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August, 2017

  • 9 August

    Summer is for Hot Dogs!

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery and Atwoods are teaming up to bring them to you. On Saturday, August 12, from 10 am to 2 pm, Mena Art Gallery representatives will be manning the stand in front of Atwoods. One dollar will bring you two hot dogs and a coke. All proceeds will go to help cover operating ...

July, 2017

  • 26 July

    Time to Prepare for Ouachita Expressions

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This year Ouachita Expressions is scheduled for the month of August, with entries due at Mena Art Gallery from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, August 2. It is time for local artists to be thinking about their entries for the gallery’s traditional judged exhibit. So break out your brushes, pencils, welding torches, chisels, ...

  • 19 July

    Christmas in July and Indian Tacos

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On July 21 and 22 Downtown Partners is hosting Christmas in July. Mena Art Gallery will join the fun with ornaments and Christmas art for sale in the gallery and many activities going on that weekend. The annual 12 Days of Christmas tree will be on display. The ornaments on this tree will be sold ...

June, 2017

  • 29 June

    Mena Art Gallery’s Photography Show Winners

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – This is, like most of the preceding Photography Shows, an amazing display of photography talent and beauty. Here is a list of the winners: Best of Show (Richard Shull Award) – Sharon Prislipsky – Spiral Toward the Light Youth: 1st Place – Landon Isclaw – Framed 2nd Place – Landon Isclaw – Reaching Out 3rd ...

  • 21 June

    Hamlet’s Cast and Crew Announced

    BY LEANN DILBECK – The cast and crew of OLT’s upcoming fall production of Hamlet have been announced.  Playing the lead as Hamlet will be Alex Atchley with Logan Sweeten as the understudy. Ophelia- Alexa Night, Tara Cornelius (understudy); Queen Gertrude- Kaitlyn Haines, Jane Buttermilk (understudy); King Claudius- Justin Fenwick, Kevin Loyd (understudy); Polonius- Bruce Bills; Laertes- Cody Gee, Elijah ...

  • 13 June

    The Art of Seasoning

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – On June 24, at noon, Mena Art Gallery will offer a cooking class conducted by Barbara Tobias. The class will include lunch, recipes, and lots of ideas on seasoning with herbs and spices. Many of you have attended Barbara’s classes on making bread, and this is an opportunity to broaden your cooking skills. Often, the difference between ...

  • 13 June

    Thespians Honored at Benson Awards

    SUBMITTED – With the festive air generated by the Hawaiian theme and the anticipation of the nominees and the audience, the 2015-2016 season Benson Award Ceremony got underway Saturday at the OLT.  Thirty-five awards were up for grabs.  The evening started with music provided by the Ouachita Strings, as the attendees snacked on Hawaiian themed finger foods.  At the appointed ...

April, 2017

  • 26 April

    Mary Poppins Opens Next Weekend at OLT

    SUBMITTED BY RUDI TIMMERMAN – The last minute flourishes are going on at the Ouachita Little Theatre as the cast and crew prepares for next week’s production of the musical, Mary Poppins.  The show opens Friday, May 5 and continues May 6, 7, 11, 12, and 13.  There is no Sunday May 14 show – that is Mena High School’s graduation day. Reserved advance ...

  • 26 April

    Meet the Artists: Gilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The May exhibit at Mena Art Gallery is called “BFF Art Show” and the two ladies make quite a team. Gilda Meyers does a wide variety of work: exquisite pen and ink drawings, woodcarvings, jewelry, and note cards to name just a few. It is always fun to see what new ideas she has come ...

  • 5 April

    Reception for Young Artists’ Exhibit

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Mena Art Gallery will hold a reception for the work of young artists on Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 2 pm. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many talented young people. Some are from local art classes; some are home schooled or ...