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July, 2014

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...