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
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
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
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
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