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July, 2014

  • 24 July

    Mena’s Downtown Arts District and Ouachita Arts Celebration

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – You didn’t know there was a downtown arts district? There is an effort among the creative businesses on Mena Street to begin referring to the roughly one or two blocks from Janssen to Maple as the Arts District. This idea came up when eight downtown businesses began discussing an application for a National Endowment of ...

  • 19 July

    Theatre Plans to Become More User Friendly for All

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Ouachita Little Theatre Board President Tim Hesse reports that recent construction on the theatre has been well met by cast, crew, and board members. Part of the theatre was recently re-constructed to expand the rear of the building back to a closer version of its state before the tornado of April 2009 did such extensive damage, ...

  • 19 July

    Entries Due Soon for Photography Show at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, will accept entries for the annual Photography Competition on Wednesday, July 30, from 10 am to 4 pm. To request a special entry time, you must call the gallery at 479-394-3880 before July 30. This year, there will be adult and youth categories. For the youth category, the photographer ...

  • 12 July

    OLT Officers Attend Acting Workshop in Dallas

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – Del Shores is recognized not only as an actor, but also as a producer, director and playwright.  In addition, the L.A. Times acknowledges him as the master of Texas comedy.  Shores sponsored a comedic workshop in Dallas on June 29 entitled “Don’t Be Afraid.  Be a Fool!”.  Attending from Mena were Ouachita Little Theatre president, Tim ...

  • 12 July

    Henry Moreno to Demonstrate Portrait Painting at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Many of you are familiar with Henry Moreno’s beautiful and naturalistic portraits. On Tuesday, July 15, at 5:30 pm, at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, he will show us how he goes about creating them. He is an excellent teacher, and his presentations are always interesting. Henry has been painting since boyhood and has ...

  • 3 July

    OLT – Bringing Broadway Hits to Mena

    BY MELANIE BUCK – A collection of Broadway songs will be performed by OLT members this fall in a production of Broadway Showstoppers. Anyone can try out for this unique show, to be held two nights, August 15-16, at the theatre. Try-outs will be held July 7 and 8 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the OLT, 610 Mena ...

  • 1 July

    Mena Art Gallery’s 2014 “Open” Show

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Artists love “Open” shows because they can let their creativity soar: any media and any theme is acceptable. And the reception for this year’s open show will be Saturday, July 5, from 1 to 3 pm at 607 Mena Street. We are fortunate in Mena to have dozens of artists creating artwork in almost any media ...

June, 2014

  • 24 June

    Last Chance to See JOLT’s Summer Productions

    BY MELANIE BUCK – This weekend will be your last chance to see the JOLT production of two plays, Hansel & Gretel and The Secret Garden. Each show opens with Hansel & Gretel, a one act play, has a superb cast. The young children will amaze you with their ability to remember their lines and bring each character to life. ...

  • 24 June

    Plein Air Paint Group at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Early in June, several of us attended a workshop conducted by Bill Garrison—his work is on display all this month at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street. Hours are from 11 to 2 on Tuesdays, 10 to 3 on Wednesdays through Fridays. It was so much fun that we decided we’d like to continue it ...

  • 20 June

    JOLT Brings Hansel & Gretel and The Secret Garden to OLT

    BY BRAD STOREY – This weekend and next, we’ll see the presentation of two plays each night presented by JOLT (Junior Ouachita Little Theatre) at the OLT. First each night will be Hansel & Gretel, directed by Gini Burt, with a cast primarily of 8-10 year olds. Immediatel following will be The Secret Garden, directed by Brad Storey, with a ...