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Ogden calls for Fandom artists

By Chelsi Lasater - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Aug 12, 2022
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Best in Show for Nature Show, Kristy Hawkes.
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Group photo from last month’s Youth Show.

This year’s Community Art Show calls for a brand new category … Fandom. Ogden City Arts has issued the call for artists’ submissions of original work in any medium for the Fandom Show, including written word, now through Aug. 19 at 4 p.m.

What is Fandom, exactly? Are you a major Swifty? Spidey fan? Are you a Twihard? Many fans produce works of art as an ode to their all-time idols, and thus, the category of Fandom is born.

From their press release, Lorie Buckley, Ogden Arts coordinator, said, “I’m super excited to support all genres of art. Fandom is a new category for us and it will be fun to see what local creatives come up with.”

The quarterly show welcomes artists of all skill levels and backgrounds, offering everyone an opportunity to experience an art show in a safe, comfortable setting and build their confidence as an aspiring artist.

Regina Esparza, marketing and communications coordinator for Ogden Arts, expressed the desire to create different categories for each quarterly show to give everyone a chance to showcase their art. #OgdenSharesArt is another way for people to engage online. The hashtag was created during the beginning of Covid, but now, with the Community Art Show, it can be a way to share on an even bigger scale.

The initiative is part of Ogden City Arts’ goal of “enriching the lives of Ogden residents and visitors by ensuring access to visual, performing, and literary arts and arts education.” As part of the Ogden Arts community, Ogden artists may sign up for email alerts as to opportunities at www.ogdencity.com/747/Locations-of-Interest to join the artist database.

The show will open on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. as part of the First Friday Art Stroll. Voting for Audience Choice will take place that evening from 6-8 p.m. The show will be held at Union Station, which currently holds two permanent art galleries featuring vintage items like vintage cars, firearms, and locomotives, and railway-related artifacts.

The press release credits Ogden’s Union Station as an anchor for Historic 25th Street and a hub for museums, arts, culture, and events in Ogden.

An artists’ reception will be held for friends and family on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. in Union Station. Awards will be announced at the reception. Plans are for the show to continue through Nov. 11.

Visit ogdencity.com/artistcall for more details.


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