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First Gallery of Olathe – March Events

OVA partners with The First Art Gallery of Olathe for many events and classes. Additionally, several of our members are also First Art Gallery members. This month the gallery is holding several classes and events of note.

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January Art Workshops

Download this flyer to learn about the art workshops we have scheduled for the rest of January:
January Art Workshops 2019

January 15th 6:30pm – 8:30pm – White Winter Sparkle
winter sparkle

January 29th 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Hearts A Float
hearts a float

January 31st 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Classy Glass
classy glass

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Meeting Tonight

Remember that we had to cancel and reschedule our December meeting?  Well, the rescheduled date has rolled around.

There will be a very important meeting tonight at 6pm.  More Info.  Please plan to attend.  Voting for officers and more planning for the upcoming Art Fair in May.

See you tonight!

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September Events at the First Gallery

Looking for something fun to do?

Check out the First Art Gallery of Olathe



 *SEPTEMBER 1- Call for Fiber Artists for Mini-Art Quilt Exhibition 

  • Open to all Quilters in the Kansas City Metro Area
  • Theme for the Mini-Art Quilts is Nature
  • Exhibit will be December 1-31, 2018
  • Entry forms available at the gallery
  • No commission Exhibit

This is the first annual Mini-Art Quilt show sponsored by Olathe Visual Artists. Proceeds go to Scholarships for High School Seniors.

*SEPTEMBER 1 First Saturday Art Reception 

  • Art Reception 6-9 pm Free to the Public.
  • Featured Artist: Photographer John Ricklefs
  • Art, Refreshments, & Live Music
  • Our musical guest this month is violinist Diana Yancey

We have the art! It is here so why drive all the way to the Crossroads to enjoy Art, Music, and Refreshments when it is right here in Olathe. Come help us celebrate and see Dave’s new Abstracts. Hope you can make it, the music is hot, the wine is cold and the art is truly awesome.

 *September 16 – Children’s Clay Class 

  • For Ages 7-15
  • Sunday 2-3pm
  • $25.00 per student- for clay sunflower bowl
  • All materials provided
  • Class size limited.
  • Sign up at the Gallery

The kids will love making these beautiful clay sunflower bowls this month.  Sign up soon the class size is limited.
 *September 22 & 29 Saturday Artisan Table Fair 

  • Handmade gift items
  • Local craftsmen
  • 10am-4pm
  • Live Music & Refreshments

A variety of handmade gift items will be for sale at the gallery on tables inside and outside the gallery.  The tables are for non-gallery artists who would like to share their art and fine crafts. Items will be on display and for sale, there will be live music and refreshments for visitors.

 September Saturday Mornings Painting with Dave 

  • 9-12 Saturday mornings
  • Oil or Acrylic Painting lessons
  • Dave Stewart Instructor
  • Students ages 16-Adult

These classes are for any skill level.                                     Sign up soon the class size is limited .


The gallery will be open every Monday evening                 6-9 pm for open painting time. This is available to all        Olathe Visual Artists Members, Gallery Associates, Gallery Members and their students.
Applications to join Olathe Visual Artists are available at the Gallery.

Join us and enjoy being with other artists while  having the space to create.


Are You Ready To Join A Gallery?

We’re always looking to up our membership and add new members so we’re on the prowl for exciting and emerging artists!
The process is easy and we’re here to hold your hand and encourage you through it. We’ll partner you with a mentor for the first month. We will help you to display and market your work.
Here’s how it works:
Contact our Membership Chair Sherri by email .  She will respond and ask you to submit 5 pieces of your artwork for our jury process.
Once you’re approved, we’ll schedule a time to set up your display!
Since we’re a member owned and operated business you’ll need to be involved in working a few shifts at the gallery every month (don’t worry, we’ll train you).  We’ll also ask you to roll up your sleeves and get involved in helping to do a few other things around the gallery.  Maybe marketing, merchandising, social media or perhaps working on our special events or art display committees.

The cost to join is a very affordable $60/month and you get 85% of everything you sell!  We’ll help you market yourself, and we have a website and Facebook to help you get up and running.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday Open Painting 6-9 pm, Closed Tuesday, Wednesday 3-9 pm, Thursday 12-9 pm, Friday 3-9 pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 1-6 pm

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Art Gone Wild Plein Air

A plein air event opportunity for artists shared with us by member Carol Rubsam:

Rolling Hills ZooCelebrate the beauty of Kansas in the fall at Rolling Hills Zoo’s first plein air

event, Art Gone Wild. This premier event will be held Saturday, September
17, 2016.

Providing a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty, Rolling Hills Zoo is a 65-
acre zoological park nestled among the Smoky Hills of western Saline County.
Offering a wealth of inspiration for artists to draw from, the Zoo features more
than 100 species of incredible animals, a stunning variety of horticulture,
and vast landscapes. In addition, a 64,000 sq. ft. Wildlife Museum provides
additional inspiration in a climate-controlled setting as you visit seven unique
regions of the world.

Artists from across the region are invited to capture the diverse beauty found
at Rolling Hills Zoo during this one day event. Whether your interest lies in
animals or landscape, you are certain to find inspiring sights that you will be
eager to capture.

During Art Gone Wild, other art-themed activities will take place, too. The Zoo’s animal residents will be painting during the day for our guests’ enjoyment. As part of their training and enrichment, many of our animals enjoy painting, with some even selecting the ‘proper’ brush and their favorite color of paint. There will also be art activities for children throughout the day.

Artists will be allowed onto Zoo grounds at 7:30 a.m. to find their source of
inspiration for the day. The Zoo opens to the public at 9:00 a.m. There is
no charge for artists to participate in Art Gone Wild. If you wish to visit the
Zoo prior to Sept. 17th, contact Kathy or Linda at (785) 827-9488. Or email

Rolling Hills Zoo is located just six miles west of Salina where a number of
hotels offer discounts for our guests. Please contact
Linda for a list of participating hotels.

Art Gone Wild Registration Form – fillable

Art Gone Wild, Gallery Show

Art Gone Wild, Plein Air

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Learn About Insurance for Artists at Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday April 23rd. We hope to see you there! Map and Directions

This month, we have a speaker: Al Idrisi with Shelter Insurance. Independent artists are small business owners, and, as such, we face risks unique to our field. If, at an art show, a heavy painting fell off a display and hurt someone, the artist might be liable. If artwork is stolen from a public display space, the artist may just be out the value of that piece. Artists need to consider insurance to cover these types of business-related risks. Al Idrisi will discuss these issues and more and guide us through understanding what types of insurance we might need.

Thank you, Jane Kirk, for arranging this speaker for us.

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