Experience all that Marshalltown Art Festival has to offer!
There’s so much to do at the Marshalltown Art Festival from visual art, live entertainment, free youth activities, live chalk, graffiti, and charcoal artists, and so much more! Check out the highlights below, with more to come as we get closer to festival day.
FREE YOUTH ACTIVITIES
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Balloon Artist
- Henna Artist
- Face Paint Artist
- Chalk Artist, Kathleen Roling (at the intersection of 1st Ave and E Main)
- Grafitti Artists, Dye & Darian Davenport (on East Main St across from Zenos)
- Charcoal Artist, Quinn Goodman (located in the Gallery Garden)
YOGA at 8:30 a.m. at the Susie Sour House hosted by the YMCA/YWCA. Add it to your calendar!
The Portrait Studio from Des Moines will be doing walk away one-of-a-kind, memorable self portraits created by trained, professional artists!
The Knotty Nail will be hosting classes to make your own custom string art for all ages! They are offering a 10:30 a.m. and a 12:00 p.m. class (walk-ins are welcome):
For more information about the classes contact please email Becky of The Knotty Nail at email@example.com.
WIN: Raffle Items
Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased the day of the Festival. The drawing will be at 5pm on Saturday, July 20th at the Marshalltown Art Festival (you do not have to be present to win).
Raffle Prizes are provided by Ceramics artist Ruben Ruiz and Drawing artist Steve Nowatzki both past-award winners of the Marshalltown Art Festival:
Zinc etching on handmade paper by Steve Nowatzki, 23 x 22 custom framed – Retail value $550
Hand thrown ceramic basket by Ruben Ruiz, 16 X 12 X 11 – Retail Value $300
MUSIC AT MAF
Main Stage (located in the Gallery Garden Parking lot on the corner of E Main St & 2nd Ave):
Dave’s Little Big Band (10AM) – Dixieland and Polka music at it’s finest. Come join us in welcoming this all-local musicians group.
Austin Chadderdon (11:15AM) – Marshalltown singer, guitarist and man of many musical talents.
Dustin Smith (12:30PM) – Dustin is a songwriter and musician from Des Moines, Iowa. He leads a band called The Maytags and collaborates with a collective of awesome musicians.
Lehto & Wright (2PM) – Lehto & Wright are a MN-based Folk-Rock and Progressive Rock band whose first live performance was in 1999 and has continued, non-stop, to this day.
Brazilian 2wins (3:30PM) – From the violent slums of Brazil they broke the mold of society by using music as a movement to bring about positive change.
Acoustic Stage (located on the corner of E Main and Center):
Buz Owen (10AM) – Aaron Buzbee is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Marshalltown.
Janet Collison (11AM) – Janet is a harpist and musically gifted in several instruments from Marshalltown.
Keith Lambert (12PM) – Keith is an accordionist and a great entertainer.
Billy Wilson (1PM) –Ireland in music, stories, & humor, featuring the Irish Bodhran Drum & the Irish Tin Whistle. There will be opportunities for audience involvement so welcome to Ireland!
Linda Harvey (2PM) – Drums
Luke Wymore (3PM) – recent Marshalltown High School graduate on saxophone
FOOD + DRINK
FOOD (in the Gallery Garden on 2nd Ave)
Summer Kitchen – Salad, Wraps, and Homemade Lemonade
Sweet Treats – Homemade Ice Cream, Banana Splits, Malts, Shakes, Root Beer Floats and MORE!
The Apple Berry Farm – Apple Cider, Cider Mini Donuts, Fried Pickles and Cheese Curds
The Noon Lions Club – Sweet Corn and Blizzards
St Mary’s Catholic Church – Homemade and Authentic Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas and Tortas
MORE FOOD & DRINKS IN DOWNTOWN MARSHALLTOWN
- Ay Carumba (Burritos, tacos, quesadillas and more)
- China Buffet
- Doo Dah’s Diner
- Fiddle & Whistle Irish Pub (beverages only – no food)
- Jack’s Pho’ House (Lao, Vietnamese, and Thai)
- Ocean City Chinese Restaurant
- Smokin G’s BBQ
- Sub City (Sandwiches)
- Tannin Wine Bar & Craft Beer (Small plates, charcuterie board, bread and, of course, wine)
- Tremont Grille (Breakfast & Lunch, sandwiches, pasta, and more)
- Your Plate or Mine @ The Orpheum (Coffee, pastries, lunch and more)
- Zamora Fresh Market (Burritos, tacos, and more)
- Zeno’s (Pizza)
DRINKS (in the Gallery Garden on 2nd Ave)
Once you are confirmed to be 21 or older, you will receive a lime green wrist band which will allow you to purchase a drink ticket for either Iowa Craft Beer or Wine. After purchasing your beverage of choice (see options below), you are able to stroll East Main Street with your beverage inside the Festival site (East Main Street between Center Street and 2nd Ave, and in the Gallery Garden).
Alcohol will be available from Summerset Winery, Firetrucker Brewery, Lake Time Brewery and Confluence Brewing.
- Vignoles: Semi-Sweet White Wine made from the French varietal ‘Vignoles’. This “Midwestern Riesling” has a pear, peach and apricot aroma with a fruit forward flavor and a light citrus finish. All grapes are from Summerset and Victor Rose Vineyards.
- Pink Frost: Blush Wine. Sweet and sassy light pink wine with hints of peach, sun-ripened strawberries, pears and a smooth pink grapefruit finish.
- Copper Cat Mule
- Brigade Ale
- Uptown IPA
Confluence Brewing Company:
- Blue Corn Lager
- Des Moines IPA
- Farmer John’s
AMENDA TATE – Des Moines, IA
Amenda Tate is an Interdisciplinary Artist with a background in metalsmithing. Her current focus is the Manibus Project. Her works utilize scientific processes to achieve aesthetic results addressing topics such as identity, individuality, longevity, and social culture in our digital era. Her works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the US. Tate has worked as an Artist-In Residence with Area 515 Makerspace in Des Moines and with Ballet Des Moines in Iowa. Her works have been featured by various media outlets including the Denver Post, the book Art Jewelry Today 2, Des Moines Register, Better Homes & Gardens, dsm Magazine, and Popular Science. Special honors include a permanent collection commission by Arrow Electronics in conjunction with Cherry Arts and the Colorado Ballet, two Editor’s Choice Awards at the New York International Maker Faire, and special recognition award in the 2017 International RobotArt competition. Her current focus is the Manibus Project which translates movement into painted works of art utilizing a specialized robotic tool she created.
KENNETH HALL – Cedar Falls, IA
Kenneth Hall has been a professor of drawing and painting for 11 years at the University of Northern Iowa, following a ten year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. He enjoys the challenge of balancing a creative career with the task of mentoring younger generations of artists. He has exhibited paintings in Hamburg, Germany, and a wide range of venues in the US, including college art galleries, the Parallax and ArtExpo fairs in New York City and recently (2018) The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles. Kenneth has also curated art exhibitions at UNI and Bowling Green State University (Reverb and Reverb II, respectively) that showcased contemporary abstract painting. He enjoys the writing and dialogue that accompanies these exhibitions as they help demystify contemporary art and, ultimately, increases appreciation of painting. Recently Kenneth was awarded a one-month artist residency at GlogauAIR in Berlin, Germany, where he found inspiration and connection amongst the international artist community there. His newest paintings reveal the influence of that experience. Finally, he has judged local art competitions and festivals including the College Hill Art Festival and the Linn Creek Arts Festival. Kenneth has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Miami University, a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design, and engineering degrees from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He currently lives in Cedar Falls with his wife, Leilani, and enjoys playing electric guitar in church and in local coffee shops and clubs.
ANN BISHOP MCGREGOR – Charles City, IA
Ann Bishop McGregor is a multiple award-winner for her pastel work and is a signature member of the Iowa Pastel Society. She is the owner of Ann’s Fine Arts and Framing in Charles City, Iowa. Born and raised near Bondurant, Iowa, Ann attended Bondurant-Farrar Schools and later graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. Following college, she was art director for a Waterloo advertising agency. She has had her work published on several Wallaces Farmer Magazine covers, on calendar covers for a national insurance company, and has had sign/numbered prints of her work released through an Iowa seed company. She now sells original works as well as self-publishes prints and cards of her paintings. Her paintings hang in many private collections in Iowa, other states, and even a few foreign countries.
To keep the festival a safe and inviting place for all attending, the Marshalltown Art Festival has implemented the following policies. We thank you for your attendance and participation at the Marshalltown Art Festival.
- Please provide respect to our artists by asking permission before taking photos of an artist booth or work.
- No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed within the Festival grounds. Glass bottles are not permitted due to safety concerns. Festival beverage sales go towards MAF programming and in helping keep the festival admission free.
- All alcoholic beverages sold at the Festival are for patrons 21-years and older and will be given a bright green colored wrist band. Valid identification is required to purchase alcoholic beverages and only those with a wrist band will be allowed to enter the enclosed tent to purchase beverages or taste beverages. Alcoholic beverages purchased on-site must remain within Festival barriers. No outside alcoholic beverages or containers are permitted. Patrons found in violation will be asked to dispose of the outside beverage. No Festival beverages are allowed outside of the Festival site. Alcohol sales will end immediately at 5 p.m.
- Smoking is not permitted within Festival barriers, in any artist tent or places labeled as such.
- Skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, large signage, etc. are not allowed within Festival borders.
- Non-sanction activities, including but not limited to public addresses or busking are not allowed.
- Please leave your pets at home. Due to the heat and number of people, your pet will thank you for not taking them into the crowd. City regulations do allow for service dogs to be admitted to the site. No pets in artist tents.
- Firearms, weapons, drugs, and drug paraphernalia are not allowed at the Festival.
- Marshalltown Art Festival reserves the right to decline admittance or remove anyone in violation of these policies or restrict the activities of said individual.