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September, 2014

  • 24 September

    Meet the Artist

    BY BARBARA TOBIAS – Mena is fortunate enough to have a new sculptor in town:  Joe Van Wolf has been working about 25 years at bronze sculpture, assisting his father.  He’s now a Mena resident. When I asked Joe how he goes about creating a sculpture, he said that it varies with the size of the piece, but he usually ...

  • 16 September

    Three Plays Now Under Production at OLT

    Theatergoers, take note! The Ouachita Little Theatre is in the midst of producing three exciting plays for your entertainment pleasure – one each for October, November, and December. Rehearsals have already begun for this year’s Halloween play, John Van Druten’s Bell, Book and Candle, the precursor to the television series Bewitched. Melanie Buck will be making her directorial debut, assisted ...

  • 12 September

    Winners of 2014 Ouachita Expressions Show

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Following is a list of the winners of this year’s Ouachita Expressions competition at Mena Art Gallery, together with comments of the judge: Best of Show: Jim Brace; Judges comments: Powerful Composition Works on Paper 1st Place: Tiffany Lane –Judges comments:  Powerful impact, especially from a distance. 2nd Place: Gilda Meyers– Judges comments: Excellent design ...

  • 2 September

    Chance to Audition for Two Shows at OLT

    BY MARILYN BROWN Calling all actors!! September will be a busy month at the Ouachita Little Theatre. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 9, for October’s Bell, Book, and Candle. But there are two more shows that will round out the year at OLT. On Thursday, September 4, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. – ...

  • 2 September

    Plans Speed Up for Ouachita Arts Celebration

    BY JUDY THOMPSON Excitement grew as the Ouachita Arts Celebration (OAC) Committee met this past week.  As the first ‘strictly arts’ festival plans are underway, community involvement is increasing.  The area of downtown on Mena Street around Janssen and Maple is being recognized more frequently as the Arts District in Mena.  The OAC scheduled for Saturday, November 1, will not ...

August, 2014

  • 29 August

    Auditions to be Held at OLT for The Glass Menagerie

    BY BRAD STOREY – There is an unusual scheduling of plays this fall at the Ouachita Little Theatre. The Board of Directors has approved the production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie to be staged from November 7-10. This show will immediately follow the last weekend of Bell, Book and Candle, OLT’s regularly scheduled fall/Halloween play, directed by Melanie Buck. ...

  • 29 August

    Entry Call for Mena Art Gallery’s Ouachita Expressions

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Ouachita Expressions is Mena Art Gallery’s longest-running competition. In the days before we had a gallery of our own, it was displayed in the Historic Armory (that was before its conversion to such a beautiful facility) and sometimes in the gallery at the First National Bank. It has been, and still is, supported by many ...

  • 26 August

    Four Winds Trading Post and the Ouachita Arts Celebration

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – November 1 (and the Ouachita Arts Celebration) will be here before you know it, and the Four Winds Trading Post is aiming to have something for everyone. Here are some of the things coming up: Ruth Howell will demonstrate creating Pine Needle Baskets. This is an art form developed by Native American craftswomen. The needles ...

  • 19 August

    OLT to Begin Casting for Christmas Play – Little Women

    BY MARILYN BROWN – No, it’s not Christmas yet, but the Ouachita Little Theatre will soon begin casting their December Christmas play – Little Women. Auditions are to be held Saturday, September 20 (9 a.m.—noon) and Monday, September 22 (6 p.m.—9 p.m.) at the theater. If you would like to try out for a role in this play, you may ...

  • 12 August

    OLT Announces Cast for Bell, Book and Candle

    [MENA] Ouachita Little Theatre is proud to announce that the cast has been chosen for their next production, Bell, Book and Candle. The show is a pre-curser to the T.V. series Bewitched. The characters and actors are: Gillian Holroyd – Amanda Stipe Shepherd Henderson – Tim Hesse Miss Holroyd (a.k.a. Aunt Queenie) – Emily McCoy Butler Nicky Holroyd – Lamar ...