Marion Arts Council

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Experience the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center, a community treasure

The Marion Arts Council promotes the importance of the arts and develops programs that maximize public awareness of art, artists, and culture. We are located at the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center, 4500 North 10th Street in Marion, Iowa. To reach us you can call 447-3590, email us, or like us on Facebook for event updates and announcements.

Lowe Park Gallery Hours

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
and the first Saturday of the month 1-3 p.m.

Gallery Exhibits & Receptions

The front portion of the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center features an inviting area which is the gallery for Marion Arts Council exhibits. Approximately every eight weeks a new exhibit is displayed in the gallery, featuring works by local and regional Iowa artists. This is a great opportunity for the residents of Marion and visitors to enjoy a variety of quality works of art.

A reception is held for each exhibit on a weekday night during the exhibit. Visitors meet the featured artists, hear them discuss their work and enjoy light refreshments. One wall in the gallery is dedicated to presenting artwork of students from the City of Marion schools. A different school is featured each month from October through May.

Current art exhibit:


2017 Quilts Poster

Join us and bring your friends and family to the beautiful Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center, a community treasure.

In addition to the featured work, most of the Marion Arts Council's permanent collection is now on display throughout the Lowe Park building. This is a great opportunity to view the work of several talented artists at once.


Between October and April, Coffeehouse Nights are held at the Arts and Environment Center at Lowe Park. These musical performances feature talented local acoustic artists in a relaxed coffeehouse type atmosphere. Admission is free and coffee, cocoa and pastries from Wit’s End Coffeehouse are available for purchase.

In addition to these indoor performances, the Arts Council presents two outdoor musical performances held each summer at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at Lowe Park, the second Picnic on the Prairie will be August 19th with a Plein Aire workshop. 

Natalie & Carlis Show, 2016 #20 copy

Join us Saturday, AUGUST 19, 2017 at 7:00pm for another PICNIC ON THE PRAIRIE CONCERT on the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at LOWE PARK. Musical performance by the Brown, Faurot & Maas quintet.

Natalie Brown, Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas have traveled the world with their music. They have been immersed in many styles and genres. Along with the delicate, persuasive, percussion work of John O’Connell and the intricate yet rock-solid bass work of Bennie Soltau this Quintet is emerging on the alternative music scene as a force to be reckoned with.

Come be inspired by music, art, and the beautiful outdoors. Bring your picnic basket, blankets, and lawn chairs. Take a walk on the sculpture trail and visit the art gallery while you’re here. This is a great opportunity to connect with the community and have a family night or date night at this "bring your own picnic" free concert.

If you are an entertainer and would like to be involved in one of our performances, please email Marion Arts Council member, Angie Pierce Jennings


Plein Air

Educational and entertaining workshops have been provided by the Marion Arts Council since its inception in 1976. Some workshops are designed for adult education, some for children and some for family activities. The fees for workshops are typically minimal, covering material and instructor costs.

Instructors of the fine arts who are interested in leading workshops are encouraged to contact the Marion Arts Council via email or by calling 447-3590.

All of the Marion Arts Council workshops are held at:
Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
4500 N. 10th Street, Marion, Iowa

Marion Arts Council

Updated on 12/11/2015 3:09 PM