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The Great Ogden Art Hunt
Feb 1-28: Monthly Art Scavenger Hunt @ Various Local Ogden Art Galleries and Businesses. (Search, submit your guess, and win $100 AND the hidden artwork!)
**Find more info at ogden4arts.org/the-great-ogden-art-hunt.html
BY HAILEY MINTON
As an artist, Jaycee Gray creates movement on stages and canvas. The two seemingly different art forms have influenced each other in unexpected ways throughout Jaycee’s life. Jaycee’s mom is a dance teacher so, naturally, Jaycee has been involved in it since she was three. Since then, she has taught at studios and performed with most organizations in the area that involve dance in any way shape or form. She earned two degrees from Weber State University: one in dance and one in art. Her dance professor reached out to her one summer to let her know of an opportunity to work at Lagoon. She was the acrobat for the Big Top show in 2019 and has danced with Hackenslash for the last four seasons. After one performance, she met a man who encouraged her to try out as a dancer for Mama Mia at the Zigfield. He later learned she specializes in painting portraits as well, which led to a commissioned opportunity to paint portraits for the Haunted Mansion in Paris and Hong Kong. Hers is a painting that changes depending on your perspective (right). From one angle, it’s a lady holding a platter with a red velvet cake; from the other perspective, the platter is holding a severed head.
While she was studying art at Weber, she taught paint classes at Liquid Canvas on 25th street, but the pandemic closed shop for the business in 2020. Jaycee bought easels from them as they were closing so she could offer her own classes in people’s homes or other venues. Her biggest inspiration in her art has been her older brother, Greg, who passed away about 10 years ago. “He died trying to save me in a fishing accident.” Greg led his siblings in being a great artist himself. He was the first to enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp art contest and win best of state for Utah. Jaycee and her brother, Brad, also won best of state for the contest in different years.
Jaycee loves portraiture. This includes anything from portraits of people who have passed to religious portraits of Jesus.
To see more of her art, follow her on instagram @jaygrayartistry
Feb 4: First Friday Art Stroll @ 25th Street 6 – 9 p.m.
Feb 4-26: Black and White Art Exhibit on Display @ Eccles Art Center 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Feb 22: Teen Scene: Bad Art Night @ North Branch Library 7 p.m.
Feb 24: Art Class: Charcoal Figure Drawing @ North Branch Library 7 p.m. (Call 801-337-2650 to Register.)