BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –
On November 7, Mena will have the second annual Ouachita Art Celebration (OAC): a festival centering on the arts. Ten businesses in Mena’s downtown Arts District have again united to bring together as many artists and artisans as possible to display their work on Mena Street. The street itself will be closed to motor traffic so that you can safely walk between all the artists’ booths and the featured businesses.
If you are an artist or artisan who would like to have a booth, now is the time to apply. For detailed information and an entry form, please go to www.MenaArtGallery.org; from the left-hand menu, select “2015 Ouachita Art Celebration” under “Events.” A jury process is required in order to be sure that we are including only fine arts and crafts—manufactured or purchased items will not be accepted.
There will be all of the great things from the 2014 OAC:
- Artists and artisans showing and selling fine arts and crafts
- Hands-on creative learning opportunities for both children and adults
- A fashion show with local models
- Belly dancers
- A program by the Ouachita Little Theater
- Special displays by the sponsoring merchants
Tommy Young from the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center will have some of his hawks there. The birds will be flying free between Tommy and one of his assistants, and Tommy will talk about the hawks and his animal rescue work. You may also have your photo taken with one of the birds.
If you want to join the fun, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 7, 2015.