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Christmas Gift Show and Sale Coming Soon

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – It’s time for all our local artists to get their work ready for entry in Mena Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Gift Show and Sale. The gallery will be accepting entries on Tuesday, October 31, from 10 am to 4 pm. Any media is welcome: painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts, and so on. There are no ...

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Portrait Drawing Class at Mena Art Gallery

BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – During January, Barbara Tobias will have a four-session class on creating pencil portraits. She will concentrate on the effects you can get with a simple graphite pencil (from lines to shading to emphasis and value), the basic proportions for a “generic” face, and how to alter those basic proportions to get a likeness of an ...

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Mena Art Gallery’s Volunteer Spotlight: Missy Williams

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Missy Williams loves to knit and loves to help others find as much joy in “tangling up yarn” as she does. She volunteers at Mena Art Gallery each Saturday afternoon to lead the Fiber Arts group: several people who are enthusiastic about the various kinds of art that can be made from fiber. There are ...

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Small Works at Mena Art Gallery

By Barbara Lewis Today’s trend in art, with artists, collectors as well as interior designers, has moved toward smaller sizes. As these are less expensive, most anyone can afford to own original paintings by up and coming or even well established artists. Even in the smallest homes, one can have a nice collection grouped in a small space. “SMALL WORKS” ...

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Time to Prepare for Ouachita Expressions

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This year Ouachita Expressions is scheduled for the month of August, with entries due at Mena Art Gallery from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, August 2. It is time for local artists to be thinking about their entries for the gallery’s traditional judged exhibit. So break out your brushes, pencils, welding torches, chisels, ...

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Mena Art Gallery’s Photography Show Winners

BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – This is, like most of the preceding Photography Shows, an amazing display of photography talent and beauty. Here is a list of the winners: Best of Show (Richard Shull Award) – Sharon Prislipsky – Spiral Toward the Light Youth: 1st Place – Landon Isclaw – Framed 2nd Place – Landon Isclaw – Reaching Out 3rd ...

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The Art of Seasoning

BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – On June 24, at noon, Mena Art Gallery will offer a cooking class conducted by Barbara Tobias. The class will include lunch, recipes, and lots of ideas on seasoning with herbs and spices. Many of you have attended Barbara’s classes on making bread, and this is an opportunity to broaden your cooking skills. Often, the difference between ...

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Meet the Artists: Gilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The May exhibit at Mena Art Gallery is called “BFF Art Show” and the two ladies make quite a team. Gilda Meyers does a wide variety of work: exquisite pen and ink drawings, woodcarvings, jewelry, and note cards to name just a few. It is always fun to see what new ideas she has come ...

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Winners: Young Artists Competition

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – From the looks of the 2017 Young Artists Competition exhibit at Mena Art Gallery, the future of Art here is in very good shape. You will have an opportunity to see what tomorrow’s artists already can do from now through April 29. Come by the gallery at 607 Mena Street during regular gallery hours: 11 ...

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Local Couple Receives Governor’s Arts Awards

BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – Each year the Arkansas Arts Council selects eight recipients for the Governor’s Arts Awards. This year, one of the awards recognized Sam and Barbara Tobias for the Arts Community Development Award because of their long-time work with our local Mena Art Gallery. Other recipients were: Thom Hall, Little Rock, Lifetime Achievement Award Art Porter Music ...

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