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Ogden Art Scene: Western art and horses set the stage for Ogden Pioneer Days

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Jul 7, 2022
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People's Choice Award winner at the 2022 "Traces of the West" competition, "Pretty Nose" by Madison Hope.
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Participants in the 2021 Horse & Hitch Parade.


In celebration of Ogden Pioneer Days, Eccles Art Center presents the annual "Traces of the West" art competition, open to Western-themed works -- Western landscapes, indigenous wildlife, Indigenous Americans, etc. -- from Utah artists in a variety of mediums. This year's statewide competition opened with a reception for the public and artists on July 1 where nine winners were announced including the new People's Choice Award, won by Madison Hope for a painting of a native American woman titled "Pretty Nose." The exhibit, featuring all of the submitted works of the 2022 competition, is free and open to the public through Saturday, July 30. The Western works may also be viewed virtually at ogden4arts.org/events/traces-of-the-west-2022.html.

Now through July 30, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue free, ogden4arts.org


The Monarch and community creatives invite you to "spark your inner artist" at this month's aftermarket. Following Farmers Market Ogden, this monthly event offers a cool indoor space, a medley of historic architecture and industrial design, where live music and a beer and seltzer bar await. There are also many make-and-take art workshops to get creative: a 3D patriotic art project, marbled glass, a "My Happy Viking" paint-your-own 3D creature, or a ritual kit to bring love, abundance and wealth into your life this summer. The aftermarket is free, with workshops ranging in price from $15-$25.

Saturday, July 9, 12-4 p.m., The Monarch, 455 25th Street, free, themonarchogden.com/happenings/


Ogden Pioneer Days, a monthlong statehood celebration that features the annual Grand Parade, begins with a lesser-known parade, that's arguably no less grand for all its clippity-cloppin' charm. If you head downtown on Monday evening you can hear the sounds of wagon wheel days gone by as horses of every size, breed, and color go tappin' their "toes" down Washington Boulevard around 25th and 26th streets. Some stallions pull carriages while others dress up carrying happy riders and celebrated guests. Greet them with smiles and waves, and experience a longstanding Ogden tradition.

Monday, July 11, 7 p.m., Washington Boulevard between 25th and 25th Streets, free, ogdenpioneerdays.com


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