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Polk County Arts

March, 2017

  • 22 March

    Young Artists Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Mena is fortunate enough to have many excellent young artists. We feel at Mena Art Gallery that supporting these young people is one of the most important things we can do, as they are our future. On Tuesday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries to our ...

  • 22 March

    OLT to Upgrade Lighting System

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Ouachita Little Theatre will soon be upgrading their lighting system, just in time for their next production, Mary Poppins, and all due to a generous donation. OLT President, Rudi Timmerman, explained that the stage lighting currently in the building was manufactured in the 1960’s and was acquired second hand 20 years ago.  Some problems exist with ...

  • 10 March

    Ouachita Little Theatre’s “Music at the OLT”

    BY RUDI TIMMERMAN – OLT regulars have fond memories of Jay Rodgers as an actor, singer, and director.  Even though Jay and his family have moved to BellaVista, his heart is still in Mena.  Not only has he continued to be an OLT member and season ticket holder, but now he has volunteered to put together a great musical program. ...

  • 10 March

    Bread Making Class at Mena Art Gallery

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – Saturday, March 18, at noon, Barbara Tobias will conduct another class at the gallery on how to make bread. It will include a demo (with hands-on opportunity) of how to make classic French bread, the recipe, and lunch of the freshly baked bread, and two different soups. Many of you have probably sampled Barbara’s bread ...

  • 1 March

    Young Artists Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery is holding its annual art competition for young artists in April. If you are between the ages of 5 and 17 (including 18 if still in high school), this one is for you! Older than that? Do you know of a young person who is a budding artist? Tell them about this ...

  • 1 March

    Cast Selected for OLT’s Mary Poppins

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The directors of Mary Poppins, the next OLT musical, have announced their cast following three days of auditions that included the budding talents of 65 actors and actresses. “The multitude of talent and enthusiasm displayed is a mixed blessing for those of us who are charged with deciding on who is cast in what role. There ...

February, 2017

  • 23 February

    Meet the Artist: Jim Anderson

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery’s featured artist for March will be James Anderson, a photographer from Van Buren. Jim is a retired school teacher who taught and coached in Poteau, Oklahoma for 30 years. He has a true love of geography, and his love of teaching showed in the students he taught. He now resides in Van ...

  • 23 February

    OLT to hold Auditions for Mary Poppins

    SUBMITTED – Now that the Ouachita Little Theatre hit, Southern Hospitality, has finished its run, it is time to start on Mary Poppins, the next OLT production.  This Thursday, February 23, Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, both budding and experienced thespians will have the opportunity to audition for one of the 30 plus roles in the show.  All auditions will be held at ...

  • 15 February

    The Gallery Store: A Well-Kept Secret

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Behind the main display area at Mena Art Gallery, you will find a variety of work by local artists. There are affordable, original paintings and drawings; small editions of photographs, note cards, and prints; beautiful handmade jewelry, and a variety of other items, all handcrafted, one of a kind little jewels. Looking for a thank-you ...

  • 2 February

    Why Volunteer?

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Why should anyone volunteer? The reasons are probably as numerous as the people who contribute their time and expertise—I can only tell you my reasons. I happen to choose to volunteer primarily with the Mena Art Gallery because of a long-standing interest in art, but the rewards to me are many. I get to see ...