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Picnic on the Prairie featuring Susan Werner

Marion Arts Council is pleased to present its fourth annual summer music concert at Lowe Park.

Featuring Susan Werner
Saturday, June 17
7 p.m.
Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts (4500 N. 10th Street, Marion)

Come be inspired by music, art and the beautiful outdoors. Bring your picnic basket, blanket and lawn chair. Take a walk on the trail and visit the art gallery ast well. The event is free and open to the public.

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most innovative songwriters working today,” Susan Werner has toured the nation with acts such as Richard Thompson, Keb Mo and Joan Armatrading, and was featured in a 1998 Peter, Paul, and Mary PBS special as one of the best of the next generation of folk songwriters.

At age five, Werner made her debut, playing guitar and singing at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa; she learned both piano and guitar by ear. After earning a degree in voice from the University of Iowa, she attended Temple University in Philadelphia, performing in numerous recitals and operas while completing her graduate studies. Werner, who calls Chicago home now, has dedicated herself to songwriting and building a reputation at jazz clubs, coffeehouses, and folk festivals along the Eastern Seaboard.

Don't miss this first class performance!



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, June 147th will be the first Picnic on the Prairie and the second Picnic on the Prairie will be August 19th with a Plein Aire workshop.

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


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