Southern Illinois is chock full of opportunities for arts lovers of all ages, and Marion is no exception. Located on the Downtown Square, both the Marion Cultural and Civic Center and the Little Egypt Arts Centre offer a wide variety of fall arts events, including shows, concerts, art exhibits, and more. If you are looking for venues to enrich your cultural life be sure and give Marion a try!
If Impressionism is your artistic forte, be sure and attend the Missy Carstens/E.P. Morrison exhibit at the Little Egypt Arts Centre. “Embracing Change” is the title of the show, which runs from August 9-September 30. Both Missy and E.P. specialize in Impressionistic paintings, but are also creating works that are very different from previous showings. E.P. has created several beautiful artistic hooked rugs, and Missy is showing several paintings highlighting a brighter, bolder style.
The Arts Centre is also highlighting several other exhibits, competitions, and fundraisers this fall. “Members Choice” is an exhibit of paintings, collectibles, furniture, and other items of interest for sale presented by artists and patrons of the Little Egypt Arts Association (LEAA). This event runs from August 9-September 30. The Arts Centre building needs a new roof, and LEAA is doing a fundraiser to cover this expense. For a $100.00 tax deductible donation, you will receive a 10X8 inch two tone portrait of your favorite human or pet face. LEAA artists will paint the faces August 28, and the faces will be presented at a reception on September 10 from 5-7 P.M. This reception will also highlight the Carstens/Morrison show and the “Member’s Choice” exhibit, and the public is encouraged to attend.
For a comprehensive listing of 2010-2011 art events, please go to LEAA’s website.
The crowning jewel of downtown Marion, the Marion Cultural and Civic Center has a bevy of exciting events planned for the fall season. “Memories of Elvis” will be presented on August 28 at 7:30. If contemporary Christian or gospel music is more to your taste, Big Daddy Weave will be performing on September 11 at 7:00. There will be a Habitat for Humanity gospel concert on September 18 at 7:00.
September 24 is Beatles night! “A Day in the Life”, featuring Beatles music, will be presented at 7:00 that night. And if you are into talent shows, the Southern Illinois “Kids Got Talent” event will be presented on September 25 at 7:00. “Shine” will be performed on September 30 at 7:00, and the Marion’s Paradise Alley Players will present the comedy “M.A.S.H.” October 22-24. Performances on the 22nd and 23rd will be at 7:30, and 2:00 the 24th.
Be sure and check the Marion Cultural and Civic Center’s website for ticket prices and more information on all their events.
Marion is a Southern Illinois small town full of art, music, theater and more. Come check us out!