Hopefully, you’re one of the thousands of Utahns out enjoying the summer weather and activities. There is so much to do and so little time, so this month I’m running them down short and sweet for your convenience and travel ease. Ride, bike or walk, but when you get to the gallery, don’t forget to stroll. Events are happening all month long, but mark your calendars for Aug 21 when galleries participating in the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll will offer extended hours and hold artist receptions. All events are free and open to the public.

The Utah Arts Alliance, located at 127 S. Main, hosts Women Who Shoot: Amanda Moore, Shalee Cooper, Zuzanna Audette and Steph Parke. Also on display is Marv Poulson’s show, ELEMENTS, Stone & Metal Sculptures, Aug. 4 – Aug. 29. The artists reception is Aug. 7, 6-9 p.m.

Stephanie Wiled’s exhibit, Harmed, is about loss: moral, financial and perhaps most disheartening, loss of faith in the corporate world. The exhibition runs July 18 – Oct. 31, at the Salt Lake Arts Center, 20 South West Temple.

The Visual Art Institute (1838 S. 1500 E.) presents in the GARFO Gallery, Micro/macro—an exhibition challenging perspective and observation via scale. Each participating artist was asked to create at least two works: one miniature, and one oversized––literally or conceptually. Artists include: Nolan Baumgartner, Andrew Callis, Katherine Jones, Matthew Jones, Patrick Munger, and Ben Wiemeyer. The exhibit runs July 10 – Aug. 28.

Illustration by Stephanie Wilde

In VAI’s Student Gallery, July 10 – Aug. 26, the Graduating Seniors Show featuring Alexandra Jameson, Kourtney Keiser, and Holland Larsen. This miniretrospective will illustrate how students benefit from the arts education program at the Visual Art Institute.

(A)perture Gallery, located at 1617 South 900 East, will host the second annual Emerging Local Artist Showcase, featuring Corey Flanders, Hilary Howell, Joshua Johnston, Trevin Prince, Michael Ide, Shalee Cooper, Ian Ramsay, Dan Christofferson, Heidi M. Gress, Brian C. Hailes, Mason Fetzer, Anne Cummings-Anderson, Debbie Kirkpatrick, Stacy Phillips, Court Bennet, Michael Zetterquist, Carolyn Pryor, Jordan Halverson, Loggins Merrill, Sarinda Jones, and Ashlee Bennett Stoddard. The show opens Aug. 8 with a private reception, but is open to the public during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll Aug. 21 and will remain on display by appointment through Aug. 31.

In other local art news, 337 Project is holding a contest for local artists to design a mini-golf hole for their 18-hole, fully playable course.  The prize for each hole is $2,500.

To submit your exhibition for entry in the Gallery Stroll Guide, email Mariah Mann Mellus at mariah@slugmag.com.