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March, 2017

  • 1 March

    Young Artists Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery is holding its annual art competition for young artists in April. If you are between the ages of 5 and 17 (including 18 if still in high school), this one is for you! Older than that? Do you know of a young person who is a budding artist? Tell them about this ...

  • 1 March

    Cast Selected for OLT’s Mary Poppins

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The directors of Mary Poppins, the next OLT musical, have announced their cast following three days of auditions that included the budding talents of 65 actors and actresses. “The multitude of talent and enthusiasm displayed is a mixed blessing for those of us who are charged with deciding on who is cast in what role. There ...

February, 2017

  • 23 February

    Meet the Artist: Jim Anderson

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery’s featured artist for March will be James Anderson, a photographer from Van Buren. Jim is a retired school teacher who taught and coached in Poteau, Oklahoma for 30 years. He has a true love of geography, and his love of teaching showed in the students he taught. He now resides in Van ...

  • 23 February

    OLT to hold Auditions for Mary Poppins

    SUBMITTED – Now that the Ouachita Little Theatre hit, Southern Hospitality, has finished its run, it is time to start on Mary Poppins, the next OLT production.  This Thursday, February 23, Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, both budding and experienced thespians will have the opportunity to audition for one of the 30 plus roles in the show.  All auditions will be held at ...

  • 15 February

    The Gallery Store: A Well-Kept Secret

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Behind the main display area at Mena Art Gallery, you will find a variety of work by local artists. There are affordable, original paintings and drawings; small editions of photographs, note cards, and prints; beautiful handmade jewelry, and a variety of other items, all handcrafted, one of a kind little jewels. Looking for a thank-you ...

  • 2 February

    Why Volunteer?

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Why should anyone volunteer? The reasons are probably as numerous as the people who contribute their time and expertise—I can only tell you my reasons. I happen to choose to volunteer primarily with the Mena Art Gallery because of a long-standing interest in art, but the rewards to me are many. I get to see ...

January, 2017

  • 27 January

    Mena Art Gallery’s Sweetheart Show

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – February and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner, and your local art gallery is getting into the spirit of the times. The February show will offer work in any media and on any subject: painting, drawing, sculpture, pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, and more. The gallery ...

  • 25 January

    Southern Hospitality Opening Soon at OLT

    SUBMITTED – Scotty Jenkins, the director of the most recent Ouachita Little Theatre production of Southern Hospitality, has announced the cast.  They are:  Miss Geneva Musgrave: Ann Glenn; Honey Raye Futrelle: Linor Thomas; Gina Jo (G.J.) Waverly: Alexa Night; Rhonda Lynn Lampley: Donna Sloan; Twink Futrelle: Jackie Baird; Justin Waverly: Chris Swanberg; John Curtis Bunter: Will Hose; Dub Dubberly: Lamar Austin; Frankie ...

  • 18 January

    OLT to Host Thursday Night Movie

    The Ouachita Little Theatre will be showing The Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, this month.  Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted and the concession stand will be open. “This is a great opportunity to take your family out to see a movie that you can all enjoy without breaking the bank,” said Rudi ...

  • 18 January

    Artists’ Garage Sale

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The annual Artists’ Garage Sale is going on during January at Mena Art Gallery. You can find almost anything related to art: canvas, sketch pads, pencils, pens, paints, framing materials, or whatever you might need to create art of any variety. There is also completed artwork for sale in lots of different media. If you ...