The VFW Post 839 of Marshalltown, in partnership with the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, will be installing a patriotic mural this Spring at the main entrance to their building located off Meadow Lane in Marshalltown.
The mural project will be a visual way of welcoming and honoring veterans in the city of Marshalltown and its surrounding communities. Local artist, Missy Sharer-Pieters, was hand selected for this project because of her amazing portfolio of patriotic work around the community.
Missy shared, “I am honored and excited to be a part of the VFW mural project. The importance of using patriotic symbols and icons to honor our military personnel, both past and present, will be key to what we create. It is definitely a subject matter that I am familiar with and truly enjoy painting. I hope the community will share my enthusiasm for this mural project and support the VFW in raising funds.”
The fundraising goal for the mural is $1,500, with hopes of surpassing the goal to allow for an even larger mural than planned. The VFW Post 839 of Marshalltown will be having its first of many fundraisers for their mural project on January 24th. The veterans of the post will be working with Culver's of Marshalltown on Monday, January 24th from 5 to 8 pm where donations will be accepted. Please dine in (16 Iowa Ave West) or take out and support your local veterans and this exciting mural project.
Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance, Amber Danielson, said, “we are thrilled to continue to partner with so many amazing local organizations and artists to create a vibrant community and celebrate our local veterans.” The Alliance, a non-profit organization, created in 2004 to cultivate a community of arts and culture by supporting, promoting, and enriching existing opportunities and by seeking new possibilities.
The VFW, a non-profit organization, relies on donations from people of all walks of life to accomplish our goals and to meet the needs of local veterans. Robert Sheppard, commander for the VFW Post 839 relayed, “When I see a mural that depicts the great military of The United State of America, I feel excited and honored to be a veteran. It makes me proud and gives me hope for the future of our country.”
To contribute to the VFW Post 839 Mural Project:
Donations can be dropped off at VFW Post 839, located at 107 E Meadow Lane or
Sent via mail to P.O. Box 1204, Marshalltown, IA 50158
The Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance has officially wrapped up its mural season with the completion of Marshalltown’s Postcard Mural at Thompson True Value and The Starry Night of Marshalltown at Great Western Bank. The Marshalltown Mural program completed a very successful 2021 season installing 16 murals around the community.
Amber Danielson, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance shared, “we couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of the mural program’s second year. It has been exciting to see the vibrancy added throughout our community and to expand our mural portfolio with such a wide-variety of styles from talented local, regional and national artists.”
This week, Des Moines artist Jimmy Navarro completed Marshalltown’s Postcard Mural on the south wall of Thompson True Value. This project was sponsored by the Marshalltown Development Foundation (MDF). MDF hand selected this location as it is the first building to welcome visitors into our downtown. The welcoming mural incorporates landmarks and icons from around the community within the letters of Marshalltown, including the water tower, MHS Roundhouse, Iowa Veterans Home and many more!
Dave Thompson of Thompson True Value shared, “our family has owned our business in downtown Marshalltown for 36 years. Building our new store in the downtown has shown an unwavering commitment and belief in Marshalltown and the downtown. We are very excited to have this beautiful mural painted on our new store as a welcoming entrance to the downtown. The Arts & Culture Alliance took our requests and the artist envisioned them into the mural. The artist, Jimmy, has hit this out of the park and has become a part of the True Value family! We recognize the need for additional art in the downtown and are happy to contribute $5,000 towards sculptures in the downtown.”
Community members and visitors alike will enjoy the Postcard Mural upon entering the historic Marshalltown Central Business District – the heart of where MDF originated 21 years ago – a nod to the true MDF mission that was dedicated to creating, promoting, and funding projects that enhance the appearance and attitude of Marshalltown.
Artists Jimmy Navarro and Katie Jensen shared, “it’s been a great experience for us creating this mural for the City of Marshalltown. Over the last few weeks, we have been treated like family and we are especially proud of this mural. We hope it brings joy, showing the City’s great pride and its history.”
Additionally, local artists Landaca, Katie and Danielle Czerniewski and Melynda McCord completed their first large-scale mural at Great Western Bank. It has been named The Starry Night of Marshalltown which was inspired by Vinvent Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Marshalltown details were incorporated into the piece including the Marshall County Courthouse, Orpheum, Marshalltown M's and more. In addition, a wing selfie wall was added on the south corner, inviting people to take their picture with the piece.
The Arts & Culture Alliance is kicking off National Arts & Humanities Month with the addition of three more murals in Marshalltown. We are thrilled to welcome muralists Kim Carlino of Massachusetts and Jimmy Navarro of Des Moines to our community next week, while local artist, Melynda McCord and Landaca Czerniewski, will be painting at Great Western Bank in Downtown Marshalltown.
Amber Danielson, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance shared, “these final three mural projects will officially wrap up our 2021 mural season and help us celebrate Arts & Humanities month in a big way. It has been a busy year for the Marshalltown Mural program and we couldn’t be happier about the succuss we have had in the first two years of launching this program in our community.”
In the spring, the Marshalltown Mural program began with completing the Schools Sidewalk Safety project (Lauren Gifford of Ames), included eight sidewalk murals at the remaining schools in Marshalltown. To kick-off the summer, we partnered with McGregors Furniture & Mattress (Jordyn Brennan of Minneapolis), the Animal Rescue League (Julie Bousum of Marshalltown) and The Studio Wahl (Rebecca Wagner of Des Moines). Heading into fall, we welcomed Baltimore artist, Nether410 to complete Marshalltown’s largest mural to date at the Tremont Building. As we wrap up the mural season this fall, another three murals will be added to our community.
Rotary Club of Marshalltown – 13th Street District:
Kim Carlino of Massachusetts was selected for the mural being placed on the north wall of the Chop Shop in the 13th Street District. This project is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Marshalltown. The mural will be an energetic and vibrant background for the District. “Rotary is thrilled to partner with the 13th Street District and the Arts and Culture Alliance on this mural. Not only is the design unique and vibrant, it perfectly symbolizes the energy that surrounds this developing area with unique businesses and events that bring our community together,” said Rotary Board member, Amanda Accola. Learn more about Kim: kimcarlinoart.com
Postcard Mural - Marshalltown Development Foundation:
Jimmy Navarro of Des Moines was selected for the mural being placed on the south wall of Thompson True Value. This project is being sponsored by the Marshalltown Development Foundation (MDF). MDF hand selected this location as it is the first building to welcome visitors into Downtown. The mural will be Marshalltown’s post card mural – showcasing all that makes our community a great place. Heidi Draisey, MDF Board President shared, “we are thrilled this is a mural community members and guests alike will see and enjoy upon entering the historic Marshalltown Central Business District – the heart of where MDF originated 21 years ago – a nod to the true MDF mission that was dedicated to creating, promoting, and funding projects that enhance the appearance and attitude of Marshalltown.”
Learn more about Jimmy: www.navarrofineart.com
Great Western Bank:
“We were heartbroken when we saw Melynda and Landaca’s piece at the Skatepark get ruined just days after they had completed it. We immediately called them to see if they would be interested in a more permanent and much larger canvas,” shared Alliance Executive Director, Amber Danielson. “The intention for this wall was for it to rotate so we connected with Great Western Bank and they were thrilled to learn of the new artwork coming to their space.” Melynda and Landaca painted their interpretation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night at the Skatepark but for this wall, they will be painting Marshalltown’s Starry Night.
Downtown Marshalltown is the heart of our community. Over the past 3-years, downtown has suffered greatly from the tornado, derecho and pandemic. So many people, organizations and businesses are putting the maximum effort into revitalizing the Downtown District and we believe it is worth a celebration. In partnership with the Marshalltown Central Business District, the Arts & Culture Alliance invites you to join us in the newly renovated parking lot behind the Tremont Building to Celebrate Downtown.
Enjoy live music by local musicians, Austin Chadderdon and Bon Jecci, and enjoy the new mural from Baltimore muralist, Nether410, on the south wall of the Tremont Building. We hope to celebrate the continued beautification efforts, drive foot traffic into the downtown and ignite a passion for future events in our downtown, specifically in this newly revitalized beautiful space.
Marshalltown Central Business Executive Director, Deb Milizer, shared, “the captivating mural, and newly upgraded parking lot are noteworthy symbols of how this community has chosen to move forward beyond the trifecta of disasters that plagued downtown Marshalltown over these past 3 years. I highly encourage the public to come downtown and celebrate the progress that continues to be made.”
WHEN: Thursday, September 30th from 4:30 – 7PM Please bring your lawn chairs!
LOCATION: Downtown Parking Lot off of West Church Street and South 1st Street, behind the Tremont Building
TIMING OF EVENTS: Chamber Ribbon Cutting - 4:30PM / Austin Chadderdon - 5PM / Bon Jecci - 6PM
We invite you to extend your stay in Downtown by shopping, dining and supporting our downtown businesses and restaurants before or after the event. Thank you to the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism for sponsoring this event.
Per city ordinance, pets are not allowed at events in Marshalltown. For the health and wellbeing of everyone that attends, masks or facial coverings and social distancing are recommended.
For questions, please contact Amber Danielson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-752-2787.
The Arts & Culture Alliance is thrilled to welcome Baltimore artist, Nether410, to Marshalltown to create the community's largest mural on the South side of the Tremont Building in Downtown. He was selected as the finalist from over 40 applications of muralists across the country.
The mural will be located on the South wall of the Tremont building, adjacent to the newly renovated parking lot on the corner of West Church Street and South 1st Street. A unique feature of the mural is that it will also wrap around onto the East wall in the pedestrian alleyway connecting to Main Street.
Nether410 is a globally traveling street artist with an extensive body of public works spanning across his native city of Baltimore, Maryland.
His work is as a social and cultural documentarian of the struggles, history, aspirations, and dilemmas that our cities' face.
Arts & Culture Alliance Executive Director, Amber Danielson, shared, “the Marshalltown Mural program was launched in 2019 and this mural was one of our first planned projects. It has been in progress for quite some time and has taken lots of work by many community partners to get here today. It is beyond exciting we are officially kicking this project off and we can’t wait to see Justin’s piece come to life in the newly renovated space in Downtown Marshalltown.”
The mural objectives communicated to the artists were to create a piece that will be an energetic and inspirational backdrop for a new gathering space in our downtown and to create a must-see destination in Marshalltown. Danielson stated, “the design Justin is creating for this space has far exceeded our hopes for this project and he was the clear finalist amongst many talented artists who applied.”
“Woven into this piece is a spiritual, natural sense of balance and design aimed at evoking understanding of our relationship to our surrounding environments. This piece uses patterns and shapes reflected in nature and its composition is centered on orbital movements,” shared artist, Nether410, about the Tremont mural design.
Nether410's website: www.nether410.com
Building owners, JP and Jennifer Howard, said, “we are thankful for the effort given by so many to recover from the past three years of challenges. The City of Marshalltown has a new benefit to share with visitors to its downtown; a wonderful, safe and smart place to park.”
We invite the entire community to watch him create this piece over the coming weeks. In addition, we invite you to join us for the Downtown Celebration on Thursday, September 30th from 5-7pm in the parking lot to celebrate the progress and beautification in Downtown Marshalltown. Local musicians, Austin Chadderdon and Bon Jecci, will be performing with the new mural as their backdrop. Please bring a chair and spend your evening dining in Downtown Marshalltown!
This project was made possible by the Alliance’s funding partners, the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism, Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation, Marshalltown Development Foundation and the Community Foundation of Marshall County.
Sunday, September 19 from 1 – 4 PM
“Diversity is a Community Asset, Art is Universal, and Celebrating Culture with Respect is a Gift.
The Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance invites the community to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at our Cultural Fiesta on Sunday, September 19 from 1 to 4 pm at West End Park in the beautifully quaint 13th Street District in Marshalltown. Add to your calendar here!
Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance Executive Director, Amber Danielson, said the event primarily is to provide an opportunity to celebrate as a community, but also to provide education and awareness.
“We hope that the entire community comes to enjoy this celebration, regardless of their backgrounds,” Danielson said. “We see this as our community celebrating the rich cultures that are within our community and make up who Marshalltown is.”
Community members are invited to bring their friends and family to experience an afternoon of live music, folkloric dance, food, pinatas and more! Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket for their seating pleasure. The event is free and open to the public.
“Diversity is an asset; Art is universal and celebrating culture with respect, is a gift. My hope is everyone accepts this wonderful gift and will join us in celebrating not only Mexican Independence Day, but a day to come together as a community to learn about each other and experience traditions, art and culture from another country without leaving their town,” states Wendy Soltero, Arts & Culture Alliance Experience Committee Member.
Live music will be performed from 2 to 4 p.m. by Los De La Villa from Tama, Iowa sponsored by La Carreta Mexican Grill. Attendees will also experience folkloric dance from Nuestra Danza sin Fronteras of Des Moines, Iowa. Zamora Fresh Market will provide pinatas and special beverage sampling.
Come hungry and enjoy delicious food from local food trucks, La Capital del Taco and Tacos La Cruz. From tacos to burritos and everything in between, attendees are sure to get their fill of tasty, authentic Mexican food. Samuel Ibarra will be the master of ceremonies and provide DJ services during band intermission.
Per city ordinance, pets are not allowed at the event. For the health and wellbeing of everyone that attends, masks or facial coverings and social distancing are recommended.
The Marshalltown Performing Arts Center Foundation and the Marshalltown Community School District/High School, in partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance, are excited to announce Stephen T. Johnson was chosen as the finalist for his work of art “Scherzo” to be permanently installed at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center later this fall.
The “Scherzo” sculpture will consist of colorful abstract forms based on musical notations such as the bass clef, the forte f and musical notes, plus three kinetic mouth-shaped forms at the top that celebrate the rhythms, sounds and ideas generated within this outstanding performing arts venue. The title “Scherzo” refers to a short orchestral piece of music, especially in the second or third movement of a symphony or sonata. Scherzos are vigorously composed and are typically light and playful in character with intensely interesting, fresh, and familiar themes.
“It is with great eagerness and excitement that I begin the process of creating a lasting artwork for the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center. The dynamic twists and turns along with kinetic features is my most ambitious sculptural work to date. I must also acknowledge the care and attention that Executive Director Amber Danielson and community members have shown in our conversations regarding this commission and look forward to many more over the coming months as the work unfolds. I hope that my piece titled “Scherzo” will make the city proud, serve its function as a beacon of light and joy for the Center and will contribute in its way, to the rich tapestry of public artwork in Marshalltown,” states artist Stephen Johnson.
Stephen Johnson’s rich body of work forges connections between words, objects, and ideas. His art spans a broad range of concepts and contexts and can be seen in site-specific public art commissions, gallery and museum exhibitions, and original award-winning children’s books such as Alphabet City, a Caldecott Honor, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.
Among Johnson’s public art is a 70-foot mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, New York, a 60-foot mosaic mural at the Universal City Metro Station in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, and 33 glass panels for the Dallas Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas. His latest commission was three large glass mosaic murals for the Lenexa City Center Library in metropolitan Kansas City.
“A special thank you to the selection committee members consisting of: Marshalltown community members; Marshalltown Community School District students, staff, and board members; Marshalltown Performing Arts Center Foundation; and the Marshalltown Public Art Committee. This project exemplifies a collaborative effort to support public art in places of social gatherings, creating a sense of community for all to enjoy,” states Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance Executive Director Amber Danielson.
The Marshalltown Performing Arts Center regularly includes performances by the Marshalltown High School Show Choir, Orchestra, Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, annual dance studios’ performances, and by Live on Stage, which hosts world-class performing artists from all over the world. The Marshalltown Performing Arts Center is a pride point for showcasing and amplifying the arts and culture in Marshalltown.
In honor of our 17th birthday last month, we partnered with Child Abuse and Prevention Services (CAPS) to raise funds for art supplies to support the utilization of the arts in their programming and services. With the help of our community, we are thrilled to share that over $800 was raised!
“The Alliance is continuing to seek ways to connect the community with arts and culture and we are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with an amazing local organization who makes an incredible impact on our youth through the services they provide in Marshall County,” said Executive Director of the Alliance, Amber Danielson.
This effort began in 2020, first in partnership with YSS of Marshall County. During the last year, we have watched the power of the arts heal and transform the youth at YSS. We knew this would be an impactful effort but we couldn’t have anticipated the depth of healing and transformations we would witness. With such a huge success, it was important and critical to continue this effort and spread the impact by partnering with another youth focused organization in 2021, Child Abuse and Prevention Services.
“The support from the community on this effort is amazing. Thank you for the opportunity to further strengthen families in our community. These funds will help spark their creativity and contribute to lifelong learning”, CAPS Associate Director, Nikki Hartwig, shared.
Child Abuse and Prevention Services’ mission is to prevent child abuse in Marshall County and the surrounding area. They serve over 8,000 children and their families in Marshall, Hardin, and Tama Counties through our various programs. Child Abuse Prevention Services works with children and families to cultivate a home environment where children can grow and develop to their fullest potential. They want families to know that learning with their child can be fun. Making homemade toys and supplying arts and crafts activities that promote parent-child interaction are great ways to encourage children to be creative while gaining essential skills.
For more information or questions, please us at:
(641) 752-ARTS or email@example.com
Arts & Culture Alliance: www.artsandculturealliance.org
Child Abuse and Prevention Services: www.capsonline.us
The Marshalltown Performing Arts Center Foundation and the Marshalltown Community School District/High School, in partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance, is excited to share the three finalists for a work of art for permanent installation at the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center, formerly the Community/MHS Auditorium. Finalists include Harold Linke of Oregon, Stephen T. Johnson of Kansas and Cecilia Lueza of Florida (see their proposals below).
Fundraising efforts for the project began in 2020 and the selection committee was formed in early 2021. Selection Committee members represent the Marshalltown Community School District staff and school board, Marshalltown Performing Arts Center foundation, Marshalltown Public Art Committee, students and community at large. On March 1st, the call to artist was released and a few weeks later the committee received almost 50 applications from all over the United States.
“We were blown away by the quantity and quality of the applications we received from artists all over the country. This has been a passion project for everyone on the selection committee. It has been so exciting to witness the enthusiasm and talent from artists interested in having their work in Marshalltown,” said Amber Danielson, Alliance Executive Director.
The Marshalltown Performing Arts Center is utilized by our students and entire community. Student performances regularly include the Marshalltown High School Show Choir, Orchestra, Chorus, Band, Jazz Band and more. It hosts many of our local dance studios’ annual performances and is a pride point for showcasing and amplifying the arts in Marshalltown. In addition, it is used by several community organizations such as, Live on Stage, which hosts world-class performing artists from all over the world. Bonnie Lowry, School Board Member and Foundation representative, shared, “this magnificent auditorium has provided endless opportunities to showcase student and international artists. The Community of Marshalltown has once again come together in a collaborative effort to support and visually celebrate the performing arts through placing a piece of public art outside the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center.”
The next step in the process, which is very important, is community engagement. Over the next 2-weeks the committee will be attending events throughout Marshalltown seeking input and feedback from all community members. In addition to in-person events, the community is invited to provide input online. Upon receiving community input, the selection committee will make its final decision by Friday, July 9th and has hopes of the artwork being installed before the end of the year (weather dependent).
Please provide us with your input and feedback
by filling out this quick form (open through July 7th)!
Harold Harold Linke of Lake Oswego, Oregon
Artwork Name: ENER-JOY
Artwork Size: figures 8’ tall Artwork Material: carbon fiber composite
The three-part EnerJoy placed in the arrival circle of the Performing Arts Center depicts the flow of Energy from performer to audience and back again. The theme of Energy combines joy, passion, pride and excitement with a big visual footprint to draw attention to what fine art can be. The three figures stand alone yet move together as you move about. The sculptures represent the Opening Rush, the Performance Euphoria and the Closing Gratitude.
Harold's Full Proposal
Stephen T. Johnson of Lawrence, Kansas
Artwork Name: Scherzo
Artwork Size: 15’ tall x 18’ wide Artwork Material: painted/powder coated steel
Colorful abstract forms based on musical notations such as the bass clef, the forte f and musical notes, plus three kinetic mouth-shaped forms at the top, celebrate the rhythms, sounds and ideas generated within this outstanding performing arts venue. The title Scherzo refers to a short orchestral piece of music, especially in the second or third movement of a symphony or sonata. Scherzos are vigorously composed and are typically light and playful in character with intensely interesting, fresh and familiar themes.
Stephen's Full Proposal
Cecilia Lueza of St Petersburg, Florida
Artwork Name: Rapture
Artwork Size: 15’ tall x 4’ 4” wide Artwork Material: aircraft grade aluminum
For Marshalltown’s Performing Arts Center we propose a signature, freestanding sculpture inspired by the sky, the flow of water and air and of the different elements of the human form. It symbolizes a state or experience of breathtakingly being carried away by an overwhelming emotion. The artwork evokes a feeling of movement and freedom like those expressed in the performing arts.
Cecilia's Full Proposal
For questions, please contact:
(641) 752-ARTS (2787)
The Arts & Culture Alliance is thrilled to partner with McGregor’s Mattress & Furniture to install a mural on their walkway and main entrance to their storefront in Downtown Marshalltown. As customers approach the front door, they will feel the excitement and energy in the bright colors of the mural. The mural will give customers a walk down memory lane at all the important moments in McGregors’ history. From the very beginning, to the expansion to multiple locations, all the way to today; the customers will feel the history and pride that McGregors has for their family-owned business.
McGregor’s experienced extensive damaged as a result of the 2018 Marshalltown tornado and just recently moved back into their newly renovated building. This mural integrates McGregors’, Marshalltown and Iowa’s history, while celebrating and paying tribute to the revitalization and beauty of Downtown Marshalltown. Erin McGregor, owner of McGregor’s Mattress & Furniture shared, “we are proud to support the local art community. We are very fortunate to have Jordyn paint our front entrance to showcase our history and celebrate the arts in Marshalltown. Come see the finished product July 4th!”
Minnesota artist, Jordyn Brennan, is a muralist, teacher, oil painter, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Jordyn said, “my biggest joy in the mural making process is seeing the community come together and get excited about the project. More than anything, I love getting to set my paint brush aside and talk with community members. Hearing their stories and personal connections to the town, inspires me every day and is why I continue to do what I do.” Follow Jordyn at @art_by_jordynbrennan on Instagram!
Jordyn will begin the mural on Sunday, June 27th and will complete it in time for the Holiday weekend. We invite the community to stop by and watch her create. During the painting of the mural, McGregor’s customers are invited to enter the store by using the back entrance June 27th through July 1st.
To see Jordyn’s progress and the completed mural, follow along on the Alliance’s Facebook and Instagram: Instagram: @arts_and_culture_alliance | Facebook: @ArtsandCultureAlliance
Alliance Executive Director, Amber Danielson, said, “we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue muraling Marshalltown. We are so grateful for the support from our local businesses and building owners that share our vision and understand the critical role the arts play in economic development, tourism and community pride. This is one of many exciting mural projects we have in the works, stay tuned.”
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