Events & Exhibits

Art by Your Friends & Neighbors

Opening Saturday, March 17
Show runs through Saturday, June 1
Artists’ Reception: Sunday March 31, 1-4 p.m.

The 18th annual Art by Your Friends and Neighbors exhibit will feature more than 60 works by Marion-area artists. Drawings, photography, ceramics, watercolor, oil and pastel renderings will be included in the exhibit. Last year’s exhibit attracted more than 700 visitors. According to exhibit chair, Jay Kacena, “this confirms not only that are there a lot of talented people in our town, but there is a strong interest by others who enjoy seeing what they can do.”  Many of the works will be offered for sale.  

A special display dubbed “Repeat, Repeat and Repeat” features six interpretations of the same subject, painted by six members of the Creative Artists Group. The photograph on which the works are based is also displayed.

Opening day admission to the exhibit is FREE thanks to the sponsorship of Hills Bank and Trust Company. Hills Bank also provides cash prizes to the artists of the three most popular pieces in the exhibit. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry through Saturday, June 1.

Special Hours During Marion’s Art in the Park Festival
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free admission and popcorn all day!

Marion-area artists interested in being an exhibitor for future shows may contact the Marion Heritage Center at (319) 447-6376.


March Board Meeting

Thursday, March 28 – 3:30 p.m.

Monthly board meetings are open to our members and the public. They are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.


7th Annual Pancake & Egg Breakfast Fundraiser

Saturday, May 11 – 7-11 a.m.

All-you-can-eat pancakes. (New this year – gluten-free options.) $7 in advance, $8 at the door. See a board member or visit the Heritage Center for advance tickets. Special thanks to major sponsors: Quaker Oats and Hy-Vee.


Oak Shade Cemetery Art Program & Dinner

Thursday, May 30 – 5 p.m.

A discussion about graveyard art by historians Dr. Loren Horton and Michael Zahs, co-authors of the new book: Grave Marker Symbols: A Field Guide, followed by a virtual tour of Oak Shade Cemetery by Jay Kacena and Lynette Brenzel. Call the Heritage Center at (319) 447-6376 to reserve your tickets – $15 per person.


The Collins Story: On the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Opening Saturday, July 13

Check back for more information soon.

“The greatest achievement in history, landing men on the moon, took the work of thousands, but it would have been impossible if one man, Arthur Collins, had not dedicated his life to perfecting radio communication and building the company that invented space communication and has brought us the voice and pictures of every astronaut for 50 years, the Collins Radio Company.” 


Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 23 – 4:30 p.m.

Our annual meeting is open to all members and the public at 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.


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