Author Archives: Chris

Photographic Mixed Media Artist

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! 

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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″


Life is About Creating Yourself

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

Mile Marker 580v, 16″x 22″


History Vendor


A Scavenger Hunt Meets A History Lesson!

1 of three vending machines in City Market Park

1 of 3 History Vendors in City Market Park

Living and working in Columbus Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Kansas City, I have come to appreciate the synergy between a neighborhood’s history, its residents, and the arts. I know first hand that a long history helps give a neighborhood identity, but it’s the creativity of its residents and visitors that, if engaged, can bring it life. And, of course you already know I am smitten by old photographs. So…

In History Vendor I am using vintage vending machines to freely distribute historic photographs of the area surrounding City Market Park. I invite participants through the use of photographs, maps and stories to explore the historically rich River Market District. The three machines will be on display through October. (Or until we run out of the 45,000 history cards we have to vend!)

May 16 – Oct 10, 2017
City Market Park
3rd & Main, KCMO


More information is on my new project specific website

Thrive Not Survive

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” –Maya Angelou

Mile Marker 587, 22″x 34″