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September, 2015

  • 9 September

    National Juried Painting Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – SouthWest Artists has been enlivening the art scene in Mena for 70 years now. A few years ago, it opened Mena Art Gallery to provide a place for local artists to show and sell their work and for the people of our town to enjoy artwork of a steadily increasing quality. Over the past few ...

August, 2015

  • 31 August

    Photography Workshop at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On September 12, Greg Disch will conduct a photography workshop from 10 am to 4 pm at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street. Greg Disch is a freelance photographer located in Arkansas. He specializes in nature, scenic, wildlife, and other outdoor subjects in Arkansas and other areas of the country. The Mena Art Gallery exhibit during ...

  • 31 August

    OLT Rummage Sale Fundraiser

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Ouachita Little Theatre will have its Third Annual Rummage Sale this Saturday from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the parking lot of Bear State Bank across from the depot. Marilyn Brown and Judy Thompson are co-chairing the event. The rummage sale is an important fund-raiser for the theatre. Thompson notes that although theatre memberships ...

  • 25 August

    OLT Announces the Cast of The Foreigner

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Ouachita Little Theatre has announced the cast of their upcoming production of The Foreigner, directed by RMCC Drama Instructor, Robby Burt. Taking the lead will be Lamar Austin as ‘Froggy’ Le Sueur; Scotty Jenkins as Charlie Baker; Judy Thompson will play Betty Meeks; Krys Swanberg will be Reverend David Marshall Lee; Katelin Haines is set ...

  • 24 August

    Nancy Meadows Taylor to Present Painting Workshop

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Always wanted to paint beautiful water? One of the best in the nation in that particular field will have a workshop here in Mena on October 12, 13, and 14. It will take place at Mena Mountain Resort. Nancy has long worked in both watercolor and oils and is an accomplished painter as well as a ...

  • 17 August

    Time for Artists to Sign Up for Ouachita Art Celebration

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On November 7, Mena will have the second annual Ouachita Art Celebration (OAC), a festival centering on the arts. Nine businesses in Mena’s downtown Arts District have again united to bring together as many artists and artisans as possible to display their work on Mena Street. The street itself will be closed to motor traffic from Janssen ...

  • 12 August

    Ouachita Little Theatre Presents “The Foreigner”

    BY ROBBY BURT – Ouachita Little Theatre and RMCC will hold auditions for The Foreigner, a comedy by Larry Shue, at the Ouachita Little Theatre on August 13th and 14th, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and August 15th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Previous experience is not required for the audition. Rehearsals will begin August 17th and the last ...

  • 12 August

    Paper-Mâché Clay with Cherri Stanberry

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 pm, Mena Art Gallery will host its monthly Art Awareness program. This time it features Cherri Stanberry and is on how to create paper-mâché clay—and why you might be interested. Cherri says she became interested because she was unhappy with the paper-mâché she created because it was so fragile, so ...

  • 5 August

    Old Lyric Players to Honor National Grandparents Day

    In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents.  Through concerted efforts on the part of civic, business, church and political leaders, this campaign expanded statewide.  Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) was especially instrumental in the project.  The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia.  Also in 1973, Senator Randolph introduced ...

  • 5 August

    Mena Art Gallery Reopens with Ouachita Expressions

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – On Saturday, August 8, from 1 to 3 pm, Mena Art Gallery will reopen after spending the month of July in a major remodeling: new carpet, paint, lighting, handicapped-accessible bathroom, and the Executive Director’s office moved up front where she can most easily greet you as you come in. We will also be celebrating the opening of ...