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Fayro, Tx Comes to Mena at OLT

BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Ouachita Little Theatre is changing into Fayro, Texas, hometown of the lovable, but dysfunctional Futrelle family.  The Futrelle sisters (Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye) are throwing a wedding.  Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo’s antebellum-inspired wedding and the rumor mill in Fayro is working overtime.  No surprises ...

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A Special Valentine Surprise from OLT

BY JUDY THOMPSON – As it is less than one month from Valentine’s Day, the Ouachita Little Theatre in conjunction with Mena Mountain Resort, invites everyone to the opening of Dearly Beloved on Friday, February 12, at the resort.  For the third year, the two are providing a dinner theatre event for the community.  Judy Thompson, director for the upcoming ...

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Mena Art Gallery: Membership?

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery is conducting its annual membership drive, and we are asking for the support of the people of Mena and the surrounding area. Here are a few of the reasons that you might think it is worthwhile: We bring the art of nationally and regionally recognized artists right here to Mena. We offer ...

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OLT Draws for Raffle Items

The Ouachita Little Theatre recently sold raffle tickets on three separate items to raise funding for the upkeep of the theatre. The drawings were held on Sunday, December 13th, during the last performance of Junior Ouachita Little Theatre’s production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Winning the Yeti Cooler was Courtney Del Bosque. David Gilbert won the scanner ...

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National Juried Painting Competition

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – SouthWest Artists has been enlivening the art scene in Mena for 70 years now. A few years ago, it opened Mena Art Gallery to provide a place for local artists to show and sell their work and for the people of our town to enjoy artwork of a steadily increasing quality. Over the past few ...

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Time for Artists to Sign Up for Ouachita Art Celebration

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On November 7, Mena will have the second annual Ouachita Art Celebration (OAC), a festival centering on the arts. Nine 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 from Janssen ...

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Old Lyric Players to Honor National Grandparents Day

In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents.  Through concerted efforts on the part of civic, business, church and political leaders, this campaign expanded statewide.  Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV) was especially instrumental in the project.  The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia.  Also in 1973, Senator Randolph introduced ...

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Mena Art Gallery Reopens with Ouachita Expressions

BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS – On Saturday, August 8, from 1 to 3 pm, Mena Art Gallery will reopen after spending the month of July in a major remodeling: new carpet, paint, lighting, handicapped-accessible bathroom, and the Executive Director’s office moved up front where she can most easily greet you as you come in. We will also be celebrating the opening of ...

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World Class Art Coming to Mena

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – October is going to be a record-breaking time here in Mena, so mark your calendar. Here are some of the things to look for. Your local gallery is holding a national juried painting competition this year, and the work of the artists accepted will be displayed in Mena Art Gallery during the month of October. ...

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Annual High School Art Competition Reception

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The reception for the 28th annual High School Art Competition will be held at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, on Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 3 pm. Admission is free; awards will be announced at 2:00 pm. As they have for the past several years, Jeremy and Quincy Thornton of Mena Title Company have ...

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