BY BARBARA M. TOBAIS –
Julie Vande Zande took over as Executive Director for Mena Art Gallery on January 1, 2015. Julie has extensive experience in marketing and management, and plans to use those skills as well as her formidable organization capabilities to continue the development that our previous directors have started.
In particular, Julie is interested in expanding the things the gallery provides for children. She says, “That’s where it all starts.” She plans to get acquainted with all of the art teachers in our local schools to see how the gallery and its member artists can assist with their work with children.
Julie also wants to visit all the businesses in town to find ways to work with them. “We are open to any ideas they have.”
Julie moved to Mena from Wisconsin, and loves it here. She says Mena is home now.
Stop by the gallery to meet her; you’ll find her there from about 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays as well as 10 am to noon on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.