If you want a break from all the city's deconstruction and renovation, try ducking into one of its many art galleries and museums. Many are within walking distance from downtown.
Utah's historical and contemporary art markets embrace all styles of visual art, allowing for hours of stimulating and educational diversion.
Getting to some of the galleries and museums, however, will require a car to travel short distances. Still other venues, such as the Brigham Young University Museum of Art and the Springville Museum of Art, will necessitate a 30- to 40-minute drive.
But all are definitely worth the time.
GALLERIES/MUSEUMS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM TEMPLE SQUARE
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, has Dale Chihuly's "Olympic Tower," a spire of red glass on par with any of Chihuly's best.
Hope Gallery and Museum of Fine Art, 151 S. Main, 532-1336, features a distinctive collection of old Scandinavian and European masters from 15th through early 20th centuries.
Main Street Gallery, 299 S. Main, 535-4660, features paintings by Kent Wallis, Scott Wallis and Eric Wallis.
Museum of Church History and Art, 45 N. West Temple, 240-2299, features art that defines LDS Church history.
Southam Gallery, 50 E. Broadway, 322-0376, has landscapes, still lifes and more by local artists.
Utah Arts Alliance Main Street Gallery, 127 S. Main, features a co-op of contemporary Utah artists.
Utah Artist Hands Gallery, 61 W. 100 South, 355-0206, has paintings by David Maestas.
Williams Fine Art, 200 E. South Temple, 534-0331, specializes in early Utah artists such as John Hafen, Lee Greene Richards, LeConte Stewart and more, including many contemporary painters.
GALLERIES/MUSEUMS FARTHER AFIELD, BUT STILL CLOSE
Anthony's Antiques & Fine Art, 402 E. 200 South, 328-2231, specializes in fine art and furniture.
Art Access, 230 S. 500 West, 328-0703, features contemporary landscapes by David Meikle and John Berry. Also displayed are mobiles created by children with disabilities.
Art Barn/Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane, 596-5000, has ceramics by members of Clay Arts Utah and paintings and drawings by Meredith Maynes Prevt.
David Ericson Fine Art, 418 S. 200 West, 533-8245, has historical and contemporary artwork by many Utah artists.
F. Weixler Gallery, 132 E St., 534-1014, features contemporary and early Utah art by Valoy Eaton, Harrison Groutage, Frank Huff, Earl Jones, Dennis Smith and more.
Phillips Gallery, 444 E. 200 South, 364-8284, is displaying paintings and drawings by Francis Zimbeaux (1913-2006).
Pickett Fairbanks Gallery, 39 I St., 363-7764, features paintings by Zachary Proctor, Lane Bennion and Brian Blackham.
Rio Gallery, 300 S. 455 West, 533-3582, is showing the annual statewide "Mixed Media & Works on Paper."
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, South Campus Drive, 581-7332, has "The Art of the West: Reinterpreting Western Images" and "Africa: The Arts of a Continent," featuring works from the museum's permanent collection.
GALLERIES/MUSEUMS AT A GREATER DISTANCE
BYU Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, North Campus Drive, Provo, 378-2787, features "Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint," including 47 of the artist's large-scale pieces; "Cliche and Collusion: Video Works by Grant Stevens"; and "American Dreams," 115 pieces from the museum's collection.
Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 745 S. Main, Bountiful, 292-0367, is displaying art by Anne Gregerson, Marilyn Read, Jerry Boorda, Merrily Kulmer, Anne Marie Oborn, Torgesen Murdock and Victoria Reese.
Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, 392-6935, has photographs by Larry Carr, Tom Szalay and Charlie Trentelman, and Craig Haaser pottery.
Julie Nester Gallery, 1255 Bonanza Drive, Park City, 435-649-7885, is showing its "Fall Group Show" of contemporary artists.
Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-8882, is featuring 30 paintings by David Meikle.
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, 650 N. 1100 East, Logan, 435-797-0163, has "Dark Metropolis: Irving Norman's Social Surrealism." Also the installation "May Swenson's Muse: Art and the West."
Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville, 489-2727, features paintings by Douglas Fryer and Jeff Hein. Also "Soviet Art in Conflict."
For a more complete list of local galleries and museums, go online to www.slga.info and click on "members."