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Pictured is of one of the entries in this exhibition, "Chief Thunderhead" by Steve McCoy

Mena Art Gallery’s 3rd Annual Art of the Heartland Exhibition


Each year in October, SouthWest Artists, Inc., and the Mena Art Gallery bring what is becoming one of the nation’s finest painting competitions to Mena. Called the Art of the Heartland National Exhibition, it is composed of paintings by some of the top artists on this continent.

Some of the masters of art history began with the inspiration of seeing their first painting of significance. It is the goal of this show to bring that inspiration to those in our part of the state who may never have had the opportunity otherwise to realize the opportunities that lie within themselves. Beyond painting alone, virtually everything we encounter throughout the day started with the development of creativity. When creativity is nurtured, careers in endless fields are opened. This may include anything from architecture, stage design, or cartoons to the design of the very labels seen on the grocery store shelves. Contact the gallery for information about one of their many affordable workshops for all ages. Discover that the arts and the pleasure of creating is at your disposal. You only have to ask.

The show opens with a private reception on Saturday, October 7, from 6 until 8. Gallery hours will be extended during the month of October on Thursdays through Saturdays until 6 pm and Sunday from 12:30 until 4 and closed on Mondays with the exception of private showings by reservation. Local artists whose works were accepted amongst the best are Susan Gibson, Judith Cantrell and Tiffany Lane, competing amongst other Arkansas Artists for the special Van Wolf Arkansas Artist Award of $1,000. The painting that will receive the Best in Show award will walk away with an award of $4,000.

Everyone of all ages is welcomed and encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to see this show. Organizations and art classes may arrange tours by contacting the gallery. Stop by the Mena Art Gallery at 607 Mena Street or contact us. Phone: 479-394-3880. Email:

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