'Hello to Old Missoula'

Local artists depicted decades in Missoula's past for the "Hello to Old Missoula" fundraiser for the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Local illustrator Ed Jenne picked the indigenous and pre-Western era.

New pieces of art depicting the Garden City's past will be auctioned off to benefit the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula on Friday.

The "Hello to Old Missoula: Missoula's History Through Art" show at Ten Spoon Winery in the Rattlesnake features 17 pieces by local artists, each of whom is working on a different decade.

"We have a really nice, diverse group, with some folks who are very well-known already, to some middle-of-the-road, to some underground types," said Jessie Rogers, director of development and communications.

Ed Jenne, well-known for his birds-eye view illustrations, picked one of the wild-card eras: pre-Western expansion. Courtney Blazon will tackle the 1970s, in a drawing that's likely detailed and colorful. Rashid Abdel Ghafur, who draws complex abstract imagery, was interested in the 1940s and the internment camps at the Fort where the U.S. government held Japanese and Italian people during the war.

Rogers said they gave artists leeway, with a few caveats. They will be at Friday's event to talk about what they did and why.

"This is history through art, but we're not really going to put any parameters on you. Other than, do your research, kind of come up with something that you think speaks to this time period and be ready to talk about the inspiration and the research that you put into it," she said.

The art will be in a silent auction with a 50% split with the artist.

The winery, which pitched the idea of a joint event to the museum, will feature one piece on a wine label. (You can vote for the winner at the event.)

The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. at Ten Spoon. Admission is $8 per person or $15 for a couple, cash or check. There will also be a food truck, wine and music by Malarkey. They've cleared a lot of space indoors due to the likely rain.

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