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.  


February 15, 2019 - April 6, 2019

Christopher Chiavetta | Joel Elgin | Crit Streed | Amy Uthus 

Opening Reception Friday, February 15, 5-7 pm




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


June 16, 2017 - July 29, 2017

Gary Bowling I Dave Gordinier I John Preston I Mathew Kelly

Opening Reception June 16, 5-7 pm

NEW WORK & Spring Gallery Night

April 21 - June 10, 2017

Tim Frerichs | Wendy Rolfe | Debra Smith

Opening Reception April 21, 5-9 PM


February 17 - April 15, 2017

Richard Black | Joel Elgin  | Austen Ortiz | Levi Robb | Jeanine Coupe Ryding | Alyssa Tauber | Larry Welo

Opening Reception February 17, 5-7 pm

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