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New colorful walls celebrate Ogden

By Christina Miller - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Jul 28, 2022
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Ogden, with its unique history, incredible mountain and river landscapes, and a community that works to create the colorful town it is, celebrates this magical combination with the many murals that grace walls throughout the city. This summer, a few more murals have gone up at local businesses throughout Ogden, all created by local artists.

The 27th Street Mural and Little Free Art Library

Artist: Lindsey Hyer (@lindseyhyer_art)

443 27th Street

The 27th Street Mural and Little Free Art Library is located on a custom-built wall and cabinet leading up the walk to the Salt and Hops beer boutique store. Artist Lindsey Hyer was given complete artistic control over the mural on the west-facing side that is graced by a majestic moose. Its third eye represents a higher level of consciousness that Hyer feels animals have but humans struggle to achieve. Ogden’s first and only Little Free Art Library is on the east side of the building. “I created the art library because I wanted to find a free and fun way to connect the Ogden community through art,” says Hyer.

Soul City Coffee Mural

Artist: Leon Araujo (@noise_explosion)

3540 Washington Boulevard

The recently opened Soul City Coffee brought in local artist Leon Araujo, also known as @noise_explosion, to add a mural to their facility. Soul City coffee is driven by music, and Araujo used that as his inspiration for the mural. A skeleton rocks into a microphone surrounded by coffee, from plant to beans to detailed latte art. As he painted the mural, Araujo was visited by his friends, the Ogden community, Soul City Coffee drinkers and his cat, Pancho. “Being a part of Ogden’s art community has been one of my favorite experiences in my life. I’ve never felt so supported and encouraged after connecting and creating relationships with fellow local artists,” said Araujo.

The Ogden Bicycle Collective Mural

Artist: Lindsay Huss (@lindsayhussart)

936 E. 28th Street

A mural from Lindsay Huss now graces the eastern wall of the Ogden Bicycle Collective (OBC). Huss was excited to create this mural to celebrate OBC and its importance to the community in providing bikes to children and those in need of transportation. “I was inspired by what owning a bicycle can mean for accomplishing one’s dreams and the amazing places it can take you,” said Huss. This mural is a rainbow dream of a Mexican American woman and all the places her bike can take her, in her dreams and Ogden. Huss’ favorite part of creating this mural was the community involvement. Several volunteers spent almost 30 hours helping Huss prep the wall for the mural.

This new mural is one of many that Huss has completed throughout Ogden. These murals help her art be accessible to the public. “The majority of people can’t necessarily justify purchasing a huge painting for their home, so I love that they can walk or ride their bike a few blocks to go see one,” said Huss.

The Youth Impact Murals

Various artists

2305 Grant Avenue

Youth Impact is working to prepare the next generation of Ogden artists. Nicole Dominguez, from Youth Impact, worked with Ogden City on a call for artists to add life to the exterior walls of the Youth Impact buildings. The goal of these murals is for kids “to see the art is something that they can do and it doesn’t have to be embarrassing,” said Dominguez. Local artists Leon Araujo; Carlos Araujo and his 9-year-old daughter, Anastasia; 17-year-old Meagan Feik and her sister, Kristen Mitchell; Jorge Ferreira; Jared Rosser; Carly Larsen; and Nazek all responded to the call.

These murals are bright and colorful with a gigantic greenish-blue dragon in progress, cartoon characters CatDog and Courage the Cowardly Dog, and a robot with wings. “Youth Impact” is written in graffiti writing blending into the murals. These murals show the kids at Youth Impact that the doodles in their journals can become something more. “I wanted the kids to see that there is room for them to be creative in this world and their community,” said Dominguez.

The mural on the outer garage door will be open to the public. The other murals can be seen by making an appointment with Youth Impact to view them.

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