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 to Maple so visitors can safely walk between all the artists’ booths and the featured businesses. There is still time for artists who would like to take part in this year’s Ouachita Art Celebration to sign up for a booth.
As a result of grants from the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Arkansas Arts Council, advertising will be extensive beyond the Mena/Polk County area. We expect visitors from all surrounding states and many parts of Arkansas.
Activities will include the art of Falconry, live music, local school choir and band, fashion show, performance and art demonstrations, children’s activities, culinary demonstrations and tasting.
A 12 x 12 booth is $35 with additional $10 charge if you need electricity. Application forms are available at the Mena Art Gallery website: www.MenaArtGallery.org (scroll down to “Gallery News”) or at the Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street. The deadline is October 1 unless all spaces are sold prior to that date. We have room for 30 booths this year. Demonstrations of the process you use to create work are encouraged.
There will be all of the great things from the 2014 OAC:
- Artists and artisans showing and selling fine arts and crafts
- Hands-on creative learning opportunities for both children and adults
- A fashion show with local models
- Belly dancers
- A program by the Ouachita Little Theater
- Special displays by the sponsoring merchants
Tommy Young from the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center will have some of his hawks there. The birds will be flying free between Tommy and one of his assistants, and Tommy will talk about the hawks and his animal rescue work.
If you are an artist or artisan who would like to have a booth, now is the time to apply. A jury process is required in order to be sure that we are including only fine arts and crafts—manufactured or purchased items will not be accepted.