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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. This is an opportunity to see world-class art right here at your doorstep. The artists accepted into this exhibit are from all over the United States and many are professional artists. We are offering over $12,000 in awards; the exhibit is sponsored by American Art Collector and Plein Air magazines who will give advertising and merchandise awards.

You can participate in a photo shoot at some of the outstanding scenic locations that surround Mena. There will be two painting workshops: one on painting beautiful water and the other plein air painting to capture some of that beautiful scenery we enjoy every day. Both are conducted by professional artists. You are invited to sign up for one of these at our website or by calling the gallery at 479-394-3880.

You can even treat yourself to a week in one of our local B&Bs where many of the visiting artists and art collectors will be.

And if that’s not enough, you could join some of the visitors who will be coming to explore the Talimena National Scenic Byway and the Ouachita National Forest and the mountains.

So mark your calendar: this is one you don’t want to miss. If you’d like more details, check out the website: www.TheArtoftheHeartland.com.

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