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Deann Weapons, Special to Standard Examiner

The new Emmisoure Gallery in the CW Cross building on Washington Boulevard opened in early December. Visit this Friday, January 7, 2022 on the Ribbon Cutting Art Walk at 4:30 p.m., followed by music, food and an art exhibit by Kristin Carver.

A new art gallery makes its first appearance at Ogden’s first Friday Art Walk this week with an inaugural celebration and reception. The Emmisoure Gallery, located inside the old CW Cross building at 2246 Washington Blvd., is a welcome enhancement to the city’s thriving art scene.

The gallery’s bright yellow logo (a stylized bee belly) can be seen from the Tokyo Station restaurant across the street. Inside, the recently renovated historic space is filled with photographic works by gallery owner Steven Robertson and selections from other artists.

Emmisoure, which quietly opened in early December, is a new venture for Robertson, a resident of Ogden. Gladly admitting a world of strangers as a first-time art gallery owner, one thing he says for sure is that he will be “vibrant and changeable.”

Another quality, whether it is conscious intention or not, is distinction. Like its unknown name, Robertson’s photograph stands out from the crowd; it’s an eclectic assortment of animal portraits to ‘still life’ photos of western outfits and strings that are uniquely presented with the viewer’s experience and the subject’s best expression in mind.

A layered hexagon-shaped mosaic on acrylic shows captures in milliseconds of a bee’s life; a large portrait of a buffalo printed on metal shows the individuality of a rarely seen animal; the vivid emotions of animals in nature are displayed in handmade barn wood frames. Even the personalities of inanimate objects come to life in Robertson’s photography.

Deann Weapons, Special to Standard Examiner

A wall inside the new Emmisoure Gallery features an art exhibit by this month’s featured artist, Kristin Alley Carver.

“It’s up to us to be careful,” said Robertson of the wonders of nature. “It’s everywhere.”

Soon he says he wants to experiment more with custom ratios, rather than standard ones, to meet what photography demands.

February will mark the second anniversary of Robertson’s bees.photo, a web project where he posts a new bee photo every day. 2022 bee calendars, in two sizes, are in stock at the gallery and will be available for purchase during the Art Walk.

A hobby since high school, photography became a full-time occupation for Robertson after abandoning his decades-long career in network security. Over the past year, he has managed to sell his work at art festivals that he travels to by road with a trailer two to three weekends a month.

Now with a gallery to maintain, Robertson says he’ll be traveling a little less. It focuses on bringing in a growing variety of works of art by other artists, including works in glass. Like nature, there will always be something new to see. “Art is seeing,” he said.

Deann Weapons, Special to Standard Examiner

Emmisoure Gallery owner and photographer Steven Robertson tells the story behind photographing three generations of “still life” in Western attire.

A dedicated wall inside the gallery for Ogden’s first Friday Art Walk will feature a different artist each month, showing Robertson’s admiring eye for the work of other artists. He is excited about his first star artist, Kristin Alley Carver.

Carver is an Ogden-born and raised artist and printmaker who “finds divine in the ordinary”, exploring different mediums while working primarily with relief print. His organic statement that creation is his spiritual practice is very evident in the simple beauty of his nature-based work.

The Ogden Chamber of Commerce will inaugurate the Emmisoure Gallery as an official art stroll with a groundbreaking event on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by an exhibition of Carver’s food, music and art during the first artistic walk on Friday until 9 p.m.

For more information on Emmisoure Gallery and Steven Robertson, visit emmisoure.com, emmisoure.gallery and bees.photo, or call 801-809-3810.

Learn more about Carver at paperanthems.com or Instagram @paper_anthems.

Deann Weapons, Special to Standard Examiner

Photographs by owner Steven Robertson and selected works of other artists fill the walls of the historic space inside the new Emmisoure Gallery.

A hexagon-shaped layered mosaic on acrylic by photographer Steven Robertson shows millisecond captures of a bee’s life.


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