This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 6

By GRACE STOPHER, Missoula Cultural Council

New Exhibitions at MAM – Two new exhibitions opened at Missoula Art Museum this week and are on view for the next few months.

Karen McAlister Shimoda: Field Notes – June 3 – October 1

MAM Studio Art Teachers’ Exhibition – June 1 – August 27 Stop by Missoula Art Museum Tues – Sat, 10 AM – 5 PM. Admission is always free. The art museum is located at 335 N. Pattee street.

Clay Studio of Missoula’s Main Gallery Grand Re-Opening – Celebrate the Clay Studio of Missoula’s newly remodeled gallery space by visiting their current exhibition, “Montana Clay: Small Works from a Big State.” This exhibition features small scale works from nearly five dozen ceramic artists from the state of Montana who are a part of the Montana Clay collective. For more information, please email the studio or call 543-0509. To learn more about Montana clay,  click here.

2016-06-06_2041Gallery Opening at ZACC – On Friday, June 10, attend the opening receptions for YAAP (ZACC’s Young Artists After-School Program) and Jesse Jackson Brown. The YAAP will showcase their year’s work in the Main Gallery. You can see Jesse Jackson Brown’s colorful paintings in the Hallway Gallery. The reception will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. Visit ZACC’s website for more info.

MCT 2016-2017 Season is Available! – Season Subscriptions are now available for the Missoula Community Theatre 2016-17 season!  From Tarzan & Jane to Dorothy & Toto, the season will be full of delightful moments for all ages!

Readings This Week
Shakespeare & Co. presents…Gwen Florio reading from her new novel, Disgraced, June 9 at 7 PM! At Fact & Fiction Downtown..

Ednor Therriault reads from and signs copies of Montana Curiosities June 8 at 7 PM!

2016-06-06_2040Dave Lucas reads from his book of poetry, Weather, June 11 at 11:30 AM!

Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Summer Series Begins! – The Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) launched the 31st annual Out to LunchSummer Series on Wednesday, June 1 and the 16th annual Downtown ToNightSummer Series on Thursday, June 2. These free summer outdoor concerts events take place every week through June, July and August in Caras Park in the heart of Downtown Missoula. The Out to Lunch Summer Series was started in 1986 and is the longest-standing outdoor food and music event in Montana. Each Wednesday during lunchtime from 11 am to 2 pm, folks can enjoy live music free of charge and/or purchase lunch from one of 23 food trucks and vendors in the park. Folks are encouraged to bike, walk and bus into Downtown for Out to Lunch on Wednesdays, and the Out to Lunch Trolley will run each week from the University of Montana South Campus Parking Lot to/from Downtown.

Summer Star-Gazing at the Planetarium – The University of Montana Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its summer planetarium shows in the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room this May through August. The 50-minute shows will be offered at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18. The maximum capacity for public shows is 28 people, so tickets are limited. Shows generally sell out far in advance and are not available the night of the show. Purchase your tickets online here.

 Missoula Gallery Highlights – If you missed the First Friday shenanigans last weekend, have no fear. Here are some current exhibitions on display around town this month!

2016-06-06_2041_001The Clay Studio of MissoulaSmall Works from a Big State

Zootown Arts Community Center: YAAP Art Show; Jesse Jackson Brown *Both exhibitions begin June 10

Radius Gallery: Surface + Substance *Last day is June 11

E3 Convergence Gallery: Reflections, Juried Exhibition

Artist’s Shop: Birdfest 2016

Dana Gallery: Parvin Zebetian

Gallery 709: Saltmine Artists

Art Calls, Contests, & Postings

 Call to Artists:


First Night Missoula is a community festival celebrating the arts in Missoula. We are currently seeking proposals for creative projects and performances to take place in venues throughout Missoula on December 31, 2016. First night will provide funding, venue space, tech support, and marketing for your creative project or performance. Tell us what you want to see in your community festival and how you plan to make it happen by applying online here. Deadline:  June 30, 2016


Submit your work for next year’s travelling exhibit! Help share contemporary Montana artwork throughout the state and promote creativity for future generations. DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2016


2016-17 School Year

Like to Travel? Art Mobile of Montana’s part-time Teaching Artist (TA) Position offers the opportunity to travel around beautiful Montana with the AMM van as the ambassador for the Art Mobile program, representing AMM to schools, students, educators, administrators, and the public. The TA has the opportunity to curate an artist search and to display their own artwork in our traveling exhibit of 30 artworks.

Classes This Week at Zootown Arts Community Center

Glass Fusing Orientation Class: June 8, 6-8 PM

$20/$15 for members + cost of class

Ready to learn how to fuse glass? This introductory class will cover the basics of glass-from how the kilning process works to slumping, fusing, mold-making, and glass aftercare. Once you have attended this fun night of glass fusing you’re welcome to come in anytime and work in our Glass Fusing Studio!

FREE Silk-Screening Night:  June 10, 5:30-7:30 PM, free!

Come in with a blank shirt, tote bag, or scarf and leave with one of the house designs printed anywhere of your choosing!  If you get any compliments on your print (which is inevitable) throw some change in the donation jar.  No registration necessary-just come on by!

Art Workshops by Nancy Seiler
Painting on a Gelli Plate and Monoprinting: Saturday, June 11, 1-4 PM. $50

Acrylic Extravaganza!: Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19, 9 AM – 5 PM. $275

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) Register online or call 370-1254. Visit Nancy’s website for more information and workshops.

Summer Writing Camps for Youth

The Missoula Writing Collaborative is offering summer writing camps this year for youth in two age groups: age 8 – 14, and high schoolers. The two sessions are July 11 – 15 and July 18 – 22, with half or full day options. Register online for Missoula Writing Collaborative’s youth summer camps. With questions, call Sarah Kahn at 549-3348.

Missoula Children’s Theatre Offers Summer 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). Register online today.