Art Scene Selections Dec. 9-16
“LAND BODY” Exhibit Opening at OCA Center
“LAND BODY” is the new winter exhibit presented by Ogden Contemporary Arts that explores the connections between the human body and its landscapes from the perspectives of 1 female-identifying artists, opening on Friday. The exhibited works are woven together with themes including environmental issues and climate concerns, female identity, human impact on nature and more, with a focus on desert environments by artists from Utah, New Mexico and Arizona in a variety of mediums such as installation, photography, sculpture, painting and video. “The body and the landscape have been comparatively explored throughout art history, particularly with feminine connotations and from the perspectives of male artists,” curator Kelly Carper stated in a media release. “‘LAND BODY’ is a contemporary exploration of this inherent relationship featuring female artists of various cultural backgrounds. The exhibition draws metaphorical and physical connections between desert landscapes and women’s bodies, while broadly reflecting on the interconnectedness between humans and the natural world.”
Friday, 6-8 p.m.; OCA Center, 455 25th St.; free; ogdencontemporaryarts.org.
Family Holiday Traditions at Eccles Art Center
‘Tis the season for the annual Family Holiday Traditions at EAC. See the decorated tree covered in lights, art galleries exhibiting the winners of the Modern Abstract and Petite Impressions competitions and find unique holiday gifts in the Carriage House Gallery. Kids can get their picture with Santa and receive a holiday arts and crafts kit to take home with them. Families tickets are $20 and may be purchased at ogden4arts.org. The funds raised from this event aid EAC staff in providing art supplies and hands-on art lessons to elementary students in the Ogden City and Weber County schools. The Carriage House Gallery at EAC is also open for holiday shopping on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. through Dec. 23. Purchases of $50 or more will include a complimentary EAC membership.
Saturday, 3-5 p.m.; Eccles Art Center, 2850 Jefferson Ave.; $20/family; ogden4arts.org.
Imagine Ballet Theater presents ‘The Nutcracker’
Feel the spirit of the season as only “The Nutcracker” can in a beautiful rendition of your favorite holiday ballet presented by Imagine Ballet Theatre at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in the heart of downtown Ogden. In this annual performance, the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is played live by the New American Philharmonic under the direction of Ogden’s Gabriel Gordon, and choreography is by Raymond Van Mason, artistic director of Imagine Ballet Theatre. Local artist Sherry Ferrin has created the beautiful artwork for Imagine Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Experience this wonderful locally produced version of one of the most popular ballets ever performed inside a historic theater.
Friday through Dec. 18, dates and show times vary; Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.; $15-$30; ogdenpet.com/events.
‘Jingle Jangle Hop’
Come “Jingle Jangle” at The Monarch’s special holiday Second Saturday Market this weekend, where the holiday spirit overflows with hot chocolate, compliments of Ninth Muse Academy, and extra holly jolly kids can enjoy a holiday scavenger hunt, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (12-3 p.m.) and free crafts. Grown-ups can head over to the Art Box to make a Christmas candle at a special price and then shop from over 40 local vendors and small businesses for unique Christmas gifts. Indulge in some merry snacks, beer and seltzers and fill your heart with yuletide joy with the sounds of the DaVinci Academy choir and orchestra and sensational jazzy tunes of Standards and Substandards. There’s more: Kids can have Churros and Cocoa with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10-11 a.m. in the Workshop room. Tickets are $15 per child and limited to 25, so hurry and reserve your spot. All proceeds will support a local family The Monarch selected to donate to this year, @jonahsjourneycancerwarrior. Cocoa donated by WB’s and churros donated by Los Churros Del Norte.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; free; themonarchogden.com/happenings.
‘All the Jingle Ladies’ Ugly Sweater Party & Fundraiser
Calling all the “jingle” ladies! This rockin’ third Thursday ladies night at The Monarch is going to be a Christmas party hop and fundraiser. Join the BEST ugly sweater bash in town, holiday shopping from unique local vendors, music by DJ Bryson, a local Comedy Collective show, silent raffle and special workshops by Monarch creatives including Intention Spell Candles by Wild Meraki, Centerpiece Class from Hope and Evolution, Art Box Candle special and more. Bring your friends, get dolled up in your ugliest garb and give. All proceeds will go to help a local family whose 7-year-old Jonah was diagnosed with leukemia last year.
Thursday, Dec. 16, 6-9 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; themonarchogden.com/happenings.