BY MELANIE WADE –
The Ouachita Arts Celebration (OAC) is adding a new event to their already promising event that is coming up on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in downtown Mena. The latest addition will include old wooden chairs that have been turned into works of art.
OAC organizers will distribute old, non-restored wooden chairs to local artists who will each add their own touch, creating masterful pieces of art. The pieces will be displayed along the sidewalk throughout the celebration for visitors to enjoy. You will also have your chance to vote on the chairs for a People’s Choice Award.
Cash prizes will be given to the winning artists. The winning pieces will be displayed for a time at Mena Art Gallery. With the completed chair artworks becoming the property of the OAC for fundraising use for future festivals, the chairs will be auctioned off.
“This is another way to encourage art in our community. The chair artwork shows that beautiful things can be made from old items, which may have outlived their usefulness,” said OAC organizers. If you have a wooden chair you would like to donate, organizers say they will be greatly appreciated. You can do so by contacting Judy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-216-7644.
Vendor applications became available last week for this year’s Ouachita Arts Celebration. Applications for vendors wishing to participate will be accepted from September 1 through October 7 at Mena Art Gallery. Booths are all located on concrete and electricity is available if needed. The primary requirement for vendors is that all work must be hand crafted.
Mena Street will be blocked off between Janssen Street and Port Arthur Street so that people from all around southwestern Arkansas can wander freely among all the exhibits. There will be a car show, Tommy Young’s birds, flint knapping, roaming singers, local musicians, children’s crafts, art demonstrations, lots of food, and more. You can pick up detailed information and an entry form with complete rules from the Mena Art Gallery website: www.MenaArtGallery.org. If you still have questions, call Julie at the gallery at 479-394-3880. Hours are 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.