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
  • Art of the Heartland National Juried Painting Competition
    Thu Oct 8th 2015 - Fri Oct 30th 2015

    The Art of the Heartland (AHL) juried competition and exhibition is dedicated to bring back pride in America after a long period of economic downturn and world turmoil... - More Info
  • Christmas Gift Show
    Wed Nov 4th 2015 - Wed Dec 30th 2015
    Regular Hours

    For the annual Christmas Gift Show at Mena Art Gallery, you will find unique items from stocking stuffers to that special piece that will make someone's eye light up on Christmas morning... - More Info

Art of the Heartland National Juried Painting Competition
October 8th -thru- October 30th
607 Mena Street

Photography Club
October 10th
Mena Art Gallery

Children's Art Classes
October 10th
Mena Art Gallery

Weekly Art Day
October 13th
11:00am - 2:00pm
Mena Art Gallery

Young Artist Class
October 17th
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Mena Art Gallery

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Gallery News
  • 2015 Ouachita Art Celebration - On November 7, Mena will have the second annual Ouachita Art Celebration (OAC):  a festival centering on the arts.  Nine businesses in Mena's downtown Arts District have again united to bring together as many artists and artisans as possible to display their work on Mena Street.  The street itself will be closed to motor traffic so that you can safely walk between all the artists' booths and the featured businesses.

    There will be all of the great things from the 2014 OAC:
    • Artists and artisans showing and selling fine arts and crafts
    • Hands-on creative learning opportunities for both children and adults
    • A fashion show with local models
    • Belly dancers
    • A program by the Ouachita Little Theater
    • Special displays by the sponsoring merchants
    Tommy Young from the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center will have some of his hawks there.  The birds will be flying free between Tommy and one of his assistants, and Tommy will talk about the hawks and his animal rescue work.

    If you are an artist or artisan who would like to have a booth, now is the time to apply.  Click here for information and an entry form. A jury process is required in order to be sure that we are including only fine arts and crafts - manufactured or purchased items will not be accepted.

    As more detailed plans are complete, we'll put the schedule here for you to decide what is on your "must see" list.