This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Jan 25

By TOM BENSEN

The Missoula Cultural Council is seeking nominations for the 17th Annual Missoula Arts and Culture Awards program. Individuals and businesses may be nominated in five separate categories: Cultural Achievement, Individual Artist, Arts Educator, Business Support for the Arts, and Cultural Vision. To make a nomination in one of the above categories, complete the one-page form found on the MCC website by Friday, February 12. The awardees will be honored at the MCC’s annual luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, at 11:30 am at Missoula’s Doubletree Hotel.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents Glorious Vista: Art of the American West from the MMAC Permanent Collection through February 20 in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries from now through February 20. From the Pueblos of New Mexico to Glacier National Park, this exhibition explores the landscapes and people of the Rocky Mountain West during the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Edgar Paxson, Joseph Henry Sharp, Charles M. Russell,  Ace Powell, Julius Seyler, Nancy McLaughlin, and George Catlin.

Missoula Art Museum: Good Wood Carved and Cut

Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM’s Permanent Collection through March12

The Missoula Art Museum presentsTerrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016; John Buck: Free for All through March 12 (pictured here); Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM’s Permanent Collection through March 12; The 44th Benefit Art Auction Exhibition through February 3; MAM’s 44th Benefit Art Auction is Saturday, February 6, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the University Center Ballroom. For tickets and information, visit here.

Picture2The Montana Repertory Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, with Missoula performances continuing January 28-30, February 4 and 6 before heading out on tour of Montana and other cities in the Midwest and Northeast.  For more, visit here.

The laughter continues at MCT this Wednesday through Sunday with The Drowsy Chaperone, courtesy of the Missoula Community Theatre.  This Tony Award-winning spoof of musical comedies is a fast-paced laugh-a-thon that runs just 90-minutes with no intermission.  Get your tickets for this “best medicine” by visiting here.   

Zootown Arts Community Center will celebrate small things with its 4th Annual {mini} Show Benefit at Missoula’s newly renovated historic Wilma Theater on March 26. This gala event will bring together Missoula’s creative community to celebrate all things mini, from mini dessert auction, a mini silent and live art auction, and more! The Mini Show art opening will occur in the ZACC gallery on March 11th. This is an annual fundraiser for the Zootown Arts Community Center. You are invited to submit your miniature creation for this Mini Art Show, which will be auctioned the night of the event, through silent auction (for most works) and a live auction for selected pieces. All work must be 12x12x12 or smaller. To submit or for more information, visit here 

Picture1Radius Gallery is proud to feature the kinetic works of Stephen Glueckert, the photography of Lucy Capehart, and the ceramic talents of Randi O’Brien (pictured here), in addition to showing our represented artists and some of their newest works. Visit our website to see more details and images of the work here. You’re able to sign up for our newsletter, and get more in depth information about the exciting things we’re showing and what will be up next. Call541-7070.

Registration now open for January-March 2016 Art Workshops with local artist Nancy Seiler. New this winter is Nature Journaling Series. Learn to draw and paint different natural history topics and be ready to go outside this spring with your nature journal to record what you see with more confidence.  All workshops are located at 330 Brooks St. in Missoula (one block east of Caffé Dolce).  Classes are limited to 10. To sign up, please email here or call 370-1254.

Fact and Fiction presents new UM Affiliate faculty Michael Fenster, MD, January 29 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for a book signing of Eating Well, Living Better: The Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Heath and Great Food and The Fallacy of the Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It at F&F Downtown.

CoMotion Dance Project, based in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Montana, presents Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance today, Monday, January 25, 9:45-10:35 a.m., and again from 1:00-1:50 p.m., and Tuesday, January 26, 9:45-10:35 a.m. at the Montana Theatre, PAR/TV Center, UM Campus.  Sponsored by SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning, Missoula County Public Schools, CoMotion Dance Project, and The University of Montana.

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra, with Darko Butorac, Music Director, presents Orchestra Olympics! – The Annual Family Concert, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the UM Dennison Theatre.  Visit here for more.

Triple Sec jazz ensemble performs at Draughtworks in Missoula, January 30, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Bill Haffey, Edie Smith, Scott Milner, Rich Brinkman and Don Maus perform vocal and instrumental bossa, swing, bop, ballads and blues.

The UM Jazz Artist Series III presents the Jeff Hamilton Trio, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. For more information on this event and ticket prices please call 243-6880 or email here.

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St, Missoula. Botanical illustrator and painter Nancy Seiler will be sharing her art and inspirational designs. Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.

The Missoula Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2016 Missoula Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations are due by March 4.  The 24th Annual Missoula Historic Preservation Awards will be judged by the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission, with the individuals and groups honored at a public, catered awards event during May, National Historic Preservation Month. Projects must have been completed in 2013, 2014 or 2015. Nomination Forms can be downloaded from the City’s Historic Preservation webpage. Nomination forms can also be obtained by contacting the Historic Preservation Office, or e-mailing a
request here.

Late Winter Aikido Intro for Beginning Adults. Try the martial art of harmony with an orientation on Saturday afternoon February 6 followed by four guided basics classes. For more information visit Aikido Missoula, call 549-8387 or come by the dojo. Preregistration required by February 4.

For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit our website.