Prairie Art Exhibit & Festival

Paint a Prairie Wildflower

Be a part of this new community art event! All ages and skill levels welcome! There are two ways to participate: paint a board on your own or attend a Painting Party:

On Your Own: Pick up a 2′ x 2′ board at either the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center or the Wallace House for only a $10 deposit. Paint a Wildflower/Flower scene and return it to the same location by Aug. 28 to collect your deposit.

There are 4 pick-up/drop off locations:

  • Country Life Center (M-F, 9 am – 4 pm),
  • Wallace House (M-F, 9 am – 4 pm)
  • Create Creston (T-S, 10 am – 5 pm)
  • Ed & Eva’s (Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm).

Painting Party: $10 will get you all the supplies you need and light refreshments. Space is limited, so you must RSVP.

4 painting parties are available:

  • Wallace House (Aug. 7, 5:30 – 7 :30 pm: 515.243.7063)
  • Warren Cultural Center (Aug. 8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: 641.745.7774)
  • Country Life Center (Aug. 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: 641.337.5019) 
  • Create Creston (Aug. 31, 1 – 3 pm: 641.782.8932).

Private painting parties at the Country Life Center are also available for 10 to 14 people. Email for details.

After you’ve created your exhibit, we’ll seal the board and mount it in the prairie for a month-long display from September 7 to October 7. A registration form must accompany your exhibit. Forms are available at each location or you can download and print in color or black and white.

See the Prairie Art Exhibit: Sept. 7 - Oct. 7

All of the Prairie Art exhibits created by community members will be on display in the 9 acres of restored Iowa prairie at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center from Saturday, September 7 to Monday, October 7. There is no charge to see the display. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds; snacks and drinks available in gift shop during open hours.

The Prairie Art Exhibit kicks off with a one-day festival on Saturday, September 7 from 11 am to 4 pm. In addition to the painted exhibits, there will be educational displays about prairies, live music, kids games, and scheduled prairie walks. Pizza on the Prairie will be available 11 am – 2 pm; different varieties of handmade pizza with local meats and fresh-from-the-farm veggies.

Volunteers are needed for the festival and to set up/take down the exhibit boards. Please contact Deb Houghtaling.

Create More Prairie Art

Continue your creativity with botanical art classes at the Country Life Center. Professional artists will be guiding through the entire process. You must RSVP as space is limited.

  • Botanical Water Color: Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, $20
  • Sunprint Paper: Great for kids! Sunday, September 15, 1:00-3:00 pm, $10
  • Sunprint Scarves: Cotton or silk scarves printed with prairie plants, Wednesday, September 18, 1:00-3:00 pm, $30
  • Botanical Water Color: Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, $20

Register by emailing Lisa or call 641.337.5019.

More classes are possible; please check back.

Event Sponsor

Supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Event Partners

Create Creston: 104 N. Maple, Creston, IA  641.782.8932

Ed & Eva’s/Warren Cultural Center: 154 Public Square, Greenfield, IA  641.743.2566

Wallace House: 756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 515.243.7063