On a hot July night, go look at some cool art during the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, set for Friday, July 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at galleries around Salt Lake City.
Here are some highlights:
‘NDN Nouveau’ • An exhibit of work by Frank Buffalo Hyde, an artist who traces his lineage to the Onondaga and Nez Perce tribes, opens at Modern West Fine Art, 175 E. 200 South. The show, called “NDN Nouveau,” is an occasionally humorous fusion of iconic American Indian imagery and modern pop culture, which confronts the myths and realities of contemporary American Indian life.
‘Poolside’ / ‘Nonnative’ • Two conceptual sculptors will show their work at CUAC, 175 E. 200 South. Piper Brett, from Philadelphia, will show “Poolside,” a work that places such objects as a gold shopping cart, a basketball with a handle, and a cellphone photo of a former porn star in a setting over a floor painting of water. The installation “anesthetizes backyard pool parties and the urban/suburban experience.” Allison Lacher, from Springfield, Ill., presents “Nonnative,” which employs Saguaro cacti to comment on “an oft-generalized, catch-all cultural romance with the American West.” The exhibit runs through Sept. 12.
‘Spaces’ • The Rio Gallery, in the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande St. (450 West), opens the exhibit “Spaces: Jarvis, Rice and Vincent.” It features work by three Utah artists — Holly Jarvis, Andrew Rice and Marcus Vincent — that explore the idea of spaces that people inhabit, interact in, and define themselves. An artist’s reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m.
‘Land Marks’ • This exhibit of landscape paintings by Sue Martin opens at 814 Gallery, 814 E. 100 South. Martin works in acrylics in the studio, or in oils “en plein air” (that’s artist-speak for “outdoors”), and focuses on the “everyday sublime” rather than sweeping vistas. Martin will be on hand for a reception, 6 to 10 p.m.
Gourds and ‘Geometrismo’ • Two exhibits go on display at Charley Hafen Jewelers Gallery, 1409 S. 900 East. Sculptor Kathleen Donner presents the self-explanatory “Native American Designs on Gourds and Clay” in the upstairs gallery. Downstairs is “Geometrismo,” an exhibit of paintings by Juan Pablo Gasca. An artists’ reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
For more information on participating galleries, go to gallerystroll.com.