Past Shows & Exhibits

Fun Cartoon Week with Ron Wheeler

Students had a great time learning to "cartoon" in our July Cartoon Camp at the Arts Center! Contact our visiting cartoonist Ron Wheeler for more opportunities to learn about cartooning.    816-941-9221

Bahamian artist to be featured in upcoming show`

Bahamian artist to be featured in upcoming show

Anthony “Big Mo” Morley from Nassau, The Bahamas will be the featured artist in the De Soto Arts Council’s Art of Tropics and Water show July 18th and 19th in De Soto, Kansas.

Morley, who has had extensive exhibits in The Bahamas has also shown in Florida, but this will be his first in Kansas.

His realistic oil paintings are inspired by the ocean and the beauty and people of The Bahamas.  Most of his art is colorful and sometimes combines the natural look of the islands with subtle inclusions of his African background and love for the colors of Junkanoo (an annual celebration marked by extravagant parades on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).

“I strive for art communication,” Morley said. “I want my work to convey what I was feeling at the time. There is a message in almost everything I do.”

Morley will be joined in this show by members of the De Soto Arts Council - fine artists Gil Rumsey and Kathy Horniman and photographers, Carrie Dvorak, Danny and Linda Lane, Dick Stine, Michelle Winburn and Jim Walker. All art work will depict the Tropics or other water scenes.

The show runs two days, Friday, July 18th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will be held in the De Soto Arts Center, De Soto City Hall, lower level, 32905 W. 84th St., De Soto, Kansas 66018.

Friday evening enjoy the Calypso Bluz Tropical Steel Drum Duo will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be a drawing for art items donated by participating artists. 

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"Pictured in De Soto"

Join us on Friday, March 7th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm for artwork that captures the rural beauty of De Soto.  Enjoy photography, painting and tree sculptures from local artists: Rose Burgweger, Kathy Horniman, Gil Rumsey, and Dick Stine.  Our first photography students will also exhibit pieces.  Notecards photographed in De Soto will also be available.  A portion of your purchases go towards the development and operating expenses of the De Soto Arts Council.

Your local "first Friday" Art Reception.  Held in our new Arts Center located in De Soto's City Hall.  Please enter in the northeast corner, in the lower level.  32905 West 84th Street, De Soto, Kansas

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De Soto Art Council Open House for new "Arts Center."

We had a successful open house on Saturday, December 7th that was held in conjunction with the City of De Soto Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Art was display in our gallery, and we had refreshments and children's crafts in the gym. We also held a reception for our City of De Soto and City Council Members.

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Members volunteering time and talent!

De Soto Arts Council Members, Diana Zwahlen (left) and Sharon Dailey (right) have been volunteering their artistic abilities for the benefit of  Mill Creek Community Church in Shawnee. The artists have helped create this mural for kids to experience the Athenian themed Vacation Bible School. Check out the Mediterranean scene for one of the spaces!


De Soto Arts Council will soon have a home.

Recently the De Soto City Council approved the use of a 800 sq. ft space in the De Soto Community Center for the Arts Council to call home. Renovation of the space has already commenced with the work of members and volunteers in the community. Stop by often to read our blog reporting our progress.

Concept SketchProvided by member Dick Stine