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July, 2015

  • 29 July

    Another View at the Scopes Trial…OLT Style

    SUBMITTED BY ROY VAIL – The July 22nd issue of The Polk County Pulse carried an historical article about the Dayton, Tennessee trial of John Scopes.  The article mentions that the film “Inherit the Wind” is about the trial, but dismisses it as “theatre.” “Inherit the Wind” is also a stage play.  Although not intended to be an historical recital ...

  • 20 July

    World Class Art Coming to Mena

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – October is going to be a record-breaking time here in Mena, so mark your calendar. Here are some of the things to look for. Your local gallery is holding a national juried painting competition this year, and the work of the artists accepted will be displayed in Mena Art Gallery during the month of October. ...

  • 17 July

    It’s Audition Time at OLT

    BY ROBBY BURT – Ouachita Little Theatre and RMCC will hold auditions for The Foreigner, a comedy by Larry Shue, at the Ouachita Little Theatre on August 13th and 14th, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and August 15th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  Previous experience is not required for the audition.  Rehearsals will begin August 17th and the last ...

  • 7 July

    OLT to Hold Benefit for Roi Best

    BY RUDI TIMMERMAN – Many of the old time OLT supporters will remember Roi Best.  His appearances in “Greater Tuna” and “NunSense” are legendary.  Not only was his performance in Tuna memorable but he did it playing 12 or 15 characters, with the help of Linda Schell’s fast costume changes.  He also acted as emcee at one of the Benson ...

June, 2015

  • 17 June

    Winners in Mena Art Gallery Photography Competition

    BY JANIS GEYER SHULL – Mena Art Gallery opened its 13th annual photography show with a reception Saturday, June 6. The gallery was filled with 100 outstanding photographs. Awards were presented to the winners in each of six adult categories and one youth category. The Richard Shull Best of Show award went to Brittney Miller for her photograph, “Long Way ...

  • 9 June

    Cynthia Thanos-Wade to Present Watercolor Techniques

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Tuesday, June 16, at 5:30 pm in the Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, Cynthia Thanos-Wade will demonstrate some techniques she uses to create watercolor paintings. She will show how she uses masking to retain light colored areas, how she uses “mask and pouring” techniques to move the paint across the page, and how these can be ...

  • 3 June

    Photo Show Opens Saturday

    BY JANIS GEYER SHULL – This Saturday, June 6, Mena Art Gallery will host a reception for its 13th annual photography competition from 1 to 3 p.m. The gallery will be filled with beautiful landscapes, colorful flowers, fascinating wildlife, and eye-catching portraits. The public is invited to attend, enjoy the refreshments, sign up for door prizes, and view the outstanding work of our area’s ...

May, 2015

  • 27 May

    Mena Art Gallery’s Floral Award

    Shelton Bohlman gives check for $100 to Janis Shull, coordinator of Mena Art Gallery’s Photography Show.  This money will go to the winner of the Floral Award for best flower. The reception for the Photography Show will be Saturday, June 6, from 1 to 3 pm.

  • 27 May

    OLT Elects Board Members at Annual Membership Meeting

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Ouachita Little Theatre held their annual membership meeting Tuesday, May 18 and discussed finances, membership, next year’s play list, and elected four new board members. After a discussion of the completed projects for the past year, including the new bathrooms and closed in porch area, the new storage building, and cleaning and painting, elections were ...

  • 13 May

    OLT Announces Upcoming General Meeting

    Ouachita Little Theatre general membership meeting will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 pm in the theatre at 610 Mena Street. After the presentation of committee reports and general business, the election of officers for the 2015-2016 season will be held.  The new officers and board will meet right after the general meeting. While everyone in the community is ...