BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –
Mena Art Gallery is conducting its annual membership drive, and we are asking for the support of the people of Mena and the surrounding area. Here are a few of the reasons that you might think it is worthwhile:
We bring the art of nationally and regionally recognized artists right here to Mena.
We offer classes for children and for teens to supplement what the public schools are able to provide.
We hold an annual celebration of the arts: Ouachita Arts Celebration. The 2015 Celebration was a great success, and plans are already well underway for 2016.
We bring tourists to Mena with programs like our annual Art of the Heartland national painting competition.
We provide a place for local artists to display and sell their work and gain experience.
There are 10 to 12 exhibits a year in all, and they change monthly.
To do all of this, we rely on the support of the community: we must pay for utilities and building maintenance, the salary of our one employee (the rest of the work is done by volunteers), and all the other normal business expenses. Dues (which are only $20 per year for an individual or $35 for a family membership) go a long way toward meeting these expenses, so if you have not renewed your membership for 2016 or have never been a member, please consider going online to www.MenaArtGallery.org, click on Membership, and download the form so you can tell us who you are and what you want from the gallery. You may either send in the form and your check or (much more fun!) drop by the gallery, talk to Julie VandeZande, our Executive Director, or one of our volunteers, and enjoy what’s on display while you are at it. Right now we are in the midst of our first ever Artist’s Garage Sale. There is any and everything art-related for sale at rock-bottom prices. It’s a chance for some real bargains, and it’s fun!
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