Art Museum of Missoula
An Argument for Drawing, an exhibition on the current state of the all-but-forgotten art of drawing, ranging from the traditional to the conceptual. Includes the work of regional artists like Kristi Hagar, Catherine Courtneye and Sandra Del Pogetto, and an interactive drawing station that lets you try your own hand at the craft. Runs through Jan. 28. Call 728-0447.
Paintings by Missoula artist Jayne Piazza and pottery by Butte artist Kirk Belding. Both shows on display through January. At 111 North Higgins. Call 549-3596.
Handmade crafts by local artists for the holidays, plus a tree full of handmade ornaments, a show of work by the Missoula Calligraphy Guild and pieces by former co-op members. On display through December. At 306 N. Higgins. Call 721-5848.
The artist of the month is photographer Alexandra Jones, presenting black-and-white prints. On display through December. At 190 S. 3rd W. Call 728-1358.
Mixed-media show by past and present members of The Atlantis Art Colloquium of the Atlantic Hotel. Opens Friday, Dec. 31. On display through January. At 232 N. Higgins. Call 721-2168.
First Night will be opening night for the new Catlin Galleries, featuring paintings and photographs. Champagne reception Friday, Dec. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. No admission button required. At 241 W. Main. Call 728-8650.
Watercolors of local scenes, florals and landscapes by Elaine Conder. Also, Archetypes 2000 Collection, miniatures in porcelain by Georgia Mann. On display through December. At 111 N. Higgins. Call 542-1337.
Wire sculpture by Brent Ruby and black-and-white photography by Hal Gage. On view through December. At 123 West Broadway. Call 721-3154.
Food For Thought
The Grand Landscape, landscape photography by Tom Till. On display through December. 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.
For First Night, MCAT studios will host Bridges and Ladders, a room-scale mixed-media installation by Missoula high school students combining sculpture, painting, drawing, bookmaking, video and more. At 500 N. Higgins. Call 542-MCAT.
Missoula Children’s Theatre
For First Night, local designer Anna Herman hosts the Anna Herman Fashion Show, featuring some of her latest original designs. In the MCT Lobby, from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. At 200 Adams. Call 728-7529.
Monte Dolack Gallery
Showcase of work by Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival, along with jewelry by Marlene Dolack and Aspen, Colo., artist Mimi Dabrowski. At 139 W. Front. Call 549-3248.
Mountain West Bank
For First Night, Mountain West Bank hosts Living Dolls, an all-ages group show of sculptures, featuring dolls of all shapes and sizes. On display from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Also, artist Renee Taaffe will be on hand to encourage visitors to create their own votive candle lanterns to be displayed as part of the First Light for First Night exhibition. Create lanterns at Mountain West Bank from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lanterns displayed at Adams Center Lobby, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mountain West is located at 301 E. Broadway. Call 549-6333.
Waterscapes, photographs by Darren Guyaz, on display for First Night from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Call 829-8188.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Reunion Exhibit a collection of photographs by the Rocky Mountain School of Photography staff. On view through December. At 210 North Higgins. Call 543-0171.
Group show of work by members of the Rocky Mountain Photo Club. On view through December. Call 549-2790.
New, three-year exhibition, 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.
A Year of Painting Montana, an exhibition of work by Marsha Davis, Karen Leigh and Corinne Lundgren. Runs through December. At 121 West Broadway. Call 721-5460.
University Center Gallery
Closed for semester break until Jan. 31.
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
Closed for semester break until Jan. 31.
UM Museum of Fine Arts/Henry Meloy Gallery
On First Night, visit artists Clare Ann Harff and Amie Thurber, who are coordinating a community tile mosaic to be installed in Missoula this spring, and decorate a tile of your own. Friday, Dec. 31 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also on view, A Company of Artists, an exhibition of oil paintings from the early 1900s by Fra Dana, Alfred Maurer, William Merritt Chase and Joseph Henry Sharp. Runs through Jan. 20. In the PARTV Building. Call 243-2019.
UM Paxson Corridor Gallery
Drawings and Painted Constructions by Mary Ann Bonjorni. On view through Dec. 31. In the PARTV Building. Call 243-2019.