The Mena Art Gallery, hub of the developing art district, has seen elevated growth in the art community within the past year. Artists moving into the area, attracted by the many opportunities and activities surrounding the arts, new businesses focusing on art and related products, contribute to the growing reputation of Mena as a center for the arts in Arkansas.
Amongst the many art activities are ongoing shows at the gallery, including two National Art Shows, the Ouachita Little Theater, where local talent perform in plays throughout the year, Susie Q’s, a gathering place for artist, houses studio’s for dance, yoga, karate and other activities, the Artisan, where handcrafted food and crafts are available, a soon to open candy craft store and more.
Newest of these businesses, officially opening March 28, is Wild Hare Art Glass Studio & Gallery, located next to the Mena Art Gallery. Greg and Linda Ostman fell in love with the area due to the strong art community and decided to relocate from their home in Plano, Texas to Mena. Linda had emerged herself in the art glass program at the University of Texas and specializes in cast glass. Once here they quickly became involved in the gallery activities. As fate had it, the perfect building became available and the decision was made to open a studio and gallery where she will carry her own glass art, as well as glass art from other established glass artists. She will be teaching workshops on glass art in her studio, as well as carrying a variety of art supplies and original work in her gallery. Everyone is encouraged to attend her open house, 608 Mena Street, Thursday, March 28 at 5 - 6:30 pm to meet Linda and Greg and see their beautiful new studio and gallery.