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Art of the Heartland Exhibit


Sunday, October 11, from 1 to 3 pm, there will be a reception at Mena Art Gallery for the Art of the Heartland competition. Paintings from fifty-one artists from all over the country have been chosen for the first national juried painting competition sponsored by SouthWest Artists, Inc., the parent organization of Mena Art Gallery. The reception is also a celebration of SouthWest Artists’ 70 years of bringing art to Mena.

Each artist represented in the exhibit was among those who sent images of their work to be evaluated by a jury of three successful artists here in Mena. The best were selected; the artists were notified; the paintings have been delivered by artists living in states from Hawaii to California, from Texas to the East Coast, and even from Canada. Those artists who live close enough to Mena to make the trip reasonable will be here to greet you and talk about their work.

Nancy Meadows Taylor, from North Carolina, our judge of awards, has made the final selection for the approximately $12,000 in awards going to the best of the best. Nancy will also be conducting a workshop on how to paint beautiful water Monday through Wednesday, October 12, 13, and 14. There are still a few openings for her workshop if you would like to take advantage of having an extremely successful and talented artist and instructor here in your own back yard. For details, see You can learn more about Nancy’s career at her website,

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