“The good news is that in our long journey to the other shore, the world will always provide us opportunities to offer ourselves.” Lodro Rinzler


I am so fortunate to have so many opportunities in front of me!

You can see “Arrival” and a few other pieces from the Ghost Notes Series starting this Friday, August 4th, as a part of Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photography’s show “Finding Peace Finding Center” at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, MO. (On display in the Main Gallery until August 24, 2017)

To see other opportunities coming up in the next couple of months, including exhibitions featuring the Ghost Notes Series, please have a look at my full schedule.


There’s so much in simplicity

“Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.”

-Felix Adler

Mile Marker 534, size 14″ x11″



Dahlquist’s Gillis Art Lab Open this Friday

If you are near downtown KCMO tomorrow, stop by 3rd 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 5th 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 3rd Friday:

Kiosk Gallery
916 E 5th

“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 decor, 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″