A show of abstract art by Anita Marsico, Anna Herman and Tony the Jeweler. Opens Friday, May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. On view through May. At 216 N. Higgins. Call 728-4408.
Art Museum of Missoula
Unfettered Spirit: Contemporary Art from the Montana Plains, featuring works by folks from Montana’s flatlands. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m with readings by Pete Fromm and Judy Blunt. In the First Floor Gallery through June 24. Also, A Gift to Montana: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s Prints, an exhibition of prints donated by Salish artist Quick-to-See Smith. In the Second Floor Gallery through June 17. And finally, Preserving Context: E.S. Paxson at the Turn of the Century, an exhibition about the upcoming preservation of Head of Horseshoe Lake, Cascade County, a 109-year-old oil painting by Paxson. Opening reception Tuesday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., brown bag lecture Tuesday, May 16 at noon, and conservation discussion Friday, May 19 at noon. On view through May 20 in the Second Floor Gallery. At 335 N. Pattee. Call 728-0447.
Arts Chateau Museum
Annual Youth Art Exhibition, featuring work by elementary, middle and high school students of Butte-Silver Bow. On display through June 2. At 321 W. Broadway in Butte. Call 723-7600.
An exhibit of hand-painted furniture and artwork created from vintage architectural pieces by Cindi Jobe, Janie Diettert and Holly Andres. At 725 W. Alder, Suite 10 in the Warehouse Mall. Call 829-1793.
Recent oil paintings by Fred Aimi. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. On display through May. At 111 N. Higgins. Call 542-1337.
Recent and seldom-seen works by Dirk Lee. On display through May 19. Also, wood relief prints by Kentaro Hara, new paintings by Melanie Alvarez-Catlin and photography by Doug Catlin, along with vintage European lithographs, etchings and stained glass. At 241 W. Main Street. Call 327-6688.
Doc’s Gourmet Sandwich Express
3 in 1, black-and-white photographs by Josh Meier. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. On display through May. At 214 N. Higgins. Call 542-7414.
Flathead Valley Community College
Display of work by Design 3-D students Lindsay Basden, James Bossingham, Maynard Bowers, Melody Bowers, Janet Fischer, Joe Moonen, Steven Nelson, Robin Simon and Michael Snell. On view through May 9. In the FVCC Library. At 777 Grandview Dr. in Kalispell. Call 756-3912.
Hockaday Museum of Art
She Is Not He, liquid emulsion photographs by Susie Mathre. On display through May 13. Also, Robotic Portraiture, digital graphics by Deena des Rioux. On view through May 27. And Myths & Metaphors, paintings and prints by Seattle artist Michael Spafford, inspired by the mythology of ancient Rome and Greece. On display through May 20. Finally, an exhibition of new pottery by Flathead Valley Featured Artist Robert Markle. On display through May 27. At 302 Second Street in Kalispell. Call 755-5268.
Indigenous People’s Arts Center
Grand opening party and opening reception for an exhibition of bronze sculpture by Assiniboine artist Ken Grey Elk Martin, Friday, May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Event features Native American song and dance, as well as a silent auction. At 135 W. Main. Call 728-4722.
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Missoula Women for Peace Oral History Project, an exhibition of objects and documents recording the 30-year history of the Missoula Women for Peace activist group. On display through May. At 519 S. Higgins. Call 243-2584. L.A. Design Gallery
Work by three artist-designers, including silk paintings by Teena Leonardi. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. On view through May. At 337 E. Broadway. Call 543-5077.
Monte Dolack Gallery
New prints now on display: Evening in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, commission by the Bob Marshall Foundation, and Firewise Communities, commissioned by the National Fire Protective Association for the National Firewise Communities Workshops. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. At 139 W. Front. Call 549-3248.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Young Artists, an exhibit of photographs and other artwork by Sussex School students. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. On view through May. 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.
Dreaming of My Dream, a show of wood relief prints by Kentaro Hara. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. On view through May. In the Warehouse Mall. Call 543-1433.
Sutton West Gallery
Art of the Object, featuring recent sculpture by Joe Batt, Steve Glueckert, David Rivers, Wally Warren and George Ybarra. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. At 121 W. Broadway. Call 721-5460.
This Ain’t No Pretty Art, an exhibition of work in various media by 17 emerging Missoula artists. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. On display through May 10. Upstairs at the Union Hall. At 208 E. Main. Call 880-6437.
University Center Gallery
Serious Whimsy, paintings and mixed-media work by Joel Soiseth. Runs through Friday, May 5. In UM’s University Center. Call 243-4991.
University Center Conference Rooms
Group exhibition by members of The UM Artist Collective, on display in the North Lounge, second floor. Also, Fear, color photography by Jennifer Yaros, in conference rooms 215 and 216. In conference room 222, The Persistence of Joy, oil on panel exhibit by Jacqueline Hope Brazil. In conference room 223, A Primitive Perspective, acrylic on canvas by Celia Grohmann. In the Black Soup Bistro and conference room 207, Learning to Fly, mixed media on canvas and wood by Chaline Ouellet. And finally, Women in Action: Participation in Protest Against the World Trade Organization, black-and-white photographs by Melissa Hart, in the Second Floor Student Organizational Suite. All works on view through May 15. Call 243-4991.
UC Commons & Gardens
In the Commons, selected works from UM students, faculty and alumni, from the permanent collection of the UM Museum of Fine Arts. On permanent display. In the Gardens, 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
MFA thesis exhibitions, including My Girls and Me by Catherine Cargill, Seventh Generation by Joy Falls, and Vehicles by Bill Gregory. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. On view through May 13. In the Social Science Building. Call 243-2813.
UM Henry Meloy/Paxson Corridor Galleries
Jerome Rankin: A Retrospective, abstractions of Montana’s landscapes by Montana educator and artist Jerome Rankin. Opens May 12, with a reception and gallery talk from 5 to 7. On display through June 16. In the PARTV Building. Call 243-2019.