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The Harvest Moon Celebration is an annual farewell-to-summer event on Historic 25th Street. The day is made up of live music, entertainment, arm wrestling, pumpkin decorating, and more than 20 children’s activities with support from Weber County RAMP, local nonprofits, and on-street businesses. Hours: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Suzanne Storer’s sculpture, “Essential,” (right) won Best of Show in Ogden’s first Community Art Show, which ran from June through August at the Ogden Union Station. “Figurative Sculpture in high relief utilizes all the skills and interests I have to offer,” she said. Suzanne grew up in Portland, Oregon, but she moved to Ogden in 1981. She raised her two children here and thought of them as sculptures when they were young to help her be patient in raising them.
Many of her sculptures are based upon her drawings from the Saturday community drawing sessions at Weber State University. These sessions were suspended due to the pandemic, but she is hopeful they will return soon. “They have been very valuable to me.” It gives local artists the opportunity to draw or paint a live model each week for minimal cost. While she was studying figure painting with Paul Davis, she felt the allotted three hours to draw a complete figure from a model was insufficient. He suggested she draw only the portion that moved her. Now, when she draws from a model, she looks for the most interesting shapes that have sculpture potential.
Her journey to where she is today goes back to when she was a child. “Other children praised my drawings at a summer camp, and they began calling me an artist. That’s when I began thinking I was one.” Submitting her work to various shows was instrumental in her journey. Her art was in the Oregon State Fair as a child. While at art school, she had her work in a national show, and later, her work was reviewed by Sculpture Review Magazine. She was also a semifinalist in the Smithsonian Portrait Competition in 2014.
Ogden City and the Eccles Art Center have been developing and supporting local artists for years. I was very grateful to receive the award for Lifetime Contribution in The Arts. The city helped sponsor my relief assemblage, “Looking to The Future”, which is on the cafeteria wall at Lantern House.
To see more of her work, visit her website at suzannestorer.com.
September 3: First Friday Art Stroll @ Historic 25th Street at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
October 1: Art Stroll @ Downtown Ogden at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
October 4: The Great Ogden Art Hunt; search through local Ogden galleries and businesses for a hidden piece of art, and you could win $100! go to www.ogden4arts.org