Pictures from the 2015 Linn Creek Arts Festival


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JULY 18, 2015


Fisher Community Center

709 S. Center St.




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Welcome to our 2015 food and beverage vendors:

Down Under BBQ

St. Mary's Church

Lioness Club

Tropical Sno

Iowa River Brewing Company

Woodchuck Hard Cider

And there are more in the works...check back often for updated information!




Come for the experience . . .and take home a treasure!

Among the many art festivals that take place throughout the Midwest in summer, the annual Linn Creek Arts Festival in Marshalltown stands out due to its location, quality, and venue. It’s an artful experience through and through!

The one-day event takes place Saturday, July 18th, 10 am to 6 pm, on the lush grounds of Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown. An easy drive in central Iowa, Marshalltown connects highways 30 and 14. Upon arrival, visitors can enjoy convenient parking at two nearby lots and free shuttle service to the festival.

A focal point of the festival grounds is a Christian Peterson sculpture and fountain in a reflecting pond.  Trees provide shade for many of the artists’ tent sites, and strolling musicians from guitarists to a harpist add to the ambiance.

Fisher Community Center houses the Central Iowa Art Association, whose members coordinate indoor and outdoor activities for youth during the art festival. Kids can enjoy painting the shell of an old vehicle and ‘parent-free’ hands-on art projects. Also geared toward young people is the Junior Art Lovers’ Gallery”, another parent-free activity designed to connect youth with original art.

The 2015 theme of the Linn Creek Arts Festival is “It’s all About the Arts”, and organizers are diligent about connecting artists to art-buying visitors. Rather than simply strolling past each artist’s tent, the prevailing mood is “come on in!” A maximum of sixty fine artists are juried into the event, with a careful balance of mediums and price points. A few notable newcomers in the 2015 event are Dede Farrar of Hermosa, South Dakota, who paints acrylics depicting high plains vistas and animals; Gary Graham of Lexington, Kentucky, who creates 3-D sculpture from segmented wood; John Risinger of West Des Moines, Iowa, a photographer who specializes in classic cars; and Pam Kehoe-Peterson of Rockford, Illinois, a jeweler who incorporates repurposed items in her creations.

The Linn Creek Art Festival is easily a day-long experience.  Between meeting the artists, visitors can relax in the picnic tent, enjoy a variety of foods, visit the beverage garden, and be entertained by on-stage entertainers. An interesting sojourn through Arts Alliance booths will give everyone a chance to win one of several $75 ‘Festival Dollars’, and a $5 raffle ticket might lead to winning an original textile wall-hanging.

The event is coordinated by the Marshalltown Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance, and an all-volunteer steering committee.  For more information, contact Val Ruff, Director of the Arts Alliance, at 641-752-2787.