Art Museum of Missoula
On Thursday, Dec. 7, Past to Present: Polynesian Art in Context, a slide lecture by visiting art historian Carol Ivory, at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the museum throws its Holiday Party, with food, drink, and music by Missoula Cantanti. From 6 to 8 p.m. Admission free for members, $10 for non-members. On display: The Joyce Folsom Bequest, an exhibition of paintings from the estate of Joyce Folsom, collector of Montana landscapes. On view in the Second Floor Gallery through Jan. 13. Te Ao Tawhito/Te Ao Hou, Old Worlds/New Worlds, a group exhibition of contemporary art from New Zealand. On display in the First Floor Galleries through Dec. 23. Also, New Works, an exhibition of paintings by Blackfeet artist Neil Parsons. On display in the Upstairs Gallery through Dec. 30. At 335 N. Pattee. Call 728-0447.
The Artists’ Shop
Group show by co-op members, including Joseph Thompson, Deb Milton, Sue Spanke, Hal Mathew, Katie Patten, Pat Chamberlin, and Glenn and Amity Parks. On display through Dec. 24, when the Artists’ Shop will close for the season. At 306 N. Higgins. Call 721-5848.
Drawings of the Subconscious, a display of drawings by Great Falls artist Mirle Freel. On view through Dec. 31. At 321 W. Broadway in Butte. Call 723-7600.
The featured artist is Tom Melhuse, whose work will be on display through December. At 190 S. Third W. Call 728-1358.
Annual open studios, featuring exhibits of member artists, live music, artist performances and readings. Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10 by appointment. At 223 Railroad. Call 721-0591.
Buffalo Jump Gallery
Cowboy Cadillac, new print by Jim Thomason. Also featuring work in a variety of media by Mary Gilmere, Jerry Johnson, Shirley Bugli, Nancy Glazier, Larry Zabel, G. Harvey, and Tim Cox. At 3946 Hwy. 93 in Stevensville. Call 777-2066.
Group exhibit of work by the artists of the Atlantic Colloquium. On display through December. At 232 N. Higgins. Call 728-8780.
Abstract paintings and sculpture by Ty Best. On display now through Dec. 15. At 111 N. Higgins. Call 542-1337.
Christmas Show, featuring new paintings by Melanie Alvarez-Catlin and photographs by D.S. Catlin. Also featuring work by Robert Boyer, Gigi Don Diego, R.C. Gorman, Lizabeth Houchin, D.G. House, Dirk Lee, Sarah Ashley Longshore, Joshua Meier, Victor Morales, MUniEK, Lauren Shaw, Maxine Stahl and others. On display through Dec. 26. At 241 W. Main. Call 327-6688.
Opening Doorways to the Past, photography by Meggen Burghardt and Jon Henri Matteau. On display through Dec. 15. On I-90 at Exit 138. Call 825-9950.
Counting Coup Indian Arts Cooperative
The work of Blackfeet artist Francis Wall. On display through December. At 135 East Main Street. Call 728-4722.
Flathead Valley Community College
FVCC Design I, an exhibit of final projects by the FVCC design class. On display from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13 at the FVCC Library in the Learning Resource Center on FVCC campus in Kalispell. Call 756-FVCC.
Great Harvest Bread
Monotypes, an exhibition of work by the Pattee Canyon Ladies’ Salon, also known as Adrian Arleo, Nancy Erickson, Kristi Hager, Beth Lo, Leslie Van Stavern Millar, Shari Montana, Cindy Saroff, Linda Tawney and Janet Whaley. On view through December. At 1407 S. Higgins. Call 728-4549.
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Holiday Fare, annual holiday exhibit. On display through Dec. 30. In Building 332 at Fort Missoula. Call 543-6277.
Hockaday Museum of Art
Equine Illustrations, recently discovered illustrations by Eleanor Iselin Wade. On view through Jan. 27. Also, A Montana Treasure: The Poindexter Collection of the Montana Historical Society, an exhibit of abstract expressionist works, including paintings by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. On view through June 2, 2001. At 302 Second St. in Kalispell. Call 755-5268.
Isis Studio Gallery
Opening exhibition of work by artist/proprietors Crystal Kingston and Piere Pahl. At the old Dixon Store on Hwy. 200 in Dixon. Call 246-2787.
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Drums and Doorways, a show of original artworks by Paula Allegrini and the musical instruments of Moondance. Also, Doorways of Distinction, wooden entryways and displays, and a collection of drums including collaborative works by Big Timber artist Shirle Wempner. At 519 S. Higgins. Call 543-3955.
Monte Dolack Gallery
Greenough Park, a new limited edition print by Monte Dolack, in addition to a variety of other works. At 139 W. Front. Call 549-3248.
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
An exhibition of fantasy/surreal paintings by Missoula artist Edgar Smith. On display through Feb. 1. At 1400 First Avenue North in Great Falls. Call 727-8255.
Ponderosa Art Gallery
Work by American and Canadian painters and sculptors, including Jim Reynolds, Bill Anton, Sherry Sander, Robert Bateman, Bob Kuhn, Terri Mimnaugh, Tim Shinabarger and Scott Christensen. At 944 Springhill Road in Hamilton. Call 375-1212.
Contemporary paintings and needlepoint art by Irene Ploof. On display through December. At 130 E. Broadway. Call 829-8188.
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.
The art of Susan Barnes and Jerry Iverson. On display through December. At 121 W. Broadway. Call 721-5460.
Holiday Art Fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7 through Saturday, Dec. 9. In the University Center on UM campus. Call 243-4991.
UC Commons & Gardens
On the first floor mezzanine of the University Center, Persephone’s Robe, a felted design by Amy Lanning and oil-and-charcoal work by Jennifer Erickson. In the Second Floor North Lounge, Master Paintings, selected works from the Master Painting class, along with The Persistence of Joy, an oil painting by Jacqueline Hope Brazil, and the clay sculpture of Andrea Tuinstra. In the Computer Lounge, Designs by Tom Rippon. In rooms 222 and 223, Magic Flute, paintings by Marianne Vigeland. In Conference Rooms 215 and 216, Fear, color photographs by Jennifer Yaros. In the Gardens, Dancing Figure mixed media sculpture by Mary Richards plus Dancing Moon Spirit and Free Spirit, metal sculptures by Daniel Kraus. And on the third floor, selected works from UM students, faculty and alumni, from the permanent collection of the UM Museum of Fine Arts. On permanent display. In the University Center on UM campus. Call 243-4991.
University Center Gallery
Mercy: A Cry for Human Rights, a display of photographs, relief prints and sculpture by Katie Knight. On display through Dec. 15. On the second floor of the University Center on UM campus. Call 243-4991.
UC Second Floor Lounge
Wrestling with Rajah, BFA thesis painting exhibition by Ron Lewis. On display through Dec. 20. In second floor study lounge, adjacent to UC Gallery. In the University Center on UM campus. Call 243-4991.
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
MFA Thesis Exhibitions, featuring work by UM artists Andrea Tuinstra and Roger Wing. On display through Dec. 20. In the Gallery of Visual Arts in the Social Science Building on UM campus. Call 243-2813.
UM Museum of Fine Arts
Seven Directions, an exhibit of contemporary Native American art, featuring the work of Rick Bartow, Lorraine Big Crane, Earl Biss, Roger Broer, Corky Clairmont, David Dragonfly, Karen Goulet, Jeneese Hilton, Linda King, King Kuka, Carm Little Turtle, Victor Morales, Lillian Pitt, Kevin Red Star, Christopher Rowland and Susan Stewart. On display through Dec. 30. In the Henry Meloy Gallery. Art market will be held in the Paxson Gallery, through Wednesday, Dec. 20. In the PAR/TV Center on UM campus. Call 243-2019.