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Hybrid First Friday Art Stroll-April 2, 2021

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Pop-Up Event:

Union Station is happy to host the first community exhibit of many in the lobby for the April Art Stroll. Ben Lomand High School Student Show will feature pieces from students in the Art 1010 class

Our Response to What the World Needs

 Ben Lomond High School students enrolled in WSU, Art1010 created a piece of art based on the questions, "If you were to make a piece of art to help the world right now process and work through what we are experiencing, what would you create?" While reading the text, Living with Art, Tenth Edition as part of their course work, students are exploring the why behind art, how art has changed over time and what purpose art has in life. This show is a synthesis of what students have digested from their text, processed during this time, and is a window into what the artists think others need to see and potentially ponder. Each piece has a unique artist statement, in hopes that the audience will engage with each artist's body of work. Students only had two months to create each piece. As you engage with the show we ask you to think about what you would create?


                                                       Hop Through Ogden To See What’s Happening

                                                Create or purchase something from any of the local galleries

March 25, 2021 – Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll Hybrid edition is still a go for April. As restrictions are changing more locations will be opening in the coming months. For those wanting to get out and see the art can do so as precautions are taken by each open location that are open. The #OgdenSharesArt is another way for artists to have their work featured on social media platforms. During the Hybrid First Friday Art Stroll short videos will be shared throughout the event on Friday, March 5 from 6-9 p.m.  

Eccles Art Center, The Diamond Room and the Cara Koolmees Gallery are a few locations open. They do practice social distancing, require masks as you enter and have sanitizing stations. You can stop by at The Corner, the small white kiosk on Washington and 25th Street to get your art stroll map.

To be featured during the art stroll continue to use the hashtag #OgdenSharesArt. Show the Ogden Arts Community what you have created. What new projects have you done at home or at school? Share it.

Check out what some community partners are up to either virtually or at their locations (with restrictions) by referencing the list below.

Use #OgdenSharesArt to have your art featured on our page. Your images and video clips will be shared on Friday, April 2 on Ogden City social media outlets between 6-9 p.m.

Gallery Happenings:


Cara Koolmees

– You can hop in and see Cara Koolmees at her gallery. She will be there to greet you so you can enjoy springtime pictures. You can call Cara at 801-540-2299 or visit her website if you have something you are looking for.

Cara Koolmees – 256 Historic 25th Street, Ogden

Eccles Community Art Center – 

The Eccles Community Art Center has selected artwork created by the secondary students in Weber County School District will be featured at the Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden in the main gallery during April 2021.  The work of the High School students’ work will be on exhibit April 1 through 16 with the work Junior High School students will be displayed April 20 through 30, 2021.  A reception in association with Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 2021 from 5 to 8 p.m.   The Carriage House Gallery will exhibit works by Huntsville artist: Gracie Songer.

 Gracie Songer is a young artist who has studied at Utah State University.   She was a featured artist with her impressionist paintings at the Eccles Art Center Auction in March of 2019.   Since then, she has been working to develop her oil painting skills and is excited to be featured in the Carriage House Gallery at the Eccles Art Center.  Gracie is a member of the Songer family of artists which include her grandfather Steve, her father and mother Jake and Rebekah, and her sister Solenne. 

The staff of the Eccles Community Art Center invites you to visit these exhibits throughout the month of April.  Regular gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For information call us at 801-392-6935 or visit our web site at

Eccles Community Art Center- 2580 Jefferson Ave, Ogden

Gallery 25

 Stop in and check out their display of art from numerous local artists. Their featured artist for April is Mac Stevenson. They offer three floors of paintings, pottery, and a variety of other pieces. (

Gallery 25 - 268 25th Street, Ogden

Ogden Contemporary Arts

The newly opened Ogden Contemporary Arts Gallery is featuring The Changing Room exhibit by Lauren Lee McCarthy. Read below a little bit about it.

As a society, we have established a general comfort level with the presence of artificial intelligence in our lives and homes. We ask Alexa to call mom, dim the lights and preheat the oven; we accept the targeted ads that influence our shopping habits, and regularly indulge in social media scrolling that undoubtedly influences our mood, energy levels and feelings. But at what point do we draw the line, and where does that comfort level end? In addition to managing external tasks, what if AI could directly access and alter our internal emotions? And what if we could also utilize that technology to manipulate the emotional state of others?

This winter, Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Lee McCarthy raises these questions and more through her immersive installation, “The Changing Room,” at OCA Center. Imagining an environment of smart architecture that controls emotion, McCarthy arranges the entire gallery into various live-work type environments that are conducive to human interaction yet guided by digital presence. On the second level is an accessible control panel where visitors are invited to browse and select one of two hundred emotions, which is then evoked throughout the entire space – and ultimately in everyone within it – through a layered response of lights, sounds, and visuals. “I’m hoping it brings up the question of what’s at stake when we bring AI into public and private spaces, and the ways our emotional experiences are mediated by technology,” says McCarthy of the exhibit.

Ogden Contemporary Arts - 455 25th Street, Ogden

The Argo House –

This April, Carper Contemporary presents its  pop up exhibition at The Argo House with I Know Some Nice People, featuring the work of Ogden-based artist Matthew Choberka. Choberka, painter and art professor at Weber State University, releases a body of work for the show that continues to evolve his exploration of figurative elements amidst his typical turbulent abstraction. New paintings as well as works on paper will be exhibited at The Argo House from February 5th to April 30th in the downstairs lobby and upstairs common areas.               

ARTIST STATEMENT: “When I suggested giving this show the title, “I Know Some Nice People,” I thought it pretty clever; a way to point toward the way these pictures embody a grotesquery that I perceive just about everywhere in our contemporary lives…in our politics, in our culture."

“But that’s not really it. At least as important, and very likely much more so, is a reckoning going on with aspects of myself. My imagination, my knowledge, such as they are, all I have to guide me in painting. But, until I have this work mirrored back to me, in the responses of friends, colleagues, I find that I can’t really even fully “see” what it is I am painting. Art demands a self-acceptance that I am not sure is possible for me.” Learn more about the artist and exhibition in the attached press release or at this link.

The Argo House - 529 25th Street, Ogden   

The Bonneville

- For the month of April their featured artist is Daniel GIbbons. Be sure to stop in and check it out. He is a photographer, Ogden born and raised, with an eye for the beautiful surroundings of our great city! 100% of the proceeds from the sales of his photography images are going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Utah Chapter. He also has 4x6 prints available for purchase. Be sure to stop in and check it out.

The Bonneville - 221 25th Street, Ogden

The Diamond Room

- Be sure to stop by and listen to music by Rick Odell as you shop inside The Diamond Room.

The Diamond Room - 131 Historic 25th Street, Ogden

The Local Artisan Collective

– Welcome to their Instore and Online Art Stroll on Friday, April 2nd, 2021! The store will be open for the Art Stroll from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. THAT IS RIGHT, YOU CAN FIND THEM IN PERSON AT THE STORE & ONLINE! Who is ready to have fun together?  WE ARE!!

FEATURED ARTIST: Crescents Bath and Body Crescent Deru, was a master potter, a weaver and a textile artist.  A brilliant artist through and through, she taught ceramics at Weber State University. Her hands, which were constantly in mud and water, became extraordinarily dry.  Her hands became so dry that they would crack to the point of bleeding. Crescent needed a solution that would truly heal her hands. She needed something that would really work. After trying many commercial cremes and lotions to no avail, Crescent, being the creative person that she was, decided to make her own formula. After many failed attempts, she crafted a formula that healed her hands and allowed her to work long hours with her hands in mud and clay.

Crescent’s daughter, Carol Jean Ortega has been a resident of Plain City Utah for over 50 years. She taught elementary school for thirty years and has been retired since 1999.  Just before Carol retired, her daughter called and asked if she still had “Grandma’s” old formula for hand créme because her hands were dry and cracked.” She said that she had tried various commercial products, but nothing was working.  She remembered how good grandma Crescent’s hand créme had been, and after some time searching Carol found the recipe on a 3×5 card in Crescent’s original handwriting.

As luck would have it, a visiting friend was also having problems with severely dry skin. Carol shared some of Crescent’s créme with her. The créme did like it was created to do and healed her hands, and her friend fell in love.  The two collaborated and decided that the world should have access to this amazing créme, and a business soon followed.  Generations later, Carol, and her grandchildren are at the helm. The grandchildren share a vision and a dream.  Their goal is to spread the word about these superior products and share them with the world.

Crescent’s creativity and determination set a tone that still rings true in our company today.  There is always a better way of doing something and at Crescent’s Bath and Body, we have found a better way.  By eliminating commercial additives like petroleum and formaldehyde, and using the highest quality ingredients, we are able to create unique, high quality products that simply, work!

Find Carol from Crescents Bath and Body in the store from 6:00 to 9:00.  Come and talk to her about their amazing products and the history of their incredible business.


JOIN US ONLINE for FACEBOOK LIVE:  Artists will be going live, talking with each other in this group, sharing art tips, playing games and more.  

6:00 to 9:00: We will be show casing videos of Crescents Bath and Body Products throughout the night.

-Watch Rene Venegas from Galleon's Gold Jewelry.  They will be demonstrating silversmithing.

7:00 to 7:15: Roxanne Vigos from Sago Adornment will be doing an ink demo!


5:00 to 5:15: Stephanie and Lance Howerton from Our Children's Earth will showcase some of their new items by Crescents Bath and Body!

5:15 to 5:30: Jenny Venegas from Aunt GG's will be doing a tour of the store!

CLASSES: We have 2 classes happening:

Class 1:  Taught by Rene Venegas is a 16th generation silversmith master. As proprietor of Galleon's Gold Jewelry with his wife Jenny, they specializes in custom and hand-crafted fine jewelry. They also offer jewelry making and silversmithing classes, repair work, polishing, and appraisal services.

In this class you will be making a Silver Band Ring. Find out more here:

Class 2: This is the first time that we are offing this awesome class by Roxanne Vigos from Sago Adornment. Come explore ink painting. 

This class will not be creating a finished project.

 This class will be much more about exploring the flow of ink on paper in a mindful way.   We will be using a variety of ‘Brushes” to explore mark making on paper.  We will make several pieces exploring flow, viscosity and blending of handmade inks.  I will have a selection of natural inks made from local plants.  Please be aware inks will include clove and wintergreen oil.  Inks will be made of Walnut, Sumac, Virginia Creeper, Mugwort and Madder seed.  If you have allergies to these items this would be a problem.

We will do a number of exercises simply exploring the way Ink flows and can be used on paper.  We may also do some texture exploration with gesso. 

Limited to 5 Students. 

All social distancing and face coverings will be in effect for this class. 

Find out more about this class here:

Reminder that all our amazing customers need to wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance.

Find our items in our store located at 2371 Kiesel Ave, Ogden, Utah 84401 in the Heart of Downtown Ogden on the South End of the Junction in the Creative Nine Rails District and online at

We are also open Monday 12 to 3:30 and Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 7:00.  We will also be open to 9:00 on the first Friday of the month with Art Stroll.

The Local Artisan Collective - 2371 Kiesel Ave, Ogden.

The Monarch

-Join on Open Studio Night! Doors open at 6 p.m. Meet 40+ artists and makers, purchase original work, and stroll within this amazing historic structure now Ogden’s newest creative community.

Special safety guidelines including masks, social distancing and frequent sanitizing will be practiced. If you may be at RISK; pre-existing conditions, immune-compromised, age-related, we ask that you please stay home and do not attend at this time.

  • Morgan Sculpture Studio: Promo 205 off all sales will go to Autism Speaks
  • Joanne Hall will have waatercolor class

Family friendly, socially distanced fun! Masks required. 

  • WB’s Eatery: Dinner, and Drinks at WB's
  • Art Box: In conjunction with the Open Studio Night at The Monarch, Art Box will be featuring a live event for April’s First Friday as follows: At Art Box we are happy to support young artists and entrepreneurs! We love being able to showcase young creative minds that exhibit it’s never too early to pursue your dreams. We invite you to come visit the pop-up shop of Millie Reeder during Ogden's First Friday Art Stroll featuring beautifully hand-wrapped jewelry with stones, crystals, metal, beads, and other items, often with an included story about each piece! In the words of Millie: "My name is Millie. I am 15 years old and I love making jewelry! I have been making and selling my jewelry since I was 12. Some other things I love being with my puppy, Scout; hiking; camping; baking; chocolate; Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Marvel; listening to audiobooks; and spending time with my family!"                                                                                    
  • Van Sessions: Live Music with Van Sessions by The Banyan Collective     
  • Ogden Contemporary Arts: see listing Ogden Contemporary Arts above for details 

The Monarch- 455 25th Street

Union Station

April & May’s exhibit is titled: I Am Ogden and is curated by Brian Nicholson. The exhibition highlights 50 portraits people of Ogden, Utah and is based off his book I AM OGDEN. His book has almost 600 photographs and is 325 pages and attempts to tell the story of a community.

Union Station - 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden

Wasatch Roasting Company

- Wasatch Roasting Company is excited to feature the works of their April artist, Vivian Arthur. Follow on Instagram for more of her work @thishereticflesh. Plus, stop by during their open hours to see her art displayed inside.

Outside, in Origin-Alley Art Gallery, we will display new artwork from Rich Ramos, Nezak, Jaroh and other local artists.

Wasatch Roasting Company - 2436 Grant Ave Ogden, Utah.

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