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:

Vinton Guild Art Display at Lowe



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


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  Pieta Brown

Picnic on the Prairie  Pieta Brown

Hailed as a "self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif" by the BBC, Pieta Brown first came to international attention with her 2002 self-titled debut. Pieta has since been recognized by NPR for her "moody, ethereal" songwriting, applauded by The Boston Globe for her "mercurial voice” and has continued to gain wide-spread critical attention for both her singing and songwriting with each release. Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, and Amazon have all included her albums in year-end, ‘best-of’ picks. And along the way she has shared stages with everyone from Emmylou Harris and JJ Cale to Neko Case and Richard Thompson, in addition to performing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. But maybe even more importantly, to a fiercely independent artist like Pieta, she has received praise and support from many of her fellow artists and mentors - Justin Vernon, Iris Dement, Mark Knopfler, Amos Lee, producer Don Was, and film-maker Wim Wenders to name a few.

Saturday, August 18   TBD


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