Young Artists Award Winners

Once again, the younger generation of artists has come up with a lot of innovative and creative work. The exhibit will be on display at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, through April 28 during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Here are the names of the winners listing each award, the winning artist’s name, entry title, and the school the artist attends:

Lucy Mulcahy Award – Tori Parker – Peek-A-Boo – DeQueen
McDonald’s Award – Sarah Trejo – Wanted – DeQueen

Ages 5 – 8
Best of Show – Thoryn Davison – Woody – Home School
Drawing
1st Place – Layton Dallas – Lil’ Bluebird – DeQueen
2nd Place – Tessa Williams – Fierce – Holly Harshman
3rd Place – Alex Resindez – Ninja in Training – Caddo Hills
Honorable Mention – Destiny McCafferty – N/A – Waldron
Painting
1st Place – Fabiola Velazquez – Happy Fish – Caddo Hills
2nd Place – Camilla Booher – End of the Rainbow – Home School
3rd Place – Hayden Fletcher – Butterfly – Caddo Hills
Honorable Mention – Joseph Morales – Scaredy Fish – Caddo Hills

Ages 9 – 13
Best of Show – Jazmin Garcia – Queen Lily Card – DeQueen
Drawing
1st Place – Cadyn Wade – Harry Potter – Acorn
2nd Place – Margarita Alvarez – Night Owl – DeQueen
3rd Place – Adrianna Nichols – Pretty Petunias – DeQueen
Honorable Mention – Melia Maish – Gadwall Duck – DeQueen
Painting
1st Place – Kaylee Kennedy – Pretty Peacock – DeQueen
2nd Place – Melissa Cuevas – Woodpeckers in Winter – DeQueen
3rd Place – Litzy Hernandez – Rocker Boy – DeQueen
Honorable Mention – Kamina Monna – Lavendar Flower – DeQueen
3D
1st Place – Alex McDonald – Sail Ship – Walnut Grove Christian School
2nd Place – Kaylee Baxley – Spring Petals Bowl – Caddo Hills
3rd Place – Aaron McDonald – Rustic Lantern – Walnut Grove Christian School
Honorable Mention – Jackson Walker – Rollin Robot – DeQueen

Ages 14 – 18
Best of Show – Gerardo Rojas – Piano Shelf – DeQueen
Drawing
1st Place – Patricia Hernandez – All the Blues – DeQueen
2nd Place – Reana Roberson – Green Vibes – DeQueen
3rd Place – Lexi Rameriz – Bubbles – Caddo Hills
Honorable Mention – Ziunia Ledesma – Cardinal – Waldron
Painting
1st Place – Chasity Borja – Show Your Inner Self – DeQueen
2nd Place – Alma Puga – Tiffany – DeQueen
3rd Place – Skyllar Wade – Sugar Cube – Acorn
Honorable Mention – Maverick McEntire – Hunting Dog – Waldron
3D
1st Place – Steve McDonald – Walnut Vase – Walnut Grove Christian
2nd Place – Katherine Stafford – Owl – Horatio
3rd Place – Kaylee Johnson – Cupcake – Horatio
Honorable Mention – Anahiz Ruralcaba – Crazy Red – Horatio
Come support our young artists; you will enjoy seeing what they can do.

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Fiber Arts at Mena Art Gallery

One of the many types of art supported by your local gallery is that created in fiber: spinning, knitting, crochet, and whatever other way art can be created from any sort of fiber.

A group of fiber artists meets at the gallery each Saturday from about noon to 3 pm with people coming and going as their time and interests allow. These are not formal classes, but it seems that, whatever problem one of the members may be encountering, there is someone else there who can solve it, or at least come up with a way to find the solution.
And, of course, in and around the fine craft work, there is always a lot of conversation with friendly people. This group also helps the gallery by being the “Gallery Attendant” for the day: welcoming visitors and answering their questions.

If you are interested in the fiber arts, no matter what your skill level, you would be welcome to join the group whenever your schedule permits.

This group is also sponsoring one of the gallery’s monthly exhibits during the month of July, 2018. Our Fiber Arts Show will have hand-crafted creations from a wide variety of fiber. All fiber arts are welcome: knitting, crocheting, twining, weaving, quilting, embroidery, sewing, macrame, lacemaking, rug hooking, felting, flocking, cross stitch and more. Entries must be brought to the gallery (607 Mena Street) between 10 am and 4 pm on Tuesday, June 26.

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2018 Young Artists Competition

April will bring not only Spring blooms to Mena but the work of many talented young artists as well. There will be work on display at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, in a wide variety of media: drawing, painting, and three-dimensional artwork divided into three categories. Awards will be presented for ages 5 through 8, 9 through 13, and 14 through 17.

In addition to Best of Show, there will be awards in each category for first, second, third, and honorable mention. There are also special awards from McDonald’s and one honoring the memory of Lucy Mulcahy who started our Children’s Classes many years ago. There will also be a People’s Choice Award where all attendees at the reception may vote for their favorite.

The reception will be Saturday, March 31, from 1 to 3 pm with awards presented about 2 pm. The entire show will be on display the month of April during regular gallery hours of 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Mena is fortunate to have many talented young artists—come and support them. They are our future.

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Meet the Artist: Judith Cantrell

Judith Cantrell is one of the rising stars in our local art world. She is a soft-spoken, gentle, and very talented lady who creates exquisite drawings in several media. Her work has won some awards at Mena Art Gallery over the past few years. Her latest is a beautiful pastel drawing of a hawk.

Judith started making art ten or eleven years ago after having done nothing in that field since high school. But in 2002, she had a vision where she saw some beautiful paintings and knew that she was someday to create those.

Judith says she is basically self-taught by trying different things and pursuing those which worked for her. She started with pencil drawings, moved to working with pen and ink, and tried watercolor. Four or five years ago, she worked some with acrylics. But when she discovered pastel pencils, she felt she had found her medium. She likes the fine detail she can get with these better than the chalk used by many pastel artists.

At the November 2017 Ouachita Arts Celebration, Tommy Young (our local wildlife rehabber) brought some of his birds of prey. Judith managed to get a photograph from which she did the hawk portrait that was included in the recent Mena Art Gallery “Portrait of Arkansas” exhibit.

Judith has found that, for her, the best way to learn is to try whatever looks interesting, keep working on the things that succeed for her and reject the things that do not. Judith says, “If you just try to please other people, you lose the joy of creation.”

She is still pursuing the goal she saw in that vision so many years ago. “I haven’t seen them hanging on my wall yet, but I know I can get there.”

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The Art of Hair at Mena Art Gallery

The reception for the March exhibit at Mena Art Gallery, The Art of Hair, will be from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, March 3, at 607 Mena Street. Awards will be presented around 2 pm.

You will find two types of display: photographs of models both before and after hairdressers have worked their magic and styles created on mannequins. There are four categories under photography: braid, color, cut, and style.

The theme for the mannequin is Xanadu: anything imaginative, magnificent, beautiful. We are excited to see what the hairdressers can come up with! Come join the fun, but if you can’t make the reception on Saturday, the exhibit will be on display the month of March during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

This show is sponsored by University of Arkansas Rich Mountain.

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Twining Workshop at Mena Art Gallery

Twining is a method of making rugs, purses, and a variety of other fabric-based creations from strips of fabric. It’s something like the rag rugs that your grandmother made, but done on a loom.

Niki Dempsey is doing a twining workshop on Friday, March 9 from 11 am to 1 pm. The cost is $15.00 per person. All materials will be furnished, and each member of the class will create a small square suitable for use as a potholder.

Once you understand the process, you will be able to create larger and more complex items. Your imagination is the only limit. The looms are very simple to make. Niki says she makes them from old picture frames and a handful of nails. If you’re handy with a hammer, you could also make them from small pieces of lumber.

Niki is a talented teacher and artist and makes the class fun. To register, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Youth and Beginning Adult Art Classes

Art Class

Mena Art Gallery has been conducting Children’s Art Classes for many years, but now we have a new approach: classes for youth and beginner adults. Students for these classes should be at least 10 years old, but they are also suitable for adults who are beginners in the art field.

Our instructor is Nicky Dempsey, a talented artist who has many years experience teaching both children and adults.

These classes will go back to the basics: how to mix colors using only the three primary colors and white (did you realize that any color—even black—can be mixed from the primaries?), terms to communicate about art, and construction methods. The focus will be on three-dimensional art (with some work on two dimensional art as well). The classes are three hours long and will be on the second Saturday of each month from 11:00 am to 2 pm. Fee is $3 per class.

Whatever project the class decides on will begin with basic instructions and will continue over several classes so that students will have ample opportunity to complete their projects.

Please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 to reserve your space in these exciting new classes.

We are still searching for a qualified instructor for the younger children and will resume those classes as soon as we find someone with the necessary skills both in art and in working with children. Deborah Longest, who passed away a few weeks ago, had been handling these children’s classes and she is sorely missed.

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