ALPINE Every other month art connoisseurs trek between five Alpine art galleries to catch up on what's new in the world of art.
Not to be outdone by other art venues in Utah County, galleries in Alpine exhibit such nationally known artists as Gary Smith, Brad Aldridge and Doug Fryer.
The gallery stroll encompasses the Alpine Art Center, Steven Lee Adams Fine Arts, photographer Mark Walker Smith, Garden House Gallery and Seasons Gallery.
The next gallery stroll is April 3 from 5-8 p.m.
In December some 200 people showed up for the stroll, but snow apparently kept many people away in January, said Kathy Griffith of the Alpine Art Gallery. The stroll is always the first Thursday of the month.
Artists work during the stroll and are available to talk with patrons. Among the exhibitors at the Alpine Art Center, 450 S. Alpine Highway, are Douglas Aagard, co-owner Dennis Smith, James Olson and sculptor Garth Harrison. Also Kraig Varner, Lincoln Fox, Jerry Anderson and works by the late Aavard Fairbanks.
Prices range from under $100 to more than $20,000.
Mark Walker Smith works out of a rustic cabin off Main Street where he displays his work and mostly works from others in his artist family
"The gallery stroll is a good way to get feedback," he said.
Steven Adams organized the stroll in October and involved the newly opened Western Community Bank to underwrite it. A landscape artist, he has been selling his work in galleries around the country for 17 years. He but recently opened his public gallery at 40 W. Main Court, Suite 150.
He continues to make his trademarked "Vintage Frames" from Mapleton.
In 2005 Adams won the $50,000 commission for the two large paintings that hang in the Utah County Health and Justice Building in Provo. One is of Mount Timpanogos and the other is of Bridal Veil Falls.
He also exhibits nationally recognized artists such as sculptor Leroy Transfield of Orem and painters Brad Aldridge of Moroni, Doug Fryer of Spring City and Ron Richmond of Mt. Pleasant.
"They're letting me show their stuff," he said.
Nationally renowned painter Gary Smith displays his art at the Garden Home Gallery, which doubles as his son's home. Chris and Kirsten Smith open the 1899 home to the stroll and by appointment only. Smith's paintings, valued from $7,000 to more than $300,000, hang for a few months before they are shipped off to other galleries.
The result is a preshow of his works. Chris Smith also exhibits his paintings in the gallery, along with a few other local artists.
Featured artists at Seasons Gallery, 195 E. 200 North, are Larry Wade and Susan Gallagher along with works by Dale Minson.