Some Work of our Young Artists
Mena Art Gallery is holding its annual art competition for young artists in April. If you are between the ages of 5 and 17 (including 18 if still in high school), this one is for you! Older than that? Do you know of a young person who is a budding artist? Tell them about this one.
This competition includes home school, independent and others. You can find full details including entry forms on our website: http://www.MenaArtGallery.org.
Work should be brought to the gallery (607 Mena Street) on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you cannot get your work to the gallery on April 4, be sure to make an appointment PRIOR to the 4th to set up a date when you can bring it in. Just call the gallery at 479-394-3880.
There will be a reception on Saturday, April 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. with children and their parents invited. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. McDonald’s of Mena and the Mena Title Company are again sponsoring this show, and we very much appreciate them making it possible.
Shows featuring professional artists such as the Art of the Heartland exhibit in the fall are great, but the young artists are our future. We are extremely happy to be able to help support them.
Jim Anderson with One of His Photos
Mena Art Gallery’s featured artist for March will be James Anderson, a photographer from Van Buren.
Jim is a retired school teacher who taught and coached in Poteau, Oklahoma for 30 years. He has a true love of geography, and his love of teaching showed in the students he taught. He now resides in Van Buren, Arkansas, with his wife, Theresa. Jim’s photography business is located in his home in Van Buren.
He has won national awards with his camera; you can see some of it on his website site: JimAndersonphotos.com. In addition, his photographs hang in law offices, banks, libraries, and in private homes all across America. Some are in private homes in Europe.
He has a true love for the natural world and has traveled and photographed in all 50 states and on four continents.
Jim has been involved in the Photographic Alliance of Fort Smith, Arkansas for over 20 years . He has photographic exhibits at the present time at Western Heritage studios and US bank in Van Buren ,First National Bank in Poteau, the Fort Smith Public Library, and Bedfords Camera and Video in Fort Smith.
His work will be on display at the gallery here in Mena during the month of March, with a reception on Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 3 pm. The name of the exhibition is “A Photographic Journey Across America.”
The Gallery Store
Behind the main display area at Mena Art Gallery, you will find a variety of work by local artists. There are affordable, original paintings and drawings; small editions of photographs, note cards, and prints; beautiful handmade jewelry and a variety of other items, all hand-crafted, one of a kind little jewels.
Looking for a thank-you gift for a friend? Is there a birthday coming soon that you’d like to celebrate? Or just looking for the perfect something to complete the décor of a room at home? You just might find it here.
All of the items are on sale, are by gallery members, and all sales help to support your local artists and gallery so that we can continue bringing you fun and educational events as well as great exhibits like the annual Young Artists show, national shows, and so many others of interest.
We invite you to come have a look, experience your gallery and see what treasures you can find.
Tiffany Lane is a woman of many talents, and she generously shares many of them with Mena.
Tiffany Lane, Pastel Artist
She owns a successful Century 21 real estate business; she is president of the Mena Rotary Club; she is on the board of Lioness; she is secretary for the Mena Depot Commission; she plays piano at Christ Community Fellowship; she is in a backup band for rock/country singer Lana Gail Coogan; she is on the board of directors for the Mena Art Gallery and active on several committees for them.
And she is an incredibly talented artist working in pastels. She has won awards at the gallery in both the Ouachita Expressions regional competition and the 2016 Art of the Heartland national competition. She also recently won a third-place award in a National Pastel Artists competition. All of this in her almost non-existent spare time!
She took a series of art classes with her mother’s pastel instructor, Fran May, when she was 19. Tiffany’s mother is also a pastel artist and said Tiffany showed an interest and ability in drawing from the time she was a small child.
Tiffany says, “I’m surprised at my ability—that I can do what I can with art. I think it is just something in me that has to come out. When I start making a lot of effort or if I don’t work fast, that’s when I mess it up.”
Her first painting, a seascape that still hangs on her office wall, is a beautiful job. She says, “I think I was just meant to do it—something in me forcing its way out.”
We are all looking forward to seeing more of Tiffany’s work in the future.
February and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner, and your local art gallery is getting into the spirit of the times.
The February show will offer work in any media and on any subject: painting, drawing, sculpture, pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, and more.
The gallery will be decorated with a Valentine’s Day theme, but the show is not limited to that—any artwork can be entered.
Entries will be accepted on Tuesday, January 31, from 10 am to 4 pm. Entry forms are available on the gallery website, http://www.MenaArtGallery.org, or you can pick one up in the gallery at 607 Mena Street during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Come during February to enjoy the art work. You might even find something special for your sweetheart!
The annual Artists’ Garage Sale is going on during January at Mena Art Gallery.
You can find almost anything related to art: canvas, sketch pads, pencils, pens, paints, framing materials, or whatever you might need to create art of any variety. There is also completed art work for sale in lots of different media.
If you have been thinking of trying a new or different medium, this is a good chance to pick up the basics without upsetting the budget. How about looking for a small pastel set? Or maybe some charcoal and graphite drawing materials? Or just come by and see what inspires you to spread your wings a bit. Don’t know how to use some new media? Come by Tuesday Art Day at the gallery with your newly acquired materials. The odds are that someone there will be able to give you some pointers. They’re a friendly bunch!
Even if you don’t want to use the materials yourself, how about a gift for a grandchild?
The estate of Bob Carver has made a generous contribution to Mena Art Gallery, specifying that it should be used for operating expenses and for continuing the annual Art of the Heartland National Painting Competition.
This will assist the gallery (whose mission is to provide art of the highest quality to the people of southwestern Arkansas and to provide a venue for local artists to display and sell their work) to continue shows such as Ouachita Expressions (a judged show open to local and regional artists), the annual Photography Show, and an annual Young Artists’ Show to present the work of students from elementary through High School.
We will also be able to again host Art of the Heartland which selects the very best of entries from artists anywhere in the United States to fill the gallery each October with some of the finest art in America.
It has been the support of both the business community and local citizens that has enabled us to build from a small group of artists meeting in their homes in 1945 to the thriving gallery that is helping to establish the downtown Mena Arts District. We are a non-profit organization, and financial support such as this donation, the assistance of businesses throughout Mena, and our dozens of dedicated volunteers make it possible for us to continue and to grow.
Stop by the gallery to see what is going on and to determine whether you might like to be a part of this vital segment of our city.