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American Artisans Pulls in Donations with Soup Fundraiser


American Artisans held a fundraiser to benefit the Mena Art Gallery on Thursday, November 17th. Owner of American Artisans, Rick Chrisman, said they had a good turnout. “It was great. It really turned out well. I think it also helped the Downtown Partners as it was also Third Thursday Downtown night.” Chrisman said around $900 was raised that the Mena Art Gallery will be able to use for general operating expenses.

Donna Chrisman made her famous soups and homemade breads were donated by Barbara Tobias. Cupcakes by MaryAnn were served for dessert. “We want to thank everyone that came. We were packed and it was phenomenal,” said Chrisman. They served between 60-75 patrons, not charging a set price, but taking donations.

Mena Art Gallery is known for bringing high quality shows to the area as well as displaying brilliantly talented local artists. If anyone would like to donate, you can call Mena Art Gallery’s Director, Julie Vande Zande, at 479-394-3880.

They are currently displaying their annual Christmas show, which includes many items for sale of all art types, both large and small, and of any price range. They include: Pen & Ink, Pastels, Acrylic Paintings, Oil Paintings, Crocheted Afghans, Quilts, Multi-Media, Wood Carvings, Walking Sticks, Tote Bags, Purses, Jewelry, Metal Art, Photography, Dream Catchers, Wood Working, Flower Arrangements, Wreaths, Cards, and so much more.

The gallery is open from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.


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