Salt Lake Gallery Stroll takes a seasonal turn for October

Visual art • Fall colors and signs of the apocalypse.
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The fall colors aren't just outside, but in the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, which has its monthly go-round Friday at participating galleries in and around downtown Salt Lake City.

Here are some highlights:

Ballet benefit • The latest in Karen Horne's ongoing series of paintings depicting Salt Lake City views — particularly the Capitol Theatre — is done, and going to a good cause. The new work, "A Night Out at the Ballet," will be one of the prizes at an "opportunity draw" at the Ballet West Gala, a fundraiser for the dance troupe set for Nov. 2. You can look at the painting during the Gallery Stroll, at a preview reception at Horne Fine Art, 142 E. 800 South, from 6 to 9 p.m.

'Trees' and other forms • Four area artists share the space at the Utah Arts Festival Gallery, 230 S. 500 West, for a nature-inspired exhibit called "Twisted Trees / Forms From Earth." The four are landscape photographer Anna May, woodcarver Matt Dykes, painter Katherine Mahoney and ceramic artist Ani Ostendorff. A reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through Nov. 8.

'Seasonal' work • A road trip inspired Sue Martin's new series of paintings, "Seasonal Affection," on display through Nov. 9 at Art at the Main, in the City Library atrium, 210 E. 400 South. Last December, Martin took iPhone shots through her car window at 70 mph (relax, she wasn't driving) and became enamored of the colors of midwinter. Spring and summer trips brought brighter colors, and a four-seasons series was the result. A reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m., with music by the band Adult Children.

Mixed media and paper • Utah Arts & Museums is playing host to the annual statewide exhibition "Utah 2013: Mixed Media & Works on Paper" at the Rio Gallery in the Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande St. (450 West). Two guest jurors selected 84 pieces by 57 artists, out of more than 400 works submitted by 210 artists. Six winners will receive cash rewards, and two will get honorable mentions. Those winners will be announced at the Gallery Stroll reception. The exhibit runs through Nov. 22.

Apocalyptic landscapes • Provo-raised painter Ricky Allman lives in Kansas City and has shown in galleries all around the world, but his show at CUAC, 175 E. 200 South, is his first solo exhibition in Utah. Allman's large-scale paintings, the gallery says, "explore ominous, apocalyptic landscapes with geometric architecture and forms," inspired by the Wasatch Mountains, with abstract color bursts. Allman is also one of seven artists in CUAC's other new exhibit, "Printshow." Receptions for both run from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibits run through Nov. 9.

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