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February, 2016

  • 17 February

    Final Performances for Dearly Beloved This Weekend

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy, Dearly Beloved, opened this past weekend to laugh-filled audiences.  Final performances will be Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM and the Sunday matinee, February 21, at 2:30 PM.  Admission is only $8.00 with seniors 60 and over and students paying $5.00.  The admission costs for most OLT ...

  • 17 February

    Local Artists Shine

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The current exhibit at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, showcases what local artists can do. There are paintings, pen and ink drawings, photography, and a wide variety of three-dimensional art on display. In addition to the special February exhibit, most of which is for sale, our store area at the back of the gallery ...

  • 10 February

    Dearly Beloved Opens at Mena Mountain Resort

    BY JODY THOMPSON – Are you ready for a date night, a Valentine’s special treat, or a fun night out with friends?  Mena Mountain Resort and the Ouachita Little Theatre have joined together to make any of the above a reality on this Friday, February 12.  OLT will present Dearly Beloved, a Jones, Hope and Wooten comedy at the resort, ...

  • 10 February

    Art Awareness at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This month’s Art Awareness program at the gallery (607 Mena Street, 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 16) will be presented by Rick Chrisman. His topic will be Marketing Three-Dimensional and Craft Art. Rick, as many of you know, spent many years in fine craft creation and marketing. He and Donna Chrisman created beautiful wooden boxes, both traditional Shaker ...

  • 3 February

    Fayro, Tx Comes to Mena at OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Ouachita Little Theatre is changing into Fayro, Texas, hometown of the lovable, but dysfunctional Futrelle family.  The Futrelle sisters (Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye) are throwing a wedding.  Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo’s antebellum-inspired wedding and the rumor mill in Fayro is working overtime.  No surprises ...

  • 3 February

    Mena Art Gallery Looks Ahead

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Saturday, January 16, the Board of Directors of Mena Art Gallery met to plan for the coming couple of years. Janet Harney of the Arkansas Arts Council acted as moderator for the group. The meeting began with a summary by Rick Chrisman, Chairman of the Board, of the activities for the past year including ...

January, 2016

  • 27 January

    Hustling at OLT

    CONTRIBUTED BY JUDY THOMPSON – Anyone dropping by the Ouachita Little Theatre can see people scurrying about at many hours of the day.  During the daytime, T. J. Thompson and various helpers have been working on the set for the upcoming play, Dearly Beloved.  Or you could find Judy Thompson and Linda Johnson going through the costume closet and bins ...

  • 27 January

    Soup, Bread and Cupcakes: Yummmmm!

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – A special dinner with the proceeds donated to Mena Art Gallery is scheduled at American Artisans (615 Mena Street) on Saturday, January 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Donna Chrisman, chef at American Artisans, is making five of her fabulous soups: Cheddar Ale, Tomato Bisque, Smoked Chicken and Wild Rice, Smoked Chicken with Poblano ...

  • 20 January

    A Special Valentine Surprise from OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – As it is less than one month from Valentine’s Day, the Ouachita Little Theatre in conjunction with Mena Mountain Resort, invites everyone to the opening of Dearly Beloved on Friday, February 12, at the resort.  For the third year, the two are providing a dinner theatre event for the community.  Judy Thompson, director for the upcoming ...

  • 20 January

    Call for Entries for Mena Art Gallery Open Show

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Wednesday, February 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, you may bring your entries for the Winter 2016 Open Show. This one is open to any media and any style including paintings, photography, three-dimensional work, collage, and drawings. You can either download the entry form from the gallery website: or drop by the gallery at 607 Mena ...