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November, 2016

  • 17 November

    Soup and Bread Dinner at American Artisans

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This “Third Thursday” from 6 to 8 pm on November 17, American Artisans is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Mena Art Gallery. Many of you attended the last one and this will be just as delicious. There will be five of Donna Chrisman’s wonderful soups for you to choose from: Cheddar Ale, Caulini (Cauliflower/Zuccinni), Tomato Bisque, Chicken Enchilada, and ...

September, 2016

  • 29 September

    National Juried Painting Exhibit Opens Friday, September 30

    By Barbara M. Tobias – Mena Art Gallery’s second annual Art of the Heartland exhibit will open Friday evening, September 30, with a reception and awards ceremony at the gallery, 607 Mena Street, from 6 to 8 pm. This summer, artists from all parts of the United States submitted entries; 50 of the best have been selected for the exhibit. This is a rare ...

  • 28 September

    OLT to Hold Auditions for Eb Scrooge

    SUBMITTED – Auditions for EB Scrooge: A Southern Fried Carol by Ian Mairs and directed by Ladonna Van Wolf, will be held October 6, from 5:00 to 9:00 and October 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 at the old Crossing Church on the corner of Maple and 12th Street. There are 28 parts to be filled from ages 6 and up, including a part for someone who ...

  • 22 September

    OLT Installs New Seats with Scouting Help

    CONTRIBUTED BY RUDI TIMMERMAN – David Chaney, a young man working on his Eagle Scout rating, organized several dozen volunteers Saturday, Sept 17, to install the newly acquired seats for the Ouachita Little Theatre.  Saturday was not David’s first foray into the project.  He and his volunteers had moved the old seats from the theatre several weeks before.  Both young and ...

  • 22 September

    Indian Tacos at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – If you’ve never had Indian Tacos, you’re in for a treat on Saturday, September 24, from noon to 5 pm at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street. Carolynne Cook, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation as well as a member of the gallery, will be the chef, and all proceeds go to support ...

August, 2016

  • 18 August

    JOLT to Host Acting Workshop as Part of Third Thursday Downtown

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The junior branch of the Ouachita Little Theatre is hosting an acting workshop for youth as part of this month’s Third Thursday Downtown event. JOLT Into Action will be held this Thursday, August 18th from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at OLT. Snacks are included in the workshop that is for all youth, ages 3rd grade and ...

  • 18 August

    The Otters to Perform at Mena Art Gallery

    The Otters, a Women’s Drum Circle, will be performing at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 18. The Otters were formed in 1992 and is a multicultural women’s drum circle. It is guided by Lyn Dilbeck and Denie Westphal. Thirty women participated during the following eighteen years. Interested in a new direction, seven of ...

July, 2016

  • 27 July

    Vendor Opportunity for Ouachita Arts Celebration

    CONTRIBUTED BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The Ouachita Arts Celebration will take place this fall on Saturday, November 5, and it will be bigger and better than ever this year: more artists, more music, and some fabulous cars. The Willys, Overland, Knight Registry will be bringing their restored pre-1943 cars and have invited Vintage Orphan Car owners (those no longer manufactured) ...

  • 20 July

    Third Thursday at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery is joining the Downtown Partners’ “Third Thursday” in July. The gallery will be open until 8 pm. In addition to viewing the “Sam and Barbara” exhibit of paintings, drawings, and photographs that will be on display during the month of July, Barbara Tobias and Victoria Dempsey will be demonstrating how to use ...

  • 18 July

    Entries Due for Mena Art Gallery’s Ouachita Expressions

    BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – Continuing a tradition of over 30 years, Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries for its annual Ouachita Expressions competition on Wednesday, August 3, from 10 am to 4 pm. Artists may enter work in four categories: works on canvas, works on paper, open photography and 3-dimensional art. Complete details and entry forms are available on ...