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Plans Speed Up for Ouachita Arts Celebration

BY JUDY THOMPSON

Excitement grew as the Ouachita Arts Celebration (OAC) Committee met this past week.  As the first ‘strictly arts’ festival plans are underway, community involvement is increasing.  The area of downtown on Mena Street around Janssen and Maple is being recognized more frequently as the Arts District in Mena.  The OAC scheduled for Saturday, November 1, will not only showcase skilled and talented local and area artists, it will draw in those in attendance.  There will be something for all ages, including hands-on art for children.

Vendors are currently being sought to display and/or sell their original art creations.  The number of artists’ booths will be limited.  Those interested in having a booth should go to Facebook, Ouachita Arts Celebration for rules and application.  All art must be that of the applicant.  Commercial products and buy/sell merchandise will not be accepted.  The space of each booth is 12’ x 12’ and booth cost is $20.  Applications and attachments will go before a jury committee to determine acceptance.  Deadline for vendor applications is October 1.  Vendors must supply their own tables, tents, and/or displays.  All spaces will be located on street surface.

Vendor rules and application may also be picked up at the Mena Arts Gallery, 607 Mena Street.

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