Marion Arts Council

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Arts & Environment Center galleryExperience 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

Located inside the main entrance of the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center 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 citizens of Marion and visitors to enjoy a variety of quality works of art. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 1–3 p.m.

An artist 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 local Marion schools. A different school is featured each month from October through May.

Current art exhibit:



Mount Mercy Art Display

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.

Coffeehouse Nights 2018


March 2     Carol Montag and Carlis Faurot

Carol Montag and Carlis Faurot have been performing concerts together for over 15 years. Though not an official duo, the sound of the two of them together keeps bringing audiences back to their shows. 

Folk music legend, Tom Paxton, has described Carol as “A genuine discovery.” and “The best thing to come out of Iowa since Bonnie Koloc.” She has recorded four solo albums and two Christmas CDs with the trio known as Tribute. She has been commissioned to write music for Ballet Iowa and Ballet LaCrosse. Her influences include Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Eva Cassidy and many others. Carol performs originals, traditional and contemporary folk, and songs from the Great American Songbook. "She sings songs from her heart about places in all our hearts."

Carlis Faurot is a classically trained violinist who has taken the violin to new heights with his electrifying arrangements. He attributes his success, in part, to his mother, also a musician, who insisted he wake up at 5:45am every morning to practice! It’s no wonder he is always in demand and performs in multiple bands and on their recordings. Carlis is not limited to one musical genre, but is equally adept at jazz, folk, classical, blues, Irish tunes as well as a little rock n’ roll now and then. Carlis is always an Eastern Iowa favorite!


March 2018 Coffee House Night Poster


April 6         David Zollo 

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Since bursting on to the mid-western music scene with the band High and Lonesome in 1992, David Zollo has had a busy career. Along with constant touring, in the U.S and Europe, with High and Lonesome (1992-1998;) and his current band, The Body Electric (1998-present) Zollo has recorded 7 records of his own material, including the most recent, 2015's "For Hire."

In addition, he founded and operated the seminal, Iowa-based, roots music label, Trailer Records (Bo Ramsey; Joe and Vicki Price; Greg Brown; The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Parkeooper; Pieta Brown, as well as his own work, and that of others, from 1994-2005;) played keyboards and sang harmonies on many records by Nashville folk singer Todd Snider; fellow Iowan William Elliot Whitmore, and Greg Brown, amongst many other artists; and worked as a producer (The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Pardekooper.)  This year, he also formed a new band with Whitmore, guitarists Stephen Howard and Steve Doyle, and Body Electric drummer Brian Cooper, called Middle Western, which is currently finishing its debut release at Iowa City's Flat Black Studios.

Despite the many things Zollo has done during his career, it is as a live performer that many feel he's at his best. Check him out at a venue near you, or visit for a list of upcoming shows.

April 2018 Coffee House Night POSTER 

October 5   Save the Date, performers yet to be announced.

November 2  Save the Date, performers yet to be announced.

December 7  Save the Date, performers yet to be announced.


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.

Picnic on the Prairie

These concerts are free and open to the public.  Bring your own picnic basket, blanket, and lawn chairs.  Watch for artist selection as the dates get closer.

Saturday, June 16

Saturday, August 18


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