15 Art Events You Must Attend on First Friday!



Spring is around the corner and art abounds! As the temps warm up, so does Ogden’s Art Stroll.  This week there’s an event for everyone plus some. Here are my picks for happenings you should be stopping to check out.

Find all the best local events on our calendar at http://indieogdenutah.com/calendar/

LUNAFEST, Short films by, for, and about Women

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Friday Morning Coffee with OPD

Have a question you’ve been dying to ask? A concern? A suggestion? OPD is all ears! Stop in  Grounds for Coffee on Harrison BLVD for coffee with OPD.

Matrix Evolutions at Ogden Platforms

Five female artists will create works based on the “matrix” of chain link fence. One PLATFORM will be reserved for area residents and Art Strollers to create their own work using plastic cups, and the other will be interactive with Molly Morin’s work.

A Superhero Art Event

Great opportunity to let your inner-hero out while supporting local artists! Dress up as your favorite Super Hero (or any costume) at the Super Hero Art Show, Fri. March 3, 6pm-9pm and receive a signed copy of “super hero” artwork done by Tonya Hamblin Petersen AND receive 30% off any of Tonya’s artwork; or wear a Super Hero-type t-shirt and receive 30% off any of Tonya’s artwork. Exhibit includes the artwork of two of Tonya’s children: Tarra Tippets and Christopher Johns.

Psychic Fling

Meet physics and healers and get see what’s in your future. Intuitive Consultants—Reiki and Pranic Healing. Tarot and Oracle Cards—Palm Readings. Past Lives—Spirit Guides. Aura Photography—Energy Readings.

Polydactyl Ink illustrations by Chris Bodily at Pandemonium

Meet Chris Bodily and get tips and tricks from the artist himself. He will have originals and prints available for sale.

Peery’s Egyptian Theater Tour

Come take a tour of the historic Peery’s Egyptian Theater and learn about it’s vast history and restoration. See our “Mighty Wurlitzer” Theatre Pipe Organ. This fully restored “Voice of the Theater” has over 1,400 pipes plus various percussions which make it capable of a wide assortment of sounds and effects. It can play almost any kind of music, from hits of the past, to today’s music.

Creative Manny Digital Media Showcase & Love UT, Give UT Meet n Greet

Come see some fun, playful spins on pop culture and historic Ogden.Participating Ogden area Love UT Give UT nonprofits will also be hosting a meet and greet for directors, managers and community advocates. This is a great precursor to the Day of Giving event which will take place later in the month.

First Friday at The Front

March’s featured artist is Emily Lobatto, an analog collage artist from Salt Lake City. Check out Emily’s unique creations, eat some snacks, and enjoy some tunes spun by Lavender Vinyl!

First Friday at Artisan collective

This month we are featuring the artist Susan Snyder, M.S., who is an Ogden artist, naturalist, and environmental educator who spent a decade teaching at Ogden Nature Center. Illustrated nature journaling is her preferred medium. “Drawing from life teaches me to stop and really see what is happening in the world that around us. Nature isn’t a place to go. It’s where we live,”. You can also take a pottery class at Muddy Buddys

Author meet n greet at Booked on 25th

Come meet author Brooke Williams and discuss his book Open Midnight. Brooke Williams has spent the last thirty years advocating for wilderness. He is the author of four books, including Open Midnight, Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and The Story of My Heart, by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams. His journalistic pieces have appeared in Outside, Huffington Post, Orion, and Saltfront. He and his wife, Terry Tempest Williams, divide their time between Utah and Wyoming.

Lydia Okumura at  Shaw Gallery

Lydia Okumura (b. 1948, Brazil) actively challenges viewers to question their perception of space through sculptures, installations and works on paper that blur the line between two and three-dimensions. Beginning as a young artist in São Paulo, she studied the Japanese art magazine Bijutsu Techou that introduced her to international movements such as Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Land Art and Arte Povera. These movements, along with Brazilian Concretism and Neo-Concretism, influenced Okumura’s work. Utilizing simple materials such as string, glass and paint, her work dynamically balances line, plane and shadow. Working for almost 50 years, she continues to explore the realms of geometric abstraction through both re-imaginations of past installations and new work.

Youth Futures Sleep Out

This event will raise homeless youth awareness by giving participants an opportunity to be subjected to the adverse weather conditions experienced by many homeless youth. At the #UTSleepOut2017 one-night event, your participation will raise awareness AND help raise funds to benefit Youth Futures programs and services. This is your opportunity to not only raise money but to also raise awareness to the issues facing homeless youth in Utah.

Erica Lyon at Wasatch Roasting Company

Come join us to celebrate the works of our March featured artist, Erica Lyon. Visit @ericalyonart and get fired up for this event! We will have our full espresso bar, nitro cold brews on tap, hot chocolates, affogatos, and non-coffee beverages served by our good friends at TBC.

Music after the Stroll

Of course, after the stroll there’s no need to head home, let the art continue at one of these musical happenings. Stop in Rovalis to see Gar Ashby,  DJ Jordan Russel at D&R Spirits, My New Mistress at Kamikazes, Johnny Love at Lighthouse, Candy’s River House at Funk n Dive.




Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.