Mena Art Gallery is located in the small town of Mena, Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mountains. We support individual and community involvement in the creative arts, and we strive to inspire and serve all ages of artists.

We embrace the many artists who have moved to our area from all over the world, bringing with them new ideas and fresh interpretations of art.

We provide workshops, seminars, field trips, classes, art shows, exhibits and more. Most years we will have 12 different shows, many of which have entries open to anyone. Check our Scheduled Shows & Exhibits page for details about entry dates and themes.

Because artists often work in creative isolation, our membership meetings strive to provide that sense of connection and encouragement and a forum for ongoing art dialogue.

Southwest Artists, Inc. (SWA), is a local non-profit 501(3)C organization which has been devoted to promoting the arts in Mena since 1945.

To continue these activities and begin the many new ones we are planning to add in the coming months, we must reach out to new constituencies for support and participation. We hope you will join in our mission to bring art to the people of Polk County by giving a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member today. Call (479-394-3880) for information or come by the gallery at 607 Mena Street.
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Scheduled Shows & Exhibits
  • Photography Show
    Wed Jun 7th 2017 - Sat Jul 1st 2017

    The 15th Annual Photography Show is one of the gallery's largest shows offering cash awards. Adults and youth (ages 12-17) display their photographs of beautiful landscapes, plants, animals, people/portraits, and general categories... - More Info
  • Americana Open Show
    Wed Jul 5th 2017 - Sat Jul 29th 2017

    This show offers work in any media and on any subject: painting, drawing, sculpture, pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, and more and it will have a touch of Americana... - More Info
  • Ouachita Expressions Show
    Wed Aug 2nd 2017 - Sat Sep 2nd 2017

    The Ouachita Expressions Show has been our premier judged show for local competition for over twenty years. There are four categories: works on canvas, works on paper, photography and 3-D art... - More Info

Photography Show
June 7th -thru- July 1st
Mena Art Gallery

Beginners' Knitting Class
July 1st
1 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

Fiber Arts Group
July 1st
Noon - 3 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

Americana Open Show
July 5th -thru- July 29th
Mena Art Gallery

Fiber Arts Group
July 8th
Noon - 3 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

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Gallery News
  • The Art of Seasoning Class - On June 24, at noon, Mena Art Gallery will offer a cooking class conduced by Barbara Tobias. The class will include lunch, recipes, and lots of ideas on seasoning with herbs and spices.

    Many of you have attended Barbara’s classes on making bread, and this is an opportunity to broaden your cooking skills. Often the difference between “blah” and “fantastic” is knowing which herb will make green beans taste great even to carnivores or make carrots inspire a desire for a second helping.

    And for those of you who have been told by your doctor to reduce your salt intake, it is a chance to pick up ideas for making food tasty even with less salt.

    The lunch will consist of a soup and bread, both of which will be examples of what you can do. There will be recipes for both and a couple of herb samples from Barbara’s herb garden.

    Cost will be $15 per person; to register, please call the gallery at 479-394-3880. Or stop by and see some great visual art while you’re at it.
  • Beginners' Knitting Classes - A four-session beginners’ knitting class will start with an hour-and-a-half class on Saturday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m. If you have never knitted before (but it’s one of those things you’ve always thought you would enjoy doing), this is your chance to learn.

    Missy Williams will be conducting these classes. Cost will be $20 for the four classes plus the supplies (yarn and needles).

    We can only handle about a dozen people in the class in order to be able to give each one individual attention as needed, so be sure to get your reservation in early. Call the gallery at 479-394-3880 during regular gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays.
  • 2017 Mena Art Gallery Shows & Events Schedule - We have a wonderful line up for 2017. Click here for the 2017 Schedule of Shows & Events. We encourage new artists to participate in our shows.Click here for a 2017  Entry & Pick Up Schedule. If you have any questions please call the gallery at 479-394-3880.
  • Signature Membership Guidelines - Signature Member status in SouthWest Artists, Inc. (SWA) identifies those members who have achieved consistent recognition in National or Regional SWA Competitions.  Members must apply for this status by completing, signing and submitting an application. Only those awarded signature status by SWA may use the SWA logo to sign their work.  To maintain signature status, SWA membership must be kept current. To qualify for signature status, The applicant must have: received 2 awards OR been accepted in 3 SWA National Competitions, Or received 3 or more awards in any category in SWA Regional Competitions.

    Currently the SWA competitions include The Art of the Heartland National Competition, the Ouachita Expressions Regional Competition, and the Photography Regional Competition. Signature Status can be applied for retroactively for past awards back to 2011 and posthumously. Additional competitions may be added in the future.

    Click here for the application form.


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