First Friday- June, 2015

The weather forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 74. Let’s get out and enjoy the art, friends and conversation of First Friday June, 2015!


School of Art graduate student Aja Sherrard will show her latest works in the tiny gallery in the alley just behind the Old Post Pub. Join Aja as she hosts a reception for, “Dissonate” from 5-9pm, with an artist talk at 7:00. Aja says her work as, “…are utterings, deconstructions, hypothetical manifestations, and experiments within the realms of identity formation—and each re-asks the following: How does one become oneself amid social constructions, especially when those constructions are violent and vulnerable? Who are the gatekeepers, and what is their authority? What do we loose? What is there to gain?”

Sherrard June 2015

Aja Sherrard on Success

Just outside the FrontierSpace gallery will be an installation by graduate student Beth Huhtala. Beth will have her work, titled, “Stuffed Fuzz” installed inside the The Émile Levassor Museum of Art, a portable exhibition space designed by School of Art Professors Matt Hamon and Brad Allen and Program Assistant Ed Morrissey. Beth will also have prints for sale.

Huhtala Painting

Beth Huhtala- Untitled

Real Good Studio:

Head over to School of Art Adjunct Professor Jack Metcalf’s studio for another installation extravaganza this First Friday! This month Jack is hosting the talented Noel Oyellette’s work in a show titled, “I Can Explain.” When asked for details, Jack replied only, “Noel operates with little documentation, or trail of crumbs so to speak. ” So a little bit of mystery is in the air. Jack did tell us that a Story Jam will be held at 9 pm so guests call tell their own five minute story. Real Good Studio is located across from the Clay Studio of Missoula and behind the creepy yellow van.

Noel Oyellette Announcement Card

I Can Explain Announcement Card

Gecko Designs:

Recent School of Art graduates Glory Lawson and Troy Case will be exhibiting their works at Gecko Designs (523 N. Higgins), and invite you to their reception from 5-8pm. Troy says there will be free bee and wine!

Glory Lawson Painting

Glory Lawson-Title Unknown

Radius Gallery:

School of Art alum Jonathan Marquis (BFA 2005) invites us to join him at the Radius Gallery’s pop-up space (114 E. Main St.) for an exhibition of drawings from his Glacier Drawing Project.

He is also currently running a crowd funding campaign that ends on June 8 to fund the second season of field work and drawing. Please consider checking it out at and if you are compelled, back the project and get some artwork out of the deal.

Glacier Drawing Logo

Glacier Drawing Project Logo

Missoula Art Museum:

Our friends at MAM invite us to explore the Montana Triennial: 2015 and six other exhibitions. Sample delicious wine, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages while listening to music from KBGA this First Friday. The works range from the abstract to the figurative, but all reflect years of artistic preparation honed by schooling, travel, experience, critical theory, knowledge of place, and repeated trips to the studio revisiting themes and craft. Whether black-and-white or color, intimate or world-weary, rendered by manipulating clay or pushing paint, the works in this exhibition relate private tales and shared subject matter.

MAM Logo

MAM Logo

Fathom Space:

Local artists Sam Schultz and Rachel Calderon Navarro will be installing a temporary, and portable, exhibition space on the corner of Higgins and Pine for First Friday.  Stop by and check it out!

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