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Art Scene Selections: Feb. 3-10

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Feb 2, 2022
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Stroll into Open Studio Night at The Monarch this Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, for live music, local brews and special art exhibits.
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"Van Sessions" celebrates its sixth anniversary this Friday night, Feb. 4, 2022, with two first-time guests in a free performance.
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It's time for another First Friday Art Stroll in Ogden where local businesses and art galleries celebrate the creative community with special art exhibits, live music and activities all over town.
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Good Company Theatre presents Tennessee Williams' "The Two-Character Play" this weekend. Get tickets at goodcotheatre.com.
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Motown hits by SLC-based entertainment group Changing Lanes will rock the Peery's Egyptian Theater on Monday night, Feb. 7, 2022, in a free show presented by the Excellence in the Community Concert Series.

Open Studio Night + ‘Van Sessions’

Open Studio Night at The Monarch offers a night of winter fun with live music, adult beverages, WB’s Eatery, specials and art exhibits in over 40 creative studios. Here’s the February lineup:

  • “Van Sessions” live audience music podcast with Kyle McBride and Imaginary Friendz.
  • Art Box featuring a large body of photographic work by the Ogden Camera Club.
  • OCA Center exhibit “LAND BODY.”
  • Fine artist Amy LaFevre’s special Valentine’s Day art, with 17 12-by-12 pieces for sale.
  • Book signing with local author Kathleen Watts, a.k.a. Thought Continuum.
  • Art exhibits in the creative studios.

Friday, 6-9 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; free; themonarchogden.com/happenings.

Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll

Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll offers unique art exhibits and activities at various locations from Union Station up Historic 25th Street to The Monarch. There are also activities at the Junction and on Washington Avenue as well as the Eccles Art Center and Weber State University. Get your map at The Corner, the white building located on the corner of Washington and 25th Street, and follow these social media outlets for more details: IG @Ogden_Arts / The_Corner_Ogden, FB @OgdenCityArts / TheCorner / OgdensFirstFridayArtStroll.

Don’t miss these hot spots on your February stroll:

  • Open Studio Night and “Van Sessions” at The Monarch — beer garden, creative studios, book signing, specials, art exhibits, live music.
  • Dumke Arts Plaza — debut exhibit by Chakaia Booker.
  • Elizabeth D. Shaw Gallery’s new exhibit: “All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy.”
  • The YCC Family Crisis Center is bringing back the “Hearts to Ogden.” During the “HeART Stroll,” stop by the outdoor event at Platforms on 25th Street for free photos, hot chocolate and coffee for the public.
  • New Emmisoure Gallery featured artist Steve Robertson.
  • Gallery 25 featured exhibit, the 78 years-old Palette Club of Northern Utah.
  • Alaskan Gold Connection — featured artist, Noelle Perry.
  • Cara Koolmees Gallery upstairs at 256 Historic 25th Street.
  • Eccles Art Center 18th Black & White Statewide Competition.
  • Ogden Contemporary Arts Center — “LAND BODY” exhibit.
  • The Bonneville Space — solo show with watercolor artist Amelia Morgan.
  • The Local Artisan Collective at The Junction featured artist Bekah Eilander from B’s Beeutiful Things, plus classes and demos.

Friday, 6-9 p.m.; various Ogden locations; free; ogdencity.com/770/First-Friday-Art-Stroll.

Good Company Theatre presents Tennesse Williams’ ‘The Two-Character Play’

Good Company Theatre’s presentation of Tennessee Williams’ psychological thriller “The Two-Character Play” opened last week. The local production is directed by Teresa Santerson and stars Natalie Keezer (Clare) and Jess Nepivoda (Felice) as the squabbling siblings stuck in the middle of nowhere after being abandoned by their acting troupe. Arguably no one is as good at building paranoid tension as Tennessee Williams was,” explained Good Company Theatre co-Director Alicia Washington in a media release. “This intense play gives distorted meaning to the phrase ‘family drama.'” 

Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m.; Good Company Theatre, 2404 Wall Ave.; $25/$17 students; goodcotheatre.com.

Excellence Concert Series presents Changing Lanes: Motown hits

The free community concert series is back to rock the Peery’s Egyptian Theater with Motown hits! SLC-based CJ Drisdom, founder and leader of Changing Lanes Entertainment Group, takes his high-energy bands all over the country for high-end events, including Sundance Film Festival, NAACP, Governors Galas and Fortune 500 company parties, entertaining alongside big names like Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, John Legend and many others. See them live in this free show on Monday night at the historic Ogden theater.

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

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