Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery will host its 16th annual Dark Show reception and costume ball Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the gallery, 524 Colorado Ave."It's a show that celebrates the dark," owner-artist Caole Lowry said. "It's a positive spin on darkness. In the dark is where seeds germinate. The dark recesses of our mind is where solutions to problems are found and where great creativity bursts forth to see the light of day."The show generally draws more than 40 artists from around western Colorado whose artwork for this show must somehow convey the "dark."Subjects include "the coming of winter, the hidden, forbidden, mystery, deeply religious, spiritual, the unknown," Lowry said.The exhibit opens Saturday, Oct. 27, and runs through Nov. 10.As every year, Lowry will set up an altar remembering friends and relatives who have died - a Mexican holiday tradition connected with the Catholic holidays, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Halloween is also part of the celebration - "spooky is OK, too," Lowry said. Costumes are encouraged at the reception, although not required. For those who are costume challenged, Planet Earth has a wide array of costumes and vintage clothing for sale.Festivities will include a fire performance by the group Illumicirque in the parking lot next door at Roasted Espresso and Subs.Inside, dancers from Colorado Mesa University, and two Middle Eastern and sacred dance troupes will perform.Live music by "The Nightbird" and singer-acoustic guitar player Bryce MacEvoy will take place during the reception, as well as poetry readings, and a DJ who will program dance music until midnight.A few of the artists represented include Bill Wolmott, Freya Hite, Theresa Hochhalter and Elizabeth Paroni.The Dark exhibit encompasses "an extraordinary range of creativity," Lowry said. It's remarkable."And it's all for sale.The show is about balance, Lowry said."In our culture, dark is not given enough credit," she said. Here, "in the West we need the shadows; respite from the harsh sun.""There's lots to be discovered in the dark. We don't have to be afraid."