The Linn Creek Arts Festival, a highlight of summer in central Iowa, will take place July 19 on the grounds of Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a post-party is scheduled into the evening.
Planners of the event, led by Shannon Espenscheid of the Marshalltown Convention & Visitors' Bureau, point out changes from previous years: the festival is moving from Sunday to Saturday, and hours have expanded until later in the day.
"We pay attention to feedback from our artists and these suggestions were made last year," Espenscheid said.
Textile artists, Helen Degner, created 'No Fracking Here,' a colorful, highly textured textile wall hanging to be the grand prize in a raffle drawing for the Linn Creek Arts Festival.
Not changing is the popular Linn Creek Arts Festival sale of raffle tickets for a significant piece of original art created by a participating artist. This year Helen Degner, textile artist of rural Marshalltown, was invited to create the grand prize. Measuring 26" X 45" and entitled "No Fracking Here," it is a colorful depiction of sky, landscape, and layers of soil, and made entirely of varied fibers and threads.
The artwork is on display at The Perfect Setting, 13 W. Main St. in downtown Marshalltown. Owner and interior designer, Pam Swarts, is a fan of Degner's work.
"Everyone who sees this wants to own it," she said. "It would be delightful in almost any home or corporate setting."
A second prize for the Linn Creek Arts Festival raffle has been donated by Janey and Tom Swarts, owners of Woodland Bed and Breakfast. The prize is an exclusive overnight at the B&B, with breakfast served room-service style. Janey Swarts stressed that the raffle winner will be the only guest and will enjoy pampering plus privacy.
Raffle tickets are available now through the festival date, and may be purchased for $5 each at The Perfect Setting, Lowes Flowers, Willard's Fur and Fashion, In Stitches and at the Chamber of Commerce office at Fisher Center.
The festival is also accepting volunteers for a wide variety of roles on the day of the event. Interested people are invited to call the Chamber at 641-753-6645.