Check out the new logo for Ogden Arts and First Friday Art Stroll! If you don’t already know, First Friday is a program of Ogden City – as part of a program called Ogden Arts. The Art Stroll is held year round on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 9pm (5 – 8pm at Eccles Community Art Center and 5-9pm at WSU’s Shaw Gallery). Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll features exciting exhibit openings, artist receptions and live music – all free of charge.
Take a look at some of the other City Arts projects, like the Mayor’s Awards and community murals in some of the tunnels on the parkway.
Here on Historic 25th Street, we have several participating galleries and shops, including Gallery 25, Lucky Slice Pizza, Pandemonium Art Gallery, Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano, Green the World, Grounds for Coffee, Bella Muse Gallery, Nurture the Creative Mind, and the galleries at Union Station. Occasionally additional participants will join in the fun.
A couple exhibits we are really looking forward to this month are at Pandemonium and Green the World.
Pandemonium Art Gallery
Lou Arteaga will be the featured artist of the month with his beautiful and moody figure drawings done in charcoal and pastel.
New pieces by Ogden art legend, Vanessa Colunga, have just arrived. Pandemonium has also partnered up with the Whitespace Gallery (formerly located on Wall Ave) and will have the collage art of Calvin Whitethurst on display and available only Friday and Saturday.
“Collages are a way for me to paint without the burdens of planning and space,” says Calvin Whitehurst. “I can create with spontaneity and essentially improvise compositions. This allows me to shut off my conscious mind and subconsciously create or emote images. This practice hearkens back to our ancestors that wrote on cave walls, who created with a stream from their own consciousness. What they did was a shamanistic or spiritual experience which deeply relied on the lifestyle of the individuals creating them. Their cave paintings were extremely honest, humble, and vulnerable. In the same way too, I choose to be a shaman of art and I can gladly say that art has always been my religion. These collages are a by-product from my personal search for inner peace.”
Green the World
Artist Jessie Peterson. Jessie is an Ogden local and when asked to describe herself, the answer is “sometimes I watch paint dry.”
A sampling of her art is showcased on her Facebook page.
Looking for more? Indie Ogden has put together a fantastic line up for the whole weekend! Always something to do in O-town! See the guide here.