Arts and Culture

Art Galleries

Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery
Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street
Open – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Changing exhibits of various artists throughout the year in both 2-D and 3-D media.  Free admission.



Mills Gallery – Central College
Lubbers Center for the Visual Arts, Central College, 812 University Street
Open – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.
Mills Gallery offers excellent exhibitions by both students and professional artists from Iowa, the United States, and around the world.  Exhibits are free of charge to the college, community of Pella, and travelers.


Hands-On Art

Pella Community Art Center
712 Union
Numerous class offerings.  Arts events for students Pre-K through senior citizens.  Please call for schedule of information.
Open: Year round.

Historic Preservation

Historic Pella Trust
The Historic Pella Trust was organized to protect and preserve Pella’s heritage by preserving historic building sites, so that future generations will continue to honor the time and talent of our forefathers. Their motto is “Preserving Yesterday With A Vision For Tomorrow”.

Performing Arts

Douwstra AuditoriumDSC_3142
812 University Street
Douwstra Auditorium is a popular Central College venue for lectures, concerts
and programs August through May.
Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium
Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street
The J.K.F. Auditorium is a completely renovated 329-seat multi-purpose facility, and is home to theatrical and musical performances and classes, public meetings, political forums, lectures and special events that occur throughout the year.
Each summer the Community Center offers a variety of theater classes and programs for students grade 1 thru 12. These classes are designed to be inclusive and explore all aspects of theater including set design, costumes, learning a part and participating in a production. No auditions are necessary for participation. Programs vary in length from 1 to 6 weeks. Classes are announced in May and registration is available through Community Services.


Kruidenier Theatre Center
Central College, 812 University Street
The Kruidenier Center houses two black box theatres – a 200-seat mainstage theatre and a 75-seat studio theatre. A scene shop, costume shop, makeup and dressing rooms, box office, lounge (greenroom), classrooms and faculty offices are also part of the Kruidenier Center. The equipment is professional quality. Both the main stage and studio theatres have state-of-the-art light boards and a computerized sound-editing program is available for sound design.


Pella Opera House
611 Franklin Street
Historic 1900 opera house that features musical and theatrical performances October through May as well as meeting and conference facilities.



Union Street Players
Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street
The Union Street Players is Pella’s award-winning community theater. Consistently voted the best performing group in Marion County, the non-profit stage troupe produces up to four main stage shows each year.  Auditions are always open to the public and USP productions afford a unique opportunity for individuals to plug-in to the community and meet new friends. In addition, the USP Costume Shop is open each Saturday morning. The volunteer staff provides economical costume rentals for individuals and groups.
641.204.1094 – Tom Vander Well, USP President
USP Costume Shop website



Tassel Ridge Winery
1681 220th Street, Leighton, IA 50143
Open: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Nestled in the picturesque farmland of Mahaska County, family-owned Tassel Ridge Winery “takes Midwest winemaking to new heights.”  The winery is surrounded by 41 acres of vineyards and includes a state-of-the-art cellar.  The Tassel Ridge label wines ranges from light, fruity whites to rich, complex reds and includes a traditional sweet wine and dessert wines.
Groups welcome
641.672.WINE (9463)



Van Wijk Winery
802 4th Street
Sully, IA 50251
This boutique winery is a historically-rich hidden gem for intimate weddings, corporate or family events. Call or check out our website for the current schedule.

Want to visit more wineries?
Check out the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail