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Upcoming: 8th Annual Kirksville Art Walk

Join us for the 8th Annual Kirksville Art Walk!

Friday, June 3rd from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm! Businesses will be hosting local artisans of all types downtown, as well as offering specials and sales during the event.

This is a free event anyone can attend. Make your way downtown and enjoy our local talent, as well as do some shopping! KAA is joining The KV Chamber of Commerce in promoting this worthwhile event!


If you are interested in joining the Chamber as a business or artist- registration is OPEN!

  • Businesses may find their own Artist (Ages 16+), or the Chamber committee will pair you with an artist (if applicable)
  • Space will be limited for those located off of the downtown square. Due to Adair County Courthouse renovations, off-site businesses will be set up in the Bank Midwest Parking Lot.
  • If artists have a Missouri Sales Tax I.D. they may sell their art during the event!
  • There is no fee to participate in the event.

While you’re downtown, be sure to stop by our Summer on the Square free concert! The concert will be held in the lot next to the Sue Ross Arts Center, located at 217 S Franklin. This will be the new “Square” while the courthouse is under construction.

The opening band for Summer on the “Square” is Fully Loaded! Fully Loaded is sponsored by Maxwell’s Bar and Grill here in sunny Kirksville! Extra thank you to Sparklight as well for sponsoring the entire upcoming series! Fully Loaded starts at 7:00 PM, and it is free to attend! Their style is 90s country, Classic Rock, Blues, and Alternative Favorites. Can’t wait to see you there!


Interested in sponsoring a band (or the entire summer) of Summer on the Square? Reach out to us at 660-665-0500, or kirksvilleart@gmail.com

New Exhibit: Truman BFA Design Capstone Show

We welcome seven Truman artists as they present their final capstone project on display at the Sue Ross Arts Center. Seven students will have their work displayed from May 1st until May 6th, with a reception held on Friday, May 6th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

There is a total of 225 hours put into this display by the students! Come visit the gallery in person to see all the hard work up close.

Peek a sneak preview below of some of the amazing work you will find!

Upcoming workshop: Beginner and Intermediate clay techniques for Jewelry Making

Sign up today at the Sue Ross Arts Center to participate in this super fun upcoming workshop! Spend a Saturday morning here with Debbie Burbee and Rita Hutchins learning how to beautifully create your own jewelry set.

Each participating artist will get the opportunity to create a necklace, bracelet, and earring set!

The current fee is $35 for Kirksville Arts Association members, and $40 for non-members.

Note: KAA cannot currently take any credit or debit cards at this time. Please be ready to provide cash or check. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

New Exhibit: Area High School artists

The Sue Ross Arts Center is now proud to display some of the best upcoming talent from Kirksville’s area High School. Come stop by and take a look at some very talented inviduals!

The High School exhibit will be on display until Saturday, April 30th! There will be a reception hosted by the school on Saturday, April 23rd, from 12 PM – 2PM.

Check out our Exhibits page for a small preview of what you can expect to see!

SOLD OUT – A Tea to Remember

A big thank you to the Kirksville Arts community for helping us bring back the famous Tea to Remember!

Another thanks to the hosts of our tea tables: Cheri Moots, Daryl Shafer, Karen Mayhew, Janie Theobald, Alie Fast, Debbie Burbee, Dwight Buckingham, Joanne Jackson, Julia Edgar, Janet Hawkins, and Patti Kreps.

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

SOLD OUT

New Gallery Exhibit

A new gallery exhibit has premiered in our gallery for the month of March! David Garrison is an internationally recognized pastelist with over 50 years of experience. He is a professional artist who has shown his work on three continents. His paintings appear in galleries and private collections throughout North America and Europe — and now in Kirksville! Keep reading below for more information on Garrison and his works.

David Garrison

David Garrison

Garrison has exhibited extensively in both North America and France. His work has been shown twice in China. It was featured as part of a traveling exhibit of oil landscapes. The show traversed Asia, ending in the Grand Museum of Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

During these international shows, Garrison has earned several very prestigious awards. He won first place in the Hudson Valley Art Association’s annual exhibit in White Plains, New York. Garrison is the only American to ever be awarded the Lead Crystal award for “art excellence” in the exhibition of contemporary artists sponsored by the City of Bueil, France. He was awarded the “Master of Light” and “Master Pastelist” titles by the Societe Pastellistes de France (Pastel Society of France). 

Garrison was elected to the American Artist Professional League. He has exhibited in the league’s headquarters at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. He has been asked to teach workshops by both the Societe Pastellistes de France (the oldest and most difficult to be elected to in all of Europe) and the Pastel Society of America (New York City).

His murals are currently displayed in some of the finest hotels along the eastern seaboard, as well as the midwest. These include Marriot Hotels, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Gardens, and Holiday Inns. Some of Garrison’s murals adorn public welcome centers around Iowa. They can be seen in both Burlington and Fort Madison. Iowa’s Governor gave the address at the public unveiling of the Fort Madison mural.
His work can also be found in the private collections of some of the leading political figures in Iowa. They have been bought by classical entertainers and collectors of fine art on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

City of the Pope (Pastel)

artist statement

I believe that a painting is not just an illusion in two dimensions, but it is also a moment in life captured on canvas. Painting is a language varying in mood and atmosphere, which is one of the three things I teach in my workshops. The other two are quality and knowing when to bring the painting to an end to avoid overworking the art. If you keep adding to it you lose the beauty of what you originally intended it to be. My workshops concentrate on teaching the artist to tap into their skill, to focus their desire, and to add the techniques and products to their own art to reflect the diversities of life itself. There are two important distinctions to hold close: “Paint what you love and paint what you know”.

I enjoy the challenges of capturing various subjects; not only through the smaller choices but also through how I elect to portray those subjects. Allowing the viewer to interpret parts of the painting is more interesting than if the painting is spelled out for them. I want the viewer to see the use of the medium, the end of the brush stroke, the spontaneity, and the freshness of a new painting. If I can give the viewer an impression of the atmosphere, a sense of light and deep shadows, if I can open their eyes to the simple beauty around us, then I have accomplished a great deal.

Ballerina (Oil)

awards

2014    “Master of Light”, Societé de Pastellistes de France
2010    “Master Pastelist”, Societé de Pastellistes de France
2008    Andrew Marlo Award, Pastel Society of the West Coast
2005    Lead Crystal Award, 19th Salon de Peinture, France
2003    Lead Crystal Award, Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Bueil, France
1998    Hudson Valley Art Association Annual Exhibit, White Plains, NY

bibliography

Stéphanie Portal, “Cécile Houel et David Garrison”, Pratique des Arts, September 2016. 76-80.
Alex M Jones, “Bringing a Mood Into Focus”, Southwest Art, July 1977. 70-75.
“The Agony and Ecstasy of a Living Artist”, Pastel Society of America, Pastelagram, 2002

publications

“Make Your Landscapes Glow”, The Artist’s Magazine, March 1998. 70-73.

special honors

2013    Elected to Covington International “Who’s Who” for “Master of Light”
1986    Listed in Who’s Who in American Art 

Education

1987    BA, Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, IA
1969    American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
   (Special Instruction with Bill Parks of the American Academy of Art)

Holiday Inn Maryland Mural