A new program for the children of Polk County begins this month with an exciting new show of Youth Art from across Polk County. Sponsored by Quincy and Jeremy Thornton of Mena Title Company, this is an annual showcase of the work of our budding artists with cash prizes given at an awards reception.
In the winners circle are: Loki Christensen, Lizzy LaGrone, Ryker Owen, Caroline Dean, Zinnia Ledesma, Holly Maseman, Margret Hangly, Kathryn Davidson, Chelsie Marquez, Zuny Diaz, Steven McDonald, Harmony Peterson, Brooklyn Hildebrand and Leia Carnley. These young artists were faced with strong competition, as so many works of art could have been winners. Visitors will be inspired by the talent represented in this annual show.
Coming up, we are excited to announce that the Mena Art Gallery has a new youth coordinator who will be scheduling exciting and imaginative workshops beginning in May and a special summer program. She is Alicia Smith, an experienced art teacher and former head of the summer arts program at RMCC. Mrs. Smith was also the judge for the current Youth Show. These upcoming projects will be made possible from donations from Sue and Buddy Bean of Hatfield Lumber Company and Quincy and Jeremy Thornton of Mena Title Company. We are so thankful to these and all our sponsors, donors, members and volunteers. Without them these projects and our gallery in general, would not exist. Members of the gallery is kept informed of all shows, events and workshops through our monthly Newsletter. If you are not a member, there are numerous benefits. Join the gallery today.
As a reminder, art lovers are given a rare chance to own an original, Tyrone Lewis oil painting being raffled off at the gallery. The value of the painting is $5,000. 100% of the funds will be used to update the exterior of the Mena Art Gallery in keeping with the plan to beautify our town and the Art District area of Mena Street. Please help us accomplish this badly needed improvement with the purchase of tickets or a donation for the purpose. The winning ticket will be drawn May 4 during the Small Works National Competition reception.
Also coming up April 27, 12 - 3 pm. is a workshop teaching the techniques of using alcohol ink. This workshop has been a sell out in the past, so be sure to get your deposit in soon so you are guaranteed a seat and supplies with which to work. It’s great fun and you go home with your art pieces. Contact your gallery today and find us on Facebook! The Mena Art Gallery is located at 607 Mena Street. Phone is 479-394-3880. We look forward to seeing you there!