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Meet the Artist: Judith Cantrell

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Judith Cantrell is one of the rising stars in our local art world. She is a soft-spoken, gentle, and very talented lady who creates exquisite drawings in several media. Her work has won some awards at Mena Art Gallery over the past few years. Her latest is a beautiful pastel drawing of a hawk. Judith ...

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Twining Workshop at Mena Art Gallery

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Twining is a method of making rugs, purses, and a variety of other fabric-based creations from strips of fabric. It’s something like the rag rugs that your grandmother made, but done on a loom. Niki Dempsey is doing a twining workshop on Friday, March 9 from 11 am to 1 pm. The cost is $15.00 per person. ...

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Youth and Beginning Adult Art Classes

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery has been conducting Children’s Art Classes for many years, but now we have a new approach: classes for youth and beginner adults. Students for these classes should be at least 10 years old, but they are also suitable for adults who are beginners in the art field. Our instructor is Nicky Dempsey, ...

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Reception for “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This Saturday, February 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be an opening reception for Mena Art Gallery’s first “Portrait of Arkansas” Exhibit at 607 Mena Street. Arkansas artists from around the state have been invited to enter their concept of what the Natural State means to them. There are no limits to the media used, so artists ...

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Mena Art Gallery: A Look Ahead to 2018

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – I have been working with Mena Art Gallery for over a dozen years and have seen it grow and change. Here are some of the things planned for 2018: Two national juried painting competitions will bring the best work from artists all over the U.S. Artists can enter either or both by posting photographs of ...

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Portrait of Arkansas

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The February Exhibit at Mena Art Gallery will be An Artist’s Portrait of Arkansas, the Natural State. Each artist will find something that means “Arkansas” to them and that will be the subject of their work. Entries can be in any media: Paintings, photographs, drawings, pen and ink, and three-dimensional work will be included. This will ...

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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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