Portrait Drawing Class

We have rescheduled the Portrait Drawing Class that Barbara Tobias will conduct in January because a couple of people asked that we do it during the day so they would not have to drive at night. This four session class will take place 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Barbara will concentrate on standard proportions for male and female faces and how to alter them to reflect individuality of the person sitting for the portrait.

The class will be working primarily with graphite pencils, although those who prefer to work in charcoal or another drawing medium can do so.

Supplies needed are a sketch pad (at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches), one or more pencils, and a kneaded eraser. Barbara will supply paper for a final drawing to give students the chance to see the difference that quality of paper can make.

If you are interested in taking the class, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 to register as space in our classroom is limited.

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Gift Certificates Available at Mena Art Gallery

Trying to finish your holiday shopping, but can’t decide on just the right gifts? How about a gift certificate? The people you give them to can take their pick of paintings, photographs, unique crafts, and sculptures, all of which will be on display through the end of December. They could even use the certificates for one of the classes offered by local artists.

A series of classes on creating pencil portraits is scheduled for January; children’s classes happen one Saturday a month; a new class for teens and beginning artists starts in January also.

A fringe benefit is that you get to browse through all the fascinating art on display while choosing. If you still can’t make up your mind, select the gift certificate and those receiving them can have the fun of browsing and choosing as well.

Gallery hours are 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Changes in Mena Art Gallery Classes

Creations by Fall Teen Class

Beginning Saturday, January 13, 2018, one of our ongoing art classes will be changing. We have had requests from a number of adults who are interested in art classes for beginners, so the new class is designed for youth and beginner adult artists, ages 10 and up. Hours will be from 11 am to 2 pm the second Saturday of each month; cost will be $3.00 per student per class.

The classes for children 6 to 9 years old will continue as before.

Students will learn a variety of ways to express their individual creative ability using a wide range of mediums, color, texture, and techniques. A vivid imagination, patience, desire to bring your ideas forth and spend time having fun with others doing the same is all you need to join.

Niki Dempsey will continue to be the instructor for the class. Niki is a highly talented artist who is also a very effective teacher.

If you would like to try these classes, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 to sign up. Payment will be due at each class which you attend.

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Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 2, is going to be a big day for Mena: the annual Christmas Parade will march right down Mena Street. And to make it easier for you to watch, plan to stop by the Mena Art Gallery ahead of time. There will be a bake sale going on from 10 am till 8 pm and there will be hot drinks to warm you up before and after the parade.

You can also get some more names marked off your Christmas shopping list at the same time. The gallery’s annual Christmas sale is now up and there are dozens of unique gifts to select from, all made by our talented local artists. You will find everything from paintings to quilts, pottery to jewelry, metal sculptures to carved wood.

So you can accomplish a batch of things with just one trip: shopping for gifts, watching the parade, and picking up something sweet to take home with you.

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Christmas is Coming!

A Few Possibilities

I don’t know how fat that goose is getting, but there is a wealth of unique gifts to choose from at the Mena Art Gallery annual Christmas Show and Sale.

There are wood carvings by Gilda Meyers, pottery by Pamela Andrews and Lynn Greenwade, glass pendants by Marvin Gentry, paintings, colored pencil drawings, photographs, beadwork, wood turnings, rag rugs, quilts, and found object metal sculptures by Jim Brace.

The Twelve Days of Christmas—one of a kind hand-made ornaments celebrating the song—are available, but it will be first-come first served on these.

These are just a few of the pieces that I spotted on a quick walk-through of the gallery. With time to look more carefully, you will find dozens more to choose from.

Gallery hours are 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. You benefit several ways from doing your shopping at your local gallery: it’s fun just to walk through and see the amazing variety of art produced locally; these sales help our gallery keep the doors open (we’re non-profit, but we still have to pay the utility bills and for all the other things it takes to operate a business, even though our staffing is almost all volunteers); support for any of our local art-related businesses helps to maintain and grow our Mena Art District that is becoming known around the state.

Come check us out!

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The Days of Christmas are Upon Us

November is the beginning of Christmas shoppers’ dreams as the Mena Art Gallery is overflowing with one of a kind gifts, handmade by local artisans for really reasonable prices. You will find everything imaginable including jewelry, quilts, braided rugs, paintings, photography, Christmas decorations, down to small stocking stuffers. Checking it out is a must! Remember too, purchases from the gallery gives support that helps the gallery continue to provide the many community programs.

Two exciting items are being offered separately: one is a raffle, the other a silent auction. The children’s 5 to 9 art class has made a beautiful quilt. Each child created a square that was then put together and quilted by Betty Exley. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased for $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds will go to the gallery and help buy supplies for the popular children’s classes. These young artists are so proud of their work. Let’s all support them. The winner will be picked, Friday, December 22.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” consists of 86 individual, handmade ornaments, many made from upcycled materials, thanks to the skilled hands of Niki Dempsey, Jan Wennberg, and Judith Cantrell. Bidding is for all 86 that will be wrapped and packed in a storage box for next year. Minimum bid is $200. There is a bid form at the gallery, where you may also see them displayed until after Christmas.

If you have not visited our gallery before, now is the best time to check it out. There is always something exciting to see. The gallery is located at 607 Mena Street and open from Tuesday through Saturday. Winter hours are in effect: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Ouachita Arts Celebration by

Saturday, November 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, the businesses in the Mena Downtown Arts District will again host the Ouachita Arts Celebration—a time to stroll through the Arts District and join the fun. Mena Street will be free of traffic for a couple of blocks so that you can wander among the artists’ booths where they will be showing everything from paintings to pottery.

There will be a fashion show, live music, flint knapping, culinary arts, and Tommy Young will be there with some of his birds of prey and available to tell you all about them.

There will be martial arts demonstrations, and Vintage Tin will again have cars from its Fall Tour car show.

For children, there will be kids’ craft projects and face painting.

In addition to all of this going on most of the day, there will be a number of scheduled events. These include:

Mena High School Choir will perform the National Anthem
Chair Decorating Presentation
Ouachita Strings Ensemble
Excerpt from Ouachita Little Theatre’s “Hamlet”
Live Music: Logan Lind
Mena HS Drama Dept. – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Dance Performance—Next Generation Dance Academy
Live Music—Acorn Choir
Martial Arts Demonstration—Southern Impact
Live Music- Logan Lind

When you get to the Ouachita Arts Celebration, you will be able to pick up a schedule showing exactly what is going on when and where you can find it.
And if you get weary with walking and standing, come into the Mena Art Gallery. The 2017 Christmas Show and Sale will be on display; the Fiber Arts Group will be there doing all sorts of things from spinning yarn to knitting, embroidery, and almost anything else creative than can be done with fiber of one kind or another.
The gallery will also have a bake sale going on so you will have lots of choices: cookies, cupcakes, and whatever else the talented cooks (sure—didn’t you realize cooking is an art too?) can come up with. Not to mention coffee if the weather is cool.

There also may be some artists working on projects so that you can have a chance to see how some of the art work in the gallery comes to be.
If you need more information, the businesses in the Downtown Arts District can tell you more. Don’t miss it!

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