A Tea to Remember: Tickets now Available

The Kirksville Arts Association is happy to announce we are bringing back our classic event: A Tea to Remember!

The tea this year will be hosted at the Sue Ross Arts Center on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023. The tea will run from 2PM to 4PM, and tickets are $25 per person.

Tickets can be purchased at the Sue Ross Arts Center, located at 215 S Franklin St. in Kirksville! Gallery hours are M-F 11-4PM, and Saturdays 10-2 PM.

The tea will include savories, sweets, and table inspirations!

Other things of note:

The Clara Straight raffle is still ongoing! Get your chances in before April 13th!Tickets are $5 each, or $20 for 5!

Tickets can be bought at the Sue Ross Arts Center!

Lyceum tickets for the upcoming Take 3 show are now available at the Sue Ross Arts Center!

Take 3 will be performing Sunday, March 5th!

Our next upcoming exhibit is “A Sampler of Needlework.” This will include needlework of all types, with some pieces having been passed down many generations!

There will be a wonderful variety of needlework at the SRAC starting March 6th! More info very soon to come!

Last Week: Regional Artists Exhibit

Hello friends of the Arts!

This week is the last week to enjoy our current exhibit: Regional Artists! This exhibit features many talents from the area, as well as a large variety of mediums and styles!

Who knows, you may even find that perfect piece for your home!

This exhibit offered cash prizes, as well as a handful of Honorable Mentions!

1st Place

“Ghost of the Veld”

Anna Dabney

Oil on Canvas

2nd Place

“Bathing Beauty”

Trish Hill Bellington

Watercolor on Masa Paper

3rd Place

“Dillard’s Mill”

Joyce Ayers, Pictured


Thank you to all the artists that have participated in this exhibit! We love to feature our regional talent!

Check out the gallery below for a few sneak-peeks at the other art on display!

Are you interested in participating in this exhibit next year? Reach out to us today!

Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors, Complete Family Medicine, Lovegreen Ford, and the Missouri Arts Council. Without our sponsors, our lovely exhibits would not be possible.

Are you interested in sponsoring a Kirksville Arts Association exhibit or event? Reach out to us today for our sponsorship opportunities!

The Kirksville Arts Association is still holding the Clara Straight Raffle! Tickets are currently $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20! What a steal!

The raffle ends on April 14th, 2023.

The Sue Ross Arts Center is also home to Lyceum tickets! This Saturday, February 25th is the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra!

Tickets are free to pick up — we just need your name/phone/email!

New Exhibit: Dana Forrester – No Picasso!

Hello Kirksville!

We have great news! There is a new exhibit currently on display at the Sue Ross Arts Center.

We are featuring a Kirksville native: Dana Forrester!

Dana has been painting professionally since the early 70s. He’s exhibited in and won awards in most national and museum juried exhibitions and major art shows across the US.

You won’t want to miss this show! It will be on display at the SRAC from October 24th to November 23rd.

Meet Dana in person and talk about his works during the reception on Thursday, October 27th from 5:30 PM to 7PM!

Dana creates about ten to twelve major works a year for publication as well as a number of commissioned watercolors for collectors wanting an original painting of a subject special to them. His paintings are included in many private, corporate, and museum collections worldwide.

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)


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


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


“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 


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