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 unless otherwise listed on the schedule. 

2021 Dates

September 23rd @ 12PM:

The Cultural Arts Center’s very own Sharone Putter will be on the program to discuss “the workscapes collection”, an exhibition featured in our Main Gallery this past summer in conjunction with the late Philip Sorensen’s “Law, Lumber, Stone”. Putter will be sharing more with us on what inspired “the workscapes collection”, which explores the world of construction through a myriad of mediums including monotype print, photogravure, and more.

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Join the conversation… [9/23 @ 12PM]

October 14th @ 12PM:

Karin Dahl will be joining us to share more on the exhibition “Art and Jazz”, which is currently on exhibit in our Main Gallery. The work includes abstract oil paintings accompanied by the sounds of professional musicians.

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Join the conversation… [10/14 @ 12PM]

October 28th @ 12PM:

Eric S. Murphy, Painter and Sculptor, will be joining us to share his thought process, creations, and more. 

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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!

Elaine Fleck
September 16th, 2021

Tiffany Lawson, CAC Spring/Summer Artist in Residence

September 9th, 2021

Father John Predmore, S.J.
August 26th, 2021

Philip C. Sorensen
August 12th, 2021

Joseph Buehrer
August 5th, 2021

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