Conversations & Coffee

The Cultural Arts Center is proud to host the city’s longest-running series of artist talks – Conversations & Coffee. Attendees have the chance to gain key insight on art from a variety of people from different corners of the art world. Take a look at our upcoming weekly lunchtime art talks below, or feel free to check out our calendar to see everything we have coming up on the schedule!

Casual Talks on Engaging Topics

Our free weekly program, which we have presented for more than 35 years, brings together people who create art and people who appreciate art to discuss it in a relaxed, casual setting. You bring a sack lunch, we’ll provide the coffee and the expertise.

Program Format

Our Conversations & Coffee discussions take place Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Loft Meeting Room on the third floor. If the speaker is an artist whose work is on display in the Main Gallery, the program will take place there instead. Individuals interested in presenting as part of Conversations & Coffee should contact Ellen O’Shaughnessy at

Please note that our current Conversations and Coffee programming takes place virtually and every other Thursday until further notice. 

2021 Dates

August 5th @ 12PM:

Joseph B. Buehrer – digital artist with a specialty in illustration and 3D design will join us to share more of his practice and work.

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August 12th @ 12PM:

The works of the late Philip Sorensen, sculptor and lawyer, are celebrated in a posthumous exhibition in the Main Gallery “Law, Lumber, Stone” – presented by his daughter, Becky Sorensen Bowers and family. This is a dual exhibition, with Cultural Arts Center Instructor Sharone Putter will be exhibiting “Workscapes”, a series of lithographs and mixed media drawings exploring the world of construction. She will have a Conversations and Coffee at a later date.

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August 26th @ 12PM:

We will be joined by Father John Predmore, S.J., an artist hailing from Boston, Massachusetts concentrating in photography, watercolor, and oils.

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Join the conversation… [8/26 @ 12PM]


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Interested in learning more about Conversation & Coffee, or inquiring about speaking? Contact the Cultural Arts Center today!

Conversations and Coffee Archives

View our previous virtual Conversations and Coffee discussions below!

Katrinka Hagovsky and Linda Coe
July 22nd, 2021


Leticia Vázquez-Smith and Jamie Ceasar 
July 8th, 2021

Karen Torvik and Patti Sandilands

June 17th, 2021

Kari Djuve and Dana Grubbe

June 10th, 2021

Bryan Fumo

May 27th, 2021

Jennifer McCracken

May 13th, 2021

Marvin Daniels

April 29th, 2021

Ashley D. Pierce

April 15th, 2021

Maureen E. Clark

April 1st, 2021

Deb Baillieul

March 18th, 2021

Barb Chuko

March 4th, 2021

Inga Smith

February 18th, 2021

Jeff Stahler

February 4th, 2021

¡Katie B Funk!

January 21st, 2021

Steve Jebbett

January 7th, 2021

Philip S. Renaud and Cindy Antrican

December 17th, 2020

Kristin Morris

December 3rd, 2020

Cole Garlando
November 19th, 2020

Steven Elbert
November 5th, 2020

Bucky Cutright
October 22nd, 2020

Sue King
October 8th, 2020