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June, 2014

  • 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 ...

  • 17 June

    Mena Art Gallery’s Open Show Call for Entries

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – For July, Mena Art Gallery is featuring an exhibit of art in any media: sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and fine crafts of all sorts. The check-in date for entries is Wednesday, July 2, from 10 am to 4 pm, so you have about two-and-a-half weeks to finish your current project and get it ready to ...

  • 12 June

    Be a Part of the Heart of OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – In most towns, the downtown area is the heart of the community.  The Ouachita Little Theatre is a very important part of the arts district in downtown Mena and as such, it is a vital part of that heart.  It is only because of the dedicated efforts of many volunteers that this is a reality.  Everyone ...

  • 11 June

    Meet the Artist: Cherri Stanberry

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Tuesday, June 17, at 5:30 pm, Cherri Stanberry will present present a short program on creating sculpture with polymer clay at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street. Admission is free and the public is invited. A self-taught artist, Cherri has tended her creative fires for as long as she can remember. She recalls many ...

  • 10 June


    The Ouachita Quilt Show Committee thanks everyone who participated in making this year’s quilt show a big success.  We are pleased to announce the winners in the following categories:  Donation Quilt Winner:  Joyce Butler, Mena, Arkansas Best of Show:  Diane Lewis, “Scrappy Four Patch and Applique” People’s Choice:  Anne Dahm, “Japanese Fan” VIP Awards:             A & P Commission:  Ann ...

May, 2014

  • 29 May

    The Secret Garden is Coming to OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – The board and members of the Ouachita Little Theatre are pleased to have Brad Storey back serving as a play director.  After completing his walk across the country adding awareness to the Audubon Society, he wrote and published a book (Coast to Coast) about his journey.  Storey is now again active with OLT and is working ...

  • 28 May

    Ouachita Arts Celebration

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Several businesses have recently opened in the downtown Mena area, joining some well known ones already there. They include an antique store, DIY crafts gallery, women’s clothing store, restaurant/craft gallery, and scrap-booking store. Most of these provide opportunities to discover or further develop creative interests. Whether it’s decorating your home, adding to your wardrobe or ...

  • 21 May

    Hansel and Gretal Coming to OLT this Summer

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – Those who have enjoyed reading the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, will have a special treat this summer.  Hansel and Gretel will come to life as one of the Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) summer productions.  Gini Burt who has been active in the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) since she and her family moved ...

  • 20 May

    Area Artists Win at Cossatot Art Show

    BY PATRICIA BROWN – Again this year, several area painters and photographers received awards at the Cossatot Arts & Crafts Show held at King, Arkansas, May 3-4, 2014. The categories and winners are listed below.   Painting Genre 1st Place Jim Brace “Stormy Lake” Western Art 1st Place Gilda Meyers “Cuttin’ a Good One” 3rd Place Susan Sebren “Terlinqua Ruins” ...