Ogden’s May Art Stroll features Moments Festival, polka dot community project

Wednesday , May 03, 2017 - 6:27 PM

MAKENZIE KOCH/Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — This month’s First Friday Art Stroll is taking community participation to a new level. 

The monthly event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 5, in downtown Ogden. 

With help from local businesses, Weber State University and the city’s arts and community and economic development departments, Ogden First is holding a new art event called the Moments Festival

The event will feature “performative, ephemeral, temporary, and light-based art” from more than 20 artists, according to organizers. The community will be able to see a wide range of works, including video projections, dance performances, music, temporary installations, sculpture and participatory art projects.

According to Ogden’s arts department, Ogden First hopes to make the Moments Festival an annual event of “national appeal.”

One of the festival’s community art projects hopes to cover 25th Street between Washington Boulevard and Ogden Avenue with polka dots from as many people as possible.

Ogden First is sponsoring the community art installation, which it says will be the largest in Ogden's history. From 4-8 p.m., Northern Utahns are encouraged to bring a polka dot of any color and anywhere from 1-4 inches in diameter to help transform the block into a vibrant art installation.

The festival will also feature an interactive drawing exhibit by Molly Morin called "Catch Me” that lets people “drive a generative drawing,” according to festival organizers.

The exhibit will be projected on the east side of the building at 455 25th St., and the audience will be able to build and change the work throughout the evening. 

Students in a Weber State University drawing class created a “spatial drawing” made of florescent cords that align to reveal a hovering jellyfish. Find the students’ installation on display in the window of the empty 455 25th St. building.  

At Platforms, located on the corner of 25th Street and Adams Avenue, Weber State students enrolled in a 3D Design course will be making sculptures that “incorporate light as a central design element” and local artist Ike Bushman will create a sculpture made of ice blocks, rope and twine.

Several other local artists, musicians and poets will perform or have work on display throughout downtown. To see the full line-up of exhibits, performances and more, visit Ogden City Arts.

In addition to the Moments Festival, here’s what local galleries and businesses will be featuring for First Friday Art Stroll this month:

Color Me Mine

Color Me Mine, located at 188 25th St., will be featuring the work of 12-year-old artist Gracie Mecham. According to Color Me Mine, Gracie uses various mediums — including watercolor, pastels and ink pen — to “create images that were inspired (by) her teenage passions: books, British television and animation.”

Eccles Community Art Center

The center, located at 2580 Jefferson Ave., will showcase young artists’ works made with recycled and reusable materials for the center’s annual Recycled Art Competition. The exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. 

Gallery 25

Gallery 25’s featured local artists for May are Barbara Price and her son Daniel Price. The gallery, located at 268 25th St., will open the exhibit this Friday with refreshments and live music.

Gallery at the Station

The Union Station gallery is hosting the Annual Membership Show for Ogden’s Palette Club. The Palette Club began in 1943 and now has about 100 members from Northern Utah.

Lavender Vinyl

The local vinyl shop will be participating in the Moments Festival with live music by Vincent Draper and the Culls. 

Myra Powell Gallery

The Myra Powell Gallery, located inside Ogden’s Union Station, will continue last month’s photography exhibit, “Road Trip,” by Joan Escala Usarralde, which focuses on Usarralde’s “American experience” traveling through the West. 

Nurture the Creative Mind

Nurture the Creative Mind, located inside Union Station, will be hosting an art sale and flea market fundraiser Friday to help raise funds for a local 4-year-old boy’s Leukemia treatment. Several local artists and businesses have made donations for the fundraiser.

NCM will also have an outdoor piano recital Friday outside of Union Station.


Ogden First’s Platforms will participate in the Moments Festival with performances and art installations by Deja Mitchell, Poet Flow, NEXT Ensemble, Tawna Halbert, Ike Bushman, Revelle Bird Burlesque and a group of Weber State University art students. The nonprofit will also have glow-in-the-dark tic-tac-toe.

The Front Climbing Club

The climbing club, located at 225 20th St., will feature the work of Alexis Furlong, including an installation made of artificial flowers and an installation of sculptural “paintings” made of metal bottle caps. 

The Local Artisan Collective

This month, The Local Artisan Collective is featuring pieces by Roxanne Vigos from Sago Jewelry. Vigos specializes in incorporating naturally dyed fibers into her jewelry. 

Rene Venegas from Galleon's Gold Jewelry will be teaching a class on how to make a copper cuff bracelet for beginners interested in making their own jewelry. The class is $20 per person or $35 for two people.

Candice Lya Ortiz of Gaia Henna will be offering plant-dye Henna and Jagua body art at the shop, located at 2421 Kiesel Ave. Local author Mike Nelson will also be signing copies of his recent book “Thorns of Avarice” from 7-9 p.m. 

The Parlour Ogden

Erica Lyon’s new landscape series will be on display at the Parlour, located at 2562 Washington Blvd. Parlour Coffee Bar will also be open serving up their new monthly specialty drink.

Wasatch Roasting Company

Wasatch Roasting Company is featuring the works of Cara Koolmees. The coffee shop, located at 2436 Grant Ave., will be serving up drinks from its full espresso bar and nitro cold brew taps Friday, along with other non-coffee drinks and snacks.

Contact digital producer Makenzie Koch at mkoch@standard.net, follow her on Twitter at @makenzie_koch or like her on Facebook at facebook.com/MakenzieKochSE

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