Art & Culture eNews  //  December 26, 2016
Arts Missoula News
 First Night Missoula 2017
23 years - 80+ events - 15 bucks
Dec. 31, 12am-12pm // Missoula-wide
First Night is now only five days away... After months of hard work from our staff, venues, artists, sponsors, board, and volunteers, nothing feels better than getting to spend New Year's Eve with all of you.

First Night has made a long journey to become what it is today. We are thankful to every single person who has made this festival possible every year.

But we still need your help! We have about 50 volunteer shifts that we still need filling! If you are interested in volunteering for a ~2 hour shift New Year's Eve, which gets you a free a button into all the events, visit our volunteer page today and sign up 

First Night buttons are $15 before New Year's Eve, and $18 day of. Spotlight tickets are $2 before New Year's Eve, $3 day of.

Helpful First Night Links
  • For our general First Night page (which includes a chronological version of the program, an Uber code, a handy map of the venues and button vendors, and links to purchase buttons or Spotlight tickets online) FIRST NIGHT
  • For more information about volunteering → VOLUNTEERING
  • For our program  PROGRAM
  • For a list of vendors who sell buttons and Spotlight tickets VENDORS
  • For more information on Spotlight SPOTLIGHT
  • For a list of our wonderful sponsors → SPONSORS
  • For our Facebook event page to share with friends FACEBOOK
This Week in Missoula
Art on Tap // Brooks & Browns Bar & Grill
Wed., Dec. 28, 6pm / Website 

oin Art on Tap for a fun, pre-New Year's Eve painting session. Art on Tap was started to create a space where people can come together to socialize, relax, and create art in a welcoming, friendly, and fun environment. The goal is always to provide a meaningful art experience.

Preregistration is required.

Aran Buzzas // Missoula Brewing Co.
Fri. Dec., 30, 6pm /  Website  →

Local singer/songwriter Aran Buzzas returns to play Missoula's newest brewery for a special New Year's Eve-Eve Show! Homegrown Montana folky tonk that will get the crowd jiving. Consider this a preamble to his performance as part of First Night Missoula on New Year's Eve.

Reclaiming the Divine Feminine // Hummingbird Lodge Healing Arts Center
Fri., Dec. 30, 6pm / Website 

This workshop will create space for the full range: beginning with a meditation and intention-setting, participants will create the container for all to explore freely. The Buti Yoga practice, led by Ankati, is an invitation to embody the wild, the strong, the tribal, and the sensual feminine with grounding work, fluid stretches, and playful dance.

Registration is required.

Chakra Vinyasa // Inner Harmony Yoga
Sun., Jan. 1, 5:30pm / Website 

Flow your way into the New Year with Brian Baty. Starting with the Root Chakra, Muladhara we will move gently through the seven main Chakras to finish with a candlelight meditation to activate the Crown Chakra, Shasrara. All levels welcome, $5-$15 suggested donation.

Upcoming Events

45th Annual Benefit Auction: The Art of the Auction // UC Ballroom
Opening Reception: Jan. 6, 5pm Jan. 6 - Feb. 1 / Website 
Missoula Art Museum MAM will feature the work of 82 exemplary Montana-based and nationally-known artists whose 40 artworks will be featured in the live auction and in the 42 silent auction pieces. The benefit art auction is MAM's largest fundraiser of the year.
Art of Diplomacy Conference // University Center Ballroom
Jan. 12-13 / Website 
World-class artists will join experts in culture, history, and international relations for the second Art of Diplomacy Conference at the University of Montana. The conference features two full evening events of dance, music, and storytelling.
Desert to Mountain by Rebecca Sobin & Scattered Remains by Julie Gautier-Downes // ZACC
Fri., Jan. 13, 5:30pm /  Website →
Zootown Arts Community Center will be opening two new shows, featuring two Missoula-based artists who draw inspiration from the Missoula and Montana landscapes.

Arts Associates Meeting // Missoula Art Museum
Wed., Jan. 18, 10am / Contact: Susie (544-0891) →
The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held with Kate Davis, bird sculptor and photographer with Raptors of the Rockies, who will entertain with animated stories of the wild! Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public.

Urinetown: the Musical // Missoula Community Theatre
Jan. 19-22, 25-29 / Website 
Who came up with that title? The Missoula Community Theatre didn't come up with the title, but they are confident that urine for a treat! Pun upon pun, song after song, this show may provide the PeeG-13 humor that will chase away your January doldrums and give your abdominal muscles a good workout from laughing!
Bobbie McKibbin, David Hiltner, Hadley Ferguson // Radius Gallery 
Opening Reception: Jan. 20, 4pm /  Website →
Radius Gallery will present new works by these three premier Montana artists. All three artists survey and celebrate America's bucolic scenery. Each piece is a meditation on living with and within the natural world. The exhibition will run January 20th through February 25.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Resistance: Ryan! Feddersen
at Missoula Art Museum

multilayered environments and interactive sculptures

Open through April 22

Present Tense: Prints from the the Jordan D. Schnitzer Collection
at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture

Open through January 14


White: Winter Group Exhibition
at E3 Convergence Gallery

themed exhibition based on the color (or concept) white

Open through December 31

In This Issue
Partners & Affiliates
Workshops, Classes, & Tours
Tapestry Class with 
Turning the Wheel Missoula
Docent Tours with 
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Thursdays @ 2pm
Modern Dance Class with Bare Bait Dance
in the Open Space, 005, PARTV Building, U of M
Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
 Intro for Beginning Adults 
at Aikido Missoula
Orientation on Sat., Jan. 7 followed by 4 guided basics classes.
Preregister by Jan. 4
Workshops for Kids at Families First Children's Museum

* Pet Rocks
Tue., Dec. 27, 11-11:30am
* Stamp Art
Wed., Dec. 28, 11-11:30am
* Cookie Jar Number Matching
Thu. Dec. 29, 11-11:30am
*Bean Bag Toss
Fri., Dec. 30, 11-11:30am

Family Workshops with Clay Studio of Missoula
Sundays, 2-5pm
Upcoming Sessions:
Jan. 8
The Emperor's New Clothes with Missoula Children's Theatre
Classes begin Jan. 9 & 10
For children K-12
AMP Camp: Girls Rock Camp with ZACC
Mondays & Wednesdays starting Jan. 9, 4-6pm
Submission Calls
International Wildlife Film Festival
Deadline: Jan. 6
Event Dates: April 15-22 at Roxy Theater
  Website →

Glacier National Park Artist-In-Residence
Deadline: Jan. 31
Duration: 4 weeks per session

ZACC 5th Annual Mini Show
Deadline: Feb. 1
Event Date: Mar. 11

Bare Bait Dance Art Gala
Deadline: Feb. 10 Event Date: Mar. 2 Website 
Regional Events
Ephemerality: Louis Habeck // Yellowstone Art Museum
On view through Dec. 30 / Website 

Ephemerality is a culmination of the work that Habeck began while working as the resident artist in the Gary and Melissa Oakland Artist-in-Residence studio at the museum's Visible Vault. This exhibition was sponsored by Linda Shelhamer and Stephen Haraden.

Miniature Exhibit // Carbon County Depot Gallery, Red Lodge
Dec. 1-31 /
Carbon County Arts Guild hosts another great display of talent at their annual miniature show, featuring Rock Creek artists.

Time & Space by Del Curfman // North Gallery, Red Lodge
Dec. 1-31 / Website →
Artist Del Curfman will present this body of work dedicated to the connection of time, space, and movement in his Crow heritage. 
Arts in the News
Keeping Missoula's New Year's Eve arts event alive is an art unto itself

Eleven years ago, what was then known as the Missoula Cultural Council had its work cut out for it. The logistics of a festival this size are huge and complicated. Funds are not always easy to come by, and coordinating so many artists and volunteers can be a challenge. But now, eleven years later, we continue to bring you this event every year because we think it's fair to say that the arts are not celebrated nearly enough. Read more at the Missoulian 

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