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Art galleries in Park City march to the beat of a different drummer. Come September, sales start to slacken - just when they're picking up in downtown Salt Lake. The best seasons for Park City galleries are winter and summer.

Gallerygoers visiting Park City this time of year should prepare themselves for a few surprises. They'll find that some galleries are temporarily closed and others are open only on certain days - with limited hours. They'll see some brand new galleries, and they won't find a few old galleries that seem to have disappeared without a whisper.While gallery-hopping in Park City, I discovered three new galleries: Art Masters, the Flat Rabbit (replacing the Picture Framing Annex) and the Ancient Mariner (replacing the Hoffman Galleries).

The Art Masters Gallery opened its doors on Oct. 13 at 592 Main St. It features original works, sculpture and fine art reproductions by many of the Mountain West's finest artists. Regulars include Gary Collins, Valoy Eaton, Richard Murray, Leonard Parkin, Kirk Randle, Al Rounds and others. The gallery also features sculpture by Angelo Caravaglia and Clayton Robbins.

An impressive exhibition of watercolors by Al Rounds is currently being featured there, including his very first watercolor painting.

Talk about major stylistic changes! Since that first painting, the artist has perfected glazing techniques. He captures light by limiting it. A setting sun lights only the tops of mountains, and the warmth is repeated in a meandering stream in the foreground. This approach establishes not only a dramatic composition but a center of interest.

Included in this show are seven of Rounds' most recent works, a number of retrospective works, as well as limited-edition prints. There are also canvas reproductions of several of his most popular paintings.

The show remains at the gallery through October. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The gallery is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 645-8100.

The Ancient Mariner, previously located in Brickyard Square, is now at 333 Main Street Mall in Park City (645-8534). Owner Don Pearson walked me through the gallery, pointing out works by some of his gallery regulars. There were oils by Ken Baxter, Liz Lemon and Vladmir Zolotsev; portraits by Bob Holley; pen-and-ink prints by James Edward Coyle; and sculptures by Richard Prazen and Robert Jensen Pett.

Fortunately, many of the "old stalwart" galleries are still there - the Meyer, Lido and Old Town galleries as well as the Kimball Art Center.

Displayed on the walls and pedestals of the Kimball Art Center's Main Gallery are works by 14 wildlife artists. There are paintings by Harry Adamson, Farrell Collett, Jean Gasser, George Handrahan, Garth Helgesen, David Jackson, Liz Lemon, Nancy Littlefield, Jim Morgan and Clark Ostergaard; and sculptures by Jonathan Bronson, John Mortensen, Richard Prazen and Gary Price.

Since all of these artists were invited to participate in this show, no awards were given. But I can't help singling out three of my favorites: Liz Lemon's painting "African Afternoon," Jim Morgan's painting "Three Hens" and Richard Prazen's metal sculpture "Eagle."

Also striking is Farrell Collett's painting "First Hunt." It has been selected for Texaco's 1990 calendar.

The Lower Gallery at KAC is currently featuring photographs by Patrick Cone. Titled "Images of Yellowstone National Park," the show documents the devastating fires that consumed more than 1.2 million acres of American timberland.

Since Cone was covering this fire for Flying magazine, the show's emphasis is on the 75 aircraft flying the smoky skies.

Dense smoke turns the normally clear Western skies into perpetual sunsets. And the fire adds dramatic accents to the photographs. But one cannot truly enjoy these scenes when contemplating the destruction that resulted.

One of the most riveting photographs emotionally is "Old Faithful Inn and Firefighters." Cone wrote, "As the Old Faithful Geyser Basin was overrun by fire, Park Service employees carefully watched the Old Faithful Inn's roof for signs of fire."

Cone presently shoots on assignment for Flying and Sunset magazines, as well as for the National Geographic Society.

Both the wildlife invitational and the photography exhibition will continue through Monday, Oct. 30, at KAC. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The center is located at the base of Park City's Historic Main Street. For more information, call 649-8882.

Darrell and Gerri Meyer, owners of the Meyer Gallery, are extremely proud of their group of artists, many of whom are highly popular both in and out of Utah. They are painters Lee Bennion, Ovanes Berberian, Robert Daughters, Frederick Denys, R.C. Gorman, Lynn Millman, H. Francis Sellers, Kimbal Warren, K.C. Wilson amd Ned Young; and sculptors Clark Bronson, Ed Fraughton, Clyde Ross Morgan and Dennis Smith.

Daughters, of New Mexico, attacks his canvas energetically with a style reminiscent of Van Gogh. However, Daughters says, "I call myself a `composist' rather than an `impressionist.' "

His paintings are filled with a strong foundation of direction. At times, he achieves this with placement of physical structures. Other times he does it with light and dark, "and the way I blend my colors."

The Meyer Gallery, 305 Main St., (649-8160) is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.