Current & Upcoming Events

Art Off Fundraiser

Join us for our 8th Annual ART OFF Fundraiser on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is hosting their 8th annual ART OFF Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm.  Make your plans now to join us for a fast-paced, creative evening! 

This is a great way for viewers to meet local artists while supporting the arts.  Enjoy our Behind the Scenes art exhibition, a live painting competition, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, art demonstration, and a silent auction with gift baskets and artwork.

The ART OFF is our only fundraiser supporting after school art scholarships.  The demand for urban teen involvement in our programs continue to grow while financial support has not.  This fundraiser helps to provide scholarships to over 50% of our after school students, teens in our AP Studio Art Program and our Artist in Training (AIT) Program.

Purchase your tickets now: Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple and can be purchased at:  Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the event.

For special corporate pricing or to be an ART OFF Sponsor, please contact Rebecca Cantrell (937) 461-5149 or email to: 

Proceeds from this event will support the Artist in Training (AIT) program and our building initiatives. The Artist in Training program fosters afterschool arts training and mentorship for the serious art student to aid in the development of professional portfolios and quality pieces for art competition. Our building initiatives will enable us to grow future arts programs in order to serve the Dayton and surrounding communities.

Help us bring art into the lives of people in our community!

Fall Events

September: Dedication Ceremony

An art initiative in partnership with Wright Dunbar and our HAALO program, join us for the Dedication Ceremony for the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame Mural on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Wright Dunbar Conference Center, 1100 West Third St, Dayton, Ohio. 

October 14th: Yellow Springs Street Fair

October 14th in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  Festival takes place 9am – 5pm.  Find our booth and join us for a make and take art project. 

November 4th, 6-9 pm: 7th Annual Art Off Competition & Fundraiser

Live music, speed painting, art exhibition, refreshments and a silent auction.

November 24th: Grand Illumination

Downtown Dayton Community Art Activity, Free to the Community at the Kettering Tower.

First Friday Exhibition Openings

TEJAS Gallery Exhibition Openings are in conjunction with Downtown Dayton’s First Fridays.

These are opportunities for the public to view the exhibition, meet the artists, and shop for local art while enjoying refreshments & music.

Visit us 6:30-8:30 pm every First Friday!

SOS Traveling Exhibition

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is currently working on our 2nd annual community art project called SOS: Signs of Suicide II.

SOS: Signs of Suicide II

SOS II is a suicide prevention campaign which uses visual art and literature to shine a light on the epidemic of suicide.  Created by local artists, staff, volunteers and teens participating in K12 Gallery & TEJAS’s Artist in Training (AIT) After School Art Program, the SOS imagery works to dispel myths and inform the public about facts associated with suicide among young people aged 13-25.  As a year-long campaign, the exhibition featuring thirty 4 foot by 8 foot paintings will travel to local schools, universities, libraries and community centers to educate students and the general public about the signs of suicide.

The SOS II traveling exhibition will premier in October 2017 when it will be on display at K12 Gallery & TEJAS from October 6-28, 2017.

Our opening reception on Friday, October 6, 2017 will invite the public to view the exhibition while enjoying refreshments.  There will be a brief presentation from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. which will feature project participants who will share personal stories of how art and literature can be healing resources. 

The goal of the SOS project is to create awareness and a visual voice for the subject of suicide, often referred to as a silent epidemic.  It is often through visual imagery that thoughts and feelings can be expressed where words cannot.  

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is coordinating this unique assembly of artistic expression to attempt to show the varied components one might feel in contemplating this desperate act, as well as a view from those who try to understand.  Our purpose is to expand the discussion so that those drawn to the darkness of isolation might find hope in light portrayed not only by the artists, but also through the discussion of resources available to help those affected by the signs of despair.

Suicide is a public health crisis with over 20,000 victims in Ohio over the past 15 years, nearly triple the number of homicide victims.  In Ohio, suicide has claimed over 1,100 teens since 2,000.  Ohio mirrors the national average at nearly 13 deaths per 100,000.  In its 2011 Youth Risk Behavioral Report for Ohio, the Center for Disease Control reported that one in seven Ohio students said they had “seriously considered suicide” in the past 12 months.  Slightly more than one in seven had actually “made a plan” in that time. Additionally, one in eleven Ohio students reported “attempting suicide one or more times in the past 12 months”, nearly 50 percent higher than the national average.  According to the Suicide Prevention Center, 80% of all people who die by suicide exhibit definite warning signs.  For youth, 82-85% actually told someone, most often a friend, that they were thinking about suicide.  Therefore, knowing the warning signs of suicide, knowing what to do to help a suicidal individual, and knowing where to go for additional help could stop the majority of suicides from actually happening.

If interested in hosting the panels at your school or organization, please contact:

Rebecca Sargent, Program Director at

This is made possible through the generous support of the Physician’s Charitable Trust Fund.

Artsy Chic & Vibe Artist’s Market


A series of themed artist markets

K12 Gallery & TEJAS introduces “Artsy Chic & Vibe,” a collective themed-artist markets designed to bring the best of creative pop-ups in a dynamic show-and-sell indoor/ outdoor marketplace. Four scheduled dates debut in late summer and autumn ’18 to help support local Dayton art.

As artist popups showcase their talent, the themed markets highlight art medium classes taught at the creative art studio, K12 Gallery& TEJAS along with corresponding live demonstrations at each themed market.

While you’re browsing to support local art, take a break and check out live music by local musicians at our indoor/outdoor stage and delicious local flavor provided by the area’s finest food truck vendors.

K12 Gallery & TEJAS is located on the corner of S. Patterson & Jefferson Street -making it steps from convenient parking, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.


CREATIVE KIDS MARKET, Friday, August 3 rd from 4pm-9pm First Friday’s annual “Art in The City” will kick off our themed artist market featuring local creative youth and youth programs offered at K12 Gallery & TEJAS. Booth spots are available for $5 to encourage young entrepreneurship. As a First Friday, this date is a premium time support local artists who inspire creative learning. While browsing the pop-up tents, help us create large scale experimental painting with an outdoor interactive demonstration.

HAIRY POTTERS, Friday, September 7 th from 4-9pm Hairy Potters Artist Market will offer crafted ceramic sculptures, jewelry, ornaments and much more While shopping, stop by for live demonstrations and a raku firing, where participants will use horse hair to create amazing glaze efforts.

PRINT MAKERS MENAGERIE, Saturday, September 15th from 10am-4pm EXTRA! EXTRA! Stop by the Printers Market to shop All things printmaking. The market will showcase screen printing, digital art, photography, photomontage, 3D printing, jewelry, mono and multi-media printmaking and More-Live Print making and alternative photography processes demonstrations.

HOT GLASS GALORE, Saturday, September 22nd from 10am-4pm Feel the heat, as the themed artist market features glass art. Buy and sell mosaic, fused glass, hot glass and more. Stop in our studios to visit a glass blower moving molten glass as well how-to stained glass and mosaic demos.


We are looking for artist vendors to participate in each event!

Interested in particpating?  What to do next:

  1. Fill out the artist vendor application: Artist Vendor Application.
  2. Return the vendor application via email, snail mail or in person.
  3. Pay the $40 application fee. *No additional booth fee required! The application fee secures a position at all four themed artist markets, but artist vendors can decide to participate in as many markets as they want.

*If emailing or snail mailing your application, pleas mail cash or check.  If submitting in person, vendors can pay via cash, check or credit card.

Submission deadline for the first market is July 20.  The rolling deadline for the other markets is 2 weeks prior to the event.

Questions and emailed applicaitons can be sent to Rebecca Cantrell at

Mailed applications should be sent to: Rebecca Cantrell

K12 Gallery & TEJAS
341 S. Jefferson St
Dayton, OH 45402

Applications for food truck vendors are accepted online upon invitation approval.

PLEASE NOTE: Youth and teen vendors for Creative Kids Market (August 3 rd) will need to visit our studio location (at 341 S. Jefferson Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402) to receive the $5 booth registration fee.