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By Hailey Minton
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Michael Goodwin picked up his black chalk with his pad of paper and tuned in to Jon Gnagy’s Learn to Draw TV show. He followed his destiny and became a professional artist. Today, he enjoys painting science fiction scenes with acrylic paint, and he is also a consulting artist for the Children’s Treehouse Museum.
After getting a couple degrees from Utah State, he leapt out into the world and landed his first job at the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City. There, he contributed his artistic skill to the different exhibits and star shows. “I ran into a lot of space and sci-fi enthusiasts, and I just got hooked.” He and his wife started attending sci-fi conventions and traveled around the country, selling his sci-fi work and her fantasy work.
Michael’s interest in art began when he watched Learn to Draw as a child. You can still watch them on YouTube today! Michael’s father bought him a Learn to Draw kit, and he got to work. He drew images out of basic shapes and learned how to draw with perspective and shading. For 28 years, he worked as a digital artist and was the graphic arts director at the Standard Examiner. Michael created charts, graphs, maps, diagrams, illustrations, and special headlines. “It was a fun job. It changed every day. I enjoyed it.” Since starting at the Children’s Treehouse Museum, he has painted maps, forests, animals, and murals you can see there today. You can see pictures of what he has contributed to the museum on his website, and I’m looking forward to finding them the next time I go!
Micheal’s website: michaelgoodw.wordpress.com/about
Mar 4: First Friday Art Stroll @ 25th Street 6 – 9 p.m.
Mar 7 – 31: 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!) **More Information may be found at https://ogden4arts.org/the-great-ogden-art-hunt.html
Mar 8: Teen Scene: DIY Faux Stained Glass @ Main Library 5 p.m. (For more info and to register, Call 801-337-2639)
Mar 9 – 31: Community Art Show @ Historic Union Station 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Sun. –Tues.)
Mar 25: Frame Your Pet Art Competition – CALL FOR ENTRY @ Eccles Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Apr 1: First Friday Art Stroll @ 25th Street 6 – 9 p.m. | Open Studio Night @ The Monarch 12 – 3 p.m.
Apr 1 – 30: Community Art Show Historic Union Station 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Sun. –Tues.) | Frame Your Pet Art Display @ Eccles Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Apr 4 – 30: 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!) **More Information may be found at https://ogden4arts.org/the-great-ogden-art-hunt.htmlp.m.