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Art Scene Selections: Dec. 2-9

By The Monarch - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Dec 1, 2021
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John Ford, Craft Lake City production manager, Ana Valdemoros of Argentina’s Best Empanadas and Angela Brown pose at the 2019 inaugural Craft Lake City Holiday Market at The Monarch in Ogden. The Third Annual Craft Lake City Holiday market is now a two-day affair, this Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Open Studio Night happens in conjunction with the Craft Lake City Holiday Market this Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and include admission to the holiday market.
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Christmas 2020 at Eccles Art Center, whose holiday season kicks off this Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, with December art exhibits during Ogden's First Friday Art Stroll.
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This rendering by Sasaki Associates shows the planned Dumke Arts Plaza, which opens on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, from 6-9 p.m. during Ogden's First Friday Art Stroll.
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The Lark & Spur quintet will perform Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at Peery's Egyptian Theater as part of the Excellence in the Community series.
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Onstage Ogden’s Downtown Series presents the highly acclaimed Thalea String Quartet at The Monarch on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

The Third Annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market in Ogden

The Craft Lake City Holiday Market, held annually the first weekend of December, returns to The Monarch in Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District with double the fun for its third year. It has expanded from a one-day to a two-day, in-person event, with over 100 Utah-based artisans, craft foodies, local food trucks and vintage vendors. The Holiday Market draws attendees from Salt Lake and Weber counties, with a mix of artisans from both areas represented at the market. A place to shop locally for the holidays all in one beautiful, historic space, the Holiday Market is also a festive experience for friends and family. Free photos with Santa, a toy drive for LGBTQ+ families in need hosted by Project Rainbow, an opportunity drawing (bring a toy to enter) for donated gifts from Craft Lake City artisans, a cash bar featuring local beer and spirits, food trucks — Cupbop, Lucky Slice, World’s Best Corn Dogs — and a variety of craft foodies. In addition, The Market features over 30 in-house creative studios, the Art Box gift shop and WB’s Eatery.

Friday, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; $7/$5 in advance; craftlakecity.com/holiday-market-2021.

Open Studio Night

The December Open Studio Night this Friday has a festive bonus. In conjunction with the Third Annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market, there’s going to be an even bigger party in Ogden at The Monarch during the First Friday Art Stroll. In addition to over 30 in-house creative studios, the Art Box gift shop and WB’s Eatery, Craft Lake City is bringing over 100 Utah-based artisans, craft foodies, local food trucks and vintage vendors for a night of holiday shopping from some of Utah’s best artists and makers. Come hungry — there will be a cash bar featuring local beer and spirits, food trucks including Cupbop, Lucky Slice and World’s Best Corn Dogs, and a variety of craft foodies. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or at the door, for this special event and include entrance to both Open Studio Night and the Craft Lake City Holiday Market.

Friday, 5-10 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; $7/$5 in advance; facebook.com/TheMonarchOgden.

Eccles Art Center Exhibit Opening

The Eccles Art Center hosts a wealth of warm holiday traditions each year for the community, and the historic Victorian-era mansion, built in 1893, welcomes all for another round of its annual art exhibits, workshops, holiday shopping and other festivities this December — and it all starts this Friday. A new art exhibit opening at EAC will display the accepted works from two statewide competitions throughout December: “Modern Abstracts” will be featured in the Main Gallery and work from the Petite Impressions competition will be on display in the Carriage House Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception for the artists of these two exhibits, which will be held during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll on Friday. The exhibits will remain on display all month long. Stop by to find out the winners and see all of the entered works on display.

Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave.; free; ogden4arts.org.

Dumke Arts Plaza Opening

The community is invited to the grand opening celebration of the Dumke Arts Plaza, located on the corner of 25th Street and Ogden Avenue, in the heart of the Nine Rails Creative District. The new plaza is an arts-focused community space, a dynamic outdoor gallery and an intimate performance venue designed to inspire creativity, elevate diverse perspectives and anchor Ogden as a hub for contemporary art. The plaza will feature major art installations as well as community-led arts programming ranging from small concerts, to dance performances, to video art. It will be a space to engage with art in all its forms, but also a place for everyday gatherings — sharing lunch with a friend or enjoying a family visit. The grand opening event, held during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll, will serve as the premiere of the plaza’s inaugural exhibition: a selection of work by internationally renowned American sculptor Chakaia Booker, curated by Weber State University. Also on display will be the “Beacon,” a permanent sculptural piece that extends from the plaza over 25th Street. Invited speakers will make brief remarks at 6:15 p.m. and performances will take place throughout the evening.

Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Dumke Arts Plaza, 445 25th St.; free; ogdencity.com/DumkeArtsPlaza.

Lark & Spur: Traditional and Modern Carols

Excellence in the Community, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that showcases Utah’s best musicians and dancers for the public, continues its series of free performing arts events at Peery’s Egyptian Theater with a Christmas concert on Monday. Lark & Spur began as a duo: Jeff Whiteley (guitar, vocals) and Lori Decker (mandolin, vocals), who were street musicians in Paris, Munich and other European cities. Now a quintet with a mandolin, double bass, woodwinds and percussion, the music group’s jazz standards, French folk songs of the Middle Ages and more have millions of views on YouTube and sold out shows. This holiday concert will be a mix of traditional and modern carols.

Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.; free; ogdenpet.com/events.

Thalea String Quartet

Onstage Ogden’s Downtown Series presents the highly acclaimed Thalea String Quartet at The Monarch this holiday season: “With repertoire as diverse as its members, and every bit as exuberant, Thalea connects with audiences on a musical, emotional and personal level, from first-time listeners to string quartet aficionados.” Thalea String Quartet formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, and has performed recitals across Europe, China, the United States and Canada — including appearances at the Carnegie Hall — earning prestigious residencies and numerous awards. And you can see them in Ogden this week for a special concert in the Royal Room at The Monarch.

Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; $25/$10 students and children under 12; onstageogden.org.

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