Author Archives: Chris

Photographic Mixed Media Artist

Dahlquist’s Gillis Art Lab Open this Friday

If you are near down­town KCMO tomor­row, stop by 3<sup class="ordinal">rd</sup> Fri­day in Colum­bus Park to get a sneak peek at the most ambi­tious pub­lic instal­la­tion I have ever under­tak­en! I will be installing it soon in Den­ver but before it goes, I real­ly want to share it with you, my Kansas City peo­ple.

So come on by my stu­dio and see the first of the fin­ished pieces, get a glimpse of the process, and see it in the con­text of my pre­vi­ous work. ​

Journey to Reflection: Work in Progress

Gillis Gallery Art Lab

1029 E 5<sup class="ordinal">th</sup> St, KCMO  64106

July 21, 2017, 6pm-9pm


Detail from “Reflec­tions” by Chris Dahlquist


As the His­toric Colum­bus Park neigh­bor­hood where we live and have our stu­dio is becom­ing increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar, we have decid­ed to open our fab­u­lous stu­dio space to host guest artists in the new­ly formed Gillis Art Lab. Our vision is for it to be a wel­com­ing and casu­al space for artists to test ideas and to show work out­side of a for­mal gallery set­ting, and to demys­ti­fy the cre­ative process by allow­ing view­ers to see work in progress. It is all a grand adven­ture!

Also open near­by on 3<sup class="ordinal">rd</sup> Fri­day:

Kiosk Gallery
916 E 5<sup class="ordinal">th</sup>

Change is the Only Con­stant: Imperme­nent Pho­tograms”  by Tracey Haynes

Trap Gallery
525 Gillis St

Kather­ine Davis — Jour­ney to Abstract

Recharging the Batteries

I like silence; I’m a gre­gar­i­ous lon­er and with­out the soli­tude, I lose my gre­gar­i­ous­ness.” —  Karen Arm­strong


After more than four weeks on tour I am grate­ful to be back in the stu­dio for a few weeks to recharge the bat­ter­ies! How about you? How do you recharge?

Midwest Living: Let’s Talk Art

Oh my goodness, we have been so busy in the studio this summer that I almost forgot to tell you…MY WORK IS FEATURED IN A LARGE MAGAZINE — Midwest Living May/June edition!


Midewest Liv­ing, May/June 2017


My favorite quote from the arti­cle:

Fall in love The art in your home should do more than dec­o­rate. It should res­onate, reflect­ing your per­son­al­i­ty, expe­ri­ences and val­ues. So don’t sec­ond-guess a piece that brings you joy. If the col­or or style doesn’t seem to fit with your décor, just know there’s always a way to make it work.”

You can read the rest for your­self here: Mid­west Liv­ing, May/June 2017, Let’s Talk Art, page 74–81

A Moment’s Pause

Life was not intend­ed to be sim­ply a round of work, no mat­ter how inter­est­ing and impor­tant that work may be. A moment’s pause to watch the glo­ry of a sun­rise or a sun­set is soul-sat­is­fy­ing, while a bird’s song will set the steps to music all day long.” Lau­ra Ingalls Wilder, The Farm Jour­nal­ist

Mile Mark­er 595, 22“x34”

Trust Yourself and Try

Trust the still, small voice that says, “this might work and I’ll try it.”
–Diane Mariechild

Mile Mark­er 267, 35“x 51″

Nourish Growth

Crit­i­cism, like rain, should be gen­tle enough to nour­ish a man’s growth with­out destroy­ing his roots.”
–Frank A. Clark

Mile Mark­er 569v, 16“x 22″



There’s a cer­tain fear of sim­plic­i­ty. I think that’s the thing, when you’re younger as an artist, you get this idea in your head that com­plex­i­ty equals qual­i­ty. The more notes you’re play­ing, the bet­ter.”
–Patrick Stump

Mile Mark­er 528, 35“x 51″


Whoso­ev­er is delight­ed in soli­tude is either a wild beast or a god.”

Mile Mark­er 425, 22“x34”

Coming to a Town Near You

Would you like to get invi­ta­tions like the one below to shows I’m hav­ing near you? Want to get insid­er tips to that show? Join my email list and get infor­ma­tion spe­cif­ic to your area and I promise I won’t fill you inbox with spam or lots of kit­ty pic­tures like this, or this, or this…)


Oh yeah…and if you are in or near Chica­go this week­end I would love to see you at the Old Town Art Fair!

Chris Dahlquist



I can’t wait to see you!

Mile Mark­er 586, 16“x22”

Come see me!


Old Town


Art Fair


Sat­ur­day, June 10



Sun­day, June 11



Booth #202

(the cor­ner of Menomonee & Orleans)


more infor­ma­tion

Insid­er Tips

•Inside the Old Town Art Fair there is a Gar­den Walk fea­tur­ing 50+ gar­dens hid­den away in one of Chicago’s most charm­ing his­toric neigh­bor­hoods. Pick up your map of the gar­dens at any of the art fair entrances. 

•Each piece of art­work you see dis­played at the Old Town Art Fair is one of a kind (no repro­duc­tions allowed), so buy the piece of art­work you love when you see it or you might miss out. Most artists will hap­pi­ly store the piece for you while you con­tin­ue to enjoy the art fair.


•Y’all are the experts in get­ting around Chica­go and I’m sure you can find your way to Old Town (cough — brown line to Sedg­wick sta­tion), but did you know we will hap­pi­ly arrange to deliv­er your new Dahlquist art­work for free so you don’t have to wres­tle it back home on the train.

Can’t wait until next week? Vis­it my online gallery, then con­tact me to reserve your favorite piece — you’ll be able to breeze in and pick it up at the show, or have it shipped right to your door! 

I can’t do it with­out you, please help me spread the word!

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Rest to Grow

Take rest; a field that has rest­ed gives a boun­ti­ful crop.” –Ovid

Mile Mark­er 433, 16″ x 22″