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OLT To Be a Part of OAC

When the Ouachita Arts Celebration (OAC) takes place downtown on Saturday, November 1, the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) will be an active participant.  As OLT is in the heart of the downtown arts district, President Tim Hesse advises that the theatre wants to share as much of theatrical art as possible with the community that day.   To help do so, ...

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Meet the Artist

BY BARBARA TOBIAS – Mena is fortunate enough to have a new sculptor in town:  Joe Van Wolf has been working about 25 years at bronze sculpture, assisting his father.  He’s now a Mena resident. When I asked Joe how he goes about creating a sculpture, he said that it varies with the size of the piece, but he usually ...

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Winners of 2014 Ouachita Expressions Show

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Following is a list of the winners of this year’s Ouachita Expressions competition at Mena Art Gallery, together with comments of the judge: Best of Show: Jim Brace; Judges comments: Powerful Composition Works on Paper 1st Place: Tiffany Lane –Judges comments:  Powerful impact, especially from a distance. 2nd Place: Gilda Meyers– Judges comments: Excellent design ...

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Chance to Audition for Two Shows at OLT

BY MARILYN BROWN Calling all actors!! September will be a busy month at the Ouachita Little Theatre. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 9, for October’s Bell, Book, and Candle. But there are two more shows that will round out the year at OLT. On Thursday, September 4, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. – ...

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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 ...

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Auditions to be Held at OLT for The Glass Menagerie

BY BRAD STOREY – There is an unusual scheduling of plays this fall at the Ouachita Little Theatre. The Board of Directors has approved the production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie to be staged from November 7-10. This show will immediately follow the last weekend of Bell, Book and Candle, OLT’s regularly scheduled fall/Halloween play, directed by Melanie Buck. ...

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Entry Call for Mena Art Gallery’s Ouachita Expressions

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Ouachita Expressions is Mena Art Gallery’s longest-running competition. In the days before we had a gallery of our own, it was displayed in the Historic Armory (that was before its conversion to such a beautiful facility) and sometimes in the gallery at the First National Bank. It has been, and still is, supported by many ...

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Four Winds Trading Post and the Ouachita Arts Celebration

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – November 1 (and the Ouachita Arts Celebration) will be here before you know it, and the Four Winds Trading Post is aiming to have something for everyone. Here are some of the things coming up: Ruth Howell will demonstrate creating Pine Needle Baskets. This is an art form developed by Native American craftswomen. The needles ...

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OLT to Begin Casting for Christmas Play – Little Women

BY MARILYN BROWN – No, it’s not Christmas yet, but the Ouachita Little Theatre will soon begin casting their December Christmas play – Little Women. Auditions are to be held Saturday, September 20 (9 a.m.—noon) and Monday, September 22 (6 p.m.—9 p.m.) at the theater. If you would like to try out for a role in this play, you may ...

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OLT Announces Cast for Bell, Book and Candle

[MENA] Ouachita Little Theatre is proud to announce that the cast has been chosen for their next production, Bell, Book and Candle. The show is a pre-curser to the T.V. series Bewitched. The characters and actors are: Gillian Holroyd – Amanda Stipe Shepherd Henderson – Tim Hesse Miss Holroyd (a.k.a. Aunt Queenie) – Emily McCoy Butler Nicky Holroyd – Lamar ...

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