Gallery 25 sits on Historic 25th Street amongst boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants. The simple door frame and window display downplay the art hanging inside. Upon entering the gallery, light from the back window illuminates the bright pinewood panels covering the entire main floor.
There is a variety of artwork on display at Gallery 25, featuring compositions of animals and nature, as well as more abstract forms of art. Oil paintings, photography, watercolor and acrylic art work are displayed on the bright wooden walls of the open gallery, along with ceramics and jewelry.
A group of member artists collaborate as volunteers, owners and art jurors to run Gallery 25. At any given time, a group of about ten artists have their artwork featured on the gallery’s main floor.
Aspiring members must fill out an application and then be juried in by existing members to join the co-op gallery. Once their work has been positively evaluated, their artwork joins the existing art on the main floor. The artists then pay dues and work at the gallery about three times a month.
Currently, the member artists include: Reade Gloeckner, Darlene Hamblin, Jan Moyes, Barbara Oxborrow, Tonya Petersen, Barbara Price, Daniel Price, Mac Stevenson, Kris Wilson and Doug Wride.
Doug Wride, whose artwork is featured in the gallery, works mainly with watercolor. His art focuses on local landscapes and rustic architecture. He recently returned from Europe and is working on pieces based on his inspiration from his time in Europe.
When Wride was a junior in high school, he was missing one elective. “Art sounded like an easy credit,” said Wride, and he discovered his natural talent for painting in this art class.
Upon graduating, Wride went to Brigham Young University on an art scholarship, only to realize after a year that the potential for making money with an art degree seemed less likely than other professions. Wride switched his major to finance and entered the work force as a stock broker.
After health issues required him to retire from the world of finance, Wride began painting again and said that he has focused on art “extensively in the last ten years.”
Gallery 25 also features guest artists on their upper and lower floors. For the month of February, The Palette Club of Ogden, an organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Ogden, displays artwork on the upper level of the gallery.