Art Museum of Missoula
Conloninpurple, an entirely unique, five-octave, room-sized sound installation by German-born Seattle artist Trimpin. Museum visitors are invited to play the work or apply composed musical pieces to produce new arrangements of natural sounds. On display Feb. 4 through April 19 in the First Floor Gallery. Artist’s slide lecture Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. And finally an artist’s walk-through of the installation for visitors of all ages, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. Also, in the They Just Left, a show of life-sized, mixed-media sculptures by Missoula artist Dyna Kuehnle. Opens Thursday, Feb. 10 in the Second Floor Gallery. Call 728-0447.
Reptilian-themed work in clay by Helena artist Peter Rudd. Also, paintings by Missoula artist Jayne Piazza and pottery by Butte artist Kirk Belding. All shows on display through February. At 111 North Higgins. Call 549-3596.
Art at Y2K, featuring the paintings of Melanie Alvarez-Catlin, photography by Doug Catlin, European vintage lithograph posters, etchings and stained glass. On view through February. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. Call 327-6688.
New 30-by-40-inch color prints by Lucy Capeheart, and color landscape photography by Terry Mailloux. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. On view through February. At 123 West Broadway. Call 721-3154.
Doc’s Gourmet Sandwich Express
Shades of Red, images by the staff of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, grouped together in honor of Valentine’s Day. On display through February. Call 542-7414.
Food For Thought
The Grand Landscape, landscape photography by Tom Till and Dudley Dana. On display through February. At 540 Daly Ave. Call 721-6033.
Hockaday Museum of Art
Images of an Idyllic Past, photographs of North American Indian life by Edward S. Curtis. Also, Rhythms with Nature, an exhibition of landscape paintings by Barbara Candelaria, the Hockaday’s latest Flathead Valley Featured Artist. Both shows run through Feb. 12. At 302 Second Street in Kalispell. Call 755-5268.
Missoula Public Library
The Jazz Age in Paris, 1914-1940, the much-ballyhooed travelling exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts from the heyday of jazz in Europe, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Library Association. On display in the lower lobby. Opens Thursday, Feb. 10 with a reception at 7 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room, featuring music by local pianist Steve Adoff.
The artist of the month is James Ayers. A show of his work is on display through February, with an artist’s reception Tuesday, Feb. 15. 130 E. Broadway. Call 829-8188.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Alternative Printmaking, photographs by New York photographer Aris Kyriazis, made through a mixture of printmaking processes. Opens Friday, Feb. 4 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. On view through February. At 210 North Higgins. Call 543-0171.
Hallways to History: A Photographic Walk Through Missoula’s Past, featuring 90 historic photos on display throughout the mall’s three main hallways. Call 721-5140.
Sutton West Gallery
Paintings by Donna Erickson and Cynthia Laundrie, and ceramics by Jamil Scherief and Gary Parque. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. On display through Feb. 29. Call 721-5460.
University Center Gallery
Isolations, recent black-and-white photographs by Shelly Truman. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Artist’s slide presentation Monday, Feb. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. On view through Feb. 11. Call 243-4491.
Selected works from UM students, faculty and alumni, from the permanent collection of the UM Museum of Fine Arts. On permanent display. Call 243-4991.
Dancing Figure mixed media sculpture by Mary Richards plus Dancing Moon Spirit and Free Spirit, metal sculptures by Daniel Kraus. On display through spring. Call 243-4991.
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
She Is Not He, an exploration of gender roles as illustrated through the photographs by Bozeman artist Susie Mathre. Also, Scott Bardsley Memorial Exhibition, a commemorative show of ceramics by the UM graduate student who was tragically murdered last fall. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Both shows on display through Feb. 18. Call 243-2813.