It’s officially spring in Missoula and time for the season’s first edition of First Friday! Check out these fantastic venues, exhibitions and artists on Friday, April 4th as well as the other events listed. Don’t forget to visit the Gallery of Visual Arts on campus to see the thesis works of our graduate students and mark your calendar for visiting artist R.L. Tillman!
The Missoula Art Museum will host an opening reception for their lasted exhibition, “Debwe” from 5-9 pm. Karen Goulet, the featured artist, will give a gallery talk at 7 pm. Ms. Goulet’s work is described as, “…paper weavings reminiscent of basket forms and techniques.” Goulet began making these woven paper shapes after taking a traditional split ash basket-making class. She developed a strong connection to the process but, not having easy access to the black ash used in the baskets, she looked to different materials to weave. What she had readily available were piles of prints she had accumulated over the years as a printmaker.
In her quilts, Goulet gravitates to the star quilt because of the inherent richness of design and the important spiritual and cultural relevance this pattern has for native people. She has created many of these quilts, each with a distinct color scheme and much innovation in the thread work and
Goulet received her BFA from Evergreen State College where she worked with Joe Feddersen and Gail Tremblay, who deeply influenced her decision to be an artist. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. As she says “weaving and quilting are my way of talking about culture, weaving past and present together in a way that I aspire to keep stories new. In every piece of art I make is my admiration for the people I am from and the people I know who ‘make’ with their hands.”
School of Art graduate students continue their tradition of bringing terrific artists to the alternative exhibition space behind the Old Post Pub. Join us on First Friday to see the works of Kayla Martin titled, “I Only Have Eyes For You.”
Don’t miss out on the latest drawings, paintings, and prints from David Miles Lusk! Join David for an opening reception from 5-8pm at 248 North Higgins Ave.
The annual Pot Sketch fundraiser is soon to be upon us, and our friends at the Clay Studio are opening their doors this First Friday to allow a sneak peek at the wonderful pieces up for auction. In addition to this gallery reception, silent auction bids will be accepted. 5:30-9:00 pm at 1106 A Hawthorne Street.
Our friends at MCAT have recently renovated a space in their television studio so 2D art may be displayed. Join the talented and dedicated individuals who make it possible for all Missoulians to have their own TV show as they welcome Maria Witham to First Friday. Maria’s paintings are heavily influenced by her experience at the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. “I shared the campus with a Catholic monastery.” she says, ” I think I was drawn to, or influenced by, the art that existed in the older buildings there.” Stop by MCAT between 5 and 8 pm to see Maria’s oil and mixed medium paintings which explore elements of religious iconography and science fiction influenced imagery.
Be sure to stop by the Brink Gallery at 111 W. Front St. for the opening reception of Abigail McNamara’s “place (first draft)”. McNamara received her B.A. in Studio Art at Lewis & Clark College in 2012 and continues to work in Portland, Oregon. Her current body of work is a piece about place made of muslin which tells a story in its pattern and layers. The reception will run from 5-8 pm.
Other Art Events:
The School of Art is honored to host Visiting Artist R.L. Tillman on April 9th. Mr. Tillman will lecture on his printmaking and the organization he co-founded, printeresting.org. Join us for a free lecture made possible by the generous support of the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Lecture Fund. Social Sciences building room 356, 5:30-6:30 pm.
Graduate Student Thesis Exhibitions:
While not a part of First Friday, it’s certainly worth an art lover’s time to make it to campus and see the works of three School of Art graduate students in the Gallery of Visual Arts. Scott Miller, Calire Melli, and Ellen Walden will present their works from April 10-23 with a reception from 5-7 pm on Thursday, April 10.
If you haven’t had the chance, get yourself over to the Paxson and Meloy Galleries to see “The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent” The exhibition ends on April 19.
The exhibition includes original woodblock prints from late 18th to the early 20th century by Japanese masters such as Toyokuni, Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Koson Ohara, Hiroshi Yoshida and Hiroyuki Tajima, as well as French immigrant Paul Jacoulet, among others. The prints are on loan from the George and Claire Louden Collection. The Loudens were employed by National Geographic and the United States Foreign Services and studied and organized exhibitions for United States Embassies around the world. This exhibition was organized by the Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls, and travels under the auspices of the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association of Montana and provides complementary content for Asian works from the MMAC Permanent Collection. Also featured is Miss Tottori from the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre.
The Helmet Project returns to Missoula Bicycle Works. This year 20 Missoula artists created unique works right on the helmets donated by BELL. All proceeds from the silent auction will go toward the I Ride For Tanner Bike Skills Park. The silent auction and party will be held Thursday, April 10th from 6:30 till 10:00pm. The silent auction will end at 9:00pm and live music will begin featuring The Boxcutters. For more information, updates and photos of some of the helmets that will be auctioned, visit The Helmet Project 2014 Facebook page.
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