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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Christmas is Coming at Mena Art Gallery

It is time for Mena Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Sale and Show. During November and December, there will be unique and beautiful things to help you fill those Christmas stockings and cross off some of the names on your shopping lists. In addition, there will be many ornaments and Christmas gifts for sale, lots of them for less than $50.

The first weekend of this show coincides with the 2017 Ouachita Arts Celebration (Saturday, November 4) with lots of demonstrations by artists and live music by Jim Brace. The gallery will also have a bake sale with coffee. So when you are wandering among the fun stuff of the Arts Celebration, take time to come by the gallery, browse the work of local artists, and relax with some coffee and goodies produced by our local cooks (they are artists, too!).

And if you have not had a chance to see the 2017 Art of the Heartland exhibit (or if you’d just like to have another look while this fabulous art is still here), the gallery will be open from 10 am to 6 pm this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Regular gallery hours resumes the following week: 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Christmas Gift Show and Sale Coming Soon

It’s time for all our local artists to get their work ready for entry in Mena Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Gift Show and Sale. The gallery will be accepting entries on Tuesday, October 31, from 10 am to 4 pm. Any media is welcome: painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts, and whatever else you may create.

There are no entry fees associated with this show, and you may enter as many pieces as you like. All must be for sale. Only gallery members may enter, but if you have not yet become a member, you may do so when you bring in your entries. Membership purchased in November or December will be valid through December of 2018.

Most entries should be priced in the range of $10 through $50 as this sale is especially suited for Christmas gifts, although higher-end work is also accepted. If you would like more details or to print an entry form, go to the gallery website: http://www.MenaArtGallery.org. Of course, you can always stop in the gallery and speak to Julie Vande Zande, the Executive Director, or to one of our volunteers. You may also call 479-394-3880 during regular gallery hours of 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays or 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Stopping by the gallery has an added benefit: our annual Art of the Heartland exhibit is now on display, and the work is spectacular. Some of the most talented artists from all over the U. S. are included in this exhibit.

And whether you are an artist or not, plan to do part of your Christmas shopping at the gallery at 607 Mena Street.

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