BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –
The Art of the Heartland exhibit of paintings accepted in the national juried painting competition sponsored by Mena Art Gallery will be on display at the gallery through October 30 during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. Paintings were received from artists from Canada, Alaska, California, the east coast, Texas, and many other states close by as well as quite a few from artists right here in Polk County. It is a wonderful opportunity to see some world-class art without even having to leave home. If you have been considering investing in a work of art, this is the time to find something that speaks to you.
Several paintings by Tyrone Lewis are also on display and for sale. Many of you remember Tyrone as an extremely talented artist whose work was displayed in galleries throughout the country and who was a past president of SouthWest Artists. He is sorely missed, and there will be no more of his work, so this, too, is a great opportunity.
Upcoming is the annual Ouachita Art Celebration on Saturday, November 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. Again this year, Mena Street will be blocked to vehicle traffic for the day so that you can wander comfortably among the artists’ booths and check out the sponsoring businesses. There will be even more going on than last year with a variety of art media on display, artists demonstrating their techniques, music, a fashion show, and culinary art. New this year is a falconry display (Tommy Young will be flying some of his hawks at the show) and flint knapping.
And the annual Christmas Sale will be taking place at Mena Art Gallery starting on November 6. Artists should make their entries on Wednesday, November 4, between 10 am and 4 pm. Full details are available on the gallery website: www.MenaArtGallery.org. Call the gallery at 479-394-3880 or go by 607 Mena Street for an entry form.