This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 1

By GRACE STOPHER, Missoula Cultural Council

First Friday is August 5th!

It’s late summertime and the galleries are exploding with new inspiration! Get outside this Friday for the monthly art walk from 5:00-8:00 PM. Be sure to check in on our Gallery Guide this week. Here are some new exhibitions to get you started!

Missoula Art Museum: Not Vanishing
Clyde Coffee
: Orlando Piva
A&E Architects: Mandalas and Nature Abstractions
E3 Convergence Gallery: I Am Me
Betty’s Divine:
 Ivette Kjelsrud
The Artists Shop: Will Kats
The Clay Studio: Miriam Griffin

Bear Hug Mountain Festival is Taking Applications

Bear Hug is accepting applications. The price, $170, includes cabin space or tent site, food, music, dancing, staff concert, and unforgettable camaraderie. The preferred application deadline was July 31, so add $10 per participant if you apply today. Find out more information about registration online here. Limited scholarships available to dancers 25 or younger (contact Sarah 257-2801). The Bear Hug Mountain Festival is a contra dance and music camp on September 9-11, 2016.

Picture4Shakespeare & Co. Reading

Thursday, August 4th, 7:00 PM Peter McCoy shares from his new book Radical Mycology, an exploration of local mycology and mushroom cultivation.

In 2006 Peter McCoy founded Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the many ways to work with fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. Nearly a decade later, McCoy has written Radical Mycology to share the wide array of skills and insights that have arisen from the organization’s international work to advance the science of appropriately applied mycology.  

Rolie Polie Guacamole

Rolie Polie Guacamole returns to Families First Children’s Museum Tuesday, Aug. 2, for two special performances. This educational and entertaining musical group has released several albums and played more than 1,500 shows nationwide. They also won Parents’ Choice and NAPPA awards. Come join in on the fun! Shows are scheduled for 10:30 and 11:30 AM and are included in museum admission!

Fact & Fiction Signing

Author Kathleen Snow will sign copies of her books, Taken by Bear (non-fiction) andSearching for Bear Eyes (fiction) on Saturday, August 6th at 10:30 AM. The signing will take place at Fact & Fiction’s downtown location. “If you want the details of Yellowstone’s bear attacks told in vivid detail, Snow’s book is the place to go.” – Stephen Herrero, author of “Bear Attacks,” and leading authority on bear ecology, behavior and attacks.

Caras ParkSymphony in the Park

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra returns to Caras Park on Sunday, August 14, at 7:00 PM for its annual Symphony in the Park concert. Music Director Darko Butorac will lead the orchestra through a lively program of movie scores, dance numbers and light classics. Food and beverage may be purchased from on-site vendors and lawn chairs are encouraged. The event is free and fun for the whole family. For more information on Symphony in the Park and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, call 406-721-3194 or

Call for Teen Actors: Seussical, Jr.

Calling all teens who love the stage! The Missoula Children’s Theatre has a brand new program just for grades 7-12. Afterschool classes for Seussical, Jr. begin Aug. 30. One month of rehearsals and you’ll be performing this hit Broadway musical for your friends and family!  A fantastical extravaganza, this musical weaves together the stories of favorite Dr. Seuss characters, with the Cat in the Hat guiding the way. Get all the details and register for Seussical, Jr. at 

Drum BrothersDrum Brothers Outdoor Concert
At 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 10th, Drum Brothers world percussion ensemble will be giving a concert at the newly renovated gazebo on the grounds of Daly Mansion in Hamilton. The concert is $5 per person. For more information, please visit 

Killdeer Artisans’ Guild Summer Raffle

Killdeer Artisans’ Guild is holding a summer raffle fundraiser. The raffle is for a watercolor by artist Jim Boot titled, “Patchy Valley Fog With Chance of Bull,” retailed at $450. You may view Boot’s watercolors at Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee.  Purchase your raffle ticket online or call the gallery at 746-5005.

Summer Camps at ZACC

  • Picture1Puppet Theater Camp: Aug 1 – 5
  • Music Tech Camp: Aug 1 – 5
  • Slapstick Comedy: Aug 8 – 12
  • Vaudeville Camp: Aug 8 – 12
  • Collaborative Performance Camp: Aug 15 – 19

Visit Zootown Arts website for information about registration!

Summer Camps at MAM

  • Getting Inside Outsider Art: Aug 1 – 5
  • Color and Painting in the Natural World:  Aug 8 – 12
  • Puppets, Play, and Performance: Aug 15 – 19

Visit Missoula Art Museum’s website for details about upcoming summer camps for the kiddos!

This Summer at MMAC
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at University of Montana hosts two incredible exhibitions this summer:

Wood Engravers Network Triennial Exhibition June 9 – September 17 Paxson Gallery

Dramatic Moments: Frederic Remington’s Early Engravings, 1882-1895 June 9 – September 17 Meloy Gallery; Free docent tour: August 5 at 5 PM; Free public lecture: “Remington’s Formative Years,” by art collector and educator Lee Silliman, September 8 from 7 – 8:30 PM. Please visit MMAC’s website for more info.

Currently at MAM
Picture2The Missoula Art Museum presents local and regional contemporary artists, and is always free admission. Exhibitions change every 3-5 months. Visit MAM’s website for information.

  • Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, 1977-2015 through December 10
  • Devin Leonardi: In Memoriam through September 10
  • Karen McAlister Shimoda: Field Notes through October 1
  • Holly Andres: The Homecoming through August 20
  • Abbie Miller: Exit Strategies through August 13
  • Frank Stella: Henry Garden through August 20
  • Greg Siple: Bicycle Eclectic through August 27
  • MAM Studio Art Teachers through August 27

 VonCommon VonDays
Local artist collective, VonCommon, and the Roxy Theater are collaborating to bring you “VonCommon VonDays!” a screening series every other Monday night that showcases documentaries, short films, and stop motions about artists and art movements by local and regional filmmakers. Check out the Roxy Theater’s schedulefor details.

Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market
The Missoula Farmers Market, a gathering of food and friends since 1972. Tuesdays 5:30 -7 PM, July 5 through September 27, 2016. Located in Circle Square (at the north end of Higgins Avenue – by the XXX’s). Also, don’t miss the Saturday Farmers’ Markets from 8 AM – 12:30 PM through October 29. 

ZACC Seeks Full-Time Development Director
The Zootown Arts Community Center seeks a Development Director. This is a full time position of 40 hours per week.  This position has primary responsibility for securing sufficient funds to realize the ZACC’s goals and objectives both capital and programmatic.This position requires creativity and innovation and a close working relationship with the Executive Director. It is expected that the ZACC’s mission, core values and vision are exemplified by the individual filling this role. Please visit for full job description.

Missoula Art Museum Seeks Art Guides

MAM’s Art Guide Program trains dedicated individuals to lead tours of MAM exhibitions for all ages. Employing the Visual Thinking Strategies approach, Art Guides reach audiences by helping them learn to look at, appreciate, and respond to contemporary art. If you’re passionate about art and enjoy sharing the museum experience, the Art Guide Program is perfect for you! For more info on becoming an art guide, contact Renee Taaffe.

Join MAM for an Art Guide Welcome and Celebration on Friday, August 26th, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Get together with MAM staff and the other art guides to relax and kickoff a new season at the museum. Food and libations will be served.