BY JANIS GEYER SHULL –
This Saturday, August 2, Mena Art Gallery will host a reception for its 12th annual photography competition from 1 to 3 p.m. While temperatures are soaring outside, you can be enjoying a collection of outstanding photographs in air-conditioned comfort. The gallery will be filled to capacity with beautiful landscapes, colorful flowers, fascinating wildlife, and eye-catching portraits, all by some of Arkansas’ best photographers including youth ages 12 through 17.
At 2 p.m. cash prizes totaling over $2,800 will be presented to the winners in each of seven categories including youth. Several specialty awards will be conferred as well, including a $100 Floral Award for best flower sponsored by Shelton Bohlman, Mena florist. For the 2nd year, Tim’s Yamaha and Polaris, owned by Tim and Andrea Kiser, will offer $100 cash along with a $50 gift certificate for the Best Arkansas Wildlife photo. The winner of the $100 People’s Choice Award provided by Keith & Sharon Aleshire, owners of Holly Springs Real Estate, will be determined by vote of those who attend the reception. In the Youth category Holly Springs Real Estate is also providing the Rising Star award of $25.
Four lucky individuals who attend Saturday’s reception will take home $25 gift certificates to the Chopping Block Restaurant given as door prizes by owners, William and Sherri Rainey.
The Photography Show will remain on display through September 2.
Pictured: Tim and Andrea Kiser, owners of Tim’s Yamaha and Polaris, give $100 check and $50 gift certificate to Pat Brown, Executive Director of Mena Art Gallery. These will be awarded for the best photograph of Arkansas wildlife at Saturday’s reception.
(Photo by William Rainey}