre
At 515 S. Higgins Ave. 728–5748.

Ponderosa Art Gallery
At 944 Springhill Road in Hamilton. 375–1212.

Ravalli County Museum
205 Bedford, Hamilton. 363–3338 or 821–3666.

Raven Café
At 130 E. Broadway. 327–7407.

The Green Room, Wilma Building
On exhibit this month, works in graphite by local artist Craig Pilling. Artist’s reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. Located in the basement of the historic Wilma building, 131 South Higgins Ave. 721-3922.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
At 210 N. Higgins, Suite 101. 543-0171.

Shakespeare and Co.
Presenting Bob Boyer’s 90 MPH Landscapes, impressionistic views of Montana from the driver’s seat. First Friday reception May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. At 525 N. Higgins. 549-9010.

Southgate Mall
Ongoing exhibit called Hallways to History: A Photographic Walk Through Missoula’s Past, features 90 historic photos on display throughout the mall’s three main hallways. 721-5140.

Sutton West Gallery
Showing from May 1 through June 4: Ceramics, a group invitational featuring more than 20 different ceramists, including artists in residence from the Archie Bray Foundation. Artists’ reception First Friday, May 3, 5 to 8 p.m. At 121 W. Broadway. 721–5460.

University Center Art Exhibits
Is there anyplace in the UC that does not display art? For complete information on a host of exhibits, call UC Programming at 243-6661.

UC Gallery
On exhibit through May 8: The University of Montana BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition II. Works by graduating seniors in a variety of media. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Friday. 243–4991.

UM Gallery of Visual Arts
In the UM Social Science Building, first floor. 243–2813.
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