The April edition of the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll takes a walk on the west side with two free events.
To mark the opening of the new airport TRAX line, the Salt Lake City Arts Council and the online arts magazine 15 Bytes celebrate the public art at the TRAX stations on North Temple.
The stroll starts at Mestizo Gallery, 641 W. North Temple. The first 200 people who arrive at the gallery after 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19, and mention "15 Bytes Gallery Stroll" will receive a free TRAX pass for the airport line that evening. With the pass, they can get on and off the train to look at the art at the line's six stations.
Utah artists created art for three of the stations: Ruby Chacón at the Jackson-Euclid station, Darl Thomas at the Power station, and Shawn Porter at the 1950 West station.
Also at Mestizo is a photo exhibit that captures the west side of Salt Lake City along the TRAX line. A guide prepared by the Salt Lake City Arts Council will be available.
Another west-side exhibit, focusing on development options for Salt Lake City's Marmalade District, is being mounted by students of the University of Utah's College of Architecture and Planning. It runs Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 569 N. 300 West, suite B, Salt Lake City across from the still-undeveloped site of the future Marmalade branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library.
The exhibit, called "People & Place," is the culmination of a two-semester class in which students design "interventions" to solve the neighborhood's community planning and design issues. The students have applied architectural and urban planning theories to address the real conditions, social and physical, of the Marmalade and West Capitol Hill neighborhoods.
Other highlights of this month's Gallery Stroll:
'Tao of Rudy' • Painter Corinne Humphrey will show limited-edition prints from her "Tao of Rudy" series at Atelier Gallery. Humphrey's bold, whimsical paintings are inspired by her dog Rudy, which she found at the Utah Friends of Animals "Furburbia" adoption center. Ten percent of sales from the exhibit goes to Utah Friends of Animals. Atelier Gallery, 234 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City
'Trees' at Library • Art at the Main, in the Main Library atrium, opens "Trees: A Visual Conversation," an exhibit featuring new paintings by Joy Nunn. The paintings began as Nunn aimed "to paint trees better," but evolved into an effort to become "more attuned with their inner qualities rather than their outward appearance." The Gallery Stroll reception, from 6 to 9 p.m., includes live music from Sotto Vocce Strings. Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
'Life to Art' • Local Colors Gallery highlights sculpture by Lawrence Adkinson and paintings by Frank Fuller and Gail Galarneau in a show titled "Life to Art." The works, according to the gallery, "explore taking life's situations and experiences and then creating a work of art from [them]." Local Colors Gallery, 1054 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City.
The Gallery Stroll runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at participating galleries in and around downtown Salt Lake City. For details and a list of galleries, go online to gallerystroll.org.