Photography Show

Entries from 2016 Photography Show

Mena is home to a great many talented photographers, and the time has come for all of you to get your work ready for the 2017 Photography Competition.
Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries for the 15th Annual Photography Show on Tuesday, June 6, from 10 am to 4 pm.
This is one of the gallery’s largest shows offering cash awards. Adults and youth (ages 12 -17) may enter a total of four photographs.
Adults may enter work in any of five categories: Landscapes, Plants, Animals, People/Portraits, and General. The youth division is not divided into categories.
In addition to cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, there are six special awards including the Richard Shull Best in Show ($250), R.L. Norris Memorial ($100), Best Floral Award ($100), Best Arkansas Wildlife ($150), People’s Choice, and Rising Star ($25 youth division).
Entry forms can be found on our website at or call the gallery at 479-394-3880. You can also pick up a form by stopping by the gallery with the added benefit of viewing the work of Gilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock. Gallery hours are 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Mena Art Gallery Receives Book of Bernice Campbell’s Paintings


Rick Chrisman, Joann and Gary Campbell, Jan Wennberg

Gary and Joann Campbell have honored the Mena Art Gallery with a book of his mother’s paintings.

Bernice Campbell had taken an art class in high school in the mid-1930’s. She rekindled that dream in the late 1970’s when Rich Mountain Community College offered art classes. She went on to further her art education with classes at Rich Mountain and at Wenatchee, Washington, as well as lessons from individual artists.

She also learned photography and took thousands of slides during travels with her husband, Earl Campbell. She used those slides as inspiration to paint many pieces which were still hanging in her home when she passed away in January of this year.

In 2016, some of her children and grandchildren published a book of her paintings, and a copy of this book has been donated to Mena Art Gallery where a seating area is available for you to sit and enjoy them.

Come by the gallery during regular hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. From now through June 3, you can also enjoy seeing the work of Gilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock when you come to the gallery.
The attached photo is of Rick Chrisman, Joann Campbell, Gary Campbell, and Jan Wennberg with the book of Bernice Campbell’s paintings.

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Chamber of Commerce Coffee at Mena Art Gallery

On Friday, May 12, 2017, from 9 am to 11 am, Mena Art Gallery will host a coffee with light refreshments for the local Chamber of Commerce.

The current exhibit at the gallery is the work of Patricia Trulock and Gilda Meyers: Artwork Along The Way captured in photos, pen & ink, carvings, and jewelry. Come by to enjoy the company and the art work.

The gallery store, with work by local artists, will also be open.

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Meet the Artists: Gilda Meyers and Patricia Trulock

Patricia Trulock and Gilda Meyers

The May exhibit at Mena Art Gallery is called “BFF Art Show” and the two ladies make quite a team.

Gilda does a wide variety of work: exquisite pen and ink drawings, wood carvings, jewelry, note cards, to name just a few. It is always fun to see what new ideas she has come up with since her last art show.

Patricia has been fascinated with what she can find through the lens of her camera since her mother gave her a Brownie when she was eleven. Gilda says she received one as well, but the magic for her has always been in the things she can create with other art tools—not the camera.

Both are happy to be able to share their vision of the world with others who may not have realized the beauty of a rainy day from a front porch or the thrill of seeing something beautiful emerge from a piece of driftwood that someone else might have tossed on the woodpile. And both agree that their art work represents what they have experienced in life.

Plan to come to the reception on Saturday, May 6, from 1 to 3 pm at the gallery: 607 Mena Street. It’s a great opportunity to meet both of the artists and get to know them a little better. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of May during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.


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Winners: Young Artists Competition

Some of the 2017 Young Artist Winners

From the looks of the 2017 Young Artists Competition exhibit at Mena Art Gallery, the future of Art here is in very good shape. You will have an opportunity to see what tomorrow’s artists already can do from now through April 29. Come by the gallery at 607 Mena Street during regular gallery hours: 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Following are the winners in each category, the titles of their work, and their location:

Category #1 – Ages 5 – 8
BEST OF SHOW Jimena Luna “Red Feather” dequeen
1st David McWhorter “Cat” Horatio
2nd Wyatt Gunn “Art Supplies” Vandervoort
3rd Yesenia “Pretty Lady” Wickes
HM Camila Figueroa “Feathers in the Wind” DeQueen

1s Rylee Warren “Picasso Style Face” Caddo Hills
2nd Mason Pinkerton “VanGogh’s Starry Night” Caddo Hills
3rd Stella Smith “N/A” Holly Harshman
HM Lori Shirley “VanGogh’s Sunflowers” Caddo Hills

1st Braxton Marshall “Feather” Horatio
2nd Eunice “A Touch of Green” Wickes
3rd L. J. Blackmon “My Bowl” Wickes
HM Violeta “The Blues Have It” Wickes

Category #2 – Ages 9 – 13

BEST OF SHOW mia goforth “the frozen stare” holly harshman
1st Cooper Hayes “At Bat” Wickes
2nd Dusty Davis “Little Darlin” Mena
3rd Sasha Richardson “Daydream” Cossatot River
HM Kyla Ferguson “Tree-ly” Wickes

1st Hailey Emerson “Mrs. Self” Holly Harshman
2nd Charity Beyer “Party in the House” Holly Harshman
3rd Frank W. Booher “Antique Monster” H.E.D.G.E.
HM Raegan Gates “Georgia O’Keeffe” Holly Harshman

1st Josi Hall “Rock Gator” DeQueen
2nd Marlen Perez “Happy Armadillo” DeQueen
3rd Jenna Anderton “South African Garden” Home School
HM Kayla Cary “Quilled Owl” DeQueen

Category #3 – Ages 14 – 18

BEST OF SHOW amy Parkhurst “evan’s friend” waldron
1st Archer Pearce “Kepler” Mena
2nd Danielle Underwood “Bird” Waldron
3rd Tani Gipson “It’s A Tiger” Waldron
HM Kelli Adamson “Horse” Waldron

1st Esteban Sierra “Lighthouse” Waldron
2nd Michael Carson “Trees” Mena
3rd Dennis Kirsch “Flowery Hills” Mena
HM Carol Locke “The Man in the Mirror” Waldron

1st Cameron Mooneyham “Bullrider” Horatio
2nd Steven “W/H Candlesticks” Walnut Grove
3rd Reacheal Hicks-Dixon “Exposed” Cossatot River
HM Luis Luna “Flying Gator” DeQueen

Jerzie exley “water friends” Louise durham

Sasha Richardson “Daydream” Cossatot River

We would also like to say a very special thank you to our judges, Jim and Jane Brace, artists both. It was no easy job to pick out the best from well over 300 entries.

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Governor’s Arts Awards

Each year the Arkansas Arts Council selects eight recipients for the Governor’s Arts Awards. This year, one of the awards recognized Sam and Barbara Tobias for the Arts Community Development Award because of their long-time work with our local Mena Art Gallery. Other recipients were:

Thom Hall, Little Rock, Lifetime Achievement Award

Art Porter Music Education, Inc., Little Rock, Arts in Education

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Little Rock, Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts

Freda Cruise Hardison, Mountain View, Folklife Award

Reese Rowland, Little Rock, Individual Artist Award

Johnelle Hunt, Rogers, Patron Award

Max Elbo, Eureka Springs, Judges Recognition Award

Nominations from the public are sent to the Arkansas Arts Council and turned over to an independent panel of arts professionals from around the state.

All awards were presented at a luncheon in Little Rock at the Governor’s Mansion in mid-March.

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Young Artists Competition

Mena is fortunate enough to have many excellent young artists. We feel at Mena Art Gallery that supporting these young people is one of the most important things we can do as they are our future.

On Tuesday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries to our 2017 Young Artists Competition. It is open to all artists ages 5 through 17 (or through 18 if the student is still in high school). Home-schooled and independent students are also welcome.

If a young artist has work to enter but cannot get it to the gallery on April 4, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880 before April 4 to arrange for a different date.

There will be a reception on Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

The types of artwork that can be accepted are these:

Drawing – Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal, Pen & Ink, Colored Pencil, Marker, Digital
Painting – Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor, Pastels, Mixed Media, Digital
3-D – Any Three Dimensional Artwork

Categories within each type are:

Ages 5 – 8
Ages 9 – 13
Ages 14 – 17

There are no entry fees for this show.

Awards include:

Best of Show – $50
For each category in each medium:
First Place – $40
Second Place – $30
Third Place – $20
Honorable Mention – $15

Special awards include the McDonalds Award and Lucy Mulcahy Award. New this year is a People’s Choice Award or $20. Plan to come to the reception to vote for your favorite.

And if you know a budding artist who may not have heard about this competition, will you help us spread the word?

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