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Art Scene Selections: Jan. 13-20

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Jan 12, 2022

New Year, New Vibe

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The January Ladies' Night at The Monarch offers grounding workshops, live music, food and drinks plus shopping from live vendors to get centered for the New Year.

Celebrate the new year with self-love workshops, live music, vendors and art at The Monarch’s ladies’ night in January. Music will be provided by an awesome DJ, along with a beer garden and local vendors. In addition, a variety of high-vibe workshops will be offered (tickets sold separately):

  • Energy Bowls with Zion Sand and Stone.
  • Botanical Wands with Wild Meraki.
  • Get Centered and Ignite your Vitality with Evolve Eden Wellness Studio.
  • Taste and Paint with Seek4Chocolate and Paint Kits.
  • Sit, Clip, Manifest with Michelle Phelps. Make your vision board for 2022! No pre-registration required but get there early while supplies last.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 6-9 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; free; themonarchogden.com/happenings.

3rd Annual Northern Utah High School Art Competition

If you missed it during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll, you can still stop by The Eccles Art Center all month long during operating hours to see the new January exhibit. The Main Gallery features the accepted works in all media by high school seniors in Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Rich and Weber counties for its Third Annual Northern Utah High School Seniors Competition. The Carriage House Gallery continues to display the accepted works from the center’s Petite Impressions Competition, which includes small art pieces under 8 inches in any dimension.

Now through Jan. 29 (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave.; ogden4arts.org.

‘R E V I V E’ at Dumke Arts Plaza

Swing by the new Dumke Arts Plaza located in the heart of the Nine Rails Creative District to see the inaugural exhibition, “R E V I V E,” a selection of work by internationally renowned American sculptor Chakaia Booker, curated by Weber State University. Booker’s monumental, abstract sculptures constructed with materials such as repurposed automotive tire rubber “(embody) characteristics that the plaza represents for Ogden: transformation and recontextualization,” said Lydia Gravis, director of art exhibitions and public programs at WSU. Also on display is the “Beacon,” a permanent sculptural piece that extends from the plaza over 25th Street.

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The winter exhibit at Ogden Contemporary Arts is an exploration of the human body and landscape from a feminine perspective. It is free and open to the public during regular operating hours.

Daily through May 15; Dumke Arts Plaza, 445 25th St.; free; ogdencity.com/1977/Dumke-Arts-Plaza.

‘LAND BODY’ Exhibit Opening at OCA Center

“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, 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.


Eighth Blackbird presented by Onstage Ogden

Onstage Ogden’s Downtown Series in 2022 was set to kick off with Eighth Blackbird, an Grammy Award-winning modern classical sextet from Chicago, on Thursday but has been postponed until March. 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. For updates and ticket sales, visit onstageogden.org.

‘The Two-Character Play’

Originally set to open on Thursday, Good Company Theatre’s presentation of Tennessee Williams’ psychological thriller “The Two-Character Play” is postponed until later this month. 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.'” Stay updated on the new opening date at goodcotheatre.com.

The Red Dress Concert Chamber Orchestra Ogden

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A four-piece art structure by world-renowned artist Chakaia Booker is on display now at the new Dumke Arts Plaza in downtown Ogden.

Due to the recent surge of COVID-19, Chamber Orchestra Ogden has decided to follow the lead of other performing arts organizations in the state and cancel all events for January. As a result, the Chamber Orchestra Ogden Red Dress Concert scheduled for Jan. 29 is canceled. If you purchased tickets, you will receive a refund. Please join the orchestra on March 26 for a concert featuring tenor Ta’u Pupu’a. For tickets and more information, visit chamberorchestraogden.org.


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