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May, 2017

  • 18 May

    Cast Selected for JOLT’s Tom Sawyer

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) held auditions for their yearly Summer production last week and have a cast full of talent ready to grace the stage at Mena’s historic theatre. The play will be co-directed by longtime member, Scott Jenkins, and upcomer, Alexa Night. The story, Tom Sawyer, was written by Paul Kester and founded ...

  • 10 May

    Mary Poppins Enters Final Weekend

    SUBMITTED – Mary Poppins opens again this weekend on Thursday and continues only on Friday and Saturday.  In addition, American Artisans is offering a dinner before the show option on Thursday.  Tickets for both are available at the theatre from 9 am to 4 pm. The first weekend was a big success with sold out crowds, and the audiences humming ...

  • 10 May

    Chamber of Commerce Coffee at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – On Friday, May 12, 2017, from 9 am to 11 am, Mena Art Gallery will host a coffee with light refreshments for the local Chamber of Commerce. The current exhibit at the gallery is the work of Patricia Trulock and Gilda Meyers: Artwork Along The Way captured in photos, pen & ink, carvings, and jewelry. ...

  • 3 May

    Auditions for Next JOLT Production this Week

    SUBMITTED – The Junior Ouachita Little Theatre, or JOLT as they are known, have announced the dates for their next production, Tom Sawyer, as written by Paul Kester. Auditions will be held on May 8th and 9th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Ouachita Little Theater, 610 Mena Street. For the play, there are speaking parts for 8 girls and 13 ...

  • 3 May

    Mena Art Gallery Launching New Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Our national juried painting competition, The Art of the Heartland, is in its third year. Building on the success of that endeavor, we are starting a new annual juried competition: Small Works. We would love to see some of our local artists enter and win this national competition. For this show, image size must by ...

April, 2017

  • 26 April

    Mary Poppins Opens Next Weekend at OLT

    SUBMITTED BY RUDI TIMMERMAN – The last minute flourishes are going on at the Ouachita Little Theatre as the cast and crew prepares for next week’s production of the musical, Mary Poppins.  The show opens Friday, May 5 and continues May 6, 7, 11, 12, and 13.  There is no Sunday May 14 show – that is Mena High School’s graduation day. Reserved advance ...

  • 26 April

    Meet the Artists: Gilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The May exhibit at Mena Art Gallery is called “BFF Art Show” and the two ladies make quite a team. Gilda Meyers does a wide variety of work: exquisite pen and ink drawings, woodcarvings, jewelry, and note cards to name just a few. It is always fun to see what new ideas she has come ...

  • 5 April

    Reception for Young Artists’ Exhibit

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Mena Art Gallery will hold a reception for the work of young artists on Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 2 pm. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many talented young people. Some are from local art classes; some are home schooled or ...

March, 2017

  • 22 March

    Young Artists Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Mena is fortunate enough to have many excellent young artists. We feel at Mena Art Gallery that supporting these young people is one of the most important things we can do, as they are our future. On Tuesday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries to our ...

  • 22 March

    OLT to Upgrade Lighting System

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Ouachita Little Theatre will soon be upgrading their lighting system, just in time for their next production, Mary Poppins, and all due to a generous donation. OLT President, Rudi Timmerman, explained that the stage lighting currently in the building was manufactured in the 1960’s and was acquired second hand 20 years ago.  Some problems exist with ...