Fiber’s The Thing at Mena Art Gallery

In July, Mena Art Gallery will be celebrating all the beautiful things that can be done with fiber. The exhibit will open on Friday, June 29 at 10 am. And we are joining with the Downtown Partners with a theme of “Christmas in July” for this show.

There will be a lot going on during this show with classes to introduce you to several forms of fiber art.

Friday, July 6, there will be an “Introduction to Knitting” class. If you have wondered if this craft is for you, here’s your opportunity to find out. We will have yarn and needles on hand that you may use. Of course, if you already have these, bring them along. Fee for the two hour class is $8.

Friday, July 13, at 5:30 there will be a Drop Spindle spinning class. This is the oldest and simplest way humans have created yarn from fiber and the perfect way to determine whether you want to learn to spin without investing in a spinning wheel. Fee for this class is $5 plus $10 for a kit which includes a spindle and two oz. of fiber.

Thursday July 19 textile expert Brenda Horton will have a “Stamps Make Quilting Easy” class. On Saturday July 21 at 1:00 pm she will present the history and details of the ancient “Boro” technique of quilting on a 100+ year-old local quilt.

We will accept entries on Tuesday, June 26, from 10 am to 4 pm. You can pick up an entry form with all details at the gallery, 607 Mena Street or download a copy from

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Fiber Arts at Mena Art Gallery

July this year will feature Fiber Arts at Mena Art Gallery. It will include everything made of fiber: knitting, crocheting, twining, weaving, quilting, embroidery, sewing, macrame, lacemaking, rug hooking, felting, flocking, cross stitch—and probably quite a few things I have not thought of but our fiber artists have!

Work will be accepted on Tuesday, June 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. If you cannot make it on the 26th, please make an appointment prior to this date with the coordinator, Whitney Espinoza, at 479-394-3880. You can either pick up a copy of the entry form at the gallery, 607 Mena Street, or from our website, It will have details of how to enter your work.

There will be a reception on Saturday, June 30, from 1 to 3 pm. This will be your best opportunity to meet many of the fiber artists and talk with them about how they create beauty from hanks of yarn.

This year’s fiber arts show will have a “Christmas in July” theme and we are scheduling a “Night at the Gallery” on July 20 to correlate with the Downtown Partners “Christmas in July” weekend. We’ll have lots of shopping opportunities that evening.

We are also working on some special events for the Fiber Arts Show:

A class every Friday on Fiber related things.
On Saturday July 21st we will have a textile expert that specializes in Quilting give a talk on a 100+ year old quilt.
We’ll have more details for you as plans are completed.

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Photography Award Winners for 2018

The Photography competition this year produced a bumper crop of beautiful photographs! Here are the winners:

1st Susan Koonce $150
2nd Benjamin Bandimere $100
3rd Vic Prislipsky $50
Honorable Mention Benjamin Bandimere

1st Sharon Prislipsky $150
2nd Donna Atkins $100
3rd Marilyn Thomas $50
Honorable Mention Gena Warrington

1st Marilyn Thomas $150
2nd Ruth Wiebe $100
3rd Sharon Prislipsky $50
Honorable Mention Benjamin Bandimere

1st  Tonya McDonald $150
2nd Gabby Wiggly $100
3rd Tonya McDonald $50
Honorable Mention Sharon Prislipsky

1st Marilyn Thomas $150
2nd Landon Isclaw $100
3rd Darla Hilton $50
Honorable Mention David Shipper

1st Lulu Quebedeaux $50
2nd Aleeyah $40
3rd Emma Rath $30
Honorable Mention Lulu Quebedeaux

Best in Show: Vic Prislipsky

Floral Award – Darla Hilton 100.00

The show will be on display at the gallery during regular gallery hours (11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays). Drop in to view a really spectacular exhibit!

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Sustaining Memberships

Mena Art Gallery, a non-profit organization, has been bringing great art to our corner of Arkansas as well as providing a place for local artists to display and sell their work for over 70 years now. How? Primarily thanks to the generosity of dozens of individuals and businesses in our area. We could not have continued to exist without the financial support of the community and the countless hours our volunteers spend doing everything from greeting you at the door when you come in to all the behind-the-scenes effort necessary to keep any organization functioning.

We have now found a way to make it a little easier for you to help keep your local gallery alive as well as making it easier for us to plan what we can do to continue bringing beautiful art to Mena. It is called “Sustaining Memberships” and is simply a way for you to make your contributions in small installments over the year instead of in one lump sum.

You decide how much you are comfortable in giving to support the gallery, come in and sign a short form telling us how much you want to contribute each month, and attach a void check. Then our bank connects with your bank to transfer the amount you specify each month. And, of course, you can stop or change the amount at any time.

And we will be able to continue our children’s classes, our 10 to 12 exhibits each year (which include things like the Photography Show that will be on display this June, our annual children’s art show, and our two annual National Juried Painting competitions that bring outstanding work from all over the United States), and all of the other activities in the art field you have come to expect from us.

Our gallery hours are 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, and we are at 607 Mena Street, right across from the Ouachita Little Theatre. And while you are here, be sure to take time to enjoy the art work on the walls. Thank you!

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16th Annual Photography Competition

On Tuesday, May 29, between 10 am and 4 pm, Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries for their 16th annual Photography competition. This competition and exhibit draws work from all around Arkansas and surrounding areas.

Photographs by adults are judged in these categories: Landscapes, People and Portraits, Plants, Animals, and General. There is a special division for youth ages 12 to 17 which is not divided into categories. Complete entry rules and an entry form can be picked up at the gallery, 607 Mena Street, or online at If you have questions, please call 479-394-3880 during gallery hours (11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays).

There will be a reception on Saturday, June 2, from 1 to 3 pm, at the gallery. Awards will be presented at around 2:00 pm. Come, enjoy the exhibit, and meet many of the photographers. It is a great opportunity to ask how they managed to get the light just right or the beautiful composition of some of the excellent photos on display.

The exhibit will remain on gallery walls during the month of June.

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16th Annual Photography Competition

The Photography Competition and Exhibit has grown over those years to be one of the premier shows at your local art gallery with over $2,000 in cash awards. Each year there are entries from all over Arkansas and surrounding states making a superb display of beautiful landscapes, plants, animals, people/portraits, and general categories.
This show is open to photographers of all ages with special categories for work by younger photographers.

Now is the time for all photographers to get their work printed and framed ready for exhibit. Entries must be brought to Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, on Tuesday, May 29, between 10 am and 4 pm unless prior arrangements are made with the Executive Director, Whitney Espinoza, at 479-394-3880. Entry forms may be picked up at the gallery or downloaded from the website at Any photographers with questions should call Patricia Trulock at 479-243-3277.

A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 1 to 3 pm. So mark your calendar for those dates. This is one you don’t want to miss.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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