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December, 2017

  • 6 December

    Just 4 Fun Players Auditioning for Harvey

    SUBMITTED BY JUDY THOMPSON – Just 4 Fun Players will be presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey, at Mena Mountain Resort on February 14, February 24 and March 3.  Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey—a pooka, who is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit.  Beginning as a Broadway play in the 40’s, ...

November, 2017

  • 15 November

    “Still on the Hill” and “Elf” News

    Friends and patrons of Ouachita Little Theatre and Polk County residents are being treated to a free concert on Sunday, November 19 at 2:30 PM.  This grant supported event through the Buffalo River National Park Service provides entertainment that also educates about our rural Arkansas cultural history. If you love nature, music, storytelling, and learning about people and places of ...

  • 15 November

    Mena Arts District is Alive and Well, and Growing

    BY RICK CHRISMAN – SouthWest Artists has existed for over 70 years in one form or another, originally meeting in individuals’ homes. As it grew, it found meeting and exhibit space wherever available. In 1982, it was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(C)3 corporation. The focus of our founders was to create a community of like-minded artists to discuss their work ...

October, 2017

  • 19 October

    Christmas Gift Show and Sale Coming Soon

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – It’s time for all our local artists to get their work ready for entry in Mena Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Gift Show and Sale. The gallery will be accepting entries on Tuesday, October 31, from 10 am to 4 pm. Any media is welcome: painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts, and so on. There are no ...

  • 6 October

    Portrait Drawing Class at Mena Art Gallery

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – During January, Barbara Tobias will have a four-session class on creating pencil portraits. She will concentrate on the effects you can get with a simple graphite pencil (from lines to shading to emphasis and value), the basic proportions for a “generic” face, and how to alter those basic proportions to get a likeness of an ...

  • 3 October

    “Young Frankenstein” is OLT’s Next Free Film Feature

    Just in time for your Halloween celebrations, Ouachita Little Theatre selected the comedy/horror classic film by Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein, to be the October feature at Wednesday Night at the Lyric.  This film made in 1974 is a parody of the classic horror film genre, mainly adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.  Her novel was made into a series of ...

  • 3 October

    Mena Art Gallery’s 3rd Annual Art of the Heartland Exhibition

    BY BARBARA LEWIS – Each year in October, SouthWest Artists, Inc., and the Mena Art Gallery bring what is becoming one of the nation’s finest painting competitions to Mena. Called the Art of the Heartland National Exhibition, it is composed of paintings by some of the top artists on this continent. Some of the masters of art history began with ...

September, 2017

  • 26 September

    It’s Happening at the OLT!

    Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 is the Hope and Inspiration Concert to benefit Hurricane relief efforts.  This live performance is an OLT “Bonus Event” and will donate all proceeds to the charity chosen by the audience.  Join us, have fun, and be inspired while helping those in need! The next Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) play will be the holiday ...

  • 26 September

    Hamlet to be Performed by OLT

    Rehearsals at Ouachita Little Theatre are well underway for one of the best-known Shakespearian tragedies of all time, “Hamlet”.  OLT often makes us laugh or sing familiar songs for many productions on its stage, but any credible theatre is obliged to offer the classics.  These productions, such as Hamlet, include those that inspire, instruct, and maybe even frighten.  Director Brad ...

  • 26 September

    Art Classes at Mena Art Gallery

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – We are fortunate in Mena to have several artists who not only produce beautiful artwork but teach others as well. Niki Dempsey is a successful artist in many fields; she has worked as a professional artist, is a trained florist, a talented writer, and is currently teaching a series of teen classes for the gallery. ...