art  |  culture  |  community

Missoula's Weekly Art & Culture News
MAY 16, 2016

Local Missoula Art & Culture News
First Folio!  The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on National Tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library

The University of Montana, recently named Montana's host for the "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare," national tour, is pleased to announce that the First Folio exhibition will be on display in the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and open to the public May 9 - 31.

The First Folio is the first complete collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare's fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare's plays. Without it, we would not have 18 of those plays, including "Macbeth," "Julius Caesar," "Twelfth Night," "The Tempest" and "Antony and Cleopatra."

Upcoming First Folio! Events

Shakespeare at the Movies :
Monday Nights at The Roxy Theater (718 S. Higgins). Advance tickets are available online now by clicking here.
Baz Lurman's ROMEO + JULIET:  Monday, May 16, 7:30 PM
Joss Whedon's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING:  Monday, May 23, 7:30 PM

I n the  Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center on UM Campus.  Free!
May 19, 7 PM: "The First Folio: What it Meant, What it Means"  Linda Woodbridge, PhD
May 26, 7 PM:   "Shakespeare, Jonson, and literary immortality" John Hunt, PhD

Student Players from across MT will perform scenes from Shakespeare in the Mansfield Library East Faculty Office area.  Q&A after performances. Occurs from 10 AM - 4 PM on May 20. View the full schedule here.

May 21, 9 AM - 1 PM:   Best practices for teaching Shakespeare workshop (located in the University Center on the 3rd floor)
May 21, 11 AM - 1 PM:  Youth writing workshop using Folio as a creative launch (Registration required; located at Montana Museum of Art & Culture, PAR/TV Center, University of Montana)
May 21, 12 - 2 PM:  Writing workshop for Missoula teens using Folio as a creative launch (Registration required; located at Montana Museum of Art & Culture, PAR/TV Center, University of Montana)
May 1 - 31:  "Shakespeare's Sky," a hands-on exhibition at SpectrUM Discovery Area (218 E. Front St.) offering hands-on opportunities to compare tools we use today to Galileo's first use of the telescope. Call 728-7836 for more info.

Panel Discussions:
May 25, 3 PM:  Special MOLLI Session on the First Folio ( This session is offered for MOLLI members and limited to 65 participants. Registration required, or call 243-2905.) Located in room 204 in the Todd Building on the UM Campus.

UM and its partners will offer related programming while the First Folio is on campus. A current schedule is available online by clicking here.
The Light Show: Phoenix Rising

Living Art of Montana  presents The Light Show: Phoenix Rising, an annual fundraiser.  The fun starts 5:30 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn.

There will be a Juried Art Auction and Fabulous Live Auction! 406.549.5329 for more information. 

Visit Living Art of Montana website for more info.

Boys Rock Camp Performance at the Top Hat

For the last 6 weeks the Boys Rock Camp at Zoowtown Arts Community Center, featuring young rockers ages 8 to 15, have formed 3 bands.  They wrote their own songs, learned to play their instruments, and now are performing live at Family Friendly Fridays at The Top Hat Lounge.  Please come and cheer them on as they hit the stage. Performance starts promptly at 6 PM, this Friday May 20!  No cover charge.
Peacemaker Award:   Patrick Weasel Head

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center & The Missoula Peace Quilters announces the
2016 Peacemaker:  Patrick Weasel Head.  An awards celebration will take place May 22 from 4 - 6 PM at the Payne Family Native American Center on campus.

The Missoula Peace Quilters have just completed a very special quilt for Patrick, as they do for each of the award recipients.  The quilt will be unveiled and presented at the celebration on May 22, and coffee and cake will be served at a reception afterward.  The event is free and open to the public. 

The peacemaker award is given each year to individuals or groups who demonstrate a long-term commitment to peace and justice and take a leadership role in creating a better world. We look for people who "walk the walk" in their personal and professional lives. 
Free Cycles Fridays on the UM Oval

A weekly bike ride that meets at the Grizzly Bear Statue on the UM Oval at 12:30 PM and rides to the community bike shop, Free Cycles, where participants can enjoy each other's company, work on their bike or take the Bike Well class. This happens every Friday. Returns to campus by 2 PM. 

For more information: Sandra Broadus, 243-4599, or email.  
Events To Look Forward To...
Readings at Shakespeare & Co.

Thursday, May 19:   Mark Gibbons and David E. Thomas share old and new poems at 7 PM.

Wednesday, May 25:   Shannon Tharp reads from Vertigo in Spring, joined by Whit Griffin reading from his new collection of poems We Who Saw Everything at 6 PM.

Thursday, May 26 :  Sameul Ligon reads from his new novel Among the Dead and Dreaming and short story collection Wonderland, joined by Shawn Vestal reading from his novel Daredevils at 6 PM.

Thursday, May 26:    Acclaimed New Yorker writer and University of Montana Creative Writing MFA alum William Finnegan  reads from his Pulitzer Prize winning book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life at  8 PM.

Friday, May 27:   Katy Masuga reads from her new novel The Origin of Vermilion at 1 PM.

Visit Shakespeare & Co. at 103 S. 3rd St. W.  Shakespeare's website.
Readings at Fact & Fiction

On Tuesday, May 24, come listen to Glen Chamberlain read from  All I want is What You've Got.  This reading and signing takes place at the downtown Fact & Fiction (220 N. Higgins) at 7 PM.
Gallery Highlights
New Exhibition at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

Opening May 14 at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula,  "Collecting Missoula: A Look Inside the HMFM Collection" is a  fascinating opportunity to see what really goes on behind the scenes in HMFM's curious collection.

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is located at 3400 Captain Rawn Way. Visit their website for more events and info.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture will host The Silver Foundation's premier art installation on Parkinson's disease May 9 - 31 in the Paxson Gallery at the University of Montana.

The installation, "Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson's," brings together inspiring quotes, stories, text, wordplay and photography showcasing many journeys of resilience from the global Parkinson's community. In combining different mediums, Montana artists Carolyn Montgomery from The Silver Foundation and Hadley Ferguson from the Summit for Parkinson's created a dynamic and interactive exhibition drawing from deeply personal and inspiring stories.

MMAC will host extended hours for both the Paxson and Meloy Galleries from May 9-31. For a full list of the extended hours, visit the website.  The museum is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. For more information, call MMAC Director Barbara Koostra at 243-2019 or visit the MMAC website.
Missoula-born Artist Returns to Missoula Art Museum

The Missoula Art Museum is honored to share an exhibit by Portland, OR photographer Holly Andres. Displayed in MAM's stately Carnegie Gallery, Holly Andres: The Homecoming features photographs selected from three large and several smaller suites of photographs.

Andres was born and raised in Missoula, and earned a BFA from UM in 2002 with an emphasis in painting and drawing. She switched her emphasis to photography and cinema while attending Portland State University, where she received an MFA in 2004. While studying at PSU Andres realized that photography could be used to produce single-image narratives, like a still-frame from a film. This approach informs her work in Holly Andres: The Homecoming.
Since 2007, Andres' career has skyrocketed. Her series Stories from a Short Street was shown in galleries from Portland to New York City, and Andres was invited to participate in the Portland Art Museum's 2007 Oregon Biennial. This initial success led to Andres' first solo museum exhibition at MAM in 2008. Andres was the youngest of 10 children, and this series focused on childhood memories, with specific moments of growing up in a large family recalled and re-created in large-format photographs alive with lush color and dramatic lighting.

View this exhibition Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM, at Missoula Art Museum (335 N. Pattee). Visit MAM's website for more information, or call 728-0447.
Classes & Workshops
Upcoming Classes at ZACC

Paint n' Pour:  Wednesday, May 18, 6 PM
Our instructor will present easy step-by-step directions with plenty of opportunity for the creative juices to flow and diverge so each piece is unique to the creator. Bring a friend or two, or make it a date night with your significant other. No painting experience required. Canvases, paint, wine, and laughter all provided!

Inspire, Connect, Create:  Thursday, May 19, 2016 6 PM
Want to work on your own artwork but have trouble holding yourself accountable?  Or maybe you simply want to have fun creating and get ideas from others.  
The ZACC is starting a drop-in art class for individuals to come and work on their own unique projects in community.  Get feedback, if you want it.  Have laughs and enjoy art in a community setting.  We will share what our art needs are and try our best to accomplish our art goals together.  This class is FREE to members!

Upcoming Classes at MAM
Color Woodcuts for Adults with Gesine Janzen, May 21, 11 AM - 5 PM, $60/65
You will produce color reduction woodcuts from a single block. Using a process that starts with drawing, carving, layering on color, and then printing, you will repeat the cycle, each time carving more away from the block and layering on consecutive colors until the image is complete. This can be a very spontaneous and effective way to build an image.
All family workshops are free of charge and are on a first come, first served basis! For information on all museum art classes visit
Art Workshops by Nancy Seiler

Nature Journaling Series: Expand your nature journaling skills by exploring different natural history topics. $50 per class (materials list and directions are provided with registration)

Rocks:  May 28, 1 - 4 PM
Lakes & Creeks:  June 4, 1 - 4 PM
Butterflies:  June 23, 5 - 8 PM
Moths:  June 30, 5 - 8 PM

Memorial Day Memory Box Workshop:  
May 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Painting on a Gelli Plate & Monoprinting:
June 11, 1 - 4 PM

Acrylic Extravaganza!
June 18 - 19, 9 AM - 5 PM

Most workshops are located at 330 Brooks Street.  Register online or call 370-1254.
MCT Offers Summer Day Camps for Kids

The  Missoula Children's Theatre  is ready for summer day camp fun with your Grades 1-12 kids!  Convenient, online registration is now available for  Blackbeard The Pirate  (June 20-26),  The Pied Piper  (July 5-10) and  The Wiz of The West  (July 18-24).  To learn more and enjoy early registration discounts, visit  today!
Contests, Calls, and Postings
Open Art Call: Radius Gallery Juried Art Exhibition

Radius Gallery invites artists to submit original artwork to its 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, to be held Jul 30 - Sep 16 in Missoula, Montana. This year's theme is The Changing Moment Deadline:   May 29, 2016

The exhibit is designed to showcase outstanding 2D and 3D visual fine art by a wide variety of artists. We welcome unexpected interpretations of the show's theme, and hope for submissions that collectively will showcase a range of subjects, styles and media.
Accepting Submissions: Montana Book Festival

The  Montana Book Festival is now receiving submissions for this year's festival in Missoula, September 21 - 25.  Visit their website to apply to the festival.

The Montana Book Festival is a celebration of literary arts held each fall in downtown Missoula that seeks to provide a dynamic, evolving forum for literary engagement, as well as to foster literary community and enthusiasm for the written word by among readers of all ages.
Public Art Call: Traffic Signal Boxes

The  City of Missoula Public Art Committee invites artists residing in Missoula County to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes (TSB) located throughout Missoula. The goal of the project is to use local traffic signal boxes as "canvases," greatly enhancing Missoula's visual surroundings.

Proposals are due June 3. Previously painted TSB's can be viewed at  the city's website. Past TSB models are on view at Berkshire Hathaway MT Properties through the month of April.

View the application online or email  Grace Stopher or  Kathi Olson with questions.
Seeking Participants: ZooTown Fringe

Zootown Fringe Festival is thrilled to report this year's dates:  August 16 - 21.  Registration begins March 1 ending on June 30.
Zootown Fringe Festival is a unique opportunity to see exciting and entertaining contemporary works in an atmosphere that encourages artists and audiences to take risks.  Unlike curated festivals, the open-access nature of Zootown Fringe Festival creates an opportunity for anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event to be a part of Missoula's fastest growing performing arts festival.  
Last year Zootown Fringe Festival presented over 40 performances over 6 days.  In line with our mission, 100% of box office sales are paid to the artists. 

Visit the Fringe's website for more information on how to register as an artist.
Regional Art & Culture News
Benefit Concert: George Winston

On Wednesday, May 18, at 7 PM at Bozeman's Emerson Cultural Center's Crawford Theater, renowned pianist George Winston will perform a benefit concert in support of Hopa Mountain, a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization. This benefit concert will feature George's Summer Show, including spring and summer songs, melodic folk piano songs from his recordings, Vince Guaraldi's "Peanuts" pieces, and songs inspired by the New Orleans R&B piano tradition and the Harlem stride piano tradition.
Tickets are $20 per person. They can be purchased in advance at Cactus Records (online and in the store) and at the door. George Winston will also be holding a food drive for the Gallatin County Food Bank before the concert.  Non-perishable food will be collected at the door.

For more information about the May 18 benefit concert in Bozeman, please call Hopa Mountain at 586-2455 or email.
This Month at Emerson Center for Art & Culture

Jen Erickson: Distillate  |  May 6 - June 24 in the Weaver Room
Nathan Anderson: Reflections  |  May 13 - June 30 in the Jessie Wilber Gallery
Bayla Arietta: Watercolors  |  May 13 - June 30 in the Lobby Gallery 

All three shows will have an opening reception on May 13 from 5 - 8 PM. This date also marks the Emerson's birthday celebration and open house!  Visit Emerson's website for more information about current events.
Kalispell's Glacier Chorale Auditions

An open audition for new singers for the Glacier Chorale and Chamber Singers will be held on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. All auditions will take place at the Glacier Symphony and Chorale office at 69 N. Main. St. in Kalispell. Positions are open for singers in all sections. To schedule an audition time please contact Chorale Conductor Micah Hunter, or  call 407-7000 for more information.
Art News in the News
Growing art installation gathers stories of living with Parkinson's

"Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson's," an art installation that shares true stories of resilience in the face of disease, began with a tree and two friends and artists.

Hadley Ferguson, a painter known for her murals around Missoula and in the state Capitol, and Carolyn Montgomery, a photographer, initially started working with the idea of a tree as a concept for Silver Park in Missoula's Old Sawmill District. Read at the Missoulian...
Cloud Gate: Making Dance Out of Martial Arts and Meditation

T he Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan arrives at Sadler's Wells next month to give one of the last performances of its signature work. Songs of the Wanderers opens with the solitary, still figure of a Buddhist monk standing under a spotlit stream of falling rice. The stage gradually fills with over three tonnes of golden coloured grains - especially shipped in from  Taiwan  - which form into deep drifts to become the mountains, rivers and desert through which dancers slowly enact the rituals of pilgrimage. Although it draws on Buddhism, the imagery also encompasses more universal readings and the performance is accompanied by the rhythmic chantings of a Georgian choir. Read on...
12 Great Poetry Collections To Read During Every Month Of The Year

Poetry month is over, but don't let that put an end to your verse-reading.

Will We Ever Be Able to Send Smells Through Our Smartphones?

The Cyrano is a "digital scent speaker" that produces olfactory playlists, or "smelltracks," which users can control using a smartphone app.

Thank you for contributing to MCC's weekly newsletter. 

Missoula Cultural Council  serves as a resource for the coordination, development and support of art and culture for the benefit of the Missoula community, with the goals of:
  • Advocating for public and private support of the arts and cultural activities.
  • Encouraging collaborative efforts among local arts organizations.

  • Educating community leaders and policy makers about the economic benefits of the arts.
  • Celebrating the value of diverse cultures and helping our community understand its place in the world.
Press releases for upcoming events may be sent to
Membership at Missoula Cultural Council

When you become a member of the Missoula Cultural Council, you support all of our wonderful events and our creative community. As a member, you demonstrate a shared commitment to our mission. Most importantly, your contribution helps to ensure the future of the arts in our community.  Whether you share a passion for the performing arts, visual arts, or the humanities, the Missoula Cultural Council has it all. But we can't do it without your help. Join us today!

The da Vinci
City of Missoula
Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

The Beethoven
Southgate Mall

The Rembrandt
Missoula Parking Commission
Montana Arts Council
Missoula Federal Credit Union
Gallagher Western Montana Charitable Foundation
Charles Engelhard Foundation

The Rudolf Nureyev
Advanced Imaging at Community Medical Center
University of Montana
First Security Bank
Good Food Store
Montana Cultural Trust
Kay Cassens
Community Medical Center

Phil Hamilton & Janet Whaley
Sun Mountain Sports
Max & Betty Swanson Foundation
L.E.A.W. Family Foundation
PayneWest Insurance

The Beverly Sills

A&E Architects
Fact & Fiction
Northwestern Energy
Bayern Brewing
First Interstate Bank
Roemer's Tire Factory
Beaudette Consulting Engineers
Western Montana Clinic

The Mark Twain
Bernice's Bakery
Boone Karlberg
Cathy Capps & Tom Rickard
Dye & Moe
First Montana Bank
Headwaters Printing
Muralt Family Foundation
Montana Ace Hardware
Nutritional Laboratories
Republic Services of Montana
Sirius Construction
Zip Beverage
The Louis Armstrong
4 Ravens Gallery
Brink Gallery
e3 Convergence Gallery
Hide & Sole
Doug & Caryl Klein
MCT, Inc.
Missoula Children's Theatre
Missoula Community Theatre
Missoula Writing Collaborative
Monte Dolack Gallery
Nancy Seiler Studio & Gallery
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
A Carousel for Missoula
The Artists' Shop
The Clay Studio of Missoula
Flaherty Financial Services
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
L.A. Design & Pirnie Art Showroom
Missoula Downtown Partnership
Montana Art & Framing
Cherie Newman
String Orchestra of the Rockies
Jim & Marci Valeo
Barney Jette Jewelry
Dana Gallery
Humanities Montana
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Missoula Economic Partnership
Montana Public Radio
Montana PBS
Opportunity Resources
Terrazas Law Offices
Zootown Arts Community Center
Boyle, Deveny, & Meyer
Doc's Sandwich Shop
Mark Heyka
International Choral Festival
Missoula Art Museum
Missoula Independent
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Portico Real Estate
The Bookstore at UM
Missoula Cultural Council Board & Staff
Frankie Flaherty

Vice President
Greg Boris

Immediate Past President
Pam Walzer

Micki Frederikson

Gwen Landquist
Board of Directors
Laura Bovard
John Combs
Greg Johnson
Greg Nemoff
Katie Patten
Inay Todd
Jacque Walawander

Tom Bensen  |  Executive Director
Matt Anglen  |  Program Director
Grace Stopher  |  Public Art Coordinator

Missoula Cultural Council | 327 E. Broadway | P.O. Box 7662 | Missoula, MT | 59807
406.541.0860 |