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Artist Demos at Mena Art Gallery

BY BARBARA M. TABIAS

Ever wondered about how an artist goes about creating a painting or a drawing? Come by the gallery at 607 Mena Street on Tuesdays between 11 am and 2 pm and sit in on “Art Day.” You don’t have to bring your brushes or pencils (although that’s certainly okay if you would like to), and questions are always welcome. You can stay for as much or as little of the session as you like. There is almost always someone working in watercolor, frequently in pen and ink, and drawing is always a part of the process whether the objective is to produce a finished drawing or it is a basis for producing something in another media.

The same thing is true for the Friday Fiber Arts group. Usually there are several people spinning, sometimes someone weaving, knitting or crocheting. I like to go just to see what they are doing with fiber that I hadn’t even thought of. And if you have wondered whether you would like to try your hand at one of these, this is the place to jump in and get your feet wet. There is always someone there who can answer your questions if you get stumped.

And don’t forget to take the time while you’re at the gallery to look at the current exhibit. Right now, it is Ouachita Expressions, and there is some gorgeous art on the walls and pedestals. Regular gallery hours are 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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