Seven is supposed to be a lucky number, and it could well be for art collectors and fans of music and film.
The seventh annual Ogden Arts Festival starts today and continues Saturday, with visual arts, live musical performances, highlights from the Foursite Film Festival and more.
Several local artists are returning, but festival director Suzy Dailey says there are also new artists coming who will add depth to this year's festival.
Tonight's kick-off events include an exhibit of art by Weber County high school students and "Dinner and a Movie." The art show starts with a 6 p.m. awards ceremony in Union Station's Gallery 51. "Dinner and a Movie," in Union Station's Browning Theater, is catered by local restaurants and doubles as an awards ceremony for Ogden's Foursite Film Festival.
The Ogden Arts Festival moves outdoors on Saturday, with 70 artist booths set up along the 100 block of Historic 25th Street, and on Union Station's Fountain Plaza.
Visitors will find paintings, prints, photography and even images created using feathers. They will also see everything from glass art, clothing and jewelry, to island-style bone carving, vintage-inspired aprons and locally made shoes.
A chalk artist will be creating temporary masterpieces during the festival, and there will be an exhibit by Redemption Art, an organization that provides art supplies to the homeless and incarcerated. Redemption Art is also organizing a graffiti art demonstration.
Children's ARTivities will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grass in front of Union Station.
Live music will be played throughout the day, on two stages, and Union Station hosts ongoing screenings of the Foursite Film Festival, which started on Thursday.
Ogden Arts Festival activities are free, with just a few exceptions. Admission to "Dinner and a Movie" costs $10, and the 7 p.m. Saturday screening of "Unitards," a comedy about a male dance team, is $5 (includes popcorn and a drink).
Food and drinks will be sold at the arts festival and, of course, festival-goers are invited to purchase art.
Artists participating in plein-air and quick-draw competitions will be competing for cash prizes, with a top award of $1,750. Paintings created during the festival will be sold through silent auction, with 70 percent of sales going to the artists, and 30 percent to support the festival.
A reception starts at 4 p.m. Saturday in Union Station. At 5 p.m., there will be a final call for bids, and winners will take a one-of-a-kind reminder of the Ogden Arts Festival home with them.