The time has come once again for Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center's annual members show, a summer staple on the local art scene and a chance to survey a small section of the region's creative output.

Each year, curator John Massier picks a (normally cheeky) theme and a large group of artists submits work -- which may or may not relate to Massier's theme. This year, he said, fewer artists than usual were inspired by "Lucky 13," which Massier chose simply because the date of the opening falls on today's notoriously unlucky date. ("In the future I might abandon the theme," Massier said this week. "If everybody did it, it'd be one thing, but more often people prefer to bring in one of their more recent works rather than doing something specifically themed for it.")

About 100 artists are represented in the show, drawn from a membership of about 1,500. As usual, the exhibition will feature a range of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photographs and digital work. The show opens with a reception at Hallwalls (314 Delaware Ave.) at 7 tonight and runs through Aug. 24. For more information, call 854-1694 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski