Annual Art Sale, Icon-O-Clash and First Friday!

It’s going to be a great week for art lovers in Missoula!

Annual Art Sale:

The University of Montana Emerging Ceramic Artists and the Student Sculpture Association of the UM School of Art will host the 27th annual Holiday Sale and Juried Show Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8, in the UM Art Annex.

The sale will include ceramics and sculptures by UM School of Art students and faculty, and the show will feature student work created in the past year. The work will be juried by nationally renowned ceramic sculptor Adrian Arleo of Lolo. Proceeds from the sale go to UMECA and SSA. Funds will be used for scholarships, visiting artists, student travel to conferences and wood for the Anagama kiln firing.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Art Annex, located just south of the Adams Center. The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 6: Opening celebration with music by Good Clean Dirt, 4-7 p.m.; Awards presentation, 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 7: Holiday sale continues, 9 a.m.-7p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: Holiday sale continues, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information call UM Professor Beth Lo at 406-243-5893 or email, or call the UM School of Art at 406-243-4181.


The UC Gallery:

Join art students and community members for the opening reception of the juried exhibition, “Art for the End of the World” on Thursday, December 6th from 4-6pm.

UCG End of the World

First Friday:


As you must know by now, School of Art graduate students run an alternative gallery space in the alley behind the Old Post Pub.  Join us for a mystery exhibition this First Friday.  Seriously, they’re not telling us what to expect, but a safe bet is interesting art, conversation and refreshments. See you there!

Head on over to the Missoula Art Museum to see the ceramic sculptures created by our friend Shalene Valenzuela. Join us at 7 PM for a gallery talk with the artist in which Valenzuela will talk about the rich content of her ceramics which cover topics ranging from fairytales, urban mythologies, consumer culture, societal expectations, etiquette, and coming-of-age issues. Stylistically, Valenzuela’s imagery is found in ‘dated’ sources that represent an idealized time in society, but beneath the shiny veneer of these relics hides a complex and sometimes contradicting truth. It’s going to be great!

Shalene MAM 2012

The Clay Studio of Missoula:

Join us for a holiday exhibition and sale! The exhibition opens with a reception from 5:30pm to 9:00 pm on December 7th, and continues through December 21st. Gallery hours for the sale will be M-F 10 am to 4 pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Whether you are looking for a new mug for your morning coffee, a vase for a bouquet of flowers, or sculptures to decorate your home, the Clay Studio will be offering a variety of exceptional ceramic art. Special extended holiday gallery hours make shopping at the Clay Studio an easy way to find that unique gift for all of the special people on your holiday gift list-including yourself! Continues through Dec 21. Hours M-F 10-4, Sat & Sun 11-5


The Dana Gallery:

The fine folks over at The Dana Gallery have another eclectic exhibition this First Friday.  Among the talented artists is School of Art student Clay Pape, so be sure to stop by for the reception at 246 N. Higgins and see what Clay and the others have been up to.

Dana Gallery Dec 2012

The Brink Gallery:

The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “art house matinee”, by Missoula artist, Tim T. Thornton. Thornton was born and raised in California, graduating in 1984 with a BFA from the California College of Arts. Before moving to Missoula in 2005, he not only painted scenes in Hollywood, he was also the charge scenic artist for the Performing Arts program at the University of California at Berkeley.  “I was powerless to resist, and was taken in by the movies at an early age. To my impressionable mind, the screen images lasted long after the ending credits rolled. In choosing an image to paint, I return to the cinematic icon. I want my images to be oversize and bold, in high contrast, reminiscent of the style of brightly colored movie posters. Painting like film is a form of illusion. The added benefit of painting is I get to be in charge of my picture. I have ultimate say over casting, lighting, staging, costume, etc.” Please join us for a reception with the artist on Friday, December 7th, 5 – 8pm.
Tim Thornton Dec 2012
Betty’s First Friday in December will feature local School of Art alumnae Amber Prouty. Her exhibition, entitled “In our Neighborhood,” will feature multiple pieces each of which are a representation of an event in the neighborhood. Prouty’s neighborhood is located right here in the year 2021. And in the year 2021 in Missoula, the roles between people and animals have blurred in the evolution of their bodies. Life has become more like a science fiction film, humans have become more animalistic in communication, and the animals are our neighbors. Welcome to the neighborhood! To help benefit the neighborhood all pieces are for sale with 15% going to the Missoula YWCA. Come one, come all between 5 and 8 and enjoy miniature masterpieces, as well as Bernice’s goodies and wine.
Prouty Dec 2012
Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) provides Missoula residents and organizations with the equipment, training, and channel time to produce TV programs based on their interests and concerns. This First Friday they are featuring the artworks of Christian Ackerman and his equally creative brother Chad Ackerman. Chad recently completed a music video and an album for his new solo career as Veil. MCAT will be showing the title track from Chad’s new album. The music video features amazing make-up effects to create animal/human creatures and zombies with a strong message about ethics in eating.  Christian will also be screening “The Making of Tomb” which takes us behind-the-scenes of this powerful music video. This 20 minute program will repeat through the evening between 5 and 8pm.
MCAT offers video art viewing in the studio every first Friday evening from 5pm to 8pm. If you haven’t been in the MCAT studio for a while, if you have never been to the facility please consider this a special invitation to come by in person and say hello.
This First Friday event is quite different than the usual art reception.  Members of the public bring thrift store paintings and artists adorn them with selected icons.  It really is a spectacle!  Join us at the Union Club for Icon-O-Clash!
IconoClash Dec 2012Fresh Paint:

Advanced students in UM painting classes will be mounting a show at “Fresh Paint”, a temporary gallery downtown.  The gallery will be open First Friday, and Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00pm and is located on Broadway, one door East of Higgins.


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