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Ouachita Arts Celebration to Transform Downtown Mena for a Day

BY MELANIE WADE –

The Ouachita Arts Celebration will hit town this Saturday, November 4th, and North Mena Street will be transformed into a bustling celebration of the arts, right in the heart of Mena’s budding Downtown Arts District.

An array of artistic talents will line the street and many items will be on display and some will be available for purchase. From paintings and drawings, to woodworking and baskets, to artistic food and crafts. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The event continues to garner strong community partnerships that help it grow in popularity each year, attracting locals and tourists alike.  The event is a huge and eclectic collaboration of those partnerships from businesses to artists to students. Organizers credit many humble volunteers that begin working months in advance behind the scenes to produce the one-day event.

New attractions continue to be added each year. This year, one of those new attractions will be the Chair Decorating Competition. Area artists have spent weeks preparing old wooden chairs for display and their creative tastes will vary to create a plethora of repurposed, artistic chairs.

Ouachita Little Theatre will include their talents in theatre arts with a cutting from their most recent production, Hamlet. Music, a martial arts demonstration, Tommy Young’s birds of prey, and a flint knapping demonstration are all slated for the community event. American Artisans and the Skyline will once again be serving food. The Mena Art Gallery will also launch their annual Christmas Art Sale as well. Also, don’t forget to check out the antique rides in the Vintage Tin Fall Tour Car Show.

Logan Lind, a Norwegian/American, singer/songwriter with his own sound and a style that melds his Southern upbringing and Scandinavian roots, will perform on stage for entertainment as well. Lind is from Mena but has traveled the world with his unique tunes.

The 4th Annual Ouachita Arts Celebration will begin in the Downtown Arts District on North Mena Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 4th. Don’t miss local talent, art, crafts, and more in this one-of-a-kind event.

For a full schedule of events, check out page 9 of this edition.

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