Art Scene Selections: Jan. 6-13
Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll
Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll kicks off the new year with a new arts gallery in addition to locations all over downtown — from Union Station up Historic 25th Street to The Monarch. There are also activities at The Junction and Eccles Art Center on Jefferson Avenue. Don’t miss these hot spots on your wintry stroll this Friday night:
- Ogden Union Station — Community Art Show.
- Dumke Arts Plaza — Debut exhibit by Chakaia Booker.
- New Emmisoure Gallery — Ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Food, music and featured artist Kristin Alley Carver.
- Gallery 25 — Featured exhibit: the 78 years-old Palette Club of Northern Utah.
- Alaskan Gold Connection — Featured artist: Jim Stettler.
- Cara Koolmees Gallery — 2022 art calendars, upstairs at 256 Historic 25th St.
- Eccles Art Center — The Third Annual Northern Utah High School Seniors Exhibit.
- Ogden Contemporary Arts Center — “LAND BODY” exhibit.
- The Bonneville Space — Debut solo show with Leon Araujo, a.k.a. Noise Explosion.
- The Local Artisan Collective at The Junction — Featured artist: Roxanne Vigos from Sago Adornment, marbling and beading demos.
- The Monarch — Beer garden, creative studios, book signing, specials, art exhibits and live music.
- Wasatch Roasting Company — Featured artist: Gillian Chapman.
Friday, 6-9 p.m.; downtown Ogden; free; ogdencity.com/770/First-Friday-Art-Stroll.
Open Studio Night
Open Studio Night at The Monarch offers a night of winter fun with live music, adult beverages, WB’s Eatery, book signings, specials and art exhibits in over 40 creative studios. Here’s the January lineup:
- “Van Sessions” live audience music podcast with King Thurber.
- OCA Center exhibit “LAND BODY.”
- Fine artist Amy LaFevre’s half-off art 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.
‘LAND BODY’ Exhibit Opening at OCA Center
An enlightening experience this Friday night during the art stroll, “LAND BODY” is the new winter exhibit at OCA that explores the connections between the human body and its landscapes from the perspectives of 11 female-identifying artists. The exhibited works are woven together with themes including environmental issues and climate concerns, female identity, the 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.
Now through Feb. 20 (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.); OCA Center, 455 25th St.; free; ogdencontemporaryarts.org.
Winter Wonderland Market
Let it snow outside! The Monarch is hosting a Winter Wonderland Market to keep you warm inside. This Saturday, celebrate the new year with a new market experience that includes a lineup of fun events for friends and family:
- A variety of arts and foodie vendors, many new artisans making their market debut.
- Live music with Dave Quackenbush (12-2 p.m.) and Amethyst (2-3 p.m.).
- Beer and seltzer bar.
- Whimsical tiki design face painting for kids.
- Season of Giving Box: Bring new or gently used hats, jackets, gloves and scarves to donate.
- Art Box $15 candle-making special.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; free; themonarchogden.com/happenings.
Eighth Blackbird presented by Onstage Ogden
Onstage Ogden’s Downtown Series in 2022 begins with Grammy Award-winning modern classical sextet Eighth Blackbird, from Chicago. The group formed in 1996 when six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory students came together, eventually going on to win four Grammy Awards for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance, among other prestigious awards, and record over a dozen acclaimed albums. They are described by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet,” and “defined by adventure … known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; $25/$10 students and children under 12; onstageogden.org