Another exciting Gallery Stroll is creeping up, and everybody's invited - except those who are highly superstitious or suffer from triskaidekaphobia. The event is set for Friday the 13th!
If you plan to participate, stroll defensively. Don't walk under ladders, fall into a open manholes or let a black cat cross your path.But, even more important, keep your eyes wide open when you're inside the galleries. You might just find that artwork you've been looking for that will add just the right touch to your home or office.
This semiannual Gallery Stroll is sponsored by the Salt Lake Art Dealers (SLAD). President Dolores Chase said, "We had about 300 people visit the galleries at the fall stroll last year, and probably the same number this spring."
She pointed out that a wide range of people participate - from college students and newlyweds to more seasoned art collectors and connoisseurs.
Chase said that art is becoming a factor that many people think about."A lot of them are starting to collect. Even young couples are saying `We've budgeted to buy a painting a year.' "
Chase said there are many reasons why these gallery strolls are increasing in popularity:
1. They are held at night, thus accommodating people who generally work during the day.
2. They promote local artists. Gallery owners are proud of their stable of artists. Not only are their works of high-quality, but they are moderately priced. And their subject matter often captures local flavor and images.
3. They are informal. Participants can start at any gallery, pick up a map and visit the other galleries in any order they wish.
4. Artists are often in attendance. This gives the public a chance to meet them and talk about the artists' styles and philosophies.
5. There is no admission charge, even though some of the exhibits are enhanced by music and refreshments.
At last count, one art center and 15 galleries will be participating in this year's stroll. If you visit all the galleries, you'll become acquainted with works by at least 250 artists, and the majority of them are Utahns.
Here's the list:
BLUE MOUSE GALLERY, 260 E. 100 South, 363-4063 - Works by Wendy Ajax.
BRUSHWORKS GALLERY, 175 E. 200 South, 363-0600 - Paintings by Karl Thomas, Kirk Randle, Ian Ramsay and Mark Bangerter.
DOLORES CHASE FINE ART, 1431/2 Pierpont Ave., 328-2787 - "Form and Function," new show featuring Theodore M. Wassmer as well as other regulars such as Greg Abbott, Greg Glazier, Brian Kershisnik, Edith Roberson.
COURTYARD GALLERY, 153 Pierpont Ave., 363-5151 - Group show by craftspeople, printmakers and photographers. Spotlight on photographs by Rodger Newbold.
GALLERY 56, 56 W. 400 South, 533-8245 - Group show with paintings by Osral Allred, Steve Bartholomew, Lee Bennion, Frank Huff, Earl Jones, Randall Lake, Kimbal Warren and sculptures by Dennis Smith and Pete Fillerup. Also paintings by LeConte Stewart and other early Utahns.
LIBINSON FINE ART, 1174 E. 2100 South, 466-8616 - Group show.
MARBLE HOUSE GALLERY, 44 Exchange Place, 295-7400 - Works by F. Euray Anderson, Max Weaver and other gallery regulars.
PHILLIPS GALLERY, 159 Pierpont Ave., 363-5151 - Drawings by Connie Borup and Arthur Adelmann. Downstairs are works by Sharon Alderman, James Avati, Ron Clayton, Larry Elsner, Connie Erickson, Bri Matheson, Denis Phillips, Tony Smith and Doug Snow.
PIERPONT GALLERY, 159 Pierpont Ave., 363-5151 - Paintings by Edwin Oberbeck.
REPARTEE, 1400 Foothill Drive, 582-6810 - "Relatively Speaking."
SALT LAKE ART CENTER, 20 S. West Temple 328-4201 - Photography exhibits including "Duane Michals: Portraits" and "Personal Focus," an exhibit featuring work of 15 innovative Utahns.
SOUTHAM GALLERY, 50 E. Broadway (300 East), 322-0376 - Works by gallery regulars including Larry and Sharlene Christensen, George Handrahan, John Jarvis, Steve McGinty, Richard Murray, John Myrup, Bonnie Posselli, A.D. Shaw, Diane Turner, Kent Wallis; and two new painters Russell Case and Brian Thayne.
UTAH DESIGNER/CRAFTSMEN GALLERY, 38 W. 200 South, 575-2100 - Jewelry by Frances Garrett, handwoven coats by Becky Menlove, and furniture and other hardwood items by Kaethe Radomski.
F. WEIXLER GALLERY, 132 "E" St., 534-1014 - Paintings by Valoy Eaton as well as E.J. Bird, George Handram, Frank Huff, Warren Kimbal and Richard Murray; sculptures by Clark Bronson and Dennis Smith; pottery by David Fernandez and K. Lynn Rasmussen.
GAYLE WEYHER GALLERY, 167 S. Main, 534-1630 - Contemporary sculpture by Michael Hullet. Works by gallery regulars in hallway on second floor.
WILLIAMS FINE ART, 175 W. 200 South, #2011, 534-0331 - Large, colorful limited-edition prints by Shanghai-born artist Walasse Ting.
All galleries will be open for the Gallery Stroll from 5 to 9 p.m. Seven-foot-long yellow banners will hang at the entrances of galleries to help strollers identify which ones are participating in the Gallery Stroll.
Chase guarantees that this stroll will be a "real festive night." Helping to make it a success are other officers of SLAD: Dolores Koehler, vice president for commercial art galleries; Kim Duffin, vice president of non-profit art galleries; Dave Erikson, secretary; and Gayle Weyher, treasurer.