July 12, 2024

Iowa artist Chad Elliott to ‘Paint the Park’ and perform live music at NSNWR

Art demonstration and concert open to the public

Iowa artist Chad Elliott to perform at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge July 18

The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will host Iowa artist and Americana songwriter Chad Elliott as part of his ‘Paint the Park’ series July 18.

Elliott has invited parks across Iowa to host a live painting and live music event in their natural spaces. He will paint a piece inspired by the unique landscape of the prairie restoration at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and perform a concert behind the Refuge’s Visitor Center. The public is invited to stop by during the day to see him working, take a walk, admire blooming wildflowers and look for bison and elk.

Concert attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating beginning at 5 p.m. with music starting at 6 p.m. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought to the event. The Prairie Point Nature Store will be open.