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January, 2018

  • 31 January

    Reception for “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This Saturday, February 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be an opening reception for Mena Art Gallery’s first “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit at 607 Mena Street. Arkansas artists from around the state have been invited to enter their concept of what the Natural State means to them. There are no limits to the media used, so artists ...

  • 26 January

    Mena Art Gallery: A Look Ahead to 2018

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – I have been working with Mena Art Gallery for over a dozen years and have seen it grow and change. Here are some of the things planned for 2018: Two national juried painting competitions will bring the best work from artists all over the U.S. Artists can enter either or both by posting photographs of ...

  • 10 January

    Double Header This Week at OLT!

    Friends and members of OLT have a rare opportunity to experience not one, but two exciting events for the public in the same week.  First, on Wednesday, January 10th at 6:30 p.m., a free movie party will be hosted by Ouachita Little Theatre. The feature will be one of the most famously popular and critically acclaimed movies of all time, ...

  • 10 January

    Portrait of Arkansas

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The February Exhibit at Mena Art Gallery will be An Artist’s Portrait of Arkansas, the Natural State. Each artist will find something that means “Arkansas” to them and that will be the subject of their work. Entries can be in any media: Paintings, photographs, drawings, pen and ink, and three-dimensional work will be included. This will ...

  • 3 January

    Artists’ Garage Sale

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery will have its annual Artists’ Garage Sale during January 2018. You will find work exclusively by local artists in all media, but that is just the beginning: it is also a time when artists bring in art supplies. It gives the artist a chance to clear out unused supplies and gives the ...

December, 2017

  • 6 December

    Just 4 Fun Players Auditioning for Harvey

    SUBMITTED BY JUDY THOMPSON – Just 4 Fun Players will be presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey, at Mena Mountain Resort on February 14, February 24 and March 3.  Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey—a pooka, who is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit.  Beginning as a Broadway play in the 40’s, ...

November, 2017

  • 15 November

    “Still on the Hill” and “Elf” News

    Friends and patrons of Ouachita Little Theatre and Polk County residents are being treated to a free concert on Sunday, November 19 at 2:30 PM.  This grant supported event through the Buffalo River National Park Service provides entertainment that also educates about our rural Arkansas cultural history. If you love nature, music, storytelling, and learning about people and places of ...

  • 15 November

    Mena Arts District is Alive and Well, and Growing

    BY RICK CHRISMAN – SouthWest Artists has existed for over 70 years in one form or another, originally meeting in individuals’ homes. As it grew, it found meeting and exhibit space wherever available. In 1982, it was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(C)3 corporation. The focus of our founders was to create a community of like-minded artists to discuss their work ...

October, 2017

  • 19 October

    Christmas Gift Show and Sale Coming Soon

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – It’s time for all our local artists to get their work ready for entry in Mena Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Gift Show and Sale. The gallery will be accepting entries on Tuesday, October 31, from 10 am to 4 pm. Any media is welcome: painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts, and so on. There are no ...

  • 6 October

    Portrait Drawing Class at Mena Art Gallery

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – During January, Barbara Tobias will have a four-session class on creating pencil portraits. She will concentrate on the effects you can get with a simple graphite pencil (from lines to shading to emphasis and value), the basic proportions for a “generic” face, and how to alter those basic proportions to get a likeness of an ...