EXHIBITIONS - Olson Larsen Gallery - contemporary art gallery West Des Moines, Iowa
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Olson-Larsen Galleries presents six exhibitions per year featuring gallery and invited artists.  


October 11, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Diana Behl | Jen P. Harris | Anna Lambrini Moisiadis | Catherine Reinhart | April South-Olson | Molly Spain | Priscilla Steele | Allison Svoboda

Opening Reception Friday, October 11, 5-9 pm

To help commemorate Olson-Larsen Galleries 40-year history of being a woman-owned art gallery representing the finest artists in the midwest, we are happy to present an exhibition of all women artists! Along with three gallery-represented artists, we have invited five other talented artists to add to this dynamic showing of abstract and representational artwork spanning multiple media and processes. 



July 26, 2019 - September 7, 2019

Tim Frerichs | Andrew Kaufman | Susan Chrysler White

Opening Reception Friday, July 26, 5-7 pm

We are pleased to present a wide spectrum of mixed media artwork by Tim Frerichs, Andrew Kaufman, and Susan Chrysler White. Apart from incorporating various media in their work, all three artists are also professors! Frerichs teaches at SUNY Fredonia, Kaufman is at Grinnell College, and White teaches at the University of Iowa.



May 31, 2019 - July 20, 2019

Thomas F. Agran | Mathew Kelly | Justin Rogers | Barbara Walton

Opening Reception Friday, May 31, 5-7 pm

Enjoy landscape paintings, photographs, and prints in the front gallery and a special guest showing in our back gallery...
Blurring Boundaries is a selection of artists from the 2019 Des Moines Arts Festival curated by Chaden Halfhill, founder and CEO of Silent Rivers Design+Build. Opening May 31, on display through June 27 at Olson-Larsen Galleries, this collection will then be transferred to the Des Moines Arts Festival where it will be installed in the Silent Rivers VIP Club June 28-30.


April 12, 2019 - May 24, 2019

Opening Reception Friday, April 12, 5-9 pm

Featuring works by all gallery represented artists

Olson-Larsen Galleries was established in 1979 by Marlene Olson and Ann Larsen and has been committed to exhibiting the finest artists in the Midwest since then. We will be showing work by each of the 55 artists we represent and showcase a wall of memories to take you back in time. There will also be an installation up at our alternative exhibition space, OL Guild, by 2018 Iowa Arts Council Fellow, Julia Franklin. The OL Guild is one block east of the main gallery at 201 Fourth Street.



February 15, 2019 - April 6, 2019

Christopher Chiavetta | Joel Elgin | Crit Streed | Amy Uthus 

Opening Reception Friday, February 15, 5-7 pm

The collection of artists exhibiting new work in FLUID GROUND are all concerned with natural elements. The resulting visual representations, while varied, are all in conversation with one another. Ceramic artist Amy Uthus works with a deft hand in her delicate porcelain pieces. Uthus’ vessels carry a certain visual weight and are the inverse of the spire shaped forms shown in Christopher Chiavetta’s large-scale abstract paintings. Both Chiavetta and Streed manifest organic forms through their line work and sense of positive and negative space. The fluidity of Streed’s sumi ink marks and sparse gouache color palette are a stark contemplative contrast to Joel Elgin’s bold, energetic color intaglio prints depicting storms on unsettled waters.



December 7, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Bill BarnesDoug Shelton

Opening Reception December 7, 5-7 pm

The featured artists for our Annual Small Works Show are both Des Moines natives. A hometown is not the only thing Barnes and Shelton have in common. While each artist has his own distinctive and highly collected style, they both find inspiration from their experiences in the American Southwest. Their use of concealed narrative, symbolism, and a romanticized realism is evident in their respective paintings.


MENDING FRACTURES & Fall Gallery Night

October 12, 2018 - December 1, 2018

Kim HutchisonLee Emma Running 

Opening Reception October 12, 5-9 pm

Join us Friday, October 12 for the opening reception of MENDING FRACTURES: New Work by Lee Emma Running and Kim Hutchison. We are celebrating the artist’s unique visual representations of repurposing and giving discarded objects a new life. Hutchison’s collage and assemblage works are often about creating for the sake of creation and the challenge of using materials such as fabric, paper, paint, and drawing tools in order to give cast offs new context. Running’s creations investigate the beauty and complexity of natural phenomena. Recently, Running has been focused on environmental implications and natural causes that result in incomplete deer skeletons found in the landscape. In re-articulating the cleaned and polished skeletons and filling in the missing fragments with cast glass, she is able to assign new meaning and a certain preciousness to an otherwise disregarded decay process.


June 15, 2018 - July 21, 2018

Barbara Fedeler | Jean GumpperStuart Klipper | Jenny Kruger

Opening Reception June 15, 5-7 pm


ORGANIC FORMS & Spring Gallery Night

April 13, 2018 - June 9, 2018
Laura Berman | Mary Merkel-Hess | Ken Smith
Opening Reception April 13, 5-9 pm



February 16, 2018 - April 7, 2018

John Beckelman | Ellen Wagener

Opening Reception February 16, 5-7 pm


NEW WORK & Fall Gallery Night

October 6, 2017 - November 25, 2017

Sharon Booma Gary Olson Yun Shin

Opening Reception October 6, 5-9 pm


August 4, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Rod Massey Stephen Metcalf Brian Roberts

Opening Reception August 4, 5-7 pm

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