Nine Rails Creative District Arts: Updates and latest events


FIRST FRIDAY ART STROLLS: What’s Still Happening

First Friday Art Stroll by Ogden City Arts will continue to be a virtual affair in August and the following months until further notice. However, they’ve developed creative and engaging ways to support our local arts community online. Additionally, in-person events have resumed throughout the Nine Rails Creative District in conjunction with First Friday Art Strolls.

Here’s where to go, in-person or online, to enjoy and elevate yourself through art, music, and performance art offerings in the community on the first Friday of every month.

Open Studio Nights at The Monarch

Forty+ artists at The Monarch open their studio doors to share their latest inspirations. Stroll through this beautiful historic structure to view and purchase original artwork and meet the artists and makers.

• 6 p.m.: Open Studios, Dinner & Drinks at WB’s, and Art Box featuring a new artist
• 6:30 p.m.: Exhibits and Performances by Ogden Contemporary Arts
• 7 p.m.: Live Music with Van Sessions by The Banyan Collective

Special safety guidelines including required masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing will be practiced.

For a detailed schedule, visit Facebook @TheMonarchOgden


Ogden City Arts will continue to go virtual for First Friday Art Strolls. Traditional summer events, like Monday Night Movies and Tunes at Noon at the amphitheater, have been put on hold until next year. However, the life-sized fiberglass horses, which are painted by local artists, mark “The Trail to Ogden Pioneer Days” on downtown streets this time of year and are on display through the end of August at parks and neighborhoods throughout the city. See a map at

Each month during First Friday Art Stroll, Ogden City Arts presents a slideshow created from all the art pieces, projects, and performances shared by people on social media, using the hashtag #OgdenSharesArt.

Follow on Facebook @OgdenCityArts, Instagram @Ogden_Arts, and on their website

Paper Projects at Argo House

Manifestation 1, Elise Wehle, 18″ x 34″, hand cut paper and mixed media

Carper Contemporary presents “Paper Projects” in conjunction with First Friday Art Stroll, from 5-8 p.m. every first Friday through October. It is also open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and weekends/evenings by appointment. The exhibition features five artists, including Amanda Lee, Anna Laurie Mackay, Elise Wehle, Lydia Gravis and Ya’el Pedroza, who each use the intimate material of paper as their primary medium. The press release states, “Seemingly fragile or impermanent, works on paper are often undervalued in the art world or overlooked by collectors, who give more clout to canvas and oil paint than paper and pencil. The all-female roster also speaks to the evolution of women in the art world, who, similarly to the presented medium, were long undervalued or overlooked in mainstream gallery and museum scenes, and who are finally taking their place in the public eye through solo exhibitions or female-focused shows.”

All CDC guidelines and regulations will be followed for the opening event, and face masks are encouraged.


Rendering of the new Ogden Contemporary Arts Center

Ogden Contemporary Arts “creates and shares globally-influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advanced arts programming.” Thanks to a significant gift from the Dr. Ezekiel R. & Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation, a multi-use space, which is drawing artists from all over the world, is coming this fall! The new center, centrally-located at The Monarch, 455 25th Street, will be an elevating resource for our community, complete with exhibitions and interactive programming. According to their website, Ogden Contemporary Arts hopes “to build a nationally recognized art center that will engage our local artists with the wider contemporary art world.” A soft opening is planned for November, and the Grand Opening in January 2021.

Features of the Ogden Contemporary Arts Center:
• Main Gallery: The main gallery will have flexible walls that are ever-changing, with 20 vertical feet and reinforced sheer walls to hang, cantilever, and suspend artwork in all spaces and from all angles of the exhibit space.
• Digital Art Room: Next to the main gallery, witness immersive art experiences created with light, sound, color, experience, and virtual and augmented reality.
• 2nd Floor Gallery: Up the stairs to the mezzanine is an additional gallery space that offers the ability to host multiple exhibitions at the same time.
• Artist Lofts: Two artist lofts, adjacent to the 2nd Floor Gallery, will be used for OCA’s Artist-in-Residence program.

October Fundraiser: A Virtual Cooking Class

Due to Covid-19, OCA is not able to host an annual fundraising Gala. In order to adapt, they’ve created an alternative to the traditional in-person fundraising event. With a goal of raising $30,000 to utilize for general operations, OCA is hosting a virtual cooking class with a world-renowned chef, offering a unique experience for supporters. Tickets are $150 and include one OCA-branded apron, one OCA-branded tote filled with ingredients for two people, a list of cooking utensils needed, a recipe card, and a link to the virtual cooking class. Tickets go on sale for members on August 5 and for the public on August 12.

Visit for more details and to purchase tickets.

Eccles Community Art Center

Always open on First Friday Art Strolls, Eccles Community Art Center, on 25th and Jefferson, is a wonderful addition to your monthly art night adventure.

Check their website for other community events like the Summer Art Fair August-September:

The Local Artisan Collective

Pop into The Local Artisan Collective either online or in-store during First Friday Art Stroll each month. Keep your eyes out for live auctions to raise funds for their Covid-19 relief efforts. The items will be auctioned off during the Art Stroll in the Art Stroll group page on Facebook. Each month, the collective will present a featured artist at the store for live demos. For those staying in, watch their Facebook Live at the Art Stroll group page from 5-9 p.m. with featured artists and demos and Instagram Online Art Stroll LIVE with Stephanie Howerton @ localartisancollective from 5-6 p.m.

Shop online at and visit Facebook @localartisancollective

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