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Ouachita Arts Celebration to Showcase Local Arts District


Local artisans have collaborated to once again host the Ouachita Arts Celebration this Saturday. A portion of Mena Street will be closed in the arts district to host an array of activities for the entire family.

OAC-Web-3There will be so many things going on at the Ouachita Arts Celebration this year that you will need to pick and choose, so here’s a list of what’s coming to give you a heads up for this 10 am to 4 pm event.

Mena Art Gallery will have art demonstrations: local artists will be sharing their talents in polymer clay, pastels, oil painting, water colors, beading, fiber arts, natural pottery, wood carving and much more. The Christmas Gift Show will be up so everyone can do some Christmas shopping. There are unique, handmade items at affordable prices.

RMCC will have a culinary booth making delicious edibles; there will be pottery demonstrations; Four Winds Trading Post will have dream catcher weaving demonstrations and storytelling; Paxton’s Place Scrapbooking and Card Making will have free washable tattoos and card making demonstrations.

OAC-Web-2The Mercantile, the Cross-Eyed Cricket, Mena Antique Mall, and Progressive Kids Therapy will all have open houses. In addition, Progressive Kids Therapy will be giving out free balloon art for children.

Chameleon Arts will have DIY painting projects; Mena Lioness’s will have popcorn available; Steve Mosley will be demonstrating flint knapping; The Fair Lady will be showing the latest styles in their fashion show; Tommy Young will be flying his falcons three times during the day.

Door Prizes: Pottery and a Buffet Caddy donated by Hector Costamagna and Maureen Keese.

OAC-Web-1“The Otters” multicultural ladies drum circle with be sharing their native sounds; Ouachita Little Theatre will be doing an acting workshop with costumed actors roaming around in the downtown arts district; Mena High School choir will be performing; Straight Tequila will provide live music throughout the day.

Street vendors will include pottery by Suzanne and Bob Manis, fine art and sculpture by Bill Wax, books by Erma Dilbeck Mize, bead banners by Deborah Longest, face painting by Carolynne Cook, miscellaneous arts and crafts by Niki Dempsey and Cherri Stanberry, gourd art by Dani Montoya, custom knives and sheathes by T. J. Thompson, paintings by Zack Buck, pictures with birds by Tommy Young, stone sculpture by Tommy Lyles, wood turning by Darrell Whisenhunt, and many other fine art and craft items.

American Artisans and Skyline Café will be cooking up something special. Eat inside or outside and enjoy the entertainment.

KENA 104.1FM radio will be on site with a live remote from 11 am until 1 pm, covering the event and visiting with attendees.

There will be hourly schedules posted at the event so you can know what is happening all day.

Organizers encourage everyone to come, make a day of it, and enjoy Mena’s Downtown Arts District.



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