The Art Scene

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Corie Franchi

Corie Franchi took best of show in the Holiday Traditions Ogden Community Art Show with her painting, Krampus. She sees artistic talent as something genetic. Her mom passed it on to Corie, and now Corie is seeing this talent emerge in her own children.

After the show, her three kids were enthused and got to work with paper and colored pencils. Corie told them it’s one thing to create a piece for the upcoming youth art show in March, but if they really want to win, they would be wise to put more thought into it beyond creating something in one day. “Remember how much time I spent on mine? You have to sketch out your ideas, plan it, and work on it.”

Corie’s high school art teacher recognized her talents and gave her the freedom to work on what interested her for assignments. Later, she started having babies when she was 21, so that put her artistic endeavors on hold for a time. Now that their children are a little older and Corie has space for a studio, she has been committing more time to her passion.

It really started with her involvement in 801 Rocks, a group that paints rocks and hides them around the community. Since then, she has done commissions and started painting on large canvases. She enjoys painting monsters like the ones from the X Files, Futurama, or in this case, for the Ogden Community Art Show, the darker counterpart to Santa, Krampus.

As Corie prepared for this show, she noted that most non-western cultures have a darker character who punishes children who aren’t on the nice list. She had the makings of a Krampus costume left over from Halloween, so her husband dressed up as him earlier this last December and chased their kids around the house. “They thought it was great,” she laughed. They’ll probably do it again next year. This was Corie’s first time entering the show, and she is very appreciative of Ogden’s support of the Arts. “What Ogden is doing for the arts has inspired me to do more.”


Jan 2-31: Teen Scene: Weber County Community Teen Photography Contest @ Main Library (call 801-337-2639 for more info)

Jan 7: First Friday Art Stroll @ 25th Street 6 – 9 p.m.

Jan 7-29: Northern Utah High School Art Competition – Works on Display @ Eccles Art Center 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jan 13: Bad Art Night – FREE @ Main Library 6:30 p.m.

Jan 22: FREE 11th Bi-Annual Art and Craft Supply Swap @ The Local Artisan Collective 12-2 p.m. Masks Encouraged.

Feb 1-28: The Great Ogden Art Hunt – Monthly Art Scavenger Hunt @ Various Local Ogden Art Galleries and Businesses. (Search, Submit your Guess, and Win $100 AND the hidden artwork! For more information, visit

Feb 4: First Friday Art Stroll @ 25th Street 6 – 9 p.m.

Feb 12: Light-Up Paper Circuit Valentine Heart craft – FREE @ Main LIbrary 2 p.m.

Feb 17: Teen Scene: Art Club Nebula Jars craft – FREE @ Main Library 4

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