BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE –
A special dinner with the proceeds donated to Mena Art Gallery is scheduled at American Artisans (615 Mena Street) on Saturday, January 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Donna Chrisman, chef at American Artisans, is making five of her fabulous soups: Cheddar Ale, Tomato Bisque, Smoked Chicken and Wild Rice, Smoked Chicken with Poblano Peppers, and Potato Chowder. You can take your pick.
Barbara Tobias will have three kinds of breads to choose from: French Baguettes, Focaccia, and Cranberry Orange. All will be served with herbed butter.
Tammy Busby of Happy Heart Catering will have some of her cupcakes to top it all off.
Instead of a set price, we are asking that you make a donation to the Mena Art Gallery to help support the many things the gallery does for our town: new exhibits monthly, classes and workshops for children and adults, special events like the Ouachita Art Celebration in the fall and the Art of the Heartland national juried painting competition held for the first time in 2015. We also need help with the cost of the renovation of the gallery completed last year.
You can make your donation with cash or credit card. This is a great opportunity for a wonderful dinner (bring your friends!) and the knowledge that you are helping support what has become an institution and a cornerstone of the Downtown Arts District that has been developing the last few years. Come make it a party!