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Dec 3: Dumke Arts Plaza Opening @ 25th Street First Friday Art Stroll 6 p.m.
BY HAILEY MINTON
Kristen Curry loves the happiness and magic that comes from creating little worlds, prickly critters, and prickly peeps that might just be real. Her favorite thing to witness is joyful reactions to her work. “It’s a pleasure to know they feel the message I’m sharing.”
Kristen was the Ogden Community Art Show’s Best of Show winner for the Sustainable Planet show that ran fall of 2021. She made her illuminated mushroom community from junk mail turned into paper mâché. The windows came from recycled Pom juice containers and acrylic glass paint. The title of the work is also a blessing: “May our colorful communities grow together through sustainable and thoughtful actions.”
Kristen always knew she was an artist, especially when others told her so; she soaked those comments in. She earned a Liberal Arts Degree from Weber State University, and she was always creating something as she raised her children, whether it was Halloween costumes or blankets. In her garden, she started by working with cement to create stepping stones, bird baths, and assemble her collected river rocks into creatures. After hurting her back lifting supplies, she knew she needed to shift to a medium that was less physically demanding. She learned how to crochet when she was twelve, so she started crocheting little cacti and making miniature pots out of concrete. “I love all kinds of mediums. I’m looking for something with texture to make it feel more real.”
About six months after she had back surgery and was finally feeling well again, she got in a car accident that injured her back again. “I’ve never fully recovered from that accident and second surgery,” she said. “I’m not one to get lost in sadness. I have so many things I want to do, so I don’t stay in that sad place. Creating enchanted works is my escape from the constant pain and dark thoughts. It’s a way to travel to enchanted places where joy grows.”
Nov. 3: Ogden City School District Student Art and Music showcase @ The Monarch 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17-19: Petite Impressions Art Entry Deadline @ Eccles Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 22-23: Modern Abstract Art Entry Deadline @ Eccles Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dec. 3: First Friday Art Stroll @ Historic 25th Street 6 p.m.
Dec. 14-16: Third Annual Northern Utah High School Art Competition – Art Entry Deadline @ Eccles Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.