OGDEN -- They're decking their halls at local art galleries, putting up the finest work they can find for the holidays.
The Eccles Community Art Center is hosting an exhibit of work by Steve Songer of Huntsville, a display that has become a holiday tradition.
"He usually does, every two years or so, the December show," said Debra Muller, assistant director of the center. "He has galleries out of the area that keep him very busy, so it's really nice to be able to show his work here in his hometown."
Gallery at the Station and Universe City are celebrating the season with group shows.
"This is going to be quite special, really," said Lorna Kennedy, board member at Gallery at the Station. "It's a good group -- each one of them have their own reputations, and to be able to gather that kind of caliber all in one show is exciting for us."
At Weber State University, students are getting their chance to shine.
The exhibits open in conjunction with Ogden's First Friday Art Stroll.
The stroll starts at 6 p.m. today. Most of the participating art venues are along Historic 25th Street, from Wall Avenue to Washington Boulevard, making it possible to walk from gallery to gallery -- if you don't mind a little cold weather. A few more are on surrounding streets, and on Weber State University's Ogden campus.
Many of the galleries will stay open until 9 p.m., giving strollers the opportunity to check out the new exhibits and meet the artists. Admission is free.
For more information, call 801-393-3866 or visit the Ogden Arts website, http://artsogden.org.
* Eccles Community Art Center features ceramics by Kevin Parson, in addition to the paintings by Steve Songer.
Parson, of Liberty, often creates functional pieces that can be used around the house, such as bowls or vases. For this show, he's also displaying pieces that are strictly art.
Songer, who has won many awards for his work over the years, is best known for landscapes. Many of the paintings were inspired by the local scenery.
The annual Artists' Invitational/Boutique continues in the center's Carriage House Gallery, with art for holiday giving and decorating.
Reception, 6-9 p.m. today. The show continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 31, at 2580 Jefferson Ave., Ogden. 801-392-6935.
* Universe City presents "Holiday Presence." The group show includes ceramics by Craig Haaser of Ogden, and Derek Anderson of Logan. Ogden painters Roberta Glidden and LeRoy Jennings are showing their work, as is Cara Koolmees of Mountain Green. Woodwork by Ogden's David Wolfgram, and photos by Suresh Shivdasani of Layton, are also for show and sale, as are 21st Century Barbarians' necklaces, created by Ogden's Caril Jennings.
Reception, 5-8 p.m. today at 2556 Washington Blvd., Ogden. The exhibit continues 5-8 p.m. Fridays, and 1-6 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 18. Other hours by appointment. 801-458-8959.
* Union Station's group show includes art by Doug Braithwaite of Sunset, and Jerry Hancock, who has a studio in Ogden. Salt Lake City artists participating in the exhibit are Heather Barron, Connie Borup, David Estes and Heidi Moller-Somsen. There will also be work by Rett Ashby of Provo, as well as by Clay and Rebecca Wagstaff of Tropic. All of the artists are painters, except Moller-Somsen, who creates ceramics.
"We're hoping they find something they just can't resist," Kennedy said of the variety offered to gallery visitors.
Reception, 6-8 p.m. today at 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. The exhibit continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Jan. 4. 801-393-9890.
* Weber State University shows off student work in the Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition. Seven students are participating in the show, which is a culmination of their art studies. There will be two- and three-dimensional art on display, as well as graphic design and video work.
Reception, 7-9 p.m. today, in the Kimball Visual Arts Center's Shaw Gallery, on campus at 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. Continues 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 17. 801-626-7689.
* Ogden Arts is extending November's show of oil paintings by Lynaea Brand, and watercolors and portraits by Laurie Braegger, through Dec. 16. The Palette Club of Ogden display is changing to feature the work of Jamie Marple of Ogden. Marple describes her oil and acrylic paintings as "random mind vomit."
Reception, 6-9 p.m. today in the street-level suites at 2484 Washington Blvd., Ogden. The show continues 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, through Dec. 16. 801-393-3866.