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June, 2017

  • 13 June

    Thespians Honored at Benson Awards

    SUBMITTED – With the festive air generated by the Hawaiian theme and the anticipation of the nominees and the audience, the 2015-2016 season Benson Award Ceremony got underway Saturday at the OLT.  Thirty-five awards were up for grabs.  The evening started with music provided by the Ouachita Strings, as the attendees snacked on Hawaiian themed finger foods.  At the appointed ...

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 ...

  • 10 March

    Ouachita Little Theatre’s “Music at the OLT”

    BY RUDI TIMMERMAN – OLT regulars have fond memories of Jay Rodgers as an actor, singer, and director.  Even though Jay and his family have moved to BellaVista, his heart is still in Mena.  Not only has he continued to be an OLT member and season ticket holder, but now he has volunteered to put together a great musical program. ...

  • 10 March

    Bread Making Class at Mena Art Gallery

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – Saturday, March 18, at noon, Barbara Tobias will conduct another class at the gallery on how to make bread. It will include a demo (with hands-on opportunity) of how to make classic French bread, the recipe, and lunch of the freshly baked bread, and two different soups. Many of you have probably sampled Barbara’s bread ...

  • 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 ...