Oz Gallery Exhibits

Located at 9209 Dorothy Blvd and open Tuesday-Friday, 12-5 p.m., and on second Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March through October. 

  • Vote for the People's Choice Award during each exhibit. Winning artwork will become part of the city's permanent art collection.
  • Walk-ins and groups welcomed. Free admission. Facility access is subject to change due to weather closures and available staff.


Rachel Houseman Logo for Art Exhibit

Colorscapes by Rachel Houseman

Dates: July 11-September 11
Reception: Friday, July 12, 6-8 p.m.
Free Class: Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. Register through the Activity Registration link above. 

Hailing from Santa Fe, Rachel Houseman likes to help the viewer "feel" the colors and joy around them by heightening the senses. Her colorful, visionary art with themes of the Southwest are vibrant and whimsical - making the everyday extraordinary. Rachel strives to awaken her viewers to the spirituality of the Earth and its miracles through spontaneous brushwork and playful, intuitive color. Preview Rachel's work.

Color artwork showing Asian girl framed by pink flowers and other symbols


Mixed Media works by Shirlee Miyake

Dates: October 8-December 20

Reception: Friday, October 18, 6-8 p.m.

Free class: Saturday, November 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Register through the Activity Registration link above.  

Shirlee Akemi Miyake was born in Japan, raised in California and became an American citizen at age eighteen. This Broomfield artist specializes in mixed-media and a variety of subject matter. “I’m continuing to develop my own techniques by using old Japanese newspapers that I dye, cut, stamp, intertwine by incorporating origami and other handmade papers. I finalize each art piece by adding details with acrylic paints, inks, etc." Shirlee continues to research and explore her Japanese heritage, expressing it through her unique artwork. 

Exhibit Opportunities

Arts Thornton schedules exhibits on a quarterly basis and welcomes emerging and established artists interested in showing their work at the OZ Gallery. Accepted artwork is exhibited in a commission-free community gallery space or shared online with the public at ArtsThornton.com. Proposals are open to all Colorado artists/artist groups regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. To submit a proposal along with examples of your work, email Brenda Wiegert, Arts and Culture Specialist, at Brenda.Wiegert@ThorntonCO.gov.

Instructor Opportunities

Arts Thornton maintains a list of contracted instructors to teach entry-level adult, youth and pre-school classes and workshops in visual art genres and theater. Classes are scheduled year-round at the Thornton Arts and Culture Center and other city facilities as needed. If interested in teaching, email Brenda Wiegert, Arts and Culture Specialist, at Brenda.Wiegert@ThorntonCO.gov for more information. To register for Arts and Culture classes, visit gocot.net/registration.