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​First Friday Art Stroll Showings - September 1st, 2017

This September we have two special pop-up events happening on First Friday!



, Weber State University Library will be offering an Everett Ruess Block Print Exhibit. ( see photo above )

The WSU Friends of the Stewart Library are pleased to present an exhibit holding both artistic and historical significance for our state. Artist and writer Everett Ruess roamed through the southwestern United States, including parts of Southern Utah in the early 1930s until he disappeared in the Escalante Canyons in 1934 at the age of 20. He was never heard from again. Today, Ruess is known as a folk hero and symbol of the wilderness conservation movement. Escalante has even named their Art Festival after him, dubbing it the ‘Everett Ruess Days’.

 This exhibit includes a selection of block prints created by Ruess during the last five years of his life. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Utah Arts & Museums have combined efforts to restore the original lino-cuts in this collection.


, the Ogden Bicycle Collective and Ogden City Arts are pleased to announce the inaugural, Bike Homecoming! We will start the event with a free, easy, no-drop community bike ride beginning at Union Station, where every one of all abilities is welcome. Festivities begin at 6PM. The route will ride east on 25th street, past many of the First Friday Art Stroll galleries. It then weaves through the Junction, past the Temple and Adventure Park, under the Ogden Arch, and eventually back to the Ogden Amphitheater—where the party begins. DJ KyWizard from Lavender Vinyl will provide the music, you provide the dance moves. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their best formal attire befitting of Homecoming.

The community bike ride is free, but tickets will be sold for the dance. Ticket sales and other donations from Bike Homecoming go to supporting the Ogden Bicycle Collective's community programs. Come out for a good time to support bikes, cyclists, and the community!



Gallery Happenings—

Bella Muse –

 For September’s First Friday Bella Muse is presenting an abstract show called “Contemporary Voices”, featuring the work of Ogden’s own Meri DeCaria and Darryl Erdmann, and Salt Lake City artist Janell James.  Each artists brings a very unique perspective of abstract artwork.  

September 1, 2017, 6-9 pm, Bella Muse Gallery, 101 Historic 25th St., Ogden, UT  385-399-7969

Refreshments served

Bigelow Hotel & Residences (formerly the Ben Lomond Hotel)-

 Will be displaying in their lobby historic photographs of the hotel during the many years of business that it has operated.

Color Me Mine –

no info for September

Color Me Mine is located at 188 25th St, Ogden

The Eccles Community Art—

The Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden will open new exhibits in October.  The paintings of Doug Braithwaite will be featured in the Main Gallery, with the watercolors of Yevgeniy Zolotsev on exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery.  The Eccles Community Art Center has partnered with the Weber County Heritage Foundation to display an architectural, photography glimpse of Ogden in the Art Center’s Second Floor Gallery. A reception for these exhibit will be held in association with Ogden’s Art Stroll on Friday, September 1, 2017.  The Art Center is open on stroll nights from 5 to 8 p.m. 

When asked “Why I paint”  Doug Braithwaite replies “ Painting for me feels like composing and playing music.  I look for rhythm and tempo created by the geometry of space.  I think oftone and pitch when I work out the color and value relationships.  I think of interpretation and feeling as I use my tools to manipulate the color atmospheres and spatial relationships.”

Know for his plein air paintings and workshops, Braithwaite continues “I paint my life experiences.  I paint the deserts, the pastoral landscapes, the mountains and the urban landscapes of winter, spring, summer and fall. I paint all the places I encounter as I travel.  I am very interested in expressing what life s like here and now.”

“While painting plein air, I take digital photos of the area with the idea that having had the experience and a pronounced memory because of the concentrated observations while working outside.  I can then go back to the studio with my painted study, color and emotional reference, as well as the digital photos and work on larger paintings that require longer efforts.”

During September, the Weber County Heritage Foundation present their annual fundraising home tour.  This years tour takes participants two homes in Ogden Valley on September 9th.  While in the Art Center’s Second Floor Gallery, the Weber County Heritage Foundation will host an exhibit of photographs highlighting the unique architecture of Ogden.  Local photographers, Larry Carr, Jeff Favero, Frank Hammond, John Hampton, Travis Pate, Melissa Seamons, Tom Szalay,  Charles Trentelman and others have committed to bring work for this exhibit

Yevgeniy Zolotsev is a classically trained Russian artist, who recently moved from Salt Lake City to Oregon.  A popular artist with the Art Center’s Carriage House patrons, he has provided new watercolor paintings to be featured in this gallery.  Known for is wet on wet watercolor technique, we invite you to visit and study this exhibit.

 The ECAC’s staff invites you to visit the Eccles Community Art Center and its galleries. Regular gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is complimentary. For information, please contact the art center staff at 801-392-6935 or visit the art center’s website at

Gallery 25-  no info for September

Gallery at the Station, Union Station-

   Gallery at the Station will exhibiting works by Karen Thurber & Megan Gibbons

Karen’s work is a wonderful play of energy and color that depicts natural landscapes and intimate floral portraits within the mediums of pastels and acrylic paint.

Megan’s bold and thoughtful oil paintings focus on human and environment interactions principally focused on the physical form within modernity.

Grounds for Coffee- 25th Street-

Will be featuring Carole Nylander for the month of September.

Grounds for Coffee on Harrison & 30th-

No info for September

Lavender Vinyl-

  No info for September

Myra Powell Gallery, Union Station-

 The Myra Powell Gallery will continue the exhibit by nature photographer Ralph Johnson

Ralph’s work portrays the majesty and beauty of nature with pristine clarity and an impeccable detail for composition.

​Nurture the Creative Mind-

No info for September

Ogden’s Platforms-

The current show Calligraffiti will remain up for September. If you haven’t seen it yet, this will be your final chance before it comes down.

Calligraffiti is an art form that combines calligraphy, typography, and graffiti. It can be classified as both abstract expressionism and abstract vandalism.

Calligraffiti can be defined as a visual art that attempts to communicate a larger message through writing that has been aesthetically altered in the effort of moving beyond the literal meaning. Simply put, it is the conscious effort of making a word or group of words into a visual composition. As such it is meant to be both an aesthetic experience and provocative art—mixing tradition and precision with modern unbridled self-expression. - Wikipedia

From Lead artist Josh Pohlman:

"My objective for the project at PLATFORMS is to cultivate the ingenuitive DIY style of various graffiti writers from the Ogden area to delve into an immersive new style dubbed "calligraffiti", which blurs the lines between elegant flowing complex letter structures of calligraphy and the playful Bubbly Lettering of graffiti using a broad array of different mediums from pen and ink to decoupage and aerosol paint.

 I'd like to present the viewers with a series of pieces that challenge their views of what has been a somewhat taboo art culture: graffiti."

Platforms is located on the corner of Adams Ave and 25th Street.

Pandemonium Gifts & Gallery-

September at Pandemonium will be a night to remember! We will be hosting the Pando Art Collective (a group of visual artist driven to challenge themselves and each other and work together to enrich the Ogden community with their talents) launch party and fundraiser with a fun event "What's in the Box?" Throughout the evening strollers are able to bid on boxes that have been turned into works of art by members of the Pando Art Collective. After the stroll, we will be open for a public after hours event, where final bidding will take place and the winner will be able to view the inside of their box. New pieces of art by 10+ artist will be on display throughout the gallery along with some timeless favorites! Come bid on a box, check out new art and stay for the fun! 

Pandemonium is located at 155 Historic 25th Street.

Shaw Gallery at Weber State University-

Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University will be opening a new show in their gallery.  Isabel Rocamora, Ecstatic Solitudes will run from September 1 - November 11, 2017.  Gallery hours: M-F, 11am-5pm, Sat. 12-5pm

“Complex and beautiful... revelatory”

Giles Sutherland, The Times

Ecstatic Solitudes brings into dialogue, for the first time in an American gallery space, two celebrated films by British-Spanish artist Isabel Rocamora. Seen in museums and filmothèques worldwide, her large-scale video installations consider the performative language of human gesture and its relationship to individual and cultural identity. The works in this exhibition offer breathtaking imagery that poignantly examines issues of exile, authority and the intimacy of violence.

Set in the historically charged landscape of the Normandy beaches, Body of War (2010) reflects on the transformation of man into soldier. In a rigorous mise-en-scène punctuated by testimonies of retired and serving soldiers, the film deconstructs the visceral act of hand-to-hand combat, affectively immersing the viewer in the relationship between human intimacy and the brutality of war.

Across two enveloping projections, Horizon of exile (2007) stages female identity at the centre of a profound meditation on the underlying cultural causes of displacement. Immersed in vast desert planes and guided by testimonies from the Middle East and Latin America, the diptych reflects on the condition of women within authoritative societies, employing testimonies and choreographed bodies to consider issues of self-image, belonging and effacement.

Isabel Rocamora (b. 1968) is a British-Spanish artist filmmaker. Her practice originated in performance with live works commissioned by institutions such as the Arts Council of England and the Victoria and Albert Museum (1993 – 2003). Awarded internationally, her films have been exhibited at CCC, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; and the Bologna Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. Recent solo shows include Galeria Senda in Barcelona, and the Koffler Gallery, Toronto. She lives and works in Edinburgh where she teaches film at Edinburgh University. She is represented by Galeria Senda. 

The Egyptian Theater Foundation-

No info for September

The Front Climbing Club- Will be featuring Savanna Elise and her Watercolor & pastels on canvas

Savanna Elise Art: Bio

Hi my name is Savanna. I am a 32 year old artist, functioning outside the realm of mainstream art. My desire to express emotion outside the confines of realistic form drives my art. I am constantly reinventing myself through my art. As my work has grown, I have moved into an abstract expressionism style. I love building layers and adding details that draw the viewer in, allowing them to follow along. I see my paintings as visual guides, attaching places I've been with an emotion or a memory. I paint my affiliation with a particular place by deconstructing them into fragments of a memory. I try to capture the soul and raw texture of nature, create something familiar but somewhat ambiguous to allow the viewer to find their own path. My paintings are my interpretation of the world I live in. I have noticed that each piece starts molding to my emotion as well.


My grandma has been an inspiration throughout my life, peace be with her. Her name was Elise. What a beautiful name. When I hear her name the sun pulls that sweet smell of rain from the clouds to me. Her love for Mother Earth was so intoxicating and has always touched me deeply. She was an amazing artist. Sometimes I feel sad that I never took full advantage of her knowledge. As her studio has now become mine I feel her guiding light inspiring me.

My inspiration is eclectic, loving music, nature, travel and those fresh air smells.  Artists who I've found my own love for are: Claude Monte, Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keefe, and Willem de Kooning. I love seeing the modern interpretation of art that has flooded the internet.

The Front Climbing Club at 225 20th St.

The Local Artisan Collective-

No info for September

The Collective is located at 2371 Kiesel Ave, Ogden.

Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum-

  The Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum will present Craig Allen, Chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah, at Ogden's First Friday Art Stroll on September 1st at the Union Station, 2501 Wall Avenue at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Our Tools of the Trade Series is proud to have Craig as our guest explaining his dedication to the education of the proper use of pack and saddle stock on public land.   He has been asked to participate in several planning and policy meetings with local, state and federal managers to provide the equestrian point of view.  In 2007 he became a Leave No Trace Master Educator. In 2013 he became the Utah State Advocate for Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Committee and thoroughly enjoys  teaching others, in small or large groups, how we can work and play on our public lands while minimizing the impact of that use.  Craig is the current Chairman of the Utah Recreational Trail Advisory Committee and serves on the Executive Committee of Weber Pathways,

During his presentation Craig will be demonstrating on a life-size fiberglass horse how to do bed roll packs and prepare a pack saddle for Western or English saddles.  For anyone interested in these demonstration it is recommended that they arrive at the beginning.   He will be available to answer any questions.  This will be of particular interest to those getting ready for the upcoming hunting seasons. 

For further information see our website:

Wasatch Roasting Company-

Wasatch Roasting Company is excited to feature the works of our September's artist, Katie Heiner Shupe. Katie is a full time artist and teacher residing in Logan with strong roots to Ogden. Her current work is a collection of linocuts capturing moments in time from her travels abroad. Her prints are small and intimate, inviting the viewer on an emotional journey of a traveler in a city, isolated, void of common language, surrounded by new cultures, and listening to the secrets the buildings whisper. To see more of her work, follow her on Instagram @kjheiner.

We will serve from hot and cold drinks from our full espresso bar and our nitro cold brew taps. We'll also serve hot chocolates, teas, affogatos, nitro-floats, cheese/crackers, and non-coffee beverages.

Outside, in Origin-Alley Art Gallery, we will continue to showcase the works of Rich Ramos, along with other local artists.  We will provide outdoor seating in the alley as well as live music during the stroll.

Wasatch Roasting Company is located at 2436 Grant Ave.

*This is small listing of the many different galleries whom participate in the stroll each month. There is much more to be enjoyed during the stroll. 

Printable map with locations for the Art Stroll