OGDEN — In addition to gallery shows, classes, and live music, this month’s First Friday Art Stroll will feature a variety of pop-up events.
The grand re-opening of the historic Bigelow Hotel will be held in conjunction with the groundbreaking for the restoration of another historic building — the Monarch. Located at 455 25th St., the Monarch is to be the center of the Nine Rails Creative District and home to a variety of artisans, designers, and creatives.
Friday’s events will begin at 4 p.m. at the Monarch for a groundbreaking ceremony. A reception at the Bigelow will begin at 4:30 in the Daylight Room. Guided tours will be available and guests will receive passports for the attractions. Completed passports can be redeemed for an item at Archie’s Bistro. Speeches about both projects can be heard in the Crystal Room at 6:30 p.m. Celebrations will conclude at the bistro at 7 p.m.
Weber State University is kicking off its Civility Quest during the art stroll as well. Participants will be provided Civility Quest cards which have a friendly action on the back for them to complete. Weber State will be handing out cards and answering questions at its booth, located on the 200 block of 25th St. during the stroll.
For music fans, Van Sessions is back this month with live music. Hosted by The Banyan Collective, Van Sessions features musicians playing short acoustic sets inside a tan van. Performances will be at the Union Station Plaza, 2501 Wall Ave., and are as follows:
7 p.m.— Default Minds
8 p.m.— The Reverend and The Reverly
9 p.m.— Jarom Eubanks
The stroll will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 6, in downtown Ogden. Below is a sampling of the other events that will be part of the art stroll. Ogden City’s website, which provided the following information, said the list may be incomplete.
Art Box, 215 25th St. — Will feature folk artist Annie King.
Bella Muse, 101 25th St. — Will feature oil and watercolor artist Cindy Baron.
Cuppa Cafe, 552 E. 25th St. — Will feature art and music by Morgan Thomas
Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave. — Will feature artwork created by secondary students from the Ogden City and Weber County school districts and DaVinci Academy during the month of April. The Ogden City School District art show will run from April 4-14 in the main and second-floor galleries. The Weber County School District Show will run in the same galleries from April 18-28. The DaVinci art show will run the entire month in the dining room gallery. A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on April 6.
An invitational exhibit featuring a variety of Northern Utah artists will run in the Carriage House Gallery.
Gallery 25, 268 25th St. — Will feature Mac Stevenson as artist of the month.
Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave. — The Gallery at the Station will feature work by The Pallete Club of Ogden celebrating 75 years since the club’s organization. The Myra Powell Gallery will continue the exhibit of World War II artifacts and the role propaganda plays during war.
Grounds for Coffee, 3005 Harrison Blvd. — Will feature Robert Lee Michaux.
Harley and Bucks, 2432 Washington Blvd. — Will feature the work of local art teacher Sky Dodds. There will also be drinks and hors d’oeuvres during the stroll.
RE/MAX Community-Valley — Will feature live music by Ogden musician Dave Quackenbush. Wine and refreshments will be served as well.
Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, 3964 W. Campus Drive — Will continue the exhibit “DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance” by Fahamu Pecou. Pecou is an Atlanta-based visual artist and scholar. His work combines observations from hip-hop, fine art and popular culture as he explores the state of black existence.
- Phoenix Howerton will teach a paper claw origami class from 6-7 p.m. for $5.
- Rene Vengas from Galleon’s Gold Jewelry will teach a jewelry making class from 7-9 p.m. for $30 a person or $55 for two people.
- Candice Lya Ortiz from Gaia Henna will be doing henna designs — Small, single hand designs starting at $5.
- Al Perry will be showing his photography out in front of the store.
- Heather Green will hold a book signing for her books “My Best Friend” and “Matters of the Heart.”
- Anchored Roots Montessori School will showcase art from the school.
- The Junior League of Ogden and artist Heather Haskett will be there sharing more about their event, “Unstoppable — Human Trafficking Survivor Stories.”
- There will also be a free art activity for Earth Day. Come make recycled T-shirt bracelets.
Wasatch Roasting Company, 2436 Grant Ave. — Will feature textile and macramé artist Anna Oswald as the April artist of the month. The Origin-Alley Art Gallery will showcase artwork from Rich Ramos, Nezak, Jaroh and others. There will also be live music by IGAMA Sounds. Hot and cold drinks will be served from the full espresso bar and the nitro cold brew taps, in addition to hot chocolates, teas, affogatos, nitro-floats, cheese and crackers.
Zucca Underground, 225 25th St. — Will host the Junior League of Ogden’s exhibit, "Unstoppable — Human Trafficking Survivor Stories.” This exhibit will feature the work of Hannah Dessel and the stories of June Haskell, Suzie Skirvin, and Kim Kocherhans who will speak throughout the night.
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