On the first Friday of every month, join us to hear the savvy, successful business owners + entrepreneurs of Des Moines share their story. In a laid-back environment, you’ll catch some words of wisdom from women + men who have been through it before—and maybe walk away with a new connection (or two).
Sessions are completely free and open to the public, and are held from 11:30am to 1pm, with networking from 11:30am to noon. This First Friday will be held at The Iowa Center at 8345 University Blvd, Suite F. Please note this month's First Friday is technically the second Friday of the month due to the Independence Day holiday. Seating is first come, first served. Lunch is not provided, though we encourage you to bring your own if you'd like. On July 13th, hear from Susan Watts of Olson-Larsen Galleries.
Susan Watts is the owner of Olson-Larsen Galleries, a contemporary gallery and custom frame shop in West Des Moines. She oversees all operations of the gallery – managing the representation of 60 regional artists, working with a range of individual and corporate clients, coordinating major commissions, and curating gallery exhibitions. Susan is part of Project Spaces, an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, serves as co-chair of Historic Valley Junction’s Gallery Night committee and is actively involved in the Historic Valley Junction Foundation district. Susan is currently a member of the Momentum Community Advisory Board and formerly served on the Artstop and Friends of Des Moines Parks board of directors. Susan was the gallery manager at Olson-Larsen Galleries from 2003 to 2010, at which time she purchased the business. Susan came to the gallery after four years with the Salt Lake Art Center in Salt Lake City, where she served as coordinator of education and curatorial assistant. Susan has also been a freelance arts writer for local and regional publications throughout her career. She holds a B.A. with honors in art history and journalism from the University of Iowa.