Gallery Guide 

What's on display in Missoula and beyond

1888 Metal Arts
For the month of April, an exhibit of watercolors by Jacqui Farr entitled Featuring Flowers. Artists Reception on First Friday (April 5) from 6 to 9 p.m. Located on Main St. in Stevensville. 880-9207.

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

Art Fusion
111 N. Higgins. 549-3596.

Art Museum of Missoula
On exhibit April 10 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. Note: As the exhibit opens April 10, the galleries will be closed for First Friday (April 5). At 335 N. Pattee. 728–0447.

Bernice’s Bakery
Presenting the Second Annual Employee Art Show for the month of April. Opening reception on First Friday (April 5) from 6 to 8 p.m. At 190 S. Third St. W. 728-1358.

Birnbaum’s Broadway Frame
Featured this month: Generations 2002 by Kiahsuang Shen Lo and her daughter Beth Lo. Artists’ reception First Friday (April 5) from 5 to 8 p.m. At 331 E. Broadway. 721-6026.

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

Butterfly Herbs
Atlantic Art Colloquium’s Mixed Media Expression. It embellishes the cafe walls from the first of the month until April 30. At 232 N. Higgins. 728-8780.

The Catalyst
At 111 N. Higgins. 542–1337.

Catlin Galleries
Featuring Portraits of Wildlife by Matt O’Connor and Portraits of People by Melanie Alvarez. First Friday Artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with a talk by the artists from 6:30 to 7. At 241 W. Main. 327-6688.

Dana Gallery
Finalists for “The Art of Healing,” a juried exhibition presented by The Institute of Medicine and Humanities, runs April 4–30, with an opening reception Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., and an artists’ reception on Thursday, April 11, from 6–9 p.m. At 123 W. Broadway. 721-3154.

Eating Cake
Join us for a Preview Show of Ugly Art, First Friday at 5 p.m. Also, call for details on Eating Cake’s One Year of Ugliness Party. At 732 South First St. West. Call 721–1416 or e-mail

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
Abbrescia/Abbrescia, work of highly acclaimed artists Sue and Joe Abbrescia. Sue's ceramics have been included in many notable juried and invitational exhibitions. Joe is recognized as one of America's most accomplished impressionist painters and his work has been included in over 70 publications. The exhibit closes May 25. Opening reception Thursday, April 11 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. 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
This month features photos and words about street and school children in Nepal by Emily Sandall. First Friday from 5–7 p.m. Emily and the University club Children’s Second Chance will host a potluck dinner and Emily will share a video of her Nepal experiences. Also, 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.

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. First Friday reception (April 5) will be the last one before they move to their new location. At 259 W. Front St. 543-0677.

Marie’s Art–Eries
This month: prints by local artist Ron Jenkins. First Friday (April 5) Artist’s Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Also featuring original art, prints, framing, candles, gifts, and more! For All Things Art. 702 SW Higgins Ave. 542-0046.

Missoula Artists’ Shop Co–Op
At 306 N. Higgins. 543–0975.

Miss Zula’s
At 111 N. Higgins. 541–7376.

Monte Dolack Gallery
Featuring Sketches, Doodles and Drawings: Preliminary Studies by Monte Dolack. First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 5. Also ongoing displays of prints by Monte Dolack and other artists. At 139 W. Front. 549–3248.

Mystic Mind Emporium
Featuring original landscapes by local artist Peter Romanov Kola. At 525 S. Higgins. 829–0402.

The New Black Dog Café
On display through April 15, a series of colorful, whimsical oil pastels by Hot Springs artist Jo Rainbolt entitled Fire Bears 2000. First Friday Artist’s Reception April 5 from 4–6 p.m. 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.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Through April, featuring black and white photographs of The Ancient Forest of the Northwest by Michael Wewer. First Friday hosts the opening of the exhibit from 5 to 8 p.m. Also showing at Doc’s (next door to the school), Secondary Sights: Photographs by Heath Korvola. At 210 N. Higgins, Suite 101. 543-0171.

Shakespeare and Co.
Versatile U.M. artist Ben Bloch presents his latest visual experiments in an exhibit entitled Crivmatic Material. The artist describes this work as “wholly original material, a result of the mind, a product of the will, an absurd idea obsessively pursued, until the fictional demands of the creative process become manifest in physical reality.” Exhibit runs through April. Opening reception is First Friday (April 5) from 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
On exhibit April 3–30: The Women’s Show, featuring the art of Susan Barnes, Katie Knight, Kelsey Connors, Kay Langland and Patricia Robinson-Grant. Artists’ reception will be held First Friday (April 5) from 5 to 8 p.m. Also, The Bra Show Preview runs April 15–30, with a silent auction Tuesday, April 30 from 7 to 9. At 121 W. Broadway. 721–5460.

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

UC Gallery
On exhibit through April 12: The University of Montana BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition I. Works by graduating seniors in a variety of media. So much art that it’s also on display at the Gallery of Visual Arts (see below). Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Friday. 243–4991.

UM Gallery of Visual Arts
On exhibit through April 10: The University of Montana BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition I. Works by graduating seniors in a variety of media. So much art that it’s also on display at the U.C. Gallery (see above). In the UM Social Science Building, first floor. 243–2813.
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