18 February 2010

First Friday at MNHC a Smashing Success!

A few weeks ago the Natural History Center held its first ever First Friday event! The Center is lucky enough to host the Glacier Centennial Art show this month, which is traveling all across the state this year in celebration of Glacier National Park's Centennial. From photographs to oil paintings to jewelry, the fourteen pieces of art showcase the diverse interpretations of Glacier's natural beauty. The art will eventually be auctioned off later this year, with proceeds to benefit Glacier National Park's non-profit partners.

Ancient Quiet, Photograph
Bret Bouda 

View from the Backyard, Linocut
Kelly Apgar

The Crown Jewels, Dye on Silk
Nancy Cawdrey

Of course you must understand why we had to throw a little shindig to show off this collection. A well-placed story in the Missoulian combined with a special visit by Glacier National Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright attracted quite the crowd!  The Superintendent gave a nice speech while visitors nibbled on hors d'oeuvres and sipped wine. After the speech, guests stayed on eating, drinking and admiring the art well into the night. After such success, there may be more First Friday events to come!

Jessie, our Community Programs Coordinator, welcomes visitors to the Center

If you haven't yet visited us to check out the collection, you still have until the end of the month to catch it! Come down to the Center at 120 Hickory Street any time from 12-5 on Tuesday-Friday or 12-4 on Saturdays.

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