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First Friday: Holiday Gift Pop-Up & Open House

December 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Date: December 2
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Montana Natural History Center

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Save the date! The Montana Natural History Center is pleased to announce a Holiday Pop-Up! This First Friday open house event will provide an opportunity to connect with fellow nature lovers while doing some holiday shopping. Enjoy light refreshments and after-hours museum access while you peruse the work of several talented local artists.

Artists include:

Kelli Van Noppen / Valley House Woodworking

Kelli’s hand-carved woodwork has long been a favorite local craft of MNHC. From spoons to bowls to cutting boards to combs, Valley House Woodworking features one-of-a-kind wood pieces that make thoughtful and unique gifts, even if it’s just for yourself!


Elena Ulev

Elena has been crafting and selling her wares in Missoula for over twenty years at the People’s Market, various craft fairs, and several shops downtown. She makes hand-hammered metal jewelry and paints tiny watercolor scenes inspired by her job as a naturalist.


Gretel Stoudt / Gretel Goods

Gretel Goods is a one-woman operation based out of Missoula and Hot Springs, Montana. Gretel creates kaftans and ponchos from repurposed textiles as well as leather tool wraps, which are great for camping and art supplies. In addition, she enjoys curating handpicked imported goods from her travels. She is also a visual artist and Reiki Master.


Erynn McNeill/ Up Moss Creek Studio

Erynn is an artist, biologist, and scientific illustrator. Inspired by their own imagination and wilderness experiences in the northwest, Up Moss Creek Studio combines dark naturalism with scientific illustration to create original artworks, jewelry, and oddities made from found and foraged natural elements. They are currently based in Florence, MT, where they share a small studio with their dog, Dagwood.


Brianca Thornton / Bellis Botanicals

Bellis Botanicals jewelry is inspired by nature and made with pressed flowers and leaves or colorful polymer clay. Brianca has been creating jewelry for several years and is happy to now be making her way into the community and also selling online. She is so excited to be joining MNHC on First Friday and looks forward to sharing nature inspired creations for you to wear and gift!


Brenna Cassidy / Camp Robber Creations

Brenna creates rustic ceramics and woodburnings for her shop, Camp Robber Creations. She makes functional art pieces meant to be well-used and loved, inspired by her career in wildlife biology. Brenna is based out of Missoula, MT where she is a graduate student at the University of Montana.


Tracy Hall

Tracy Hall is a Missoula artist who is inspired by emotional landscapes, natural phenomena, and storytelling. She uses colored pencil, pen and ink, and embroidery in her work and also experiments with bookmaking and collage. She participated in an artist residency at MNHC in 2021.


Aimee Miklovic / Full Bushel Farm

Full Bushel Farm specializes in sustainably grown seasonal blooms for special occasions and every day. Aimee’s wreaths are one-of-a-kind creations and a hit with everyone who sees them- especially her signature mini wreaths!


Lily Sussman / 3 Generations Wellness

3 Generations Wellness specializes in seasonal herbal products to support health and self-care. Lily uses her background in herbalism, yoga, public health, and embodiment to consider the season, common ailments, and typical needs, and then makes unique botanical products from scratch around common themes. Each product is intentionally made using high quality organic or ethically wild-crafted herbs. 3 Generations Wellness is based in Missoula, Montana and offerings can be purchased at live events or by joining a membership program.


Brian Christianson Photography

Brian Christianson a landscape photographer in love with Western Montana! My work focuses on celebrating and protecting the abundant natural beauty present in this place. I offer prints, 2023 calendars and postcard sets, perfect gifts for the Montana lover in your life.