BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS –
The estate of Bob Carver has made a generous contribution to Mena Art Gallery, specifying that it should be used for operating expenses and for continuing the annual Art of the Heartland National Painting Competition.
This will assist the gallery (whose mission is to provide art of the highest quality to the people of southwestern Arkansas and to provide a venue for local artists to display and sell their work) to continue shows such as Ouachita Expressions (a judged show open to local and regional artists), the annual Photography Show, and an annual Young Artists’ Show to present the work of students from elementary through High School.
We will also be able to again host Art of the Heartland, which selects the very best of entries from artists anywhere in the United States to fill the gallery each October with some of the finest art in America.
It has been the support of both the business community and local citizens that has enabled us to build from a small group of artists meeting in their homes in 1945 to the thriving gallery that is helping to establish the downtown Mena Arts District. We are a non-profit organization, and financial support such as this donation, the assistance of businesses throughout Mena, and our dozens of dedicated volunteers make it possible for us to continue and to grow.
Stop by the gallery to see what is going on and to determine whether you might like to be a part of this vital segment of our city.