History buffs, and those looking forward to brighter days, may find inspiration in February's art exhibits in Ogden.
The exhibits officially open with the First Friday Art Stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 in downtown Ogden. The art displays include everything from images of Buffalo Soldiers to summer blossoms.
Most of the participating galleries are along Historic 25th Street, from Wall Avenue to Washington Boulevard, making it possible to walk from one exhibit to the next; a few more are on surrounding streets. Some of the shops offer visitors the opportunity to meet the artists.
Admission is free. For more information, call 801-393-3866 or visit the Ogden Arts website, http://artsogden.org.
* Universe City hosts "Little Hands, Big Art," an auction of artwork created by children, with money donated to the Rising Star scholarship fund for nontraditional students at Weber State University. A donor will match funds raised, up to $2,000.
The art, created by the children of nontraditional students, will be sold through a silent auction. There will be additional items to bid on, created by professional artists, including pottery, photography, quilts, paintings and drawings. Chalk art from China, jewelry and designer cakes will also be up for bid. Organizers say many items will make nice Valentine's Day gifts.
Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. next Friday at 2556 Washington Blvd., Ogden. The exhibit, and bidding for most items, will remain open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Auctions for most items end at 4 p.m. Feb. 19; food items will be sold opening night. 801-458-8959 or 801-626-7794. Free.
* Union Station is showing the work of Salt Lake City artist Daniel Ramjoue. This display of Ramjoue's work focuses on floral images.
"My paintings are large, bright, vibrant paintings of flowers and vegetables," the artist said, by e-mail. "I used a lot of red -- red poppies and a radish, for examples. I think that the powerful color relates to the intensity of the impression these blooms have on the viewer. And, frankly, they are a welcome burst of warmth and color in the middle of winter."
Reception, 6-8 p.m. next Friday at 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. The exhibit continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through March 3. 801-393-9890.
* Ogden Arts celebrates Black History Month with a display of art by Darnel Haney of Washington Terrace.
"From Africa to Black America," Haney's show, includes pictures of Delta blues singers such as Bo Diddley, as well as athletes like Michael Vick and Herschel Walker. Haney has also created emotional images of slaves, Buffalo Soldiers and Zulu warriors. In addition to paintings, the artist is showing some sculptural pieces.
Watercolors by Carole Nixon of Ogden are in the main gallery. Nixon primarily paints western and wildlife art. She will be including a few pieces painted on old barn wood.
The Palette Club of Ogden wall features pastel and acrylic images by Layton's Patricia Christensen, whose work is impressionistic in style.
Reception, 6-9 p.m. next Friday in the street-level suites at 2484 Washington Blvd., Ogden. The show continues 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, through Feb. 25. 801-393-3866. Free.
* Eccles Community Art Center plays host to the Utah Watercolor Society's Signature and Two-Star Member Exhibit. The society awards stars to members whose work is accepted into juried shows. Signature members have been accepted into eight juried shows, and won an award in at least one of them.
Ryan E. Bouman displays his work in the art center's Carriage House gallery. Bouman, of Harrisville, studied art at Weber State University. He creates images with a tattoo style.
Reception, 6-9 p.m. next Friday. The show continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, through March 25, at 2580 Jefferson Ave., Ogden. 801-392-6935. Free.