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August, 2017

  • 15 August

    Winners in Mena Art Gallery’s Ouachita Expressions

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This year’s Ouachita Expressions art competition brought out some exceptional work by Arkansas artists. Here are the award winners: Best of Show: Jim Brace – “Greers Ferry Lake” Works on Paper: 1st – Tiffany Lane – “A Place in the Sun” 2nd – Gilda Meyers – “Un-Spoken” 3rd – Judith Cantrell – “Lincoln’s Sparrows” H.M. – Barbara Holdeman – ...

  • 15 August

    First OLT Movie Night a Big Success

    Ouachita Little Theatre recently revived the Free Movie Night at the Lyric series on August 9th.  The feature was the popular musical, “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor.  The theatre was comfortably full and the crowd reacted to the show with appropriate laughter, applause, and appreciation for the musical dance numbers.  The concession stand ...

  • 9 August

    New Classes at the County Fair

    SUBMITTED BY KIM HUGHES – As the county fair approaches, we wanted to let you know about some new classes this year that you may not have thought about.  There’s still time to get entries finished, but only a few weeks.  Entry dates are August 29 and 30 for the Education Building.  See the fair catalog for complete entry information. ...

  • 9 August

    Construction Continues on Reflections Creative Arts Center

    Reflections, Mena’s Creative Arts Center, continues construction work in an effort to be open this fall. Sheetrock has been installed and the interior will be painted by the end of the week. Crews have already painted an exterior wall, added windows, torn out much of the back and upstairs areas, and plan to bring the building back to glory. Owner, ...

  • 9 August

    Summer is for Hot Dogs!

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery and Atwoods are teaming up to bring them to you. On Saturday, August 12, from 10 am to 2 pm, Mena Art Gallery representatives will be manning the stand in front of Atwoods. One dollar will bring you two hot dogs and a coke. All proceeds will go to help cover operating ...

July, 2017

  • 26 July

    Time to Prepare for Ouachita Expressions

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This year Ouachita Expressions is scheduled for the month of August, with entries due at Mena Art Gallery from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, August 2. It is time for local artists to be thinking about their entries for the gallery’s traditional judged exhibit. So break out your brushes, pencils, welding torches, chisels, ...

  • 19 July

    Christmas in July and Indian Tacos

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On July 21 and 22 Downtown Partners is hosting Christmas in July. Mena Art Gallery will join the fun with ornaments and Christmas art for sale in the gallery and many activities going on that weekend. The annual 12 Days of Christmas tree will be on display. The ornaments on this tree will be sold ...

June, 2017

  • 29 June

    Mena Art Gallery’s Photography Show Winners

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – This is, like most of the preceding Photography Shows, an amazing display of photography talent and beauty. Here is a list of the winners: Best of Show (Richard Shull Award) – Sharon Prislipsky – Spiral Toward the Light Youth: 1st Place – Landon Isclaw – Framed 2nd Place – Landon Isclaw – Reaching Out 3rd ...

  • 21 June

    Hamlet’s Cast and Crew Announced

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The cast and crew of OLT’s upcoming fall production of Hamlet have been announced.  Playing the lead as Hamlet will be Alex Atchley with Logan Sweeten as the understudy. Ophelia- Alexa Night, Tara Cornelius (understudy); Queen Gertrude- Kaitlyn Haines, Jane Buttermilk (understudy); King Claudius- Justin Fenwick, Kevin Loyd (understudy); Polonius- Bruce Bills; Laertes- Cody Gee, Elijah ...

  • 13 June

    The Art of Seasoning

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – On June 24, at noon, Mena Art Gallery will offer a cooking class conducted by Barbara Tobias. The class will include lunch, recipes, and lots of ideas on seasoning with herbs and spices. Many of you have attended Barbara’s classes on making bread, and this is an opportunity to broaden your cooking skills. Often, the difference between ...