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The Otters to Perform at Mena Art Gallery

The Otters, a Women’s Drum Circle, will be performing at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 18. The Otters were formed in 1992 and is a multicultural women’s drum circle. It is guided by Lyn Dilbeck and Denie Westphal.

Thirty women participated during the following eighteen years. Interested in a new direction, seven of these women decided to become active in pow-wow style drumming and singing. Their first public performance was for the Cherokee Cultural Day in October 2011. Since then, they have performed for Heritage activities, school children, youth organizations, senior groups and state parks. These women bring a widely varied background to the group. Some have Native American backgrounds, others bring the diversity of America’s “melting pot” immigration history. What they have found is a commonality that defines women everywhere and a respect for their heritage.

While you are visiting the wide variety of shops that will be open until 8 pm Thursday, we invite you to stop at the gallery, have a seat, cool off a bit from our August heat, and enjoy their performance. You may also want to take time to look around at the beautiful art on exhibit in this year’s Ouachita Expressions exhibit.

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