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July, 2016

  • 6 July

    Cooperation: RMCC and Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Rich Mountain Community College is offering some of their students a program called “Upward Bound.” It can be a tremendous help both to the students and to local businesses. This program helps students prepare for college, provides unique opportunities for participants, one of which is a work study during the summer between senior year of ...

June, 2016

  • 22 June

    “Third Thursday” at Mena Art Gallery

    The Mena Art Gallery joined the Downtown Merchant Partners for the opening “Third Thursday” in Mena on June 16, 2016, and kept the gallery open until 8 p.m. Vickie Dempsey set up her easel on the sidewalk in front and painted a street scene looking up Mena Street toward the Talimena Drive going toward Rich Mountain. Jane Brace joined her ...

  • 14 June

    Volunteer for Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – As most of you know, the Mena Art Gallery is a non-profit organization staffed primarily by volunteers. Our members are the ones who greet you at the door, who plan and create the shows you enjoy, who provide tasty snacks for our receptions, and a host of other things to keep all running smoothly. They ...

May, 2016

  • 26 May

    Mena Art Gallery to hold 14th Annual Photography Show

    CONTRIBUTED BY JANIS GEYER SHULL – Attention photographers and photography lovers: Mena Art Gallery’s annual photography competition will be opening June 4, with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. The walls of the gallery will be filled with beautiful landscapes, native and exotic animals, colorful flowers, and thought-provoking portraits. Cash awards in the amount of $2,500 will be presented to ...

  • 12 May

    Annual Mena Art Gallery Photography Competition

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – It’s time for photographers to get their work prepared for the annual Photography Competition at Mena Art Gallery. Entries will be accepted at the gallery, 607 Mena Street, between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, June 1. Full details and the entry form are available online at Click on “Shows and Exhibits” for access to the ...

April, 2016

  • 20 April

    The Musical “Oliver!” Makes a Big Hit at The Ouachita Little Theatre

    BY BETH MCMILLEN – Excitement continues in the Mena Art District as the curtain goes up on the musical, “Oliver!” at the Ouachita Little Theatre. The story is based on Charles Dicken’s book, “Oliver Twist” written in 1838.  Music and lyrics were written by Lionel Bart.  The musical, “Oliver!” has become one of the most loved shows and has entertained ...

  • 8 April

    Hot Dogs and Summertime

    BY MARBARA M. TOBIAS – Okay, so it is not quite summertime, but Atwood’s is hosting a hot dog fundraiser to benefit the annual Photography Competition at Mena Art Gallery. On Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to 2 pm, members of the gallery’s Photo Club will be in Atwood’s parking lot selling 2 hot dogs and a coke for $1. All ...

  • 8 April

    OLT Volunteers Construct the Set for the Musical “Oliver!”

    BY BETH MCMILLEN – When we go to the theatre, we take our seats, relax, the curtain opens and the magic begins!  The first thing we notice is the set.  It can take us back in time or to another place. What goes into making a set?  The Director, or set designer, reviews the play to see what is needed to ...

  • 6 April

    Ouachita Little Theatre’s Costumer Prepares for the Musical “Oliver!”

    Costumer Logan Sweeten is hard at work getting costumes ready for the 50 member cast of the musical “Oliver!”. The time period for the play is in the mid 19th Century.  You might expect to see costumes of drab colors, but Logan says colorful dyes were available. Since Logan likes color, expect to see lots of it, especially in the ...

March, 2016

  • 30 March

    Watercolor Workshop at Mena Art Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Thursday, April 21, through Saturday, April 23, Mena Art Gallery will host a watercolor workshop led by Carol Flori of Texarkana. Carol is a member of the Arkansas Arts Council and is an extremely talented painter and teacher. For more information, and to see many of her beautiful watercolors, go to In the workshop, you will ...