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Call for Folk & Fiber Arts Exhibit

By Ethan Nahté

The Mena Art Gallery is keeping artists busy. The newest call for entries is for the Folk & Fiber Arts Exhibit. The judged competition is open to ages 14 and over. Membership is not required to enter. There will be cash awards.

For the purposes of this show, here are some guidelines found on the gallery’s website.

Folk art is marked by such attributes as highly decorative design, bright bold colors, flattened perspective, and strong forms in simple arrangements. Unlike more sophisticated art, folk art tends to make use of natural substances like wood, straw, clay and so on. It may include basket weaving, doll-making, enameling, furniture-making, wood-turning, pottery, leatherwork, metalwork, knife-making, mosaic art, jewelry-making, toy-making, papier-mâché, etc. Painting may also be in the form of decorative embellishment on other objects, such as textiles, glass, or wood. Our definition of folk art for this show is broad and inclusive.

Fiber art may include crochet, knitting, embroidery, felt-making, lace-making, macramé, carpet-weaving, tapestry and quilts, etc. Free-standing sculptures made of textiles are also acceptable for this show.

Keep watching their site for more details.

Gallery hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions, contact either or 479-394-3880.

According to the site, the 2024 Folk and Fiber Arts Exhibit Rules and entry form will be available shortly. The art drop-off date is March 16 during their regular business hours. The show will exhibit March 20-Apr. 27.

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