Winners in Mena Art Gallery’s Ouachita Expressions

This year’s Ouachita Expressions art competition brought out some exceptional work by Arkansas artists. Here are the award winners:

Best of Show: Jim Brace – “Greers Ferry Lake”

Works on Paper:
1st – Tiffany Lane – “A Place in the Sun”
2nd – Gilda Meyers – “Un-Spoken”
3rd –  Judith Cantrell – “Lincoln’s Sparrows”
H.M. – Barbara Holdeman – “Hershey”

Works on Canvas:
1st – Carol Flori – “Master and Commander”
2nd – Carolyn MacMahon – “Early Autumn at New Forest”
3rd – Judith Cantrell – “The Stalk”
H.M. – Carol Sheets – “Onita”

1st – Jo Eldridge – “Whiskers”
2nd – Celestra Myers – “Reaching for the Light”
3rd – Patricia Trulock – “Remember”
H.M. – Lowell Thomas – “Lake Milwood in the Fog”

1st – Marvin Gentry – “Nature Finds A Way”
2nd – Jane Brace – “Waterfall”
3rd – Lynn Greenwade – “Yellow Flower Toad House”
H.M. – Jim Brace – “Pan Fish”

Yankee Clipper Award: Gilda Meyers – “Sistas”
Memorial Award (Jimmie Smith) Ouachita Artists, Mt. Ida: Linda Godbold – “Proud Zeke”
Domestic Cat Awards: Niki Dempsey – “Cat Pillow”
Susan Sebren – “Mosaic Siamese”

The Ouachita Expressions work will be on display through the month of August during regular gallery hours of 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Summer is for Hot Dogs!

And Mena Art Gallery and Atwoods are teaming up to bring them to you. On Saturday, August 12, from 10 am to 2 pm, Mena Art Gallery representatives will be manning the stand in front of Atwoods. One dollar will bring you two hot dogs and a coke.

All proceeds will go to help cover operating expenses of Mena Art Gallery—utilities, insurance, telephone, and all the other things it takes to enable the folks at your local art gallery to bring you exhibits like Ouachita Expressions which is on display now. Ouachita Expressions has been providing local artists a chance to compete for cash awards for over twenty years now.

Come pick up a couple of hot dogs for lunch and then go by the gallery at 607 Mena Street to see the talent and skill of our local artists displayed.

And our thanks go to Atwoods for supporting the gallery as well as to all the volunteers who contribute their time and knowledge to make it possible to keep the doors open. We also appreciate all the local businesses who have contributed to the awards for this exhibit.

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Ouachita Expressions Opens at Mena Art Gallery

Ouachita Expressions has been the premier judged show for local competition at Mena Art Gallery for over twenty years. The reception will be Saturday, August 5, from 1 to 3 pm.

There are four categories: works on canvas, works on paper, photography and three-dimensional art. The show will include work from local Arkansas artists as well as artists from the surrounding areas.

We are fortunate in Mena to have many gifted and talented artists, and this annual opportunity to see their work and to meet them is not one to miss, but if you can’t make it to the reception, the work will be on display during the month of August from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and from 10 am to 3 pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 607 Mena Street.

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Christmas in July and Indian Tacos

Carolynne’s Indian Tacos

On July 21 and 22 Downtown Partners is hosting Christmas in July. Mena Art Gallery will join the fun with ornaments and Christmas art for sale in the gallery and many activities going on that weekend. The annual 12 Days of Christmas tree will be on display. The ornaments on this tree will be sold by silent auction. Bids start at $200 for 86 unique, handcrafted ornaments made by Niki Dempsey and Jan Wennberg. That’s only $2.32 per ornament. Call the gallery (479-394-3880) if you would like to make a bid and make sure to stop by and see this beautiful tree.

Carolynne Cook will make and serve her fabulous Indian Tacos on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even better than turkey!
Come join us and all the other Downtown Merchants for Christmas in July.

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Vendors for 2017 Ouachita Arts Celebration

  Scenes from 2016 OAC

This year’s Ouachita Arts Celebration (OAC) will be Saturday, November 4, 2017, and applications from vendors wishing to participate will be accepted from September 1 through October 7 at Mena Art Gallery. Booths are all located on concrete and electricity is available if needed. The primary requirement for vendors is that all work must be hand crafted.

Mena Street will be blocked off between Jansen Street and Port Arthur Street so that people from all around southwestern Arkansas can wander freely among all the exhibits. There will be a car show, Tommy Young’s birds, flint knapping, roaming singers, local musicians, children’s crafts, art demonstrations, lots of food, and more. You can pick up detailed information and an entry form with complete rules from the Mena Art Gallery website: If you still have questions, call Julie at the gallery at 479-394-3880. Hours are 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

This annual festival of arts has been growing over the last three years, and 2017 promises to be even bigger and better.

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Celebrating America!

In July, Mena Art Gallery will be celebrating America: it’s people, it’s history, it’s traditions, and it’s art. We will be displaying the work of local artists depicting all of these things in a wide variety of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, crafts—anything that depicts our country.

There will also be on display photographs depicting and honoring those who have helped to build our country in any way.

Come help us to honor those who have helped to make America the great place it is today. Gallery hours are from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays. You can find more information on our website:

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Mena Art Gallery’s Photography Show Winners

Sharon Prislipsky, Best of Show Winner

This is, like most of the preceding Photography Shows, an amazing display of photography talent and beauty. Here is a list of the winners:

Best of Show (Richard Shull Award) – Sharon Prislipsky – Spiral Toward the Light

Youth 1st Place – Landon Isclaw – Framed

2nd Place – Landon Isclaw – Reaching Out

3rd Place – Cody Smith – Majestic Swim

HM – Cody Smith – Leisurly Swim

Rising Star – Landon Isclaw – Framed

Landscapes 1st Place – Vic Prislipsky – Elliot Falls

2nd Place – Larry Millican – Rich Mountain Tower

3rd Place – Betty Acheson – Peaceful Moment in Time

HM – Brian Abbott – Foggy Sunrise

General 1st Place – Ann Glenn – Still Life with Feathers

2nd Place – Donna Osborne – Waiting for Inspiration

3rd Place – Larry Millican – Autumn Canoes

HM – Jolean Thomas – Foggy Milwood Trees

Animals 1st Place – Vic Prislipsky – Anole Portrait

2nd Place – Vic Prislipsky – The Gift

3rd Place – Sharon Prislipsky – Nesting Instinct

HM – Donna Osborne – Zig Zag Weaver

People/Portraits 1st Place – Zieka Davison – Waiting on the Mail

2nd Place – Dylan Ashcraft – Summertime Play

3rd Place – Zieka Davison – Through the Looking Glass

HM – Ann Glenn – Mountain Music

Plants 1st Place – Larry Millican – Black-Eyed Susans

2nd Place – Donna Atkinson – Iris

3rd Place – Sharon Prislipsky – Splendor

HM – Patricia Trulock – Curls

Floral Award – Donna Atkinson – Iris

Best Arkansas Wildlife Award – Debbie Brister – Bobwhite

R.L. Norris Award – Donna Osborne – Zig Zag Weaver

The Richard Shull and R. L. Norris awards honor two photographers who did a great deal to further the gallery’s efforts to develop the annual Photography Competition and Exhibit. More information about both of these men is available at the gallery. The Floral Award is sponsored by Shelton Bohlman of Janssen Avenue Florist and the Best Arkansas Wildlife Award is sponsored by Tim Kiser of Tim’s Yamaha and Polaris.

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