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Creston's Restored Depot and BNSF Locomotive

Plan Your Visit

We look forward to welcoming you to Creston! Please find all the information you need below to plan your visit, including Art Center and Art Gallery hours, location, exhibitions, and more. Admission to the gallery is always free!

Creston Arts Gallery

Creston Arts Gallery, located inside Creston’s Restored Depot, features monthly exhibits by local talent and visiting artists. The depot, built in 1899, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 when it was restored as Creston City Hall. 


Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Admission is free

Artists and curators interested in exhibiting in the Creston Arts Gallery in 2023/24 are invited to apply to exhibit.

gallery visitors

Creston Arts Center

Creston Arts Center, prominently located in uptown Creston, is home to Creston Arts gathering and maker spaces. It is where we host Summer Art Camp, yoga, poetry workshops, classes, and more.

Creston Arts Center is located at the corner of North Division and West Elm Streets inside what is fondly remembered by locals as the former Huff Bakery and/or the former White Dairy building. In 2019, Iowa State Savings Bank gifted the building to Creston Arts with starting renovation costs. Through grants and public financial support, the dream of a community art center and gathering space was actualized. 

Arts Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Some events and classes are after hours. For a private tour, please email  

Events & Classes
For general information, a list of free events, or registration info for a class at Creston Arts Center, visit our home page. 
Some classes are free and some are fee-based. Either way, our mission is to make art accessible to all. If you are interested in applying for a full or partial discount on any of our classes or programs, please
apply for a scholarship.
Calling all instructors!

Artists interested in exhibiting in teaching art workshops at Creston Arts Center or in the Creston Community in 2023/24 are invited to apply to teach.

a workshop participant working on a watercolor painting at the Creston Arts Center
a girl writing in her notebook during a monthly poetry workshop

Public Art Tour

In 2020, Creston High School Art Teacher Bailey Fry-Schnormeier and a student approached Creston City Council to ask for permission to paint a city-owned wall. That initial ask has led to the creation of more than 50 vibrant murals in Creston and surrounding towns, all of which have been painted by participants in what has become the Mentor Mural Project. 


Through this program, Creston area youth complete community service hours working in partnership with professional artists to create public art. This experience offers participants a variety of trade skills while contributing to creative collaborative projects that contributed to the region's economic growth.

Many visitors looking at a mural of a girl and flowers. This mural was painted by Nicole Salgar and located on Maple Street.
Creston Arts Gallery
Creston Arts Center
Public Art Tour
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