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
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:
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
February 2 Roots of Rhythm
Roots of Rhythm Trio - Pat Smith, Richard Wagor & Lynne Hart
"The Roots of Rhythm trio features Lynne Hart on clarinet, Pat Smith on guitar, and Richard Wagor on double bass. The trio plays early style jazz as well as more modern renditions of jazz standards along side jazz precursors and interpretations of less well-known songs. The net result is a fresh take on traditional and early jazz."
March 2 Carol Montag and Carlis Faurot
April 6 David Zollo
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