Current Events + News

New darZArt Studio Tours

Come visit the new darZart Studio at the Hot Shops Art Center. We're on the second floor, northwest corner, studio number 215.

Catlin Magnet School

Dar and Catlin Magnet School students are working together to produce the second and third 50-foot murals in their new storm shelter area.


Upcoming Events + Showings

Open Studio Saturdays at the Hot Shops

Come visit Dar, and other Hot Shops artists in their studios every Saturday from noon until 4pm.

Girl Scouts ArtVenture Show and Auction

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the UNO's Mammel Hall

Hot Shops Art Center Spring Open House

Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018

Artists' Co-Op Gallery: Reflections Exhibit

November, 2018 at the Artists' Co-Op Gallery, Old Market
Featuring Dar Vandevoort, Frank DeHarsh, Hope Dendinger

Omaha Jewish Community Center Show

Dar will show with Katrina Methot-Swanson 

About Dar

Dar Vande Voort works in her home studio in Council Bluffs, Iowa and at the Hot Shops Art Center studio in Omaha, Nebraska.

She is an artist of many colors. She has the trained touch of a portrait artist, the vision of an impressionist painter, and the curiosity of a child. Dar welcomes all studio visits and encourages clients to do so. She works in a range of media, including pastel ,acrylic, oil, collage, and mixed media. Enjoying all aspects of the creative process, Dar often works on a series. She is currently represented by the Artists' Cooperative Gallery in Omaha's old market district. She also works with disabled and rehabilitation clientele through the arts.

Her work is collected both privately and on a corporate level. "I enjoy challenging my viewers' eye to question reality or illusion, or perhaps to allow them a quiet escape." Dar's work continues to evolve and it's obvious she enjoys the journey.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Florida Art Center & Gallery, First Place / National 100
  • St. Louis, Missouri Artist's Guild / Fred Wehrle Annual Memorial Portrait Award
  • Hamilton, Ohio / Fitton Center for Creative Arts
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico / Pastel Society
  • Roseburg, Oregon / Umpqua Valley Arts Center / Pastel Society
  • Liberal, Kansas / Baker Arts Center
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia / Center for the Creative Arts
  • Lafayette, Louisiana / Art Association
  • Las Vegas, New Mexico / Arts Council
  • Wausau, Wisconsin / Center for the Visual Arts
  • Warrensburg, Missouri / Central State University
  • West Hartford, Connecticut / Pastel Society / Salt Box Clubhouse Galleries
  • Pella, lowa / Tami’s Gallery / Art in the Park / Pella Community Hospital
  • Iowa Artists Association / Regional & State Shows
  • Omaha, NE / Period Gallery / 13th ST. Gallery / Passageway Gallery / Hot Shops

Related Experience

  • Portrait workshop with Daniel Greene / New York
  • Portrait workshops with Laney Blovitz / South Carolina and Alabama
  • Pastel Techniques workshop with Professor Brenda Jones / IA State University
  • Advanced Drawing & Painting with Dr. l.arry Mills / Central College / Pella, lowa
  • Private lessons & workshops in my Omaha, NE. studio / Hot Shops Art Center

Special Projects

  • 12th Edition Encyclopedia of Living Artists inclusion
  • "Glowing Home" painting selected for a one year museum exhibition at the Experimental
  • Aviation Association (EAA) / Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Arts on the Green / Joslyn Museum of Art, finalist
  • Presentations at Iowa Western Community College
  • Iowa Arts Council sponsored pastel workshops / Clarinda, lowa
  • Council Bluffs, IA. Parks/Recreation Committee and library sponsored pastel classes
  • Illustrations for the book, "The Misplaced Father", by Murt Kooi
  • Cover artwork for the 1996 Pella Tulip Time brochures
  • Graphic arts produced in various plaques and materials at the Pella Engraving Co.
  • Restorations for private clientele
  • Pigs on Promenade / Des Molnes, IA State Fair / 6 ft. ?rerglass pig
  • J. Doe project / Omaha, NE / Five various 6 ft. ?berglass sculptures now residing in New York, Chicago, Omaha, and Council Bluffs
  • Weekly art therapy classes with special needs clientele